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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Administration will be amending their recommendation to City Council. Administration will recommend the Westwood Family YMCA receive $225,000 from the Sustaining Grant and $380,000 from the Capital Grant.

Earlier this week, the YMCA of Northern Alberta announced that Administration at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo had denied the YMCA’s applications for both the Sustaining Grant and the Capital Grant. This action put the future of Westwood Family YMCA at serious risk. Given the investment the facility requires for physical improvements, without some level of funding from the municipality, operations would not be sustainable.

Because the YMCA has been a vital part of the community for over 43 years, members of the public joined us in expressing to Council the value of the Y’s presence in Wood Buffalo. We would like to sincerely thank our members, participants and supporters for reaching out through their own social media channels, and for contacting their municipal representatives on our behalf.

The Capital Grant funding will allow the YMCA to complete critical renovations to the roof, HVAC and lighting systems. The total cost of these renovations would be approximately $1 million, with 62% or $620,000 contributed by the YMCA and other funding sources, and 38% or $380,000 from the RMWB.

The Sustaining Grant funding recommendation of $225,000 will allow the YMCA to operate at a break even for 2020.

Over the decades, YMCA and RMWB have shared a strong and collaborative partnership. We are pleased that Administration recognizes the important work the YMCA does in our community, and it is our hope that Council will support their recommendation for our funding. We look forward to presenting to Council on November 27th.

Thank you to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and to our YMCA members, staff and volunteers for their support of our goal to build a strong and thriving community.