Saint-Laurent YMCA

1745. Décarie Rd.,
H4L 3N5
514 747-5353

Winter 2015

Aquatics Activities

January 10 - March 10

The Saint-Laurent Y centre
A community centre all about diversity

An astounding 166 different languages are spoken in Saint-Laurent borough. One out of every two residents is an immigrant, the highest number in Montreal's 19 boroughs. Another distinguishing characteristic: the borough is home to a higher than average number of seniors. Although it has existed since 1968, and continues to thrive, the Saint-Laurent Y centre is always adapting to an ever-changing community.

With the opening of the Cartierville Y centre in April 2010, the sports and fitness activities of the Saint-Laurent Y centre were moved to the new Cartierville Y centre located just 1.3 km from the Saint-Laurent Y centre. The Saint-Laurent Y centre continues to offer neighbourhood residents community programs through The YMCAs of Québec. Moreover, as of fall 2010, The YMCAs of Québec have partnered with the borough of Saint-Laurent in order to ensure the continued existence of the aquatic programming.

A neighbourhood approach for community programs

The Saint-Laurent Y centre works on a daily basis with its community partners. Its neighbourhood approach makes it easier to respond to needs according to the specific make-up of the community. In Saint-Laurent, citizen involvement is encouraged, based on the values expressed in the national charter of human rights. The democratic process is valued as a means of education and decision-making.

The Saint-Laurent Y centre offers community services to youth, families and seniors. The centre has a hot meal program for students at an elementary school, and a service that helps families, including a toy lending library where parents can borrow toys and books for their children and above all, escape isolation. A Youth Zone, a daycare, and several programs for seniors, including a safety call service, have also been introduced.