Volunteers have led the YMCA’s impact for 50 years – from the founders of the Y in Chilliwack, to those who lead group fitness classes, to those who share their time to help our youngest citizens develop, volunteers are the backbone of this YMCA.
This was also true when the time came to raise the funds to make the new YMCA Centre of Community possible. A group of dedicated leaders came together to share the story of the YMCA across this great community. This Cabinet invited their friends and families, and those who believe in this community, to be founders of the next chapter of the YMCA’s impact in Chilliwack.
Thank you Chilliwack What Really Matters Capital Campaign volunteers for your dedicated work!
Chilliwack What Really Matters Capital Campaign Volunteers
Wayne McAlpine (Chair)
Jason Arnold (Vice Chair)
Brian Bilkes (Campaign Associate)
Jacqueline Boer (Campaign Associate)
Gerry deGroot (Campaign Associate)
Walter Goerzen (Campaign Associate)
We couldn’t have done it without you! With your support, we raised over $3.2 million towards the new YMCA, and thanks to you, a new YMCA for the community has become a reality. This spring the YMCA has bloomed again, and we all look forward to being a part of the impact of this new Y on generations to come.
We celebrated our shared success by hosting a small celebration on April 12, 2019. Keeping the spirit of the Y in mind, the theme was centred around what really matters—community.
The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) performed three beautiful songs about community and friendship, and Chief Terry Horne of the Yakweakwioose First Nations band in Chilliwack honoured those in attendance with a traditional welcome. Chief Horne also shared the Stó:Lō First Nations’ cultures and traditions with the audience, and noted the significance of indigenous representation at the event and at the Chilliwack Y, which is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Stó:Lō people. This was a firm reminder of the power of inclusion and acceptance and how imperative they are for every community to thrive. Further speeches by M.P. Mark Strahl, M.L.A. John Martin and the Mayor of the City of Chilliwack Ken Popove had the same underlying message—the importance of community and how the YMCA provides a place to gather and grow for people from all walks of life.
Because the Chilliwack Y is for the people of Chilliwack, it was only fitting that the people themselves were the ones to cut the ribbon. It was a multigenerational mix of individuals, all of whom represented Chilliwack and the inclusivity of the Y. While this was a donor and volunteer appreciation event, the evening acted as an ode to the amazing community of Chilliwack. We are truly grateful to everyone—our community, volunteer leaders, donors and members—for their unwavering support!