YMCA getting closer to goal

Darrell Cole
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Town makes $45,000 contribution

Amherst Deputy Mayor Dale Fawthrop, Coun. Terry Rhindress and Mayor Robert Small present a $45,000 cheque to YMCA board chair Judi Giroux and CEO Trina Clarke.

AMHERST – The Cumberland YMCA’s $3.5-million capital campaign is closer to its successful culmination with a $45,000 contribution Friday from the Town of Amherst.

“We are very pleased to be able to make this contribution to the YMCA capital campaign on behalf of the residents of the town as well as the mayor and council. We made a commitment four years ago to support the YMCA and we’re pleased to say that support is continuing,” Mayor Robert Small said after presenting the town’s contribution to YMCA officials.

The money is over and above the town’s annual purchase of services from the YMCA.

The mayor said the town has been a major supporter of the YMCA as it emerged from a period just a few years ago when it looked like the facility was going to close for the second time in its history because of financial problems.

The YMCA underwent a major restructuring and emerged with a new focus and a new atmosphere in the building and around the community. It’s for that reason the town has renewed its support of the organization by making the contribution.

“When the town met with board members back then there was a real commitment to make sure the YMCA would be a success. It has proven to be a model for the province,” the mayor said.

YMCA CEO Trina Clarke said her organization has enjoyed a terrific partnership with the town and the Municipality of Cumberland. She said the community has recognized the importance of the YMCA and is playing a prominent role in its rebirth.

“We are in the final $500,000 push to wrap up the campaign,” Clarke said.

The multi-year project has seen the completion of the wellness centre and a new child-care centre. The third phase, that is presently underway, will see a new room over the pool, new pool mechanics and heating and ventilation systems as well as upgrades to the locker rooms, lobby and pool deck.

“Over the next couple of months people will see a new roof over the pool and new windows for the pool deck,” she said. “We’ll be upgrading our lighting systems in the pool as well.”

Board chair Judi Giroux said the town’s contribution will nudge the campaign closer to its goal.

“We’re hoping people will step up and get us to our goal,” she said. “We have come a long way as an organization and the whole community has rallied behind us to raise the money. It’s something we all can be proud of.”


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