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Maritimes Region Y Service Clubs

About Us

Our Story

The history of our over 100 year movement

Founded in Toledo, Ohio, USA in 1922 to support a local YMCA, Y’s Men International is now oriented to serving the worldwide YMCA, the largest non-governmental youth organisation, and through it the communities in which it is present throughout the world.

Since the YMCA is usually known as “the Y” in the USA, and as the Y’s Men movement started there as a club of “men of and for the Y”, it was named the “Y’s Men’s Club”.

Judge Paul William Alexander (pictured) was the founder of the first club together with a group of other young men. However, today women are also full members of our movement and family participation is encouraged in numerous activities.

Since 1995 local affiliated clubs wishing to emphasise this openness can choose to call themselves “Y’s Men and Women’s Clubs” or “Y Service Clubs”. Members are known as Y’s Men or Y’s Women.

What we offer as an organization

Our Commitment to Community Enrichment

Empowering Youth Development

Our clubs are passionate about nurturing the potential of the younger generation. We collaborate with schools and the YMCA to provide enriching programs that foster leadership, encourage healthy living, and instill a sense of civic responsibility. From after-school activities to mentorship programs, we’re invested in creating opportunities that help youth thrive.

Promoting Healthy Living

A healthy community is a happy community. That’s why we’re deeply involved in promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles. Our initiatives include community fitness programs, nutritional education, and supporting local health drives. We believe that by taking proactive steps towards wellness, we can uplift the entire community.

Fostering Social Responsibility

We encourage everyone to play a role in enhancing the fabric of our society. Our members lead and support various projects – from environmental cleanups to fundraising for local charities. We aim to inspire a culture of giving, ensuring that our collective actions contribute to a sustainable and equitable society.

Strengthening Community Ties

The Maritimes Y Service Clubs serve as a vital link in the community chain. By organizing events, celebrating local culture, and providing support during crises, we bring people together, creating bonds that strengthen community ties. We’re committed to building a supportive network where everyone can find help and companionship.

Supporting Family and Individual Well-being

We recognize that strong families are the backbone of any community. Our programs and services are designed to support families in various aspects of life. Whether it’s through parenting workshops, couples’ activities, or supporting single parents, our goal is to nurture family units for a resilient community.

Championing Volunteerism and Leadership

Volunteering with the Maritimes Y Service Clubs is an opportunity to lead, learn, and grow. We encourage our members to take on leadership roles within projects, helping to steer our efforts in meaningful directions while developing personal and professional skills. Our leadership training and volunteer recognition programs celebrate and build upon the passion and creativity of our volunteers.

Structure of Canada and Caribbean Area

The Canadian Area is divided into four regions:

  1. The Western Canada Region which includes the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta,
    Saskatchewan, and Manitoba as well as the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.
  2. The Central Canada Region which includes the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
  3. The Maritimes Region which includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
    Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador.
  4. The Caribbean Region — Clubs in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad/Tobago

Steering Community Service with Dedication

The Maritimes Y Service Clubs thrive under the guidance of our dynamic Regional Team. The 2023-2024 team comprises committed individuals who lead various aspects of our organization, ensuring we remain focused on our mission of serving communities effectively.

Our Team

Ivan Tompkins

Regional Director / Extension

Assists in all facets of regional management.

Sandy Reynolds

Past Regional Director

Responsible for overall leadership, strategic planning, and extension of our service reach.

Carol Renyolds

Regional/Area Director Y Service Club Women

Leads initiatives specifically focused on engaging and empowering women within the organization.

Todd Robinson

Regional Secretary

Manages documentation, records, and facilitates effective communication across the region.

Max Elliot

Regional Treasurer

Oversees financial operations, ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparent reporting.

Reg Springer

Community Service/Youth

Directs youth-related projects and community service initiatives, fostering youth involvement and development.

Kevin Cummings

International Programs

Coordinates our involvement in international programs, enhancing our global impact.

Glenn MacDonald

YMCA Relations/Alexander Scholarship Fund

Manages our relationship with the YMCA and oversees the Alexander Scholarship Fund.

Terry MacDonald

Leadership and Organizational Development Membership/Conservation

Focuses on member development, leadership training, and environmental conservation efforts.

Earl Foster

Brotherhood Fund

Administers the Brotherhood Fund, supporting various philanthropic activities and member welfare.

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Join Our Leadership Team

Interested in taking a leadership role? We offer training, support, and a collaborative environment to help you grow as a leader within our organization. Contact us to learn more about current opportunities.