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1844 YMCA organized in London, England.
1851 First YMCA in North America founded in Montreal on November 25th.
1852 YMCA’s established in Halifax and Toronto.
1853 YMCA established in Saint John.
1854 Yarmouth Exchange Building erected by Dennis Horton in August.
1855 YMCA established Charlottetown.
1858 YMCA organized in Yarmouth Exchange Building on October 11th. Bible Study, Library, Reading Room and Temperance Lectures offered. During this period the YMCA used various halls in the community.
1863 Local gymnastics enthusiasts push for building of a gymnasium, however scarcity of money delayed such a building. At this time the YMCA collected its money at various functions by passing wooden money boxes.
1863 to 1893 Local gymnastics enthusiasts push for building of a gymnasium, however scarcity of money delayed such a building. At this time, the YMCA collected its money at various functions by passing wooden money boxes.
1893 YMCA started Boys Program and held its first Ladies Fitness Program.
1905 Through the sale of a building bequeathed to the YMCA, and a generous donation from a local merchant, the YMCA purchased the Boston And Marine Insurance Building (on the site of the present day YMCA).
1905 YMCA of Yarmouth Incorporated under the Societies Act on April 7th.
1905 to 1910 Remodeled the building, adding a gymnasium and two bowling lanes.
1905 to 1918 During the First World War the YMCA existed only through its Board Of Directors.
1921 YMCA Camp Wapomeo established on Lake Fanning.
1924 Hi Y began and became an important movement for teens until the late 1960’s.
1925 Yarmouth YMCA Y’s Men Club begins.
1928 Bowling area enlarged to 4 lanes and lobby expanded.
1928 to 1945 Camp Wapomeo used to serve Armed Forces.
1942 YMCA began building the first living quarters at Camp Wapomeo.
1943 Fire partially destroys third floor of Boston Marine Building.
1945 Following World War II the YMCA program flourished and the leadership was very strong. At this time the Ball Field was very active – people began talking of expanding facilities.
1955 Building underwent extensive renovation on second floor, removing stairwell to Main Street, making shops and main floor office space.
1966 Plans begun to build a swimming pool.
1967 YMCA sells Ball Field to Town Of Yarmouth.
1968 With the help of a Centennial Project Grant, the pool becomes a reality.
1973 YMCA accepts, in principle, a Long Range Plan which could lead to a new Office, Lobby and gymnasium facility.
1974 Town and Municipal Elementary Schools Swimming Program developed.
1975 Extremely difficult year financially. Community group meetings were held to help plan for the future.
1976 Long Range Planning Report led to establishment of a Development Committee working with YMCA consultants on the future of the Association.
1977 Complete refurbishing of Centennial Pool and remodeling of kitchen and Dining Hall at Camp Wapomeo.
1978 Purchase of old Bank Building on Main Street. This would be the potential site for a new facility pending Development Committee report to the Board Of Directors.
1981 YMCA Canada establishes Fellowship of Honour. Each year, individuals from across Canada are selected and appointed, for inspiring civic responsibility and passing on a legacy of caring from one generation to the next.
1982 Old YMCA torn down to make way for new facility.
1983 YMCA of Yarmouth celebrates 125th Anniversary.
1984 New YMCA facility officially opened on November 19th.
1987 YMCA establishes Peace Week. Over 1200 individuals have since received Peace Medallions. Without any special resources, status, wealth or position, these people have demonstrated a comittment to peace through special contributions made in their communities.
1992 YMCA Enterprise Center opened.
1995 One half of gymnasium converted into major fitness center complete with cardio equipment, weights and various fitness related machines.
2001 May – Official opening the Nate Bain Lobby and Wellness Center in memory of long serving former YMCA director Nate Bain (June 29, 1908 – December 29, 1998) This included a major renovation of the lobby providing more space for the general public, and the development of a former racquetball court into an addition to the existing fitness center. Largely equipped with Keiser air pressure equipment, and supported by $140,000 in donations from the friends of Nate Bain.
2006 The YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program, funded by Canadian Heritage, gave 2,258 youth the chance to experience Canada’s diversity first hand.
2006 The YMCA launches a National Online Data Collection system, as well as a National Child Care Curriculum.
2007 Friday Night Rocks is founded at YMCA Yarmouth.
2008 YMCA celebrates its 150th Anniversary.
2009 YMCA’s across the nation celebrated the 25th Anniversary of YMCA Peace Week.
2009 YMCA’s raise awareness across the country by celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day.
2010 – 2011 Yarmouth YMCA completes major renovations to its youth locker rooms, and air handling system.
2011 YMCA devotes over $30 million to financial assistance for individuals and families in need. Much of this is raised through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
2012 YMCA’s across the country helped over 30,000 children learn water safety and swimming skills.
2012 YMCA volunteers contributed 1.2 million hours in our communities across the country.
2013 The YMCA kicks-off a Canadian participation in the Global Change Agent Program, with 24 young leaders who joined others from 72 countries around the world.
2014 The Yarmouth YMCA establishes a partnership with the YReach Program, which provides immigrant youth, children and their families with a variety of program and outreach services.
2015 The Yarmouth YMCA reupholsters all equipment in the fitness centre.