Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opportunities to Give

Community Partners

YMCA Board of Directors

Serving on the YMCA Board of Directors requires a significant time commitment supported by a dedication to the charity’s mission and mandate. “With monthly Board meetings augmented by extra committee work, our Board members are kept very busy, says Amanda Alexander, CEO. “Each Board member brings a unique skill set to the governance of the organization as well as a pledge to support the YMCA financially.“

Currently, thirteen volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and represent sectors such as finance, social services and more. These individuals support the operations of the YMCA with critically important expertise as well as committing to making a financial donation in keeping with the 100% Board giving policy. “Why would I volunteer for a charity I don’t support financially,” asks Bruce Siddall, one of the newest YMCA Board members. “100% Board giving makes sense and demonstrates to other funders and donors how committed YMCA Board members are to the charity’s mission.”

BID Construction

Built as part of the 2012 Canfor Playhouse Challenge, BID Construction purchased and donated the Canfor Airplane House that lives in the YMCA’s REC Room.

A Bid For Change

Our recent partnership with A Bid for Change was a new initiative that successfully raised $1,800 for our Aurora Leadership program.   A Bid For Change bridges the gap between donors, charities and businesses with a powerful donation-based on-line auction promoted via traditional advertising and social media. 

Canadian Tire

The YMCA of Northern BC’s partnership with Canadian Tire began with Jumpstart and includes Healthy Kids Day, the YMCA / Canadian Tire Road race (4 years), Simon Fraser Lodge, YAP and the Y Champions Hockey Weekend

Chinook Scaffold Systems Ltd.

Chinook Scaffold's official involvement with the YMCA of Northern BC has spanned the last few YMCA Road Race and Healthy Kids Marathon events with their generous donation of the Main Stage. 

Northern Gateway Pipelines

Northern Gateway Pipelines is a recent YMCA partner, sponsoring last fall’s Y Champions Hockey Weekend and most recently Healthy Kids Day.  In the fall of 2012, Northern Gateway opened an office in Prince George and is pleased to be involved in the community as a sponsor of the YMCA of Northern BC.


FortisBC has been an on-going supporter of the YMCA of Northern BC with generous financial, and even human resources as a corporation and through the employee Warm Hearts Foundation.

Garett McComb Fund

The Garett McComb Fund was created in 2008 by the McComb family in memory of Garett and his appreciation of higher education for himself and those around him. Funds are directed towards Youth Around Prince George Resource Centre (YAP) and the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.


HSBC partnered with the YMCA for the 2012 Y Champions Hockey Weekend as a sponsor and volunteer on the event organizing committee.  The branch in Prince George is located downtown with fifteen employees serving individuals and businesses throughout northern BC. 

Hummus Brothers

This locally owned restaurant has served as the official lunch sponsor of the Y Champions Hockey Tournament since its inception. Hummus Brothers also caters YMCA meetings and sponsorship for our Annual Healthy Kids Day.

JC Hoover Holdings

The YMCA of Northern BC's relationship with JC Hoover began in 2011 when they joined the YMCA as presenting sponsor of the 2011 Y Champions Hockey Weekend and returned for 2012. Their pubs have been keen partners in the Strong Kids campaign with the Nachos For Strong Kids!

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

When the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group advertises a YMCA of Northern BC activity, everyone in Prince George knows about it! CKPG TV, 101.3 The River and 99.3 The Drive, have contributed thousands of broadcast and production hours to YMCA events such as Healthy Kids Day and the Y Champions Hockey Weekend.

Intact Insurance

Camp Kanannaq and the Aurora Leadership Program have received financial assistance for the last five years from the Intact Insurance foundation - ensuring that local, under-privileged children have the opportunity to attend a fun-filled, summer camp. .

IRL Signs

IRL Signs' partnership with the YMCA of Northern BC is one of our most visible – their work can be found at YMCA facilities as well as at our events such as Healthy Kids Day and the Y Champions Hockey Weekend.

Integris Credit Union

Integris Credit Union has been involved with the YMCA of Northern BC from 2008 - 2012 when they came on board as the Presenting Sponsor for Healthy Kids Day.  Our partnership with them is one of our oldest!


The YMCA of Northern BC is one of three community partners with Jumpstart here in Prince George accessing funds for our kids’ skating programs and membership subsidy.

MacNeil Financial

A recent addition to the YMCA’s family of supporters, MacNeil Financial has been involved with the Y Champions Hockey Weekend since the event's launch by supporting the tournament with players and sponsorship.

Mainline Plumbing and Heating

Mainline Plumbing and Heating is a recent addition to the YMCA’s family of supporters. They have been working with us since 2010 when they joined us for the First Annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend.

Northern Development

The $30,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust assisted the YMCA in 2012 as we made significant renovations to our lobby, change rooms and added twelve new Infant Child Care spaces 

Northern Interior Children First

Our partnership with Northern Interior Children First has been a great support in the launching of Neighbourhood Scholars and to our renovations of the new Infant Toddler space at Massey Drive.

Players Bench

Locally owned and operated, Player’s Bench has been a generous sponsor of the Y Champions Hockey Weekend since its inception.

Prince George Citizen

The YMCA of Northern BC’s partnership with the Prince George Citizen precedes the official arrival of the YMCA itself! For over five decades the Prince George Citizen has been reporting on Y activities and sponsoring our events.

Prince George Free Press

A community-based weekly paper, the Prince George Free Press has always been a generous supporter of the YMCA not only as a sponsor but in coverage of our activities. Their regional reach is also a bonus.

Raise A Reader

Launched in 1997, this province wide literacy program has supported Neighbourhood Scholars for two years .


When the YMCA of Northern BC launched a new program called Y Citizens, they didn’t have to look very far for funding! The RBC Foundationhas returned for the 2013/2014 school year allowing YMCA staff to positively influence an age group that is vulnerable to making negative lifestyle choices that often affect them into adulthood.


RONA's partnership with the YMCA of Northern BC began when the store owner, Rod Bellmann joined the Board of Directors last February. Since then RONA has been very active with the YMCA supporting the 3rd Annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend and the Aurora Leadership Program.


Rotary has been an integral part of the YMCA of Northern BC when they made a generous donation to the Massey building capital campaign way back in 1974. Current programs supported by Rotary include Y Citizens and Youth Around Prince.

Save On Foods

Save On can always be counted on to donate healthy snacks to various YMCA activities like our National Child Day and Road Race celebrations.


The YMCA of Northern BC is lucky to work with many financial institutions and Scotiabank is one of our newest partners, joining us as a sponsor and volunteer with the 3rd Annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend.

Success By 6        

Based in 250 communities across the province, Success By 6 is an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing children between the ages of 0 – 6 the emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills they need to enter kindergarten.


Telus is one of the founding corporate donors of the YMCA of Northern BC, beginning with their donation to the 1974 Massey building capital campaign.

Tire Stewardship BC

Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society formed to manage BC's tire recycling program. The program collects an Advance Disposal Fee, commonly referred to as an eco fee, on the sale of every new tire. The fees are used to pay for transporting and recycling BC generated scrap tires into items like crumb flooring that the YMCA used in the Massey renovation.

Traxler Haines Barristers & Solicitors

Two things that make the YMCA of Northern BC so effective is the diverse pool of volunteers and sponsors that support our activities. Sometimes these factors even combine and Rob Traxler from Traxler Haines Barristers & Solicitors is the perfect example.

United Way of Northern BC

The United Way of Northern BC has been along-time YMCA partner most recently with Neighbourhood Scholars and Y Citizens.

Vancouver Foundation

Despite the name, the Vancouver Foundation has been very supportive of our activities in Prince George specifically Camp Kanannaq.

Vanderhoof Success by 6

Based in 250 communities across BC, Success By 6 is an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing children, ages 0-6, the emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills they need to enter kindergarten. The YMCA received a grant to offset start-up furniture and toy purchases in the new Vanderhoof child care site.

Variety Club

One of the vital services that the YMCA provides to Prince George families is transportation for children in our child care and summer camp programs – an annual subsidy of $50,000.  Variety Club partnered with the YMCA in 2011 with the purchase of a much appreciated  Sunshine Coach.


The most recent partner to join the YMCA is VISTA Radio – home to two, popular, local radio stations, 94X and The Wolf that are working with the YMCA to ensure that our activities will reach not only the Prince George audience but surrounding communities in central and northern BC.

Wood Wheaton Supercentre

One of Prince George's busiest automobile dealerships and a generous community partner, Wood Wheaton has sponsored the last three Y Champions Hockey Weekends!

YMCA Staff

Our staff play a significant part in the YMCA’s annual donation strategy through payroll donations and participation in the Strong Kids campaign.

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