YMCA of Greater Toronto Announces New Chair and Four New Members to its Board of Directors

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Continuing its commitment to strengthening communities across the GTA, the YMCA is pleased to announce a new Chair and four new members to its Board of Directors. The overall governance, responsibility and accountability for the YMCA of Greater Toronto lie with the YMCA Board of Directors. This group of community volunteers provides vision, strategic leadership and stewardship for the Association as it leads the charge to make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

"The Y works every day to ensure that children, teens and young adults have the opportunity to learn and grow," said Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO. "Each new Board member brings an impressive breadth of experience that, coupled with a passion for service, will be paramount in helping our Y move our communities forward."

Dr. Gordon Chong, a Board member since 2007, was unanimously elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Toronto at its recent 158th Annual Meeting. He warmly welcomes the four new members and knows they will make a strong contribution.

A dentist by training, Dr. Chong has served in public life for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served for five years as Chairman & CEO of the Social Housing Services Corporation, a provincial nonprofit corporation established to provide bulk purchasing, insurance coordination and an investment pool for housing communities such as Regent Park in Toronto. Concurrently, he was also Chairman of GO Transit, Ontario's commuter rail and bus system. In municipal politics, Dr. Chong chaired various committees that were responsible for social services, housing and race relations.

Dr. Chong has also been a member of the Central YMCA for more than 50 years. As a young beneficiary of YMCA services, he appreciates the huge impact it has on children, teens and young adults. "I am focused on and committed to extending the reach of the YMCA through the Centres of Community across the GTA and deepening our existing relationships in Toronto's underserved neighbourhoods."

Joining the Board are the following individuals:

Tina Sarellas — Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Service for RBC Komal Bhasin Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Fareed Amin — Former Advisor to the Department of Municipal Affairs of the Emirate of Dubai Mickey Jawa Business Consultant specializing in strategy, systems management and statistical techniques

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto

Established in 1853, The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity connecting with more than 504,000 people at 274 locations. Serving the population of the GTA, Durham, Peel, York, Halton Regions and Dufferin County, the YMCA works to build strong kids, families and communities. The YMCA, in partnership with more than 250 organizations, offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness and recreation, child care and camps.  www.ymcagta.org

SOURCE YMCA of Greater Toronto

For further information:

Celecia Partap
Public Relations Manager
YMCA of Greater Toronto
416-413-1020 ext. 2350


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