Our Visit to YMCA Partnership in Ukraine

YMCAs build strong kids, strong families and strong communities not only in Calgary, but also in more than 120 countries around the world. Partnerships promote sharing of knowledge and resources with YMCAs in other parts of the globe and provide opportunity to support local community development work abroad. Together with other YMCAs in Alberta, we have forged a partnership with YMCA Ukraine to promote mutual growth and learning.

Each September, YMCA Ukraine has a national meeting followed by a Field Group meeting. This year, representing Calgary and the Prairie YMCAs were YMCA Calgary CEO and President, Helene Weir, Senior VP, Asset & Facility Development, Nancy Farries, YMCA Calgary Board Vice Chair, Evan Hazell and CEO of Brandon YMCA, Lon Cullen.

The Field Group is a  group charted by YMCA Europe to provide support to YMCA Ukraine in it’s development. It is chaired by Jan Nissen a volunteer from Sweden and besides Calgary and the Prairie YMCA’s The Field Group attendance this year included YMCAs of Calgary, Brandon, Winston Salem, England, Spain, Sweden, Europe and Ukraine. Other partners not in attendance were Iceland, St Louis and Sarasota.


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