City of Victoria and Downtown Y Recognize 50 Years of Collaboration and Cooperation

YMCA/YWCA Vancouver Island has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Victoria. The agreement recognizes a 50 year history of cooperation on the delivery of health and wellness services, and formalizes a commitment to continue to collaborate on the planning and delivery of services for citizens of Victoria and the region. The MOU respects the continued independence of each organization, as well as the complementary benefits to the community. Together, we welcome more than 1-million people annually.  As Victoria grows, the needs of our citizens also evolve. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to innovate and cooperate on the delivery of services and programs that will collectively strengthen community well-being, and promote healthy living. The MOU recognizes our distinct business models and does not impact staffing or resourcing.

Property Update: Downtown Y

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has engaged Colliers International (Colliers) to explore potential opportunities for a new building with new facilities in the downtown core. As noted in our previous announcement, nothing changes for our staff or our members while Colliers identifies interested parties and brings forward options for our consideration. We anticipate that Colliers will present proposals to the Board for review by the end of the year. Proposals will outline opportunities for us to redevelop our facility as part of a larger development on our existing property, or, alternatively, a sale agreement that includes a viable relocation and new building opportunity in the downtown area.

In the event we are successful in finding a redevelopment partner, the YMCA-YWCA will have a leaseback option for 5 years with a possible 5-year extension.

We are committed to keeping staff and members updated as we move forward.

Looking ahead – Your Downtown Y

As our Region has grown and changed, the Y has evolved to meet and strengthen the development of healthy communities. See updates in our July Newsletter here and August Newsletter here.

Thank you!

To the following municipalities for working with the Y and providing support through permissive tax exemption to realise the vision of Healthy People, Strong Communities

City of Langford – Westhills YMCA- YWCA

District of Metchosin and District of Sooke – YMCA-YWCA Camp Thunderbird /Outdoor Centre

City of Victoria – Downtown YMCA-YWCA

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