YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region


This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA is a charitable association dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults and families through programs that build spirit, mind and body. The Y provides opportunities for personal growth and character development by providing unique and contemporary programs for everyone regardless of race, religion, creed, ability or economic circumstance.

The Y’s programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. The Y works to build healthy communities and advocate for children, teens and young adults, helping all to reach their potential and realize their goals. With community support, we fund programs that promote healthy living by ensuring everyone is given the opportunity to achieve a healthier lifestyle, nurture the potential of children and youth by engaging them and encouraging positive choices, support vulnerable people by helping them stabilize while connecting them with appropriate community resources, and inspire personal success by providing access to essential training and resources.

At a glance

Year founded: 1867

Geographic region of focus: The National Capital Region

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $23,915,000

Top funding sources:

  • Government funding: 54.1%
  • Corporate: 3.2%
  • Individual: 2.3%
  • Other charities: 0.8%
  • Other sources: 39.5%

How you can help


Whether it is offering comfort and a safe home to families with nowhere else to go, helping children develop self-confidence and independence, providing essential training to inspire success in newcomers to our region, or celebrating our members’ accomplishments in their quests for a healthier lifestyle, the Y is a foundation from which a brighter future and a stronger community can be built. However, the Y is only able to provide these services thanks to community support. From sending a kid to camp to providing a safe shelter space for a homeless youth, Y supporters help shape positive futures.


The YMCA-YWCA relies on the time and dedication given by hundreds of volunteers each year. As a volunteer with the Y, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, coach swimming or basketball, mentor youth, help run a special event, engage your network in philanthropic opportunities, or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you will be making a big difference. To find out more visit www.ymcaywca.ca/Who-We-Are/volunteer/

Events and fundraising

YMCA-YWCA Cliffhanger (June 2020) 

Rappel down 16 stories at the Taggart Family Y during this knee-knocking, adrenaline-inducing event. More than just a daring stunt, this is your opportunity to help kids in our community experience a life-changing summer at Y camps! 

Cliffhanger YMCA

Stride for the Y (September 2020)

The Y’s newest event creates an exciting opportunity for families to spend a fun-filled day together. Centered around a 2K family-friendly walk, Stride for the Y also offers participants the chance to play on the RedBlacks field as they cross the finish line, and the opportunity to take in a game at TD place – all while helping some of our community’s most vulnerable families access affordable child-care.

Y Golf Classic (September 2020)

Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised more than $1.5 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sell-out tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create life-changing opportunities.


Y Strong Kids Campaign

The Y Strong Kids Campaign runs annually from March 1 to April 30. Focused on raising much-needed resources to support Y programs, this campaign helps give local kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential: to live happier, healthier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future. Hundreds of local kids, teens and families are unable to afford the full cost of participation in recreational programming, but they still need and deserve safe places to be, caring and trained volunteer and staff mentors, and programs that teach vital life-skills. By supporting this campaign, you are helping each and every child realize their full potential.

Board members and executives

Jean and Bob - YMCA
President and CEO Bob Gallagher (left), and Chair of the board Jean Laurin

Jean Laurin

Ross Quane
Past chair

Anne Butler

Susannah Crabtree

Iwona Albrecht

Dr. Lisa Chillingworth Watson

Alan Doak

Colleen Kelley

Anna Laurence

Jacques Paquette

Gary Simonsen

Louise Tardif

Mark Taylor

Get in touch

180 Argyle Ave. 
Ottawa, Ont.
K2P 1B7


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