(Montréal, March 13, 2020) In order to participate in collective efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the YMCAs of Québec have chosen to close temporarily all of their centres and programs until March 29 inclusively.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our participants and teams. As a community organization, it is important that we help with public efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Stéphane Vaillancourt, President and CEO of the YMCAs of Québec.
This decision will also allow the organization’s 1,600 employees to take care of their families while schools and daycares are closed.
“This is an exceptional situation, and everyone has to do their part to protect one another,” said Mr. Vaillancourt.
About the YMCAs of Québec
A charitable organization whose mission is to encourage and inspire all people to fulfill their potential, thrive and contribute to their community, the YMCAs of Québec offer programs in 36 points of service across the province, as well as operating an International Language School, YMCA Residence and Camp YMCA Kanawana. Thanks to financial partnerships with different levels of government and the generosity of its volunteers and donors, each year, the YMCA helps more than 120,000 people to develop their skills. As the first YMCA in North America, the YMCAs of Québec have been present in Montréal since 1851.
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