From:                              Y Events

Subject:                          Inspired Giving - Fall 2015





October 7, 2015

Dear Y Supporter,  

Would you have what it takes to rappel down 16 stories to raise vital funds for children, families and individuals in our community?


Last month, 24 fearless fundraisers took part in our Cliffhanger event,  rappelling down the Shenkman Residence tower of the Taggart Family Y and raising over $20,000 for the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region!


Eager participants arrived in the Taggart Family Y lobby, full of excitement and - understandably - nerves! Once suited up in rappelling gear and safety helmets, they were escorted by elevator up 15 floors, to walk up a final flight of stairs to the roof. After one last equipment safety check, it was time to step out onto the roof. The gorgeous view, slight breeze, and excitement from the rappelling team only served to reassure each participant that they were in for the thrill of a lifetime! 


Once participants were hooked in and provided with a lesson on the controls, they each took a final step onto the ledge. 



3, 2, 1... and away they went! One by one, superheroes, adrenaline junkies, and those conquering their fear of heights made their descent, all with one thing in common: in taking on this challenge they raised over $1,000 each to support vital and proven programs for children, youth, adults and families in our community.


We'd like to thank all of our participants for taking the plunge with us. In addition to making memories that will last a lifetime, you also made a life-changing impact on our community! 

Now, the question is, will you be up for the challenge in 2016?


View the video from this year's Cliffhanger: 


We would also like to offer our huge thanks to the following supporters for helping us get over the edge:


  • Canadian Rope Access Specialists East and VERA Industrial Access for making the day possible. Your expertise, equipment, and adventurous spirit helped ensure all of our participants made their way down the wall safely, and had a ton of fun in the process. 

    A special thanks to Chris, Andrew, Keegan and Sam!

  • John Enaje  - our talented and brave photographer - for capturing the day's action.
  • Hotel Indigo Ottawa for ensuring our ropes experts had great night's sleep and enjoyed their stay in Ottawa.
  • What the Truck food truck for being onsite and helping to feed participants, volunteers and spectators alike.
  • MEC and Dunnderosa Golf Club for helping make things fun and providing some great prizes for our fearless fundraisers!


Y Update 


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YOU will have the unique opportunity to be part of an exclusive club of monthly donors, who have a Heart of Gold!

Are you a member of the Y Fitness facilities? Do you make a monthly donation in support of the Y? If, you answered yes to both of these questions, than you will automatically receive membership to this exclusive club. If you answered no to one or both questions don't fret, it is easy to join in!

Watch for more information to come soon.



Y Story: A Historic Connection


Nestled in the heart of downtown Ottawa is the unique Hotel Indigo. Part of the IHG hotel chain, Hotel Indigo Ottawa is the only branded boutique hotel in the city combining the consistency of a brand with the uniqueness of a boutique. 


What many may not be aware of is the YMCA history also found here, on the corner of Laurier and Metcalfe. Back in 1905, the stunning brick building became the home of the Ottawa YMCA. For many years, the Y provided community programming as well as short term residence for visitors to our city. 


As Kim Jones, General Manager of Hotel Indigo Ottawa notes, the history is not lost on community members. "When the hotel first opened we had many people share their personal experiences of when it was the YMCA. We met people who had taken swimming lessons here as a child, lived here when they first moved to Ottawa, and we even heard from people who met their spouse here! The joy and memories from time spent at the Y are abundant."



Fast forward to today, and the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region still has a strong connection to this building. However, it is no longer the bricks and mortar that tie it to today's Y, instead, it is the dedicated staff and community-minded guests of the Hotel Indigo Ottawa. 


Paying homage to the building's rich history, the hotel has fast become a strong supporter of the Y. Kim and the team at Hotel Indigo have taken a committed approach to supporting children, families and individuals in our community, through their support of the Y. 


Hotel Indigo Ottawa has been a part of the Y Strong Kids Campaign, involving both their staff and guests in a fundraising campaign; the Cliffhanger 2015 event, providing a comfortable stay for our rappelling experts;  and most recently they have begun working with the Y Employment Centre to identify opportunities to provide meaningful employment to individuals in our city. 


"Not only do we want to deepen our roots in our neighbourhood but we hope our continued efforts will make a difference for people who may not have had the same advantages or opportunities as we have."


The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is truly thankful for our strong partnership with Hotel Indigo. The charitable spirit of the brand and dedication of local staff shines through in everything they do.  We look forward to continuing working side by side to strengthen our community.


While Hotel Indigo Ottawa's inspiring guest service sets them apart in their industry, it is their inspiring spirit and commitment to our community that we are so thankful for!



Thank you for helping us build strong communities!



On Tuesday, August 18, the Y was thrilled to dedicate the newly built Tomlinson Building at the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre. Cindy Tomlinson Keon, her husband Mike Keon and their two children William and Emily were on hand for the opening. 


Thanks to the support of the Tomlinson Group of Companies, the new shed is double the size of the old facility, and divided to allow for multi-purpose use. The Tomlinson building now provides a large office space for summer camp leaders, while also housing all the climbing equipment for the outdoor education centre. In addition to these two vital spaces, the building contains a large lost and found area, which is easily accessible for parents, near the front of the camp grounds. This addition was essential in helping to alleviate the strain camp staff felt, at busy pickup and drop-off times. The addition of this new building makes a tremendously positive impact on the ease of operations out at camp.


The Y is beyond grateful to the Tomlinson Group of Companies for their continued support. 



Summer Camp was in full swing during the week of July 20th at
Place d'Orleans Mall. Thanks to the efforts of both staff and patrons, funds were raised to send a kid to camp at the Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA in Orleans!

Thanks for making such a positive impact on the children in our community!

CR Camp Carnival

Thanks to
St. Louis Bar and Grill owner Mike O'Brien and his staff for hosting the first annual St. Louis Golf Tournament at Greensmere Golf Club on August 5, 2015. 

Participants took to the greens in support of the Y Strong Kids Campaign. Raising $2,500, the St. Louis team is helping the Y provide proven children's programming, giving kids in our community the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Looking for a good book?  The Taggart Family Y is pleased to be carrying William (Bill) Dawson's book, 66 Years of Challenging Mondays. 

Bill has lived an amazing life, full of challenges and inspirations; to find out more, 
watch this video of him from his CTV Amazing People nomination - you might even catch a quick glimpse of Bill at the Y!  Stop by the Y Store the next time you are in and pick up a copy. 


Thank You


It is your commitment and support that allows the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region to help children, youth, adults, and families, in our community, to live engaging and more rewarding lives. On behalf of the 67,000 individuals who are served by the Y annually, thank you.

With sincere gratitude,

Meighan Hartley
Manager, Annual Giving & Donor Stewardship
p. 613-237-1320 ext. 5155 



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