Official Portrait of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of CanadaIn October 2018, YMCA Canada was granted viceregal patronage, recognizing our extensive community building work across the country.

With viceregal patronage, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, aims to recognize “exceptional contributions to Canadian society”. Her installation speech called for Canadians to come together, be ambitious and work hard while tackling the pressing challenges of our time.

The YMCA takes pride in providing vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of Canada’s most pressing social issues - from chronic disease to unemployment, social isolation, poverty, inequality and more.

“We are honoured that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette has become Patron of YMCA Canada” says Brenda Flaherty, Board Chair, YMCA Canada. “We share her belief in the power of working together and offering supportive structures so everyone can reach their goals.”

In her installation speech, Her Excellency stated that in Canada we “are in a position now more than ever to make a difference. Because we are rich: rich in values, openness, tolerance, mutual co-operation and compassion.”

Peter Dinsdale, President and CEO of YMCA Canada agrees with this sentiment, noting “community building is at the heart of what we do as a charity. We’re committed to offering inclusive spaces where people come together, feel they belong, and are supported in achieving goals that are meaningful to them.”

YMCA Canada’s history of patronage dates back to 1944 when the Earl of Athlone became the first Patron of YMCA Canada.