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YMCA Calgary, Board Directors (WR: 447)

Posted 5 years ago

We are proud to have recently partnered with YMCA Calgary (“the YMCA”) in their search for three new Board members.

The YMCA is a charitable organization driven by its mission to facilitate and promote the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals and to foster a sense of responsibility within the community.

Guided by its four core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility, the YMCA strives to offer quality programs and services that gives children, youth and adults the opportunity to belong, grow, thrive and lead. The YMCA, serving the community 364 days a year, presently operates and oversees eight different health and wellness facilities across Calgary, employs over 1200 staff, is home to over 1700 volunteers, and handles over 2 million visits each year.

YMCA has seen substantial growth and change in the last few years thanks to an expanded partnership with the City of Calgary. The City chose YMCA to operate three new community recreation centres – Remington YMCA in Quarry Park opened July 2016; Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge opened January 2018; Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton is slated to begin operation in January 2019. This investment in new wellness infrastructure entrusted to YMCA totals $447 million.

From 2014-2017, YMCA Calgary successfully raised $30 million in the community and is now focused on making impact in its eight health and wellness-focused sites, upgrading facilities at Camp Chief Hector YMCA (established in 1930) and expanding the scale and scope of its community programs throughout the city (currently offered at more than 60 different locations). The YMCA also operates the 350-space Quarry Park Child Development Centre and is continuously raising funds to meet the needs of the communities it serves, particularly around granting affordable access to YMCA facilities and programming.

The YMCA seeks to develop a Board whose members possess and demonstrate a strategic combination of personal attributes, expertise, social capital, competencies and occupational backgrounds so that, collectively, it has access to a broad diversity of experiences, perspectives, information, connections, and skills to carry out its governance, planning and stewardship functions.

If you have a strong passion for the YMCA and the community it serves; previous Board experience in the public or not-for-profit sector; Board governance and strategic planning experience; an understanding of financial and asset management and risk; and previous volunteer experience, we want to hear from you! Preference for the three upcoming board appointments in May 2019 will be given to candidates demonstrating: financial leadership and strength in managing the financial complexity of multiple operating assets; capital asset management; and health and wellness strategy and management. 

Click here to view the complete position description.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting and rewarding volunteer Board opportunity with the YMCA, please reach out to Susie Besler at 403-407-1963 or via email at [email protected].

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