Although this move significantly expanded its fitness and health programs, rapid growth and demand for new programs quickly resulted in the facility becoming woefully inadequate.
Two years later, on September 10, 2002 they entered into an agreement to work together towards the construction of a new YMCA on the NSCC Campus in Bridgewater. More than $990,000 was raised to build the new facility, which was officially opened by The Honourable Myra A. Freeman on May 4th, 2005.
Speaking with the Parent Advisory Committee early in the year, Lunenburg County YMCA formed an agreement with local education services.
During thorough assessment by our Board of Directors, a decision was made to grow a new after school program into a familiar area for Lunenburg County YMCA – 416 King St. Bridgewater.
Without space at the High Street location to provide a Youth Centre, the King Street after-school centre became an ideal location to offer free programming that benefit youth of Lunenburg County. In November, YMCA officials marked the official opening of its King Street Youth Centre with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the unveiling of a display acknowledging supporters who backed the project. Funding partner representatives from Bridgewater, the Municipality of Lunenburg, Lunenburg County Community Fund, United Way and the community health board addressed the event.
After a year of operation the members of the Lunenburg County YMCA and the Fundy YMCA agreed to a name change which better reflects their current operation. At special membership meetings held in Bridgewater and Cornwallis, YMCA of Southwest Nova Scotia was adopted as the name for the governing organization for the Lunenburg County YMCA and Fundy YMCA.
Bethe Earle and Lawrence Gardner, two members of the Fundy YMCA were recently elected to serve on the Board. Both played an important role in the strategic planning meeting that identified the importance of the name change.