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Older news postings from the YMCA of Northern BC are posted here for reference. Please see our main News page for current highlights and upcoming event listings!

Closure at the YMCA on Massey Drive. - December 2014

Read more here. 

Exclusive Sale of Nanguz Plush Toy to Support YMCA Legacy Program - December 2014

The YMCA of Northern BC and 2015 Canada Winter Games is offering an exclusive opportunity to purchase the Limited Edition Nanguz plush toy at the YMCA from December 10th - December 24th Read more here

YMCA School-Age Child Care Survey 201 - COMPLETE

The YMCA in Canada strives to be a world leader in the development of healthy and active children and youth. The experiences that your children have in their Y school-age care program are a vital part of our overall strategy for Healthy Child Development. By completing this survey you will be helping us better understand if we are meeting your needs and providing a positive growth experience for your child during the critical before and after-school hours.

Thank you!

YMCA Members Satisfaction Survey 2014 - COMPLETE

Thank you for your feedback - it will help strengthen your YMCA.

Grand Prize will be a IPad Mini and 50th Anniversary Gym Bag (approx. Value $350).
Second and third will be a 50th Anniversary ‎Gym Bag (Approx Value $100)

Thank you!

PGYSA Gives Back To Community With
Score-A-Thon Proceeds! - November 2014

The Prince George Youth Soccer Association held their second annual Score-A-Thon, with the intention of donating money to youth oriented organizations within the community. $3,350 was donated to the YMCA's YAP program (Youth Around Prince)

Thank you PGYSA!

Clara Hughes is coming to Prince George! - November 2014

In celebration of the YMCA of Northern BC’s 50th Anniversary, Clara Hughes will be coming to Prince George for two community impact events on November 19th, 2014. Read more here

The YMCA and Canadian Blood Services are joining forces! - October 2014

Did you know that last year the University Hospital of Northern BC received over 3600 units of blood? That’s more than half of what was collected at the Prince George Blood Donor Clinic in the same period. The YMCA of Northern BC is teaming up with Canadian Blood Services to support local hospital patients in need through blood donation. 
Read more here!

Successful 2014 Healthy Kids Day and Road Race - June 2014

The annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day and Canadian Tire Road Race wrapped up with 485 participants that ran and walked for this years event. Media Release

YMCA of Northern BC Wins Child Care Awards - May 2014

The Ministry of Children & Family Development has awarded Lynette Mikalishen and the YMCA for their outstanding work on behalf of children and families in Northern BC. Media Release


Healthy Kids Day and Road Race Set for 2014 - March 2014

The YMCA of Northern BC is pleased to announce that Sunday, June 1 is confirmed for the popular community events, Road Race and Healthy Kids Day. Media Release

YMCA of Northern BC Announces 2014 Board of Directors - February 2014

The YMCA held its 2014 Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 17. Four new members were elected to the Board of Directors and seven were re-appointed. Media Release

YMCA of Northern BC Launches 4th Annual Strong Kids Campaign - February 2014

This national campaign runs from February 15th - March 15. Strong Kids raises public awareness and financial support for the work that local YMCA's do in providing children and families with the values and life skills they need to succeed.
Media Release

50th Anniversary of the YMCA in Prince George - January 2014

December 30th 2014 marks 50 years of the YMCA of Northern BC. Over the next year, YMCA staff and Board will be hosting fun and exciting interesting activities in recognition of our history and to celebrate our golden anniversary. You ARE invited! Media Release

YMCA Named Official Partner of the 2015 Canada Winter Games - January 2014

The YMCA of Northern BC was named the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Canada Games mascot during an assembly at École Lac des Bois. Media Release

YMCA Announces New Licensed Child Care Program in Vanderhoof - January 2014

Media Release

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Wrap ups! - March 2013

After four weeks of energetic campaigning by YMCA staff, members and volunteers the third annual Strong Kids campaign has officially wrapped - just shy of its goal of $18,000.  Read more here

YMCA Member Survey - March 2013

Tell us about your YMCA! Take the survey online here
or Download the hard copy below and drop off to Member Services at Massey Drive.
Adult Member Survey
Family Member Survey

Canadian Tire Returns as Road Race Title Sponsor - February 2013

The YMCA of Northern BC is pleased to announce that Canadian Tire is returning for a third year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Annual Road Race. Read more here

2013 Strong Kids Campaign launch in support of YMCA Summer Camp programs - February 2013

Two new Board members join the YMCA of Northern BC - January 2013

Read the media release here.

The YMCA is now officially the YMCA of Northern BC –  January 2013

Read the media release to learn more.


Congratulations to Pat Flack, recipient of a Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal! - January 2013

Read the media release here.


Give with Target - November 2012

The YMCA has been selected as one of four national charities to participate in Target Canada’s “Give with Target” Facebook campaign.

Click on Active Play and then take a moment to share why you support the YMCA and their commitment to building healthy kids!  Every click is worth $100 and supports our Strong Kids campaign.    Funds are used for our summer camp programs, youth leadership and more. 

This campaign runs until December 9th or when they reach the $1million goal - thank you for your support!


YMCA Surveys - November 2012

This month, we are asking members to tell us how their YMCA experience has been. Please follow the links below and answer a short survey about your Y class or experience, it will help us to serve you better!
It takes less than 5 minutes!

Lockers For Sale - July 2012

Part of the renovations means there will be new lockers for the change rooms. As a result we are selling the current lockers!
6 foot locker - $30
5 foot locker - $20
3 foot locker - $10
If you are interested in purchasing some lockers please e-mail


YMCA Change Room Renovations - July 2012

  • Renovations to the Change Rooms have begun
  • One Change Room at a time – women’s first and then the men's will follow
  • Construction will take place over the summer
  • Completion set for Fall 2012
  • There will be a shower/change room trailer in the upper parking lot - a.k.a. YMCA Splash and Dash!

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!


Tiny Y Preschool scored 100% - June 2012

The YMCA celebrates Kerri and Crystal from Tiny Y Preschool who recently scored 100% on Y Canada’s National Play in Action Assessment.


Y Champions Hockey Weekend 2012 - June 2012

Save the date as the third annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend is set for September 7 and 8 with an exciting
line-up of special guests! Read more here...


5th Annual Healthy Kids Day - June 2012

On June 3, 2012, the YMCA of Northern BC will join YMCAs across Canada in hosting YMCA Healthy Kids Day. This free community event will focus on fun and engaging activities, practical information and simple ways to be healthier in spirit, mind and body. Read more here...


Canadian Tire Returns are Road Race Sponsor - June 2012

The YMCA of Northern BC is pleased to announce that Canadian Tire is returning for a second year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Annual Road Race. “We are thrilled to have Canadian Tire’s continued support for this race, says Mark Miller, YMCA CEO. With approximately 500 runners participating every year, it really marks the kick off to summer running in our community.”   Read more here...


The Strong Kids Campaign has wrapped up - March 2012

After a month of campaigning by YMCA staff and volunteers, the second annual Strong Kids campaign has officially wrapped, exceeding its goal of sending sixty children to Camp Kanannaq. Read more here...


February 15th marks the launch of the YMCA of Northern BC’s Strong Kids Campaign. - February 2012

This annual campaign runs from February 15 – March 15 and raises public awareness and financial support for the work that local YMCAs do in providing children and families with the values and life skills they need to succeed. Read more here!


YMCA AGM - February 2012

Today the YMCA of Northern BC held its Annual General Meeting electing five new members to the Board of Directors. Read more here..


YMCA Service Survey - December 2011

We want to hear from you! Whether you take a fitness class, visit the gym, or sign your children up for youth programs; we want your feedback. Follow this link to take this easy 5 minute survey. Thank you for your responses; we look forward to serving you better!


Celebrate National Child's Day with the YMCA - November 2011

As the largest provider of child care in Prince George, we are hosting the 2nd annual National Child’s Day celebration!

Saturday, November 19th
11:30am – 3:00pm
At the YMCA on Massey Drive

We will have activities, games, snacks and more!


The YMCA of Northern BC is pleased to announce exciting renovations to our Lobby, Main Floor Fitness Area and Early Learning Centre (ELC) at our Massey Drive facility - November 2011

Renovations will include an expanded Membership Services Desk and installation of entry and exit turnstiles. The Early Learning Centre is adding twelve new infant toddler spaces – those improvements include new paint, furniture and nap room.

Construction in both areas begins Monday, November 21. The Lobby should be complete by December 31 and ELC by mid-February 2012.

Prepping for construction begins Monday, November 14 and the Main Floor Fitness Area will be off-limits.

On November 18th, facility access will be re-located to the door located at the north end of the building and upper level parking will also be affected.

Members will be given as much advance notice as possible on limited access and disruptions. Thank you for your patience while we renovate to serve you better!

Come to our Open House to learn more…Thursday, November 10. Two times to choose from: 8:00am – 9:00am / 5:00pm – 6:00pm



The Y Champions Hockey Weekend is ready to go! The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 30th with an on-ice hockey session led by three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill. Read more here.


The YMCA at the Cougars Game! - September 2011

Join the YMCA at the Cougars home opener Friday, September 30th! We will be handing out 1 week family passes, brochures, and greeting all hockey game attendants! Keep your eye out for us out on the ice...


YMCA at the Spruce Kings Game! - September 2011

The YMCA will be on site at the Spruce Kings Home Opener on Friday, September 23rd! We will be handing out brochures, answering questions, demo-ing programs, and handing out coupons! Don't miss it!


Sports Day in Canada - September 2011

Saturday, September 17th is National Sports Day in Canada and to celebrate we are offering a 10% discount on recreational program registration! The facility will also be free to those wanting to drop in and access the open gymnasium or the fitness floor. Spread the word and join us Saturday!


Y Champions Hockey Weekend - September 2011

The Y Champions Hockey Weekend returns this fall bringing together members of the Prince George community to play hockey, be inspired, network, and most importantly raise funds to support the YMCA’s Strong Kids Fund.
Media Release


New Child Care Bus Donated! - August 2011

Variety has donated a brand new Sunshine Coach bus to the YMCA of Northern BC. Media Release.


Membership Survey Results Are In! - June 2011

The spring membership survey data  has been collected and calculated. Check out the results here!



A unique boardroom table made entirely from historical artifacts donated by YMCAs across Canada -- including the YMCA of Northern BC – was recently completed and has a permanent home at YMCA Canada’s head office in Toronto. Media Release. Check out this amazing book here!


YMCA Healthy Kids Day Media Release - March 2011

A save the date and brief update of what to expect this year at Healthy Kids Day. Media Release


New Board Members for 2011 - February 2011

The YMCA had its Annual General Meeting February 22nd. Welcome to the new Directors and thanks to returning Members for continuing to give your much appreciated support! Media release can be read here.


Strong Kids Campaign Send 47 Kids to Camp Kanannaq! - February 2011

Thanks to everyone who supported our first ever Strong Kids campaign! We raised enough funds to send 47 lucky Prince George kids to camp!


Warm Hearts Youth Lounge - February 2011

Mark Miller, YMCA of Northern BC CEO accepted a $5,000 donation from Pat Flack on behalf of the Terasen Gas employee-supported Warm Hearts Charitable Foundation. Funds will be directed to purchase equipment and supplies for the REC Room. Click here for photo.


2011 YMCA Calendar now available! - January 2011

Click here to download our 2011 Calendar. (PDF file)


The YMCA Joins the Blog Community!

Our organization is now part of the blogger world. We will be posting about YMCA news, community issues, interesting developments, youth-focused material and more. We are hoping to gain insightful feedback from our members and followers, so don't be afraid to comment and ask questions! The first post is by CEO Mark Miller, reflecting on last year's changes and what the YMCA hopes to achieve in 2011.

Visit the blog here: then follow us each week as we update you on YMCA life!


Y Hockey Weekend Scores Big! 

The YMCA of Northern BCis pleased to announce the successful completion of the First Annual Y Champions Hockey Weekend, Oct 1st - 2nd 2010.

The Y Champions Hockey Weekend raised $20,000 for YMCA programs such as Camp Kanannaq, Simon Fraser Lodge and Youth Around Prince (YAP)... READ MORE


Trevor Linden to stay for Y Champions Hockey Tournament

Trevor Linden has confirmed that he will be staying in Prince George for the Y Champions Hockey tournament... READ MORE


Trevor Linden Kicks off Y Hockey Weekend!

The Y Champions Hockey Weekend will bring together members of the Prince George community to play hockey, network, and most importantly raise funds to support the YMCA of Northern BC.

This inaugural fundraiser kicks off with a banquet on Friday Oct. 1 where Trevor Linden will share his philosophy on charity and philanthropy... READ MORE


YMCA Day Camp rated high in overall satisfaction

YMCA Day Camp was recently rated 79% in overall satisfaction in a National YMCA report garnering an average of 85% satisfaction in Convenience, Friendliness, Safety, Relationships, and Programs... READ MORE


YMCA REC Room unveiled

SEE VIDEO from CKPG. READ STORY from the Prince George Citizen.


Healthy Habits must start early

The YMCA of Northern BC today announced its support for the 2010 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, released by Active Healthy Kids Canada and its strategic partners, ParticipACTION and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute - Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO)...

"The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card describes a reality for Canada's children and youth that is unacceptable to the YMCA...READ MORE


Ethiopian Nationals to visit the Prince George YMCA

The YMCA of Northern BC will be hosting two guests from Ethiopia. Dr. Berhanu and Mr. Amanuel Otorro have travelled to North America to tour and speak at YMCA's across Canada and the USA... READ MORE


YMCA Annual General Meeting held

The YMCA of Northern BC held its Annual General Meeting this morning at Highland Community Development Centre.

For information on our Board of Directors' please go to our Board of Directors' listing under Donations & Volunteering or CLICK HERE


YMCA of Northern BC announces YMCA Healthy Kids Day and Road Race, June 6th 2010

The YMCA of Northern BC is once again hosting Healthy Kids Day and Road Race...READ MORE

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