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Moment in time

Annual Report 2008


Our Donors Thank you to all our generous donors for taking a moment in your busy lives and stopping to think about helping others. With your help children, seniors and families in our community are stronger, healthier, more active and engaged in their community through health, recreation, summer day camp, swimming lessons and our international programs. Mentor Kyle Barber Brighton Health Services Centre Dan Bulger, Pentel Realty Coca Cola Bottling Steve & Esther Hails, Canadian Ishinryu Karate Kristina Harrison Peter and Gloria Harrison Ontario Power Generation Employees & Pensioners Charity Trust Jim Proskos Olaf Rabe Stuart Shanker Trinity United ChurchFrom The Ground Up Project Partner Anonymous Gerard Bondy The Caffin Family

The Corporation of Hamilton Township Arlene, Robb & Aidhana Howells Blair McFadden Robin & Anita Moore (in memory of Michael Moore) Shirley and Bill O’Neil Ontario Omega Delta Cobourg-Summer Day Camp Kate Surerus Morris Tait Builder Dave Avery-FAME event Mary Brinklow Bruce & Rick’s Mike and Darlene Bunn David J. Cable Chartered Accountants Checkers Entertainment Mary Liz and Dave Clark Margaret Dankmayer Mae Dingwall Dr. Mark Essak

Zachary Esselmott Jessica Fraser-Thomas Linda Givelas Adrian Greenwood Investor’s Group Bernie & Jill Harrigan Kelly’s Homelike Inn Hydro One Employees & Pensioners Trust Kidz Inc Eunice Kirkpatrick Dr. Carson Kwok John Lammers, Northumberland Glass Kevin Marr Pauline McCullagh (in memory of Paul F. McCullagh) Ross McKie and Lori Bernstein The Mireault Family Charlene Pretty Sandy Smith Marina Turner Johansson Weetabix of Canada

Friend Rose Adamcryk Mike Banks Sarah Begley Shannon Blakely John and Heather Cordukes Margie Dingwall Anthony Doukas Stephen Elliott Jeremy Fleming Mark & Lori Geens & Family Karen Harper Anthony Heffernan Sam Kotzer Ltd. Kerri-Sue Lang Elayne Linn Cindy Marshall Tonya McColl-Smith Victor Popa Patricia Rogerson Diane Rowe Linda Tredree Joy Wooland, Camborne School YMCA Ambassadors Club

EVENTS YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament Lunch Sponsor Dan Bulger, Pentel Realty Major Sponsors Bromley Fabricators CIBC Wood Gundy, The Ley Investment Group Jim Proskos, Cobourg Honda IMI Jones Deslauriers Mark Geens, Lafarge Northumberland Tire OT Group Justin Williams Prize Sponsor VIA Rail Canada Media Sponsor 107.9 The Breeze & Star 93.3 Golf Sponsor Timber Ridge Golf Course Print Sponsor Haynes Printing Game Hole Sponsor Vandermeer Toyota

Hole Sponsors Behan Construction Brighton Health Services Centre Canadian Industrial Services Cliffshore Excavating Dr. Narine, Family Dentistry Eastern Ontario Consultants Hustler & Kay Investor’s Group Rob Thomas Painting Rotary Club of Brighton Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise Sines Flooring SMM Law Stadtke Plumbing & Heating Totten Sims Hubicki Associates Wilson Collision

Speaker Series with Justin Trudeau Major Sponsor Lynn Hardy, RBC Dominion Securities Media Sponsors Northumberland News Northumberland Publishers Star 93.3/107.9 The Breeze Youth Sponsors Rotary Club of Cobourg Rotary Club of Port Hope Silver Sponsors BDO Dunwoody Gord Ley, The Ley Investment Group Noel Milner, Money Concepts SABIC Innovative Plastics Bronze Sponsors Dan Bulger, Pentel Realty IMI Jones Deslauriers Jim Proskos, Cobourg

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Camp Chairs for Camp Kids Major Sponsor Lafarge Sponsors Kyle Barber Nadia Bock Darlene & Mike Bunn Lynne Caffin Kristina Harrison Yvonne Kay

YMCA Strong Kids Special Events Children’s YMCA Auctions Children YMCA Family Fun Fair & Mega Machines Cobourg YMCA Ishinryu Karate Tournaments Trinity United Church From The Ground Up Reindeer Run with Northumberland Hills Hospital Women Para Mujeres La Cena

Thank you to the Northumberland United Way for their ongoing support and partnership


Our Volunteers Thank you to our dedicated volunteers. From youth to seniors, from fitness to maintenance, our volunteers took many moments out of their busy lives this year to help our YMCA make the lives of so many in our community healthier, stronger, and better. Dylan Albon Pat Anderson Donna Archer Rick Arnold Lorol Avery Allyson Banville Allison Bayliss Kathy Bedard Joel Bergeron Lori Bernstein Nadia Bock Patricia Boehme Rebecca Breau Merete Brooks Jaime-Lea Brown Lorraine Bulger Sophie Bulger Dan Bulger Darlene Bunn Jennifer Burgess Sharon Burke Jamie Byers Marcela CalderonDonefer Rachel Carlen Michelle Carr Brendan Case Roger Chernuck Christine Clark Andy Coxhead Stephanie Cudmore Tracy Dafoe Tony Dametto Marcus De Nie Andrew deGraauw Shelly Delrosario Rob Deperasinski Jim Deviney Jim Douglas Lisa Fanjoy Jennifer Fernandes Steve Fox

Jessica Fraser-Thomas Greg Gallagher Anthony Galonski Emily Geens Lori Geens Mark Geens Noah Geens Carol Grice David Grice Pat Griffin Valerie Grist Cory Grozelle Eva Hachey Steven Hails Esther Hails Tom Halligan Diane Harding Bryan Harold Jessica Harper Kristina Harrison Peter Harrison Andrew Harvey Ocean Hashem Frank Hassard Jerry Haus Stephen Hoftyzer Heather Holmes Brenda Hompus Arlene Howells Bill Hubers Konrad Hunter Shelia Irwin Laura Jackson Ingrid Jackson Trisha Jaynes Chantal Juranics Yvonne Kay Ruth Keary Danielle Keir Kathy Klippenstein Kim Knight Maryann Krahn

JoAnn Kropf-Hedley Matthew Lane Gord Ley Nancy Long Bruce MacNeill Michelle Mallory Sylvie Mansell Marty Martin Wyatt May Fay McCann Carolyn McColl John McDougall Blair McFadden Sharlene McHolm Ross McKie Mandy McKinley Niels McLeod Darlene McLoughlin Ricardo Melendro Chris Millar Jim Millar Janice Mirabelli Rémi Mireault Callum Mireault Marc Mireault Rebecca Morris Cecile Moss Katy Mountain Jim Murray Dayna Nelson Tanya Nestoruk Rick Nonnekes Tara Nugent David O’Dell Bobby Oliver Shirley O’Neil Gary Orpana Kristine Orr Brittany Page Kelsey Page Christie Peacock Rosa Penney

Dana Petrillo Taylor Piotrowski Shirley Poe Melba Pound Ritchie Pound Carolyn Prentice Jim Proskos Keith Publicover Stacey Raymond Alice Richardson Tom Rousseau Emily Rowley Brent Rylott Melissa Sabine Jeff Sanders Diana Scott Sarah Sculthorpe Eileen Sheppard Daphne Simms Brandon Smith Zack Smith Ken Stevenson Emanuel Sutherland Morris Tait Angela Taylor Anne Marie TaylorPowney Deborah Thompson Aidan Tierney Heather Tobey David Van Gelder Judith Van Gelder Alexa Van Laren Mark Varo Daniela Velasquez Gabe Walters Kelly Watson Meyada Widaatalla Jake Woodbury Marnie Young Kenji Young

Our Management Team Kyle Barber, CEO Mike Banks, Property Manager Debbie Brown, Program Director, Child Care Mike Bunn, Controller Lynne Caffin, Manager, Sales & Services, Cobourg YMCA Linda Givelas, General Manager, Children’s YMCA

Eunice Kirkpatrick, General Manager, Membership Centres Happy Mireault, Director Development & International Program Leslie Murray, Program Manager Marina Turner-Johansson, Program Director, YMCA Ontario Early Years


Moment in Time‌ In 2008 more people began to make our YMCA their YMCA embership, Child Care, YMCA Ontario Early Years and day camps have seen increased participation in programs coupled with significantly increased satisfaction. The results of the most recent national YMCA SAM (Serving All Members) survey indicated that we are one of the most connected, responsive and well used YMCAs in the country. 77% believe our YMCA is helping their personal development, 88% believe our YMCA is a good place for children and families. One of the most remarkable pieces of feedback we received was that over 90% of our community members who responded to the survey indicated that they believe we contribute to building a better community. When our mission is to build strong families and strong communities, it is an honour to know people feel we are meeting that mission. Now we have to take this information, from this moment in time, and look forward to continue to meet the growing needs of our community and not rest on our laurels. Growth is projected for Northumberland despite our present economic climate. We have seen marked increases in membership over the past year and we project conservative growth in the coming years. To support this growth, our YMCA must continue to change and respond. We have had a very good year financially because we spent only what was necessary and kept our operating costs as low as we could, all the while with an eye on maintaining our facilities and continuing to be responsive and creative in our programming and outreach. We need to use this gain and position ourselves for the growth that is necessary to take our YMCA into the future. Building on our 139 year history in the community and strong relationships with local municipalities, we continue to work with the Town of Cobourg on our partnership model that will help us meet the needs of our members and community with their health, wellness, fitness and recreation well into the future. We also continue our partnership work with funders, other charitable organizations, our members, our program users, our volunteers and our staff. Our focus on getting out there and serving

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our community allows us a complete picture of community needs and we continue to respond. In the past year our YMCA Strong Kids Assistance program provided over $137,000 in financial assistance to help people of all ages in our community participate in programs at their YMCA. We helped two local schools with limited resources for physical activity programs to bring over 130 students to the Cobourg YMCA to improve their physical fitness with our staff. We continue to strengthen our partnership with the YMCA of Nicaragua through our CIDA partnership, providing skills and youth leadership training to marginalized youth. We created new and innovative programs for seniors and others with physical limitations, and for youth to develop and be physically active in fun, new ways. The pages of our 2008 Annual Report tell of people of our community who have each had a moment when the YMCA made their dreams possible, influenced positive changes in their lives, and allowed them to make our YMCA their YMCA. On behalf of our Board and staff members we want to thank volunteers, donors, partners, funders and participants who have generously given to their YMCA in so many ways over the past year. Jim Proskos Board Chair

Kyle Barber CEO


im Douglas is a changed man. Once concerned about his excess weight and high cholesterol, he is now an accredited personal trainer and knows almost everyone by name at the Brighton YMCA. The moment for Jim happened over nine years ago when his doctor warned him, “If you want to stay healthy you’ll have to start going to the gym and eating right.” He took this advice very seriously and lost 30 pounds in the first year alone. Jim remembers his doctor could hardly believe it, thinking it was impossible and rechecking him three times. He assured him that it was indeed possible with the right amount of determination. For Jim, the weight that he lost was a great start but it was only the beginning. He started working out regularly at the YMCA in 2001 and continued to push his limits and boundaries even further. In August of 2007, another moment came for Jim when he made the decision to take his fitness to the next level and began a very rigorous training routine to prepare for his first bodybuilding competition. He placed 2nd in his category, an amazing accomplishment for a beginner in the Masters level! According to Jim though, placing in the competition was only a fraction of the reward he felt. What meant the most to him was being a part of the YMCA team that supported and encouraged each other. He built strong friendships and was very proud of everyone who took part in the event and challenged themselves the way he did. “We support and enjoy each other,” Jim says of the people he’s met through the YMCA. “It’s a small community and we get to know each other. I know almost every face that walks through that door because of the length of time I’ve been coming here. I love the Y.” Jim’s determination and drive for fitness has been a motivation for people at the YMCA. Soon after completing his bodybuilding competition, people began asking him for advice on their own training and routines. Another moment of inspiration struck Jim and he decided to work on achieving his own Personal Training Accreditation. Now Jim spends his Wednesday afternoons volunteering at the YMCA as a trainer and helping people of all ages become physically fit. So far he has trained six people from 12 to 78 years of age. He loves the interaction with people as well as being able to encourage them to have the same determination that he has. “What I tell members as I am training them is that the challenge is up to you but if you involve yourself in the YMCA and make an effort then you are going to enjoy it. It is going to become something you like to do rather than something you have to do. That’s the key.”

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“...the challenge is up to you but if you involve yourself in the YMCA and make an effort then you are going to enjoy it.”


he moment came for 16 year old Meyada Widaatalla when her family started planning a trip home to their native Sudan. Meyada started thinking about the country, the issues, the life she has in Canada and the educational opportunities she and her siblings have. Meyada knows that life is hard for children in Sudan and she decided to do something about it. She developed a concept for her own project and approached the International Committee of our YMCA to help her link this with her parttime work here as a member of our youth and pre-school program staff. With the help and support of the International Committee, Donate to Educate was developed and introduced to the children and families of our six YMCA Child Care sites throughout Northumberland. During YMCA Peace Week, Meyada visited all our YMCA Child Care Centres and talked to the children about Sudan; the culture, the food, the language, the issues, what life is like for children in Sudan, as well as their educational needs. She created posters for her campaign and urged families of children at the Child Care Centres to each donate one educational supply that she could take in her luggage and distribute to children in remote villages and communities in Sudan. Her efforts raised enough pencils, erasers, markers, chalk, and other supplies to completely fill three boxes to bring on her trip. With the help of her aunt in Sudan, she made arrangements to visit five schools. The International Committee also connected her to the YMCA of Khartoum so she could see their work and bring that knowledge back to share here. Meyada’s eyes were opened by the children of Sudan. They have very little, but they are so determined and just want to learn. “They are just looking for hope,” she says. “You can see it in their eyes.” She found that Sudanese classrooms have a very different atmosphere than the ones found in schools here. The smallest class she visited had 37 children, and the largest up to 58. The classrooms were incredibly small and constructed of dirt and bricks, lacking real flooring, stairs, and even water and electricity. “Some parts of our world can be so ignored,” explains Meyada. “I remind myself all the time to do my part in the world to help people and help others be aware of what’s going on outside of Canada. You hear about these things, but I actually saw it.” Meyada’s friends, family and our YMCA are all very proud of her efforts and the success she had by seizing the moment and acting upon her feelings and ideas. Now she is spending time visiting all our child care

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“They are just looking for hope, you can see it in their eyes.”

centres again, showing them images of the children she met and thanking them for caring about others. For Meyada, the experience was very rewarding and she was touched by how appreciative the students were for the generosity of the children and families who had made donations to them. They were also very interested in learning about Canada through Meyada’s Canadian flag and photographs of her life here. “No matter what school I went to, or what grade, the students never failed to smile, amazed at the idea that children their age or younger cared enough to dedicate their time and effort to help them. Now I just want to do more.”


ast year a moment of opportunity came for our YMCA to become involved in an exciting new program to help address the issues of teen pregnancy and education. The Teen Educating and Mothering, or TEAM Program was developed in partnership with our YMCA, the Kawartha, Pine Ridge District School Board and Alpha House, a respite home for young and expecting mothers. The program offers young women the opportunity to attend secondary school and to be able to

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“Everything I went through made me strong enough for my child.”

concentrate on their education while their children of up to 18 months receive quality YMCA child care on site at the school. TEAM does a lot more for the young women than offer them a chance to fulfill their diploma requirements. Aside from the educational benefits, the mothers become a part of a solid support system. After a short period of time, the mothers and babies build strong, trusting relationships with each other as well as the staff. The moment came for Michelle Weaver, a long time YMCA child care supervisor, when she decided to take on the challenge of providing the care for this program. It was a decision that has changed Michelle’s perceptions of youth, her community and the way she provides care. “My hopes for these girls are for them to gain self confidence, self worth and realize who they are and who they can be,” says Michelle. “We make a difference in someone’s life every single day, and they make a difference in my life.” 16-year-old Victoria, an expectant mother, can speak to the huge change that TEAM has made in her life. Victoria has had to overcome many obstacles to become who she is today and her determination for herself and her unborn son is tangible. At just 14 years of age, Victoria left behind a rocky home life to try and make her own way. No longer in school, she began using drugs and made some unwise choices in her life. Victoria soon found herself stranded with nowhere to go. She had run out of money, lost ties with her family and was involved in an abusive relationship while battling an addiction. It was at this point in her life she found out she was pregnant. The moment Victoria was told she was carrying a healthy baby boy she became determined to turn her life around. She says the news was her turning point and inspiration to get on the right path. She began to concentrate on what was best for herself and her child, and put their needs before anything else. “I believe you go through everything for a reason,” she says, reflecting on her experience. “Eventually you’ll pull through. Everything I went through made me strong enough for my child.” Victoria now has a number of goals with her first priority being to live a better lifestyle with her son. She is working towards finishing her requirements for her secondary school diploma with the TEAM program while living at Alpha House, where she has also received a lot of support. She believes she is in a better place now than she has been for years. Victoria says that the teachers, Michelle and all the TEAM staff really do care. TEAM is helping her learn everything she needs to know to change her life, and they are supporting her every step of the way.


eing a stay at home parent can present a number of challenges, but for Rob Deperasinski the rewards far outweigh anything else. Just over three and a half years ago, Rob made the decision to leave his position as a funeral director to stay at home in a small rural community with his three children- Raquel, 10, Elsa, 7, and Kyle, 4. Although he loved his job, it carried a lot of baggage and had unpredictable hours, leaving him with very little time to spend with his kids. He felt like they were growing up so quickly and he was missing out on too much of it. When Rob began staying at home with his children, he wanted to spend quality time doing fun activities with them. They began doing a lot of things together as a family, bike riding, swimming, playing with all of their pets, and going on day trips. But Rob also wanted his younger children to be able to interact with other children and he reached out to the Castleton Playgroup, where his wife had taken his oldest daughter when she was small. This group meets weekly at the Town Hall and is part of our YMCA Ontario Early Years Mobile Outreach network of playgroups. The playgroups are managed by volunteer leaders with support from Andrea Dunkley, our YMCA Mobile Outreach Coordinator. Andrea visits every two weeks with programming, resources and parenting support. At the end of last year, the moment came for Rob when he made the decision to step up and volunteer to lead the playgroup himself. Rob’s favorite aspect of leading the playgroup is the social aspect of it. For the children, it’s not only a stepping stone for school but also a lot of fun to play with other kids. It is also a great way for parents to meet, share ideas and resources. “We have about twenty to twenty five children who come regularly. We really have a great turn out,” Rob says of the playgroup. “The parents have great ideas for activities for the children so we have a lot of fun.” The parents and children sing songs, create art and craft projects, have lunch together, and just have a really good time. “My favorite part is playing,” says Rob’s 4year-old son Kyle, “and making crafts. I liked the snowman I made out of marshmallows.” One of Rob’s fondest memories of the playgroup is the reunion he put together, which was a first for the Castleton group. A lot of older children who used to attend the playgroup are now in full-time school, such as Rob’s daughter Elsa, but they have fond memories of their times with the playgroup. All the alumni children were invited to the Town Hall during the March break for a special reunion day. The younger children were read

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“The parents have great ideas for activities for the children so we have a lot of fun.”

stories by the older children, played games together and enjoyed a big lunch afterwards. These experiences are what make being a stay at home dad worthwhile for Rob. He is very appreciative of the opportunity he has to be involved in his community and in his children’s lives, creating memories and watching them grow up.


Financial Statements This financial information has been taken from the audited statements reported on by BDO Dunwoody LLP. Complete financial statements are available upon request. STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

for the year ended December 31, 2008

REVENUE Child services and camp

as at December 31, 2008

2008 $

Day use and programs

690,082 $

2007

ASSETS

712,935

Current Cash

2008

265,687

254,997

Memberships

1,365,605

1,272,624

Investments

Community programs

1,520,656

1,426,625

Accounts receivable

83,070

91,985

35,717

37,000

Prepaid expenses

72,166

44,600

Town of Cobourg Fee-for-Service

162,570

157,301

874,540

671,133

Town of Brighton Fee-for-Service

24,433

14,779

229,310

191,742

1,794,628

1,934,000

Northumberland United Way

Donations, interest and other income

Capital Assets (net book value)

$ 4,294,060 $ 4,068,003

EXPENDITURES Wages and benefits

$

2007

504,557 $

310,245

214,747

224,303

$ 2,669,168 $ 2,605,133

LIABILITIES $ 2,599,391 $ 2,506,840

Plant and facilities General administration Supplies

Current

403,273

421,870

317,216

285,023

Unearned revenue

409,296

331,552

Current portion of long term debt

Advertising and promotion

97,813

71,859

Association dues and fees

118,434

101,585

Accounts payable

$

Long term debt

Total expenditures before amortization $ 3,945,423 $ 3,718,729

$

194,264 $

176,373

272,208

294,808

14,522

28,545

480,994

499,726

0

14,522

480,994 $

514,248

EQUITY Excess of revenue over expenditures

Surplus and Reserves

before amortization

Amortization of capital assets

348,637

349,274

Fund balance beginning of year

251,348

268,025

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures

$

97,289 $

81,249

2,090,885

2,009,636

97,289

81,249

2,188,174

2,090,885

$ 2,669,168 $ 2,605,133


n 2008 moments of discovery, change, growth and development took place throughout our programs and services thanks to the work of our staff and volunteers and the generous support of our funding partners and donors to our YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

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Staff__255 Volunteers__245 giving over 8000 hours MEMBERS SERVED IN 2008 Brighton YMCA__802 Cobourg YMCA__4,943 YMCA Strong Kids Assisted Members/Participants__1,029 AQUATICS Trent Hills Municipal Pool__12,610 visits Town of Cobourg Centennial Pool__11,800 visits Tim Hortons Free Community Summer Swim Cobourg__1,260 visits Trent Hills__1,150 visits SUMMER DAY CAMP Brighton YMCA__89 children Cobourg YMCA__462 children CHILDREN’S YMCA Child Care__403 children from 305 families at 6 centres YMCA Ontario Early Years Centres__43,283 visits by 4,084 children and 2,045 individual parents/caregivers YOUTH LEADERSHIP Youth In School__1,777 visits to 4 programs in 3 schools Youth Leader Corps__30 youth INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Public education programs & YMCA Peace Week__1,050 youth & children, 2,000 adults Youth leadership development project with YMCA of Nicaragua__390 youth and their families WOMEN PARA MUJERES project in Boaco & Santa Lucia Nicaragua__120 women and their families FROM THE GROUND UP project with Trinity United Church__25 farm families in Boaco region

YMCA ASSISTANCE TO OUR COMMUNITY & PARTNERSHIPS MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE YMCA Strong Kids – Cobourg YMCA__$120,133 YMCA Strong Kids – Brighton YMCA__$8,085 Municipality of Brighton__$10,000 Brighton Health Services Centre__$10,000 Northumberland United Way__$20,487 AQUATICS YMCA Strong Kids__$693 Tim Hortons Tim Swim__$2,835 SUMMER DAY CAMP YMCA Strong Kids – Cobourg__$5,542 YMCA Strong Kids – Brighton__$120 Northumberland County Social Services__$33,863 Northumberland Children’s Aid Society__$4,563 CHILDREN’S YMCA Northumberland County Best Start Projects__$27,500 KPR District School Board School Readiness__$21,000 Cobourg Rotary Club (TEAM Program)__$3,000 United Way Community Ventures (TEAM)__$4,290 HKPR Health Unit (staff fundraiser for TEAM)__$950 Five Counties Children’s Centre (literacy)__$200 Hasting DBIA (children’s contest)__$50 Alnwick Civic Centre Playgroup__$160 HRDC staff support for SCHOOL’S COOL!__$4,678 YOUTH LEADERSHIP Northumberland United Way – Cobourg & Baltimore Youth in School $11,796 Northumberland United Way – Brighton Youth in School__$3,416 YMCA Ontario – CATCH KIDS__$1,731 YMCA Ontario – Ministry of Health Promotions youth programs__$11,546 INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM CIDA* youth leadership development with YMCA of Nicaragua__$17,209 CIDA* public education program__$2,335 YMCA Strong Kids – youth leadership development__$20,082 with YMCA of Nicaragua YMCA Strong Kids – WOMEN PARA MUJERES project__$4,118.00 with YMCA of Nicaragua Trinity United Church – FROM THE GROUND UP project__$7,691.58 with YMCA of Nicaragua

*Canadian International Development Agency


aynes Printing has been a regular supplier of our YMCA for over a decade, printing our schedules, brochures and annual reports. Their commitment to design excellence, service and environmental awareness is a major factor in the long lasting relationship they have built with our association. For years, Haynes has been dedicated to using environmentally friendly printing practices, using vegetable inks and always taking care to recycle and reuse whenever possible. There came a moment in the past year when they decided to take that commitment one step further by becoming a Forest Stewardship Council or FSC Certified printer. “We have always tried to be environmentally friendly,“ says Frank Russell, President of Haynes Printing, “but it is a transition. We have implemented changes and worked at it for years.” Being FSC Certified means that Haynes Printing is now a part of a ‘Chain of Custody’ system. This means the printer’s customers can be certain that from the tree farm through to the finished product, all steps in the production process are environmentally friendly. Some of the changes that Haynes has put into effect include removing wood alcohol from the printing process, eliminating the use of film from the prepress process, and always recycling. Obtaining this certification also means that Haynes Printing follows a strict set of rules including fully documenting every step they

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take in the production process for every print job they undertake with every client. The Forest Stewardship Council requires this documentation so they can in turn offer consumers a guarantee that the forest products they purchase come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources. Frank is proud of this accomplishment for Haynes and the satisfaction it offers their customer base. YMCA Northumberland is proud to continue our print relationship with a company that is environmentally committed as we move forward at this moment to address environmental impacts for the future at our own facilities.

Stories by Sarah Wight • Photography by Peggy McCarthy & Sarah Wight Design by Marc & Happy Mireault

339 Elgin Street Cobourg, ON K9A 4X5 905.372.0161 www.ymcanorthumberland.com

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