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Bringing Vaughan’s new YMCA to life

Facility 'a reflection of the spirit of generosity' that resides in Vaughan, writes Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
Oct. 10, 2019
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

In the heart of our new downtown, something special is taking shape. It’s the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre YMCA -- a community centre that will be co-located with a new library, public spaces and offices -- steps from our new subway station.

I recently toured the building interior, which is busy with construction activity. The Y is creating an exceptional place where children will learn to swim, teens will transform into leaders as volunteers and employees, people of every ability will keep fit on state-of-the-art equipment, and everyone will come together to make meaningful connections.

For generations of Canadians, and indeed people around the world, the Y represents a welcoming place that makes communities stronger and helps individuals reach their full potential. The YMCA of Greater Toronto has been doing that for more than 165 years.

You’ve truly made it as a city when you have a YMCA. When the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre YMCA opens next year, it will mark an important milestone in our city’s evolution. Next year, we will count ourselves among the global cities that can proudly say, “This is my Y.”

The Y is a reflection of the spirit of generosity that exists in our city. We have an impressive legacy of giving, led by generous and compassionate individuals whose support remains critical as construction continues. I encouraged the Y to do what it does best and engage young talent. They tapped into Vaughan’s next generation to champion the $14 million Strong Start, Great Future capital campaign to bring our vision of a Vaughan YMCA to life.

I recently had the honour of announcing Peter Cortellucci and Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco as cabinet co-chairs of the campaign. I have known both Peter and Andrea for many years and our city is fortunate to have them take up this exciting opportunity alongside nearly a dozen of their Vaughan peers.

Driven by a group of socially-conscious, compassionate and purpose-driven young professionals, the Strong Start, Great Future capital campaign will ensure that more people in our community engage with the programs, services, and supports that will be offered through the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre YMCA.

I encourage you to rally behind these young leaders and support this important campaign. Together, we can ensure that our city will continue to build upon its success and prepare our children and grandchildren for a bright future.