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YMCA to cover 80 per cent of operating costs for new centre in Central Labrador

A mock up of the design of the facility the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay released in March 2019.
A mock up of the design of the facility the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay released in March 2019. - contributed
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. —

When the YMCA opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 2021, they will be providing a wide range of services to the community. They will also help taxpayers save 80 percent of operating costs.

“The 80/20 split is how we base our business plan,” said YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Jason Brown.

That means that the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will still have to pay the YMCA the remaining 20 per cent of the operating cost. Brown couldn’t say how much that would cost the town when the Central Labrador YMCA opens in 2021.

The YMCA will make up their 80 per cent of the deal through a mixture of user fees, rentals, and charitable donations. The people of Central Labrador will have to pay membership dues for using the facility, but Brown says they will assist those who can’t afford to pay.

YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Jason Brown.
YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Jason Brown.

“It’s based on the concept that those that can pay should pay, but if they need help, we don’t turn anybody away,” said Brown.

“That’s called our financial assistance program.”

The Central Labrador YMCA will be offering a daycare program when it opens, and Brown said the province has a financial assistance program for those who may need help accessing that service as well.

The YMCA, which first started operating in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1854, began discussions with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay back in 2014.

“It’s been a real enjoyable process all the way through,” said Brown.

“The town, successive councillors, successive Mayors, and town staff have all been committed to the vision of this new centre serving Central Labrador.”

When the YMCA opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay they will be offering users an indoor location for people to workout and play sports. On top of that, and the previously mentioned daycare program, there will also be a youth centre, judo club, swimming pool, and gymnastics to name a few.

Brown said there were a lot of needs identified in the community, which is why there will be so many different wellness services offered at the new YMCA in Labrador.

 “A number of things came together all at once. There was a need to replace the facilities at the provincial recreation centre…the judo club wanted to be involved from the beginning, the gymnastics club, as well as the swim team…there’s a great need for licenced childcare as well,” said Brown.

According to Brown, the Central Labrador YMCA will need 35-40 employees, mostly part time, to operate. He said the YMCA employees a lot of teenagers and youth, many of whom are getting employment for the first time.

When the YMCA opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 2021, they will be providing a wide range of services to the community. They will also help taxpayers save 80 percent of operating costs.

“The 80/20 split is how we base our business plan,” said YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Jason Brown.

That means that the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will still have to pay the YMCA the remaining 20 per cent of the operating cost. Brown couldn’t say how much that would cost the town when the Central Labrador YMCA opens in 2021.

The YMCA will make up their 80 per cent of the deal through a mixture of user fees, rentals, and charitable donations. The people of Central Labrador will have to pay membership dues for using the facility, but Brown says they will assist those who can’t afford to pay.

“It’s based on the concept that those that can pay should pay, but if they need help, we don’t turn anybody away,” said Brown.

“That’s called our financial assistance program.”

The Central Labrador YMCA will be offering a daycare program when it opens, and Brown said the province has a financial assistance program for those who may need help accessing that service as well.

The YMCA, which first started operating in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1854, began discussions with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay back in 2014.

“It’s been a real enjoyable process all the way through,” said Brown.

“The town, successive councillors, successive Mayors, and town staff have all been committed to the vision of this new centre serving Central Labrador.”

When the YMCA opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay they will be offering users an indoor location for people to workout and play sports. On top of that, and the previously mentioned daycare program, there will also be a youth centre, judo club, swimming pool, and gymnastics to name a few.

Brown said there were a lot of needs identified in the community, which is why there will be so many different wellness services offered at the new YMCA in Labrador.

 “A number of things came together all at once. There was a need to replace the facilities at the provincial recreation centre…the judo club wanted to be involved from the beginning, the gymnastics club, as well as the swim team…there’s a great need for licenced childcare as well,” said Brown.

According to Brown, the Central Labrador YMCA will need 35-40 employees, mostly part time, to operate. He said the YMCA employees a lot of teenagers and youth, many of whom are getting employment for the first time.

derek.montague@thelabradorvoice.ca

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