At the YMCA, we have successfully created an environment where, when you walk in, you feel at ease, you feel supported, you feel accepted for who you are. And that’s when it’s interesting, when the magic happens. 40 000 kids and teens are developing their full potential. At the YMCA, we firmly believe that all the people who come through our doors or speak to our facilitators, work with our facilitators, who participate with others within our programs, that all of these people have the potential to take one step further in their lives. We have the firm belief that we have the capacity to help them increase their self-esteem, help others, contribute more to the community. 7 000 seniors are connecting with their community. When someone comes to the YMCA, it’s really because they have certain needs that need to be met. Maybe it’s to get back into shape, to meet people because they are feeling lonely, to learn a new skill, a new ability that they would like to master, because they want to attain new objectives in their life. 6 000 people are learning a new language. The YMCA is a living environment and reflects a little bit of the community in which it is rooted. A person will find certain group classes in one centre that they might not necessarily find in another, because the communities’ needs are not the same. 70 000 people are improving their quality of life by being active. The YMCA isn’t a house, it isn’t a school, or a seniors’ residence. It’s a place where you can really discover yourself, have experiences, thrive, become more autonomous, and have new tools that aren’t possibly acquired anywhere else. 120 000 people come to the YMCA every year. The YMCA has existed for 168 years. Whether it’s a big centre or a small one doesn’t matter, the relationships that are established here allow people to say: “Today, I’m going to the Y”.