29 03, 2017

If you’re driving by the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets, you will see that downtown Halifax is starting to look very different! Demolition of the old CBC Radio building began in mid-February and the wrecking ball took its first swings on March 21. The building has now been completely torn down and the [...]

2 02, 2017

Our Programs

Our Programs are designed to help youth grow as individuals while promoting cooperation and teamwork with others in a safe, supportive community. The YMCA’s philosophy of spirit, mind and body, helps to guide our programs in enhancing self-awareness, confidence, trust and responsibility. We provide a wide variety of exciting, interactive programs and ensure that there [...]

2 09, 2016

Passion for Potential: Volunteer Spotlight

When Lynn Coveyduck was looking for a way to continue to give back to her community, the YMCA caught her attention. After working as CEO of JuniorAchievement of Nova Scotia for six years, she was starting a new job with the Sobeys School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Having extensive experience in the charitable sector, [...]

2 09, 2016

Dozers Digging Down: Building Sneak Peek

What a view! Just imagine going for a swim in the new Aquatic Centre and looking straight out to the Citadel. This was the construction site on July 18, 2016. Excavation at the construction site has begun while the detailed design planning for the new John W. Lindsay YMCA nears completion. Activity at the construction [...]

2 09, 2016

Creating a Safe Space: Program Feature

These were some of the feedback notes left by the girls who attended the conference. We are thrilled that they enjoyed the day! The vibrations of a tribal drum signified the opening of the YMCA’s all-day conference held recently for immigrant girls. Sponsored by After the Bell/Newcomer Girls on the Move program, the conference began [...]

2 09, 2016

Natural Talent: Participant Profile

Jaxon Smith (left) and his brother Jaydan both played for team Nova Scotia One of our YMCA’s young and gifted basketball players, 14-year-old Jaxon Smith, is leaving his mark on the basketball courts throughout Canada and the United States. He was part of the Nova Scotia Under-15 Boys Basketball Team that beat Team Quebec at [...]

2 09, 2016

Practicing Mindfulness at Work

Life at work can be a never-ending to-do list. Call this person back, send those emails, book that meeting…the list goes on and on. With all the rushing, typing, talking, and meeting, it’s understandable how you can get stressed by what’s next, instead of focussing on what’s right in front of you — the present [...]

22 04, 2016

From Temporary Accommodation to School Settlement for Syrian Refugees: Program Feature

The Syrian refugees that arrived in Halifax recently have all been placed in permanent housing and the services provided by the YMCA at the temporary accommodation centre continue in 29 schools and in community centres.More than 20 YMCA settlement staff rotated shifts between the temporary accommodation and school sites delivering specialized programming for the children [...]

22 04, 2016

Nothing Little about Big Cove Camp Experience: Participant Spotlight

For many parents, the prospect of sending a child off to camp for the first-time can be daunting. If you are the parent of a first-time camper to the Big Cove YMCA Camp Program and your child is feeling a little nervous about leaving home and spending time with a group of kids they don’t [...]

22 04, 2016

Building a Better World: Volunteer Spotlight

What does your better world look like? Is it a world full of love and compassion, without barriers and without judgement? Those were questions Jim MacGowan posed to the audience at a TEDx event held last February at Mount Saint Vincent University. He found those elements of a better world at the YMCA and that’s [...]