04-12-2017

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver’s Lizeth Escobedo (left) with Mexican Ambassador to Canada Dionisio Perez Jacome Frisione
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver’s Lizeth Escobedo (left) with Mexican Ambassador to Canada Dionisio Perez Jacome Frisione

In late September 2017, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver was busy hosting the YMCA World Urban Network conference when Mexico City was hit with a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake.

At the time, several Spanish-speaking YMCA staff were at the conference to help translate for the delegates attending from Spanish-speaking countries. As soon as they heard the news, they quickly reached out to two of the Mexican delegates and within a matter of hours, had gathered more than $65,000 in pledges from conference delegates, and within three days of the earthquake, more than 100 boxes of urgently needed supplies arrived in Mexico for distribution by the YMCA of Mexico.

In a special ceremony held in October, Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada, Dionisio Perez Jacome Frisione, presented the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the YMCA World Urban Network with an award recognizing their support for the people of Mexico City.

"The YMCA is a vital part of the communities in which it operates and has the expertise, relationships, and capacity to provide an effective response at times of crisis. Our work is amplified by the tremendous support provided by our global network," said Antonio Merino, General Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs (LACA) after the award was presented.

For further updates or to donate to ongoing relief efforts, visit www.lacaymca.org/public/en/emergencymexico/.