Who We Are - CKW YMCA

Who We Are

The Y is not just a building, it's a movement, and movements change the world!


Our promise to you is to give you a sense of belonging and opportunities to grow as a person.

The YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener Waterloo are charitable organizations that strengthen our communities by providing opportunities for personal growth and active involvement.

Working together, our YMCAs are a key provider of programs and services for Waterloo Region's young people, their families, and newcomers to Canada.

The YMCA creates friendly, safe, supportive communities where people from all ages and stages of life can come together and pursue good health in spirit, mind, and body.

As a leading charity, the YMCA cares about the health and well-being of everyone in our community. For example, financial assistance is provided to people who have difficulty paying the fees.

The YMCA helps people develop healthy, active lifestyles through a wide range of programming that includes licensed child care, immigrant settlement, an award-winning Outdoor Centre, YMCA Early Years Centres, Virtual YMCAs, the Cambridge Youth Leadership Development Centre and the health, fitness and recreation programs offered at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA, the Chaplin Family YMCA and the Stork Family YMCA.

Our programming is based upon our core values.

We also have a global perspective and are working to make an impact upon the health of Africans through the YMCA in Zambia.

Collaborative Relationship

In June 2007, the YMCA of Cambridge and the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA agreed to formalize an ongoing collaboration arrangement that continues to be in place.

Each YMCA continues to exist as its own legal entity with its own Board of Directors and retain its existing rights and responsibilities with separate financial statements.

Because two YMCAs continue to exist, the relationship between the YMCAs is different than an amalgamation or merger which would see them replaced by a single legal entity.

Each YMCA will continue to be responsible and responsive to its community.

In order to work together, the two Associations will share a common mission, vision, values, strategic plan, human resources policy and delivery of programs and services.

The two YMCAs are operating as if they were one (without being one)  with a common organizational structure that assists their ability to respond to the current and future needs of their communities.

The Measures of Success

The Measures of Success was a three year study to evaluate the collaborative agreement between the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo. Year end 2010 marked the end of the study.

View the following link to read the results of the study:

The Measures of Success