Users of YMCA facilities in a large chunk of Ontario will notice no difference in how their local facilities operate, now that two major branches of the Y are amalgamating.
Interim CEO of YMCA Southwestern Ontario, Kathi Lomas-McGee tells Country 104.9 News the formal agreement takes effect on November 1st.
McGee says the merger of YMCA organizations in southwestern and western Ontario will be seamless, and comes about after more than a year of negotiations.
She says the new entity will include arenas and other facilities in an area stretching from Goderich, south to Woodstock and as far west as Windsor.
Lomas-McGee says the amalgamation makes the YMCA stronger across the region.
She mentions that the merger will allow the Y to be more responsive to local social issues, and have more impact on the communities they serve.