The YMCA of Northern Alberta is recruiting up to four new Directors to serve on the Associations Board of Directors commencing April 2018.

About the Y

The YMCA of Northern Alberta is a mission based charity, recognized for its vital role in strengthening the foundations of community and dedicated to the development of thousands of people in spirit, mind and body.  Our vision is strong kids, healthy families and thriving communities.

Guided by our vision and grounded in our core values, the YMCA’s commitment to serve, learn and renew has ensured our association’s relevance to a changing community for over 110 years.  We allowed ourselves to imagine what could be by creating “The Communities we envision”.

  • People experience better health and well-being in spirit, mind and body
  • Individuals and families thrive and experience a sense of belonging
  • All children and youth are active, engaged and healthy
  • All individuals and families have the opportunity to reach their potential
  • People respect diversity and social inclusion
  • People work together to strengthen the foundations of community

A common theme kept emerging: our communities face urgent challenges requiring immediate action.

The YMCA has both the responsibility and the opportunity to be a strong leader, partner and advocate in creating the communities we envision.  Our Strategic Plan focuses on four interrelated strategic directions:

  • Excellence in Program & Service Delivery
  • Extend our Reach
  • Increase our Capacity
  • Strengthen our Brand

The organization delivers a wide variety of programs and services that include health, fitness and aquatics; child care; community and housing initiatives; across the Edmonton Region, Wood Buffalo Region and the Grande Prairie Region.

As one of the largest YMCAs in Canada and charities in Alberta, the YMCA has annual revenues of $62 million, more than 1,500 employees and 600 volunteers whose efforts are grounded in the values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, diversity and social inclusion.

We are committed to building healthy communities by:

  • Leading, partnering and advocating in order to strengthen the foundations of local and global communities
  • Valuing the diversity of all people
  • Fostering equality of opportunity for all individuals and families in our communities
  • Nurturing personal growth in spirit, mind and body
  • Promoting holistic health and well-being
  • Cultivating future leaders
  • Encouraging philanthropy in all we do
  • Demonstrating our value and impact

This year we will be recruiting up to four new volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors.  After a competency assessment and review, we are seeking individuals with the following strategic competencies and senior leadership experience in the areas of:

  • Government Relations and Advocacy;
  • Strategic Communications and Public Relations
  • Working with or within Indigenous communities in Northern Alberta 


  • The YMCA of Northern Alberta provides programs and services in the Edmonton, Wood Buffalo and Grande Prairie Regions.The Board would welcome applications from individauls meeting these competencies in these communities
  • Addionally, the board is also committed to identifyingyoung leaders, aged 18 – 35, in order to strengthen the young leader voice, perspectives and leadership at the Board table

The YMCA embraces diversity; we seek candidates who reflect the communities we serve.  If you feel that you can contribute to our community through the YMCA, please submit a cover letter, including your resume to:
John Corlett, Chair of the Nominating Committee
c/o Nick Parkinson, President and CEO by Sunday, October 22, 2017 at, or fill in the application below.

If you have questions about this volunteer role you may contact Nick Parkinson at 780-423-9600.

Deadline to Apply - Sunday, October 22, 2017