The Prince George Family Y will soon have a new name.
As a reflection of the non-profit activity-based organization's push to expand its programs into the entire northern half of the province, as of Feb. 1 it will be known as YMCA of Northern BC.
The Y has maintained a Prince George presence for nearly 50 years and will continue to base its operations in the city.
“Since 1964, we have served children and families in Prince George, and our board felt it was time to share the YMCA message with new audiences in northern B.C.,” says chairperson Peter Vogt. “Our staff has been informally delivering programming in communities such as Fraser Lake, Williams Lake and New Aiyansh and we are seeing residents from surrounding towns such as Fort St. James travelling to Prince George to participate in programs.”
Recognizing the growing problem of childhood obesity, the Y has introduced several changes to its membership policies, including:
- Children under the age of 14 are now included on all adult memberships;
- Programs such as zumba, TRX, youth leadership, floor hockey, are included with memberships;
- Unlimited child care is now available at an annual rate of $25 per child or $50 maximum per family;.
- Adult programs will be scheduled at the same time as children/youth activities to accommodate family workouts;
- Increased programming for children, youth and teens, bringing the total to more than 50 programs per week;
- The REC Room, an indoor playground, climbing wall and active video game centre geared to youths will be staffed every day during all of the Y's operating hours;
- Membership rates for adults 55 years and older have been reduced.
The Y will continue to offer regional programs in partnership with municipalities. Staff will receive training to offer remote delivery of learn-to-skate program and the Y's licensed child care service
“The Prince George YMCA will retain its inclusive philosophy, programs, mission and service standards offered to children and families”, said CEO Mark Miller. “Our growing investment in programs to build healthy communities throughout northern B.C. is a solid component of our historical mission and current strategic plan.”
For more information, go to the Y's new website address at www.nbcy.org.