Officials optimistic solution at hand for YMCAs struggles

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AMHERST - Officials with the Cumberland YMCA hope to have a financial plan in place later this week or early next week that shows the facility can be viable.

AMHERST - Officials with the Cumberland YMCA hope to have a financial plan in place later this week or early next week that shows the facility can be viable.

"We are working hard with the town and YMCA Canada to ensure that a plausible solution for both the short-term and long-term viability of the Cumberland YMCA can be found," centre interim CEO Divya Minocha said Friday.

Officials from the Cumberland YMCA met with representatives from both Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland to discuss the facility's deficit and ways both municipalities could assist in keeping it open.

The YMCA has been in a precarious financial situation for several months and recently announced it's taking steps to deal with an accumulated deficit of about $200,000.

YMCA board chair Robert Nixon said his organization is committed to working with all the stakeholders and YMCA Canada to develop a strategic plan that will change the organization's direction to that it's financially stable while continuing to meet the needs of the community.

Nixon said Thursday's meeting with municipal representatives was a positive one as were two days of deliberations with a YMCA Canada review team.

"We are continuing to work with town CEO Greg Herrett and Roger MacIsaac to deal with our financial problems. We have had excellent co-operation and it has been a pleasure working with them," Nixon said. "The ability of the YMCA to produce annual profits and show future feasibility is the key issue."

Along with getting back to the town with a financial plan, Y officials also plan to meet with the facility's membership sometime in the coming week to update them on the situation.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: YMCA, YMCA board

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland

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  • Bill
    January 18, 2010 - 10:48

    You can start by closing the pool and see if you can purchase time at Mount Allison U. There is only 2 pools that are breaking even in Canada. Pools are a financial drain from the word go. Do like they do in Tantallon - near Halifax. The community have an heated outdoor pool that they open for 2 months in the Summer to the teach the Red Cross swim program and family pool passes then close when school starts.

    Who in their right mind would allow a deficite of $200,000. Time to sack the board as a stipulation for more funding.

    And my name isn't Bill.