On Saturday, February 24, YMCA Northumberland held its annual fundraising campaign kickoff events – Cyclemania and Dragonboat Tug-O-War – at the Cobourg YMCA.
The 2017 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Chairs, Jessica Fraser Thomas, Phil Thomas and their children Jillian (11), Evan and Delyth (9), Ronan and Amelia (5) were recognized for their achievements in leading YMCA Northumberland’s successful annual campaign. Our collective fundraising last year raised over $190,000 for assistance to ensure children, families, and individuals who have a financial need are able to access YMCA programs and services in our communities. In addition to running a successful fundraising campaign, Jessica Fraser-Thomas and Phil Thomas were integral to the funding, development and success of the Mothers of Newborn Program. With their leadership and support, 280 mothers with babies born in 2017 were able to access a path to health and wellness at no cost.
At the event, Jessica Fraser-Thomas, on behalf of the family, passed the torch, to the incoming 2018 YMCA Strong Communities Campaign Chair, Joel Scott.
A familiar face (and voice) to most in Northumberland, Joel Scott brings a new spirit and unique experience to this year’s campaign. Joel will be leading the campaign under the new name of YMCA Strong Communities Campaign. With ideas and energy to spare and a background of 20 years in the media industry, Joel will be instrumental in continuing to expand the reach of the YMCA movement.
Joel grew up in Cobourg, went to high school in Peterborough, and attended post-secondary in Ottawa. Life and work brought him back to Northumberland in 2002 where he is raising a family with his partner Anne and built his career in media. Joel currently works for My Broadcast Corporation as Operations Manager, Program Director.
Joel is the first to boast about the physical and mental health benefits of being engaged in YMCA membership programs, initiatives, and events. Having experienced the positive impacts that the YMCA programs have had on the health of his family and his own mental and physical health, Joel speaks passionately about how every community member, no matter their age and ability, should be part of the YMCA community.
Not only have Joel and his family been active members for over ten years, but he has also hosted fundraising events, participated and volunteered in programs and events, ran an independent fundraising campaign to benefit YMCA Northumberland, and been an integral part of the YMCA Funds Development Committee.
“It is an honour to be asked to be the Campaign Chair for the YMCA Strong Communities Campaign,” says Joel Scott “This is a huge opportunity to help bring awareness to the YMCA as a charity that continues to provide programs and services that engage and connect people. It is also an opportunity to grow the YMCA footprint across Northumberland. If people knew how far-reaching the YMCA is beyond the Health Fitness and Aquatics Facility and the impact YMCA Northumberland has on people’s lives, there would be no hesitation to get involved and support building a strong community. I look forward to the year ahead.”
“Joel has been an impactful advocate for the YMCA, helping build awareness and support in our communities. His commitment to YMCA values and his ability to motivate and inspire the community will play a large role in helping us continue to expand our reach and build strong communities in 2018,” says Eunice Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Northumberland.
The 2018 Strong Communities Campaign goal is to raise $215,000 to support the YMCA’s ability to build healthier communities, create opportunity, foster potential, and encourage belonging. For more information on the 2018 campaign and ways to get involved, visit
www.ymcanorthumberland.com, or contact Leslie Murray at