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Bob Gallagher Takes the Helm at Ottawa YMCA/YWCAs

Bob Gallagher Takes the Helm at Ottawa YMCA/YWCAs

A shot from the Y's annual Cliffhanger event. Photo by John Enaje.

It's a new year, time for a new YMCA. Yesterday the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Board of Directors announced that they're appointing Bob Gallagher as the region's new President and Chief Executive Officer. Bob assumes responsibility February 16, and succeeds Deirdre Speers who has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

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Bob Gallagher. Photo courtesy of YMCA/YWCA.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region at this important stage in its journey,” Gallagher says in a press release. “I look forward to working with the Y team to continue to build capacity and ensure community impact and sustainability into the future.”

Todd Cain, the Board of Directors' Chair, seems as happy as Gallagher about the new appointment.

“Bob brings a strong focus on partnerships and has demonstrated community building skills by leading the YMCA of Central East Ontario to some of the best operating results across the YMCA network in Canada,” said Cain.

Bob Gallagher is a career YMCA-YWCA professional and brings with him more than 36 years experience with the organization.

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Ben Novak June 27, 2017 10:42 am

Take a look at some of the comments for the Argyle Street location. They are not great. And regrettably I have to add my concerns. I missed the deadline on the e-questionnaire so I will use this space to comment. I have recently paid over $1000 for my annual "plus" membership and use the facilities and exercise rooms regularly. Staff are rare in the area. Cleanliness is often variable. Damaged equipment is not repaired. I have left the same comment about the same piece of equipment now four times over a one year period and nothing has been done or even acknowledged. Some say the fee is excessive for what is offered. I see it as a contribution, so I will not quibble on the dollars. But I do expect better day to day management and services. Please at least acknowledge receiving this note. (One damaged piece of equipment is in the men's plus area - the abdominal crunch machine - really an easy repair for someone with proper tools)