100 Reasons Y: Supporting The Development of a New YMCA

Capital Campaign Launched to Help Finance New Build

The YMCA Of Simcoe-Muskoka has launched a major campaign ahead of its big move downtown.

Called 100 Reasons Y, the fundraising effort hopes to help finance a new facility where Barrie Central once stood, and is already off to a good start.

Related: YMCA Looking to Former Barrie Central Land

The County of Simcoe has already pledged $2.5 million towards the building of a new Y, specifically to go towards childcare at its planned facility. Members of the community have already been making donations to the cause, to the tune of $5 million, while Barrie-based Napoleon has made a $500,000 contribution; when the new Y opens, it will feature the “Napoleon Gymnasium” as a result.

(From left to right) Anna Cheaney, co-chair of the Barrie YMCA capital campaign, Stephen Schroeter, Napoleon, Lucy Gowers, Executive Director, Youth Haven, Chris Schroeter, Napoleon, Janice Laking, honorary co-chair of the Barrie YMCA capital campaign, Brian Tamblyn, co-chair of the Barrie YMCA capital campaign, Rob Armstrong, CEO YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Mayor Jeff Lehman, Janice Skot, President and CEO, RVH

The new building will include the childcare centre, as well as an RVH cardiac rehab program and transitional beds managed by Youth Haven for youth who are experiencing homelessness.

“The new community hub will be more than a fitness facility. It will provide access to vital and innovative community programs and services. It will be a place for people from all walks of life to come together to gather and improve their quality of life,” said Rob Armstrong, CEO, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. “With Barrie’s population set to increase by over 70 per cent in the next 20 years, this investment in the downtown core is critical to meet the needs of our growing city. I am truly inspired by and grateful for the generous support we have received so far.”

In November of 2018, the YMCA announced it would be selling its Grove St. facility in favour of a proposed location within a development proposed for the former Barrie Central lands.