Ontario Trillium Foundation to local Y will help with ‘critical’ upgrades

$150,000 grant will help with air conditioning upgrades throughout 23-year-old building

Pictured at Friday's announcement of an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant are, from left, Paul Skuza, general manager, JMFC YMCA, Councillor Brian White, Kathi Lomas McGee, senior vice president Operations, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, and MPP Bob Bailey.

A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, announced formally on Friday, will help the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario with significant upgrades necessary to keep the Jerry McCaw Family Centre facility, now 23 years old, operating efficiently.

The announcement at the Centre was attended by MPP Bob Bailey as well as representatives of the Y and Brian White, City/County Councillor for the City of Sarnia.

“With the funding support of this capital grant, the Jerry McCaw Family Centre YMCA will be able to build on the great work they do in Sarnia-Lambton,” said MPP Bailey. “By encouraging people of all ages to improve their physical health, their lives will also continue to be changed positively in spirit mind and body.”

Kathi Lomas McGee, senior vice president, Operations, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, said the upgrades being supported with the grant will increase energy efficiency as well as improve the comfort and health and safety of members and staff.

The Jerry McCaw Family Centre facility serves 7,000 local Y members each year and is the only accessible facility where community members can participate in programs regardless of their financial circumstances.

“The upgrades are helping us increase our impact on the Sarnia community,” said McGee.

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