YMCA partnering with Walpole Island First Nation

Pictured are Chief Dan Miskokomon (left) and YMCA's Jim Janzen.

Several YMCAs, including the local organization based in Sarnia, is partnering with Walpole Island First Nation in exploring a family fitness facility to be located on Walpole Island.

The announcement was made by Chief Dan Miskokomon after a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that took place at the Tuesday evening meeting of the First Nation Council.

“The YMCA has a great track record of doing what they do well, and we have many shared goals and values that make this an ideal partnership,” said Miskokomon. “We are very excited about this relationship and eager to start taking action together to better the health and well-being of our communities.”

The signing of the MOU is said to be the beginning of a partnership to further shared goals of building healthy communities.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Council and community at Walpole Island First Nation to develop what has the potential to be the first YMCA within a First Nation in our region,” said YMCA President and CEO Jim Janzen. “Our ability to collaborate and partner with Walpole Island First Nation will allow us to respond to their community needs and work together to provide innovative health and wellness programming.”

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