Articles, tips and event posts

4 12, 2018

George “Marshmallow” Forsyth

To the children from the YMCA Child Care programs he was known simply as “Marshmallow.” A jokester at heart, George Forsyth was always excited to take part in the Grand Friends program at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. The Grand Friends program brings together children from our YMCA Child Care with the residents at [...]

20 11, 2018

Acting for Peace

It's YMCA Peace Week! This week we celebrate the existing peace in our communities, and those to contribute to building and maintaining that peace. You can check out our full week of programming here. Hear from other YMCAs around the world on their reflections on peace:    

6 11, 2018

Big Cove Staff

When I think of Big Cove the first thing that comes to my mind is more of a feeling. It’s a warm hug and a calming of your mind and heart. An amalgamation of culture and traditions, Big Cove YMCA Camp has been around almost as long as the YMCA. You've heard from our campers, [...]

30 10, 2018

Midya Hamo

"I'm always at the YMCA" Midya Hamo, 15, came from Syria about two years ago with her family. Besides her parents, she also has three brothers and one sister here. She has two sisters who are not in Canada. Her first language is Kurdish but she also speaks Arabic. "When I came to Canada, I [...]

23 10, 2018

Sabrina Lewis, YMCA Employment Centre

Sabrina Lewis graduated with a diploma in Health Information Management from NSCC. She says that if you had asked her five years ago where she imagined herself, her current life would definitely be a surprise.   April 1, 2010 was her last day of work in Customer Service. She decided that the situation should become an opportunity, and [...]

16 10, 2018

YMCA Community Action Network

  Keona Simmons (pictured right) was part of the first YMCA Community Action Network cohort! As part of YCAN, participants select and lead an initiative to serve their community, and Keona’s project was the community garden in Halifax. She was born in raised in the community of East Preston.   YCAN is part of the Canada [...]

9 10, 2018

Sarah Finkle of Big Cove YMCA Camp

Sarah Finkle has been coming to Big Cove camp for two years. She was a little scared at first, but her winning smile and personality quickly won her some friends, and she had a great time! She says that if anyone was asking about Big Cove, she would tell them that “it’s a great place, [...]

2 10, 2018

Gender-Based Violence Prevention Program Forum Theatre Workshop

Beginning in September 2017 with a focus on working with newcomer children, youth, and families, the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project (GBVP) raises awareness about gender-based violence and how to access available resources within the community.   We want to engage young people in the process to know more about what they think and experience, so we can [...]

25 09, 2018


  When Nashya was seven-years-old, her mom and dad signed her up for her first year of basketball with the YMCA. She joined the Panthers Junior Mini team. Now at twelve-years-old, Nashya has enjoyed playing on every team.   “I’ve always played to developmental and physical toughness,” she said. “I managed to play up to my [...]

18 09, 2018

YREACH – Creating Welcoming Communities

At YREACH, we work with local partners to create welcoming communities, with staff in smaller centres across the province. We provide information, orientation, and settlement/integration support to immigrants, refugees, and their families who are new to communities outside of Halifax Regional Municipality. There are nine in-person local Settlement and Integration support sites, and over 20 [...]