YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
The YMCA MissionWhat is our purpose? A community-building charity that connects people to each other and to experiences designed to build health and strength, skills and confidence, and opportunities for exploration and growth.
The YMCA VisionWhat do we want to achieve? Vibrant and connected communities where everyone belongs.
The YMCA ValuesWhat guides our decision-making?
Kindness - We are friendly, caring, and committed to cultivating relationships built on compassion.
Integrity - We are honest, trustworthy, and take responsibility for our decisions and actions.
Inclusiveness - We embrace diversity and strive to create places, programs, and experiences where everyone belongs.
Respect - We believe in each other – our strengths, perspectives, and passions.
Optimism - We approach things with an open mind, an emphasis on happiness, and are inspired by the potential of all people.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and BelongingAt the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, we are unwavering in our commitment to creating a workplace and community where diversity is celebrated, equity is championed, inclusion is the norm, and everyone truly feels a sense of belonging. We understand that these are not merely checkboxes to tick, but essential values that guide our culture, innovation, and advancement.
Diversity: We recognize that diversity is the wellspring of fresh ideas, differing perspectives, and the seeds of progress. We actively seek to embrace the richness of diversity by ensuring that our workforce, leadership, and partnerships reflect a wide spectrum of backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We firmly believe that by cultivating a diverse community, we tap into a well of untapped potential, allowing us to thrive and evolve.
Equity: Equity is the cornerstone upon which we build a fair and just environment. We are committed to removing barriers and advantages to that inclusion and diversity are achievable for everyone. Er strive to ensure that every individual, regardless of their background, has access to the same resources, support, and chances for growth.
Inclusion: Inclusion is not just a word; it's a practice. It means that every voice is heard, and every perspective is valued. We create an inclusive environment where every member of our community feels not just welcomed but valued, respected, and heard. We actively foster a culture where different ideas and viewpoints are not only tolerated but encouraged. This inclusivity fosters creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging.
Belonging: True belonging is the result of diversity, equity and inclusion. We want every person in our Association and within our broader community to feel their authentic self is valued and understood. We celebrate individuality and recognize that fostering a sense of belonging is vital for morale, engagement, and personal growth.
To achieve these commitments, we embrace our responsibility to implement the DEIB strategy, adapt and adopt our policies and practices, collaborate and innovate in pursuit of equity, monitor our results and reflect on our progress and keep learning and listening as we work alongside communities. We hold ourselves accountable for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and we encourage open dialogues about these vital topics. This commitment is not just an aspiration; it is a promise we renew daily to build a stronger, more united, and more vibrant YMCA. Together, we're creating a brighter future where everyone has a chance to shine and belong.
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Vision for the FutureOur vision for the future is a world where diversity is not only acknowledged but celebrated. We envision a society where every individual can reach their full potential. As we move forward, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to actively taking steps to realize this vision and to being a catalyst for positive change within our communities.
At the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, we believe that diversity is not just a buzzword; it's a way of being and becoming, and it's at the heart of our actions, interactions and decision-making. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond rhetoric; it's a fundamental part of who we are and how we operate. We embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We want every person in our YMCA and our broader community to feel their authentic self is valued and understood. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for every member of our community.
Jill Tettmann, CEO