To our YMCA of Regina community,
The YMCA of Regina as a charity, has been a part of our community for over 130 years and has provided support though world wars, economic depression, epidemics, floods and other public emergencies. We stand ready to do the same today. We take our role in times of need as a call to action delivered through our values of honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and caring to those we serve. These values have never been as more important as they are today and in the coming weeks.
On March 16th, we made the incredibly difficult decision as an Association to temporarily close all our Health, Fitness and Aquatics locations in addition to suspending our school based programs, youth and community development programs to do our part in ensuring the health and safety of over 60,000 people we serve annually.
This past week was difficult, uncertain and challenging for our employees, and with the gratitude of our members, program participants and management, our employees took each change and challenge with resilience and YMCA spirit. As the YMCA of Regina began to close buildings and suspend programs, many employees were provided with layoff notices, or, placed on the newly enacted Public Health Emergency Leaves, affecting approximately 200 employees in Regina and Moose Jaw.
These employment measures and decisions were not made lightly and are intended to be temporary. The YMCA of Regina would like to extend its sincerest heartfelt thank you to each and every staff member as they supported the community calls to action for social distancing as well as all of the facility cleaning and closures they assisted with.
We look forward to welcoming our YMCA of Regina staff team back when this time comes.
Our sincerest appreciation to all of our childcare management and staff team who have been working tirelessly maintaining the centres and providing children of those who still must work on the front lines, a welcome, stable and safe environment. They truly deserve the upmost respect for all they do in trying to navigate an ever-changing childcare landscape. We also want to share our deepest thanks and commitment to our families who have entrusted us with the care of the most important pieces of their lives, their children. We appreciate the patience we have received from our childcare families while we work to ensure we can continue to provide this most important care.
We have been completely humbled to receive so many words of encouragement from our members and community partners who support our difficult decisions and required changes in these unprecedented and difficult times.
Additionally, we are truly overcome with the messages from members who have offered to donate their membership fees to ensure we can continue our work to support community now as needed and to be ready to welcome you back to the YMCA of Regina in the future. While we understand that during these uncertain times that choosing to donate may be a difficult choice, any amount you can contribute is impactful and appreciated. You can donate online at any time through our website. You can be assured that your donation will go to support our priority work today and to ensure the YMCA of Regina meets the quickly changing community response of which we are part of.
During these unprecedent times, we are working with officials from all levels of government in making our facilities available as needed to assist whenever we can, such as providing essential service workers and their families quality childcare while parents are active front and centre in combating this pandemic.
This is why your continued commitment and support has made the YMCA a leader in our community. The YMCA of Regina is not a place or building. It is a collection of people joined together, all of us, committed to improving lives and strengthening the community. It is with your continued commitment we will make it through this crisis together as a stronger, healthier community.
With gratitude and in service,