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YMCA Open to all Wildfire Evacuees

All YMCAs in BC are now open to all wildfire evacuees!  If you need a shower, a safe place to rest, or a break from it all by participating in a fitness class, the YMCA has its doors open to you and your family. Simply bring photo ID with your address on it.

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YMCA Child Care Expands to Fort St. James!

The YMCA has partnered with NVCSS to open a child care centre for February 2017. More information coming soon. For questions or to put your name on a waitlist, please contact Coordinator of Child Care Administration, Corrine Hemeryck at 250 562 9341 ext 109. Read more information here.

YMCA of Northern BC Opens Lac Des Bois Family Development Centre

The YMCA of Northern BC is excited to open the YMCA Lac Des Bois Family Development Centre, home to 81 new child care spaces. Read more here.

YMCA of Ethiopia Visits Prince George

On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 the YMCA of Northern BC will be hosting Tezera Gebremichael, Secretary General of the YMCA of Ethiopia. For the past twelve years, the five BC YMCA’s (Northern BC, Greater Vancouver, Okanagan, Kamloops and Victoria) have committed to a Global International Agreement with the YMCA of Ethiopia. The YMCA has a commitment to support building healthy communities beyond our borders; this agreement facilitates organizational capacity building, while providing technical and financial support to community-based projects. Read more here

Strong Girls, Strong World

The YMCA of Northern BC is excited to announce the Strong Girls, Strong World project in partnership with Plan Canada, YMCA Canada and YWCA Canada. Strong Girls, Strong World has been funded by Status of Women Canada. The free leadership program is focused on building leadership capacity and supporting wellness in young women ages 16 to 19.   Learn more here.

Can-Bike Prince George

earning to ride your bicycle safely in traffic is about to get a whole lot easier. The Prince George Cycling Club and the YMCA of Northern BC is bringing the nationally accredited CAN-BIKE bicycle training courses to Prince George. Read more here

Garrett McComb Golf Tournament

There’s another reason to pick up your golf bag and head to Alder Hills. This Saturday, a tournament will honour a young man who was taken far too soon. His family is turning their grief into an effort to help at-risk youth. Learn more here

New licensed child-care spaces on their way

PRINCE GEORGE – As part of the Major Child Care Capital program, the provincial government is investing $500,000 under the BC Early Years Strategy to create 81 new licensed child-care spaces for families in Prince George.

“Many families depend on child care so that they can pursue career and education opportunities, knowing their children are safe and well cared for,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “By providing a healthy early learning environment where children are encouraged and inspired to grow, learn and socialize, these new spaces will help create a positive difference for children.”

“It can be very challenging to find high-quality, affordable child care in B.C. and we are committed to making that care more accessible for Northern families,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Collaborating with the YMCA of Northern B.C. helps us create programs like the Lac des Bois Family Development Centre that give children the kind of opportunities they need to reach their full potential.”

The funding enables the YMCA of Northern BC to operate the Lac des Bois Family Development Centre within Ecole Lac Des Bois French Immersion Elementary. Funds will provide 12 spaces for infants and toddlers, 25 spaces for children aged three to five, 24 spaces from school-aged children and 20 spaces for pre-school children.

“We are tremendously excited to provide families quality child care in a school setting that will support all ages of child-care needs including developmentally specific rooms for infants and toddlers, 3-5's, preschool, and for after school care,” YMCA CEO Amanda Alexander said. “Our unique YMCA curriculum, Playing to Learn, will support early learning, building community connections both within the centre as well as with the school, while promoting healthy, active living.”

In January 2015, the provincial government encouraged child-care providers to apply for the second intake of major child care capital funding to create new licensed child-care spaces throughout B.C. These new spaces are part of government’s commitment to support the creation of more than 2,000 new spaces by March 2016.

Non-profit child-care providers could apply for up to $500,000, while private child-care providers could apply for up to $250,000. Priority was given to applications to create child-care spaces in underserved areas of B.C. and on school grounds, where children can smoothly transition from early years programs, to the classroom, to after-school care.

This investment marks the second phase of child-care major capital funding rolling out, and will allow child-care providers to:

•             Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.

•             Purchase and assemble a modular building and develop a site.

•             Renovate an existing building.

•             Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.

The provincial government is now in the process of working with child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites. In the case of Lac des Bois Family Development Centre, construction on the new child-care spaces is expected to begin in June and completed in March 2016.

The BC Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. For more information on the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program, visit:

Media contact: Monika Weatherly, Communications Officer, B.C. Government Caucus, 250-356-0389

Free YMCA Membership for all Grade 6 Students

The YMCA of Northern BC is excited to announce the launch of the YMCA Grade 6 Initiative which offers free YMCA memberships to all grade 6 students across Prince George. Read more here - February 2015

Nanguz's Den

The YMCA of Northern BC is excited and ready to welcome visitors from across the country as well as invite our local community members to come and visit Nanguz’s Den  Read more here. - February 2015

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