As part of our new strategic plan, YMCA Canada initiated discussions aboutdeveloping a national YMCA Healthy Children and Youth Strategy that willleverage the YMCA’s existing knowledge-base and vast experience.YMCA Canada provided relevant and timely strategic research to associationssuch as our first national Day Camp Survey, which garnered extremelypositive results. Our ongoing membership satisfaction research and associationdata collection further helps to build association strength.YMCA Canada continues to support a global YMCA operating plan to buildcapacity of YMCA movements worldwide.2007 was a year of transition as we moved from one strategic plan to another.In addition, Michael Weil, President and CEO of YMCA Canada, announcedhis plans to leave YMCA Canada and recently accepted a position with theYMCA of the USA as Senior Vice President, Resource Director for the NorthAmerican Urban Group of YMCAs. The Board and staff team thank Michaelfor his steadfast commitment and outstanding stewardship of YMCACanada. We are pleased to welcome Wayne Perkins, CEO, YMCA of Calgary,who will join YMCA Canada as President and CEO in the summer of 2008.Wayne brings 35 years of YMCA experience with him and we look forwardto his leadership.YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs are very excited about “Portage 09”, our nationalconference that will engage our member associations in a national dialogueon a collective new vision for the YMCA in Canada. Through this process,we will gain momentum as we build on our collective strength to reachmore Canadians than ever before.
MESSAGE FROMTHE YMCA CANADABOARD AND STAFF
Building on our Strength isn’t just the theme of this annual report, it’s howYMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs in Canada plan to work together to serve morepeople in more communities over the next five years. It’s also the name ofYMCA Canada’s new strategic plan, a major initiative of 2006 and 2007 thatencompassed a 12-month consultation process with YMCA leaders. It’s thisbold new strategic plan that we will be sharing with you in this report.During 2007, YMCA Canada continued to support and strengthen its memberassociations. We developed innovative national programs and resourcessuch as Creating Balance, a new weight management and lifestyle balanceprogram. We continued to implement a national child care curriculum,YMCA Playing to Learn, which provides a foundation for learning throughplay for children from infancy through to age six. Our various leadershipdevelopment and training events provided YMCA staff and volunteers withmany ongoing development opportunities.