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Wellness Centre enhances our community

By Bob Bennett What does our Pictou County Wellness Centre stand for?

When families sit down for dinner do they talk about their Wellness Centre?

And if they do what do they say? What do you say?

What does your Wellness Centre mean to you?

I have had the privilege to be a Y volunteer for almost 30 years. I’ve been in lots of facilities. None that I have seen compare to this facility. And yes, I feel terribly spoiled, appreciated and thankful all at the same time.

The Wellness Centre/YMCA is becoming the hub of our community with far-reaching spirit, mind and physical health benefits for everyone in Pictou County. It is becoming a symbol of our society and community values and gathering place for people of all ages. Look at all the cool things that have happened in just three short years and our Wellness Centre is just getting warmed up. It is so much more than just a place to attend an event, go for a workout or deliver a program. Just imagine where we'll be three years from now.


To further our Wellness Centre’s brand in our community requires everyone to continue to work together. Every volunteer, staff member, Y member and Wellness Centre visitor together has opportunity to contribute to a healthy community wellness centre.

From the Y perspective, we are very happy with and proud of our partnership with the Wellness Centre. The co-operation and collaboration between our CEO, Dave MacIntyre, and the Wellness Centre general manager, David Hood, has positively influenced the culture we all want.

Some examples of how the Wellness Centre/YMCA partnership has enhanced our community include:

  • New licensed Child Care Centre – providing services to 57 children each day
  • 8 after school programs supporting 120 families
  • March break and summer camps (35 kids per camp)
  • In-service day camps
  • 350 youth participate in a variety of program including: High School drop in – bused from high school to wellness centre; Youth Room and Youth Leadership Group – 25 youth developing leadership skills; Basketball, Volleyball, Karate etc.; Life guard training
  • Outreach programs with schools and homes for the elderly
  • Cardio rehab program
  • 80 fitness classes a week
  • 4500 members; family plans, student and youth plans, adult and senior plans
  • 800 on financially assisted plans – $270,000 in subsidy, 50 per cent under 18 years of age
  • Y Partnerships that have developed because of this facility include: Sobeys, Glen Haven, Northern Pulp, Summer Street, Northern Correctional Facility and Tim Hortons.
  • Where would these people be?  What would they be doing if we did not have our Wellness Centre?

Everyone in Pictou County has every reason to be proud of the programs and services offered because we have a Wellness Centre/YMCA partnership.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the fundraising cabinet, the municipal units and the federal and provincial governments.

First of all, together you had the vision to invest in the people of Pictou County.

And secondly you had the wherewithal to make it happen.

We all owe you our gratitude.

How can we ever thank you enough for things like:

  • a child’s first swim in the pool or skate in the rink
  • a  youth developing leaderships skills through various programs offered under this roof
  • a family who are growing together through participation
  • or someone who comes for a workout, or watch a hockey game and leaves happy because they feel part of a bigger family.

It all starts with the smiling, friendly faces who always manage to make everyone feel just a little bit special when you walk into this wonderful facility.

Our Wellness Centre is so much than just a place to work out or watch a hockey game. 

This is part of your legacy and you have every reason to be proud of your work.

On behalf of the board of directors of the YMCA thank you for investing in your people.


Bob Bennett is President of YMCA Pictou County

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