The What Really Matters phased capital plan has included building four new YMCA centres in Chilliwack (complete), Coquitlam (under construction), Vancouver South (rezoning nearing completion) and Surrey (preliminary planning). As an important stakeholder to the YMCA we want you to be aware of the recent decision to not proceed with the development of the Surrey City Centre project. We are disappointed to share that due to escalating construction costs, plans for a Surrey City Centre YMCA will not proceed. This is a joint decision between the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and our partners, Simon Fraser University and the City of Surrey.
“All three partners have been deeply committed to advancing this innovative project to benefit SFU students and the Surrey City Centre community,” said our YMCA President and CEO, Stephen Butz. “Unfortunately, over the past few years, construction costs have increased dramatically throughout the region to the point that this particular project is no longer feasible.” In 2017, the City of Surrey and the YMCA each committed $20 million to the project. However, since then costs have climbed to $75 million.
The incredible success of the Tong Louie YMCA, which opened in 2002, encouraged us to look at a second YMCA for this fast-growing community and its families,” says Butz. “And this decision does not lessen our commitment to work with our partners throughout Surrey to expand our urgently-needed programs and services for local children, families, youth and seniors.”
The Y’s fundraising team had been in the preliminary phase of our capital fundraising campaign and we hugely appreciate the support of everyone in Surrey who volunteered to help or donate to the YMCA City Centre. “Since the decision to end the project, we have had heartfelt, meaningful conversations with our Surrey donors to share the update and have been humbled by the response,” shares Community Capital Campaign Manager Coral Henshaw. “Many of our donors have asked that we redirect their gift into other areas of need to continue to help the YMCA with our important work.” Their commitment is the same as ours – to continue building healthy communities.
Thank you to our Surrey Cabinet Volunteers
One of the best parts of working at the Y, is helping children families, youth and seniors reach their potential. Equally as joyful is meeting the wonderful volunteers who share our mission and are compelled to help. Great people are always called upon, and true leaders answer the call in big and small ways every day. The YMCA wants to thank the leadership and commitment the following WRM Surrey Cabinet members had to the big idea of the YMCA:
- Leslie Castellani, Cabinet Chair
- Jim Purcell
- Terry Hunt
- Dave Pel
- Norman Stowe
- Karen Sawatsky
- Sharon Crowson
- Balbir Thind
- Bal Mann, campaign associate
Thank you, Surrey Volunteer Cabinet, for your hard work, dedication, and servant leadership. “Though the Surrey City Centre YMCA project isn’t moving ahead, we want recognize and thank these volunteers for their commitment to the idea of a YMCA in City Centre,” shared Stephen Butz, YMCA President and CEO.