YMCA of Regina appoints Darryl McKenzie as Interim CEO

Regina, November 8, 2017—The Board of Directors at the YMCA of Regina is pleased to announce the appointment of Darryl McKenzie as Interim CEO effective Monday, November 13, 2017.

Darryl will be responsible for guiding the transition of the YMCA of Regina over the next six to nine months with visionary leadership: building organizational capacity and reputation, enhancing governance, financial, brand and risk management practices, and supporting the recruitment of a permanent CEO.

The Board of Directors warmly thanks John Bailey for serving as Interim CEO for the past seven months. We appreciate John’s steadfast commitment to ensuring the seamless delivery of programs and services during the initial phase of the YMCA of Regina transition. As Darryl assumes the role of Interim CEO, John will assume the role of interim Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he will be responsible for day-to-day running of the YMCA of Regina.

“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted a seasoned and visionary executive to lead the next phase of transition for the YMCA of Regina,” said Richard Morris, Chair, the YMCA of Regina Board. “Darryl has nearly 20 years of progressive leadership experience in YMCA organizations in Canada, together with the proven business skills we need.”

Most recently, as CEO of the YMCA of Oakville, Darryl led a complex change initiative for the organization which includes an 8,000-member recreation facility, 41 child care centres, four summer camp locations, and multiple community program and outreach initiatives.

As Vice-President at the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, Darryl mobilized the team to recruit close to 25,000 volunteers—the largest call for volunteers in Canadian peacetime.

Darryl has served in Canada and abroad as an instructor and program lead for organizations such as Outward Bound and Youth Challenge International. This background is supplemented with proven business acumen gained through Darryl’s experience in brand management with global consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble early in his career.

Darryl’s background in executive leadership is backed by an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfred Laurier University. Passionate about community service, he has supplemented his education with non-profit strategic management studies at Harvard University.

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Darryl McKenzie to Regina.

1. What is taking place and when?

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Regina has announced the appointment of Darryl McKenzie as Interim CEO, effective November 13, 2017. The Board has also thanked John Bailey for his service as Interim CEO for the past seven months, during the initial phase of our transition. John has accepted the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for day-to-day management of the organization through the transition.

2. Why did the Board have to hire a second Interim CEO when we already had an Interim CEO?

We think of this transition as a phased in program to strengthen our operations and prepare the organization for the future. It began with a review of operations last Spring, involving seasoned YMCA executives and Board members. The results of that Review identified the need to reinforce our executive management with the hiring of Darryl McKenzie for the next phase of our transition, and appointing John Bailey as Interim Chief Operating Officer.

3. What did the Review find?

A variety of issues and opportunities emerged for the YMCA of Regina to address so we can build a strong foundation and thrive in the years to come. Among them are building organizational capacity and reputation, enhancing governance, financial, brand and risk management practices.

4. What happens next?

Our focus over the next few months includes working together on improving operations, and we’ll keep you updated as the path forward is confirmed in more detail. Darryl will be working closely with the Board of Directors onrefreshing our approach to governance, preparing for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and supporting the recruitment of a permanent CEO.

5. How long will the transition take?

We are expecting it to take six to nine months.

6. How long before the YMCA of Regina hires a permanent CEO?

We hope to confirm a hiring date for the permanent CEO within nine months.

7. Why does it take so long to hire the permanent CEO?

The YMCA of Regina is taking the role of future executive leadership seriously, and we are undertaking a very thorough process to attract well-qualified applicants. The effort involves extensive consultation with the Board and senior staff, to identify the attributes that will serve our organization. Then, we will go through the posting, application reviews, interviews, and finally, the offer and acceptance of our future CEO.

8. Why is a transition necessary before the YMCA of Regina hires a permanent CEO?

It is not either/or. These two activities are part of an organizational revitalization that will set the stage for the YMCA of Regina to build on past strengths and adapt to meet future challenges. The transitional effort will help us attract interest from executives with top qualifications.

9. Will the YMCA of Regina members face fee increases or cutbacks in services?

Your YMCA of Regina facility will continue to provide the community services you count on. We will keep you informed of any service, program, or facility changes that affect you.

10. What can we expect to see happen over the next few months?

Our priorities include working together to build organizational capacity and reputation, enhance governance, financial, brand and risk management practices, and the recruitment of a permanent CEO. We will report back to you on our progress in a timely way.

11. How will this affect the YMCA of Regina services?

We will continue to deliver services from all facilities.

12. Will any the YMCA of Regina facilities be closed?

We are not closing any YMCA of Regina facilities at this time.

13. Will hours of service be changed at any of the facilities?

The hours of business at our facilities will remain the same until further notice, i.e., Monday to Friday, 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM; Weekends and Holidays, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; and closed on Christmas Day.

14. Who should the YMCA of Regina Members contact if they have questions?

You may contact John Bailey, Interim COO, at 306.757.9622 Extension 214.