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The History and Mission of the YMCA of Saskatoon

The YMCA story is about enriching communities and lives by helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. From fitness and health, to swimming and camping, child care, employment training and international development, the list of YMCA service achievements goes on and on.

The first YMCA opened in North America in Montreal on November 25, 1851. Originally a place for young men interested in putting religious teachings into practice, the Y expanded to offer public debates and lectures, language and music classes, exercise and social activities.

By the year 1908, the YMCA reached Saskatoon. Funds were raised to build a facility on the corner of 20th street and Spadina Crescent, featuring a 60 x 20 foot swimming pool where many Saskatoon youngsters learned to swim. The building opened in early 1913 and was a busy centre of activity for six decades.

The present YMCA officially opened on September 6, 1969. The Saskatoon YMCA serves over 6000 individuals through membership and program participation. Services range from on-site and in-school childcare to summer day camps to health, fitness and recreation programs.

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