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February 9, 2024

YMCA Board Chair issues statement on the agreement with the City of Saskatoon

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Many are reaching out to request more information regarding the YMCA of Saskatoon’s announcement about the tentative agreement with the City of Saskatoon concerning the purchase of our downtown property. We value your interest and are eager to provide further insights, while also sharing our strategic vision for the future.

At this time, we will not be available for interviews.  We understand that a comment would be beneficial. Below we attach a comment from YMCA of Saskatoon’s Volunteer Board Chair Mike McKague:

Thank you for reaching out with your request for more information regarding the YMCA of Saskatoon’s announcement about the tentative agreement with the City of Saskatoon concerning the purchase of our downtown property. We value your interest and are eager to provide further insights, while also sharing our strategic vision for the future.

This agreement, pending approval by the City Council, represents a significant step forward for our organization. We have decided to reserve further commentary until all official procedures are concluded, focusing on our continued operation and service provision to the community.

We are not planning to relocate from our current downtown building in the immediate future. We anticipate remaining at this location for at least four more years, during which we will be exploring new opportunities for service provision and partnership.

By visiting the City of Saskatoon’s website outlining the agenda you will find the media release detailing the announcement. It outlines the agreement’s implications and its potential to significantly benefit both the YMCA of Saskatoon and the broader community. We believe it serves as a valuable resource for understanding the strategic importance of this development.

Our vision extends beyond our current offerings. We are actively seeking new spaces for our downtown childcare and community programming, reaffirming our commitment to Saskatoon’s downtown. Over the next five years, we envision the YMCA of Saskatoon operating in multiple facilities across the city, significantly expanding our childcare provision, establishing additional Family Resource Centres, and offering comprehensive Before and After School Care. This expansion is aimed at enhancing our impact on families throughout Saskatoon, in line with our mission to support and enrich our community.

Attached to this email, you will find the media release detailing the announcement. It outlines the agreement’s implications and its potential to significantly benefit both the YMCA of Saskatoon and the broader community. We believe it serves as a valuable resource for understanding the strategic importance of this development.

This is a transformational moment for the YMCA of Saskatoon. We are on the cusp of expanding our reach and services, ensuring that we continue to play a vital role in the well-being and development of our community.

We understand the importance of keeping the community informed and engaged. However, at this juncture, we are committed to respecting the procedural aspects of our agreement and ongoing discussions with the City of Saskatoon. We appreciate your understanding and support and look forward to providing updates at the appropriate time.