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YMCA-YWCA of the National Capitol Region

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What we do

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy communities. Serving thousands of people in our region each year, Y programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. A focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are served through all stages of life; and through financial assistance programs, the Y is accessible to all. 

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.

At the Y, you’ll find a group of caring and dedicated educators and volunteers who help children learn, grow and thrive in a safe and supportive and nurturing environment. 



Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament May 2022 

The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament returned to the ice on May 19, 2022 after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19. raising $32,000 to support Y children’s programs. The tournament was originally established to honour Jim O’Grady, who passed away in 2009. Not only a well-respected lawyer, Jim was passionate about hockey, his community, and was a longstanding member of the Y. The tournament was created to celebrate Jim’s impact in the community. Since its launch, the Lawyers for Kids tournament has raised more than $300,000, and helped provide many children in our community with access to vital Y programs and services. 

Y Golf Classic September 2022

The Y Golf Classic took place on September 19, 2022 at Camelot Golf and Country Club, which raised nearly $300,000 to help children and families in our communities live fuller, healthier lives. Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised nearly $2.5 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sellout tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create life-changing opportunities.

Congratulations to Emond Harnden’s “Rough Justice”, Lawyers for Kids 2022 Tournament Winners

Y Golf Classic Co-Chairs Daniel Reid and Bob Watson are pictured with Presenting Sponsor representative David Cook.


180 Argyle Ave. 

Ottawa, Ont.

K2P 1B7

Year founded: 1867

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $ 23,045,000

Twitter: @ymcaywca_ottawa

Facebook: /ymcaywca

Instagram: @ymcaywca

Bob Gallagher – President and CEO

Susannah Crabtree – Chair


Susannah Crabtree FCIA, ICD.D – Chair

Jean Laurin, CPA, CA – Past Chair

Anne Butler – Secretary

Louise Tardif, ICD.D – Treasurer

Trevor Bhupsingh, MPA

Anna Laurence

Jacques Paquette, ASC

Gary Simonsen

Danial Taggart , CPA, CA, CFA

Tricia Weagant, BA

Caroline Xavier


The National Capital Region