YMCA of Eastern Ontario

Building healthy communities

About the YMCA

The YMCA is one of Canada’s oldest and largest charities with a presence in Canada since 1851 and serving more than 2.25 million people each year across 1,700 program locations.

The YMCA story began in London, England more than 170 years ago with George Williams who had an idea about how to make his community stronger. From that idea, sprang a movement that would spread across the globe, inspiring millions to grow in spirit, mind and body. Throughout the years, we’ve evolved with the times, from the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Revolution and made many important contributions to society along the way.


Why the Y Matters

At the YMCA, we’re driven by our vision of a healthier Canada, and we’re inspired by the achievements of the millions of people we support every year on their journey towards better health and wellness.

The social determinants of health, identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), show that being physically fit is only one part of having an active, healthy life.

There are many factors affecting the health of Canadians, ranging from your job, to where you live, to your networks, including income and social status, social support networks, education, employment/working conditions, social environments, physical environments, personal health practices and coping skills, healthy child development, gender and culture.

That’s why we work hard every day to make a tangible difference in people’s lives and the communities they live in by addressing many of these issues. We offer programs and services to more than two million people every year, in more than 1,700 locations.

Building a Healthier Canada

We offer programs that help Canadians become more physically fit, better connected to their communities, and equipped with the skills needed to achieve success in work and life.

The YMCA is a charity that provides vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of Canada’s most pressing social issues—from chronic disease to social isolation, poverty, inequality and more.

Central to our success are:

  • The people who unite behind our mission and bring their many talents to our work
  • The safe and welcoming places we provide—from health facilities to classrooms—that foster a sense of community
  • The comprehensive community-based programs that provide the extra skills, opportunities and confidence that many individuals and families need to achieve their full potential
  • Our advocacy for health, promoting public policy that fosters a sense of belonging
  • The philosophy that guides our actions, a holistic approach based on the building blocks of the social determinants of health, harm reduction, the stages of change and developmental-appropriateness

The three critical resources—people, places and programs—come together at the YMCA to create a sense of belonging to a supportive network that has proven time and time again to help our members and program participants achieve their personal development goals, be they physical, mental, social and/or emotional.

For some, the impact can be truly transformational and can have an enormous ripple effect on those around them. While we celebrate each of these personal achievements—it is the scale at which this happens that makes Canada’s YMCAs unique. Ys serve approximately 2.25 million Canadians in communities from coast-to-coast. This broad reach and our 160-year history are all part of the broader story of how we are building healthy communities.

YMCA of Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario was formed on April 1, 2019 through the amalgamation of theYMCA of Brockville and Area and YMCA of Kingston to strengthen our purpose and broaden our reach. New programs and services are now available in Gananoque and North Grenville, and other partnerships are in development.

Our Charitable Purpose

The YMCA in Canada is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

Our Values

  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Inclusiveness

YMCA of Eastern Ontario Leadership

Board of Directors 2024-2025

Kristin Smith, Chair
Roger Romero, Vice Chair
Mike Gaylord, Treasurer
Elaine Armstrong, Secretary
Charlotte Patterson, Past Chair
William Beattie
Deanna Bennett
Scott Gee
Patricia Kerth
Don Lewis
Priti Luhadia
Ariel Wambaugh-LaRocque

2024-2025 Board of Director Nominations are closed

We at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario are committed to our values of caring, respect, honesty, responsibility and inclusiveness. To help us live up to these principles, we seek board members who are as diverse as the people we serve. We seek distinct perspectives to enrich the decision-making that guides our service to community. We seek a balance of representation from rural and urban areas, from across genders, from cultural and ethnic communities, and across age ranges (including youth, ages 18-34). If you are a strategic thinker and are interested in inspiring the future of the Y, please apply to be on our volunteer board of directors.

Leadership Team

Rob Adams, Chief Executive Officer
rob.adams@eo.ymca.ca • 613-342-7961 ext. 40

Anna Hudson, Executive Assistant and Association Support
anna.hudson@eo.ymca.ca • 613-342-7961 ext. 30

Judy Sakell, Director, People and Employee Wellness 
judy.sakell@eo.ymca.ca  613-546-2647 ext. 258

Colleen Gareau, Director, Marketing and Communications
colleen.gareau@eo.ymca.ca  613-888-9298


Maribeth Graham, Acting Director, Finance and IT

Jill MacDonald, Senior Director, Association and Childcare Services
jill.macdonald@eo.ymca.ca • 613-546-2647 ext. 246

Nelson Perieria, Director, Facilities
nelson.perieria@eo.ymca.ca • 613-546-2647 ext.233

Brittiney Poffley, Director, Regional Operations and Programs
brittiney.poffley@eo.ymca.ca • 613-546-2647 ext. 248

Emily Wimpenny, Director, Regional Operations and Programs
emily.wimpenny@eo.ymca.ca • 613-342-7961 ext. 32

Policies & Standards

At the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, we endeavour to maintain a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. Our policies and standards articulate these goals.

You can find details about various policies and standards here.

Facilities & Hours

Our facilities offer many fitness, aquatic and childcare programs. We serve the community with a wide range of customized programs to help keep everyone of all ages, abilities and backgrounds stay active.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always ready to help.

Brockville YMCA

345 Park Street, Brockville



Monday – Friday
6:45am – 5:45pm


Monday – Thursday
5:30am – 9pm
(Pool closes at 8pm)

5:30am – 6pm

Saturday & Sunday
7am – 3pm

Stat Holidays
8am – noon

  • 6 lane, 25-metre lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Hydro-therapy pool
  • Sauna
  • Gymnasium
  • Dance/fitness studio
  • CycleFit studio
  • Yoga/pilates studio
  • Conditioning area featuring a full range of exercise equipment, cardio & strength training
  • Fitness studio
  • Group fitness classes
  • Strength conditioning room
  • Functional fitness zone
  • 4 tennis courts
  • Indoor walking/running track (approximately 90m)
  • Stretching areas
  • Child minding services - Playcare
  • Instructional and recreational programs
  • Personal training program
  • Y Connect orientation program
  • Free parking
  • Men’s, women’s, and family/physically challenged change rooms

Kingston YMCA

Wright Crescent Facility
100 Wright Crescent, Kingston


Monday – Friday
7:30am – 5:30pm


Monday – Thursday
5:30am – 9pm
(Pool closes at 8pm)

5:30am – 7pm

Saturday & Sunday
7am – 4pm

Stat Holidays
8am – 1pm

  • Edward Ratcliffe Aquatic Centre featuring
  • 25-metre swimming pool
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities 18-metre hydrotherapy/leisure pool
  • Peter and Frances Splinter Fitness Centre featuring a 4,500 sq. ft. functional fitness zone
  • Access to certified strength trainers for program set-up and assistance
  • Rob McCormick Memorial Squash Centre featuring 2 international-size squash courts
  • 1,800-sq.-ft. group fitness studio
  • Total Life Care Studio
  • CycleFit Studio
  • Gymnasium
  • Modern men's, women's, and family change rooms, complete with private change cubicles
  • Dry heat saunas and private shower areas
  • Child minding (Playcare) service for members
  • Elevator access to 2nd floor programming areas
  • Free parking
  • Childcare Centre
  • Nursery School Centre
  • Full-service café

Kingston East
Community Centre

779 Highway 15
613-546-4291 ext 1907

Monday – Friday
6am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday
8am – 8pm


  • YMCA-managed fitness centre
  • YMCA fitness classes
  • Gymnasium
  • Community kitchen
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Splash pad
  • Outdoor rink


St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston


Monday – Thursday
7:30am – 9pm

7:30am – 6pm

Saturday & Sunday

Stat Holidays


  • Fitness centre overlooking college gymnasium
  • Locker rooms with private shower facilities
  • Personal trainers available for assistance
  • Dumbbells ranging from 5 - 140 lb.
  • Bumper plates for Olympic-style lifting
  • Over 50 pieces of cardio equipment and strength machines
  • Large stretching area




YMCA of Eastern Ontario Annual Reports

2023 Annual Report
2022 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report

YMCA of Eastern Ontario Audited Financial Statements

2023 Audited Financial Statements
2022 Audited Financial Statements
2021 Audited Financial Statements
2020 Audited Financial Statements

Brockville Audited Financial Statements

2018 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Audited Financial Statements
2016 Audited Financial Statements

Kingston Audited Financial Statements

2018 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Audited Financial Statements
2016 Audited Financial Statements

Strategic Plans

2023-2026 Bridge Strategy

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