Register for the YMCA’s George E. Smith Memorial Fire Truck Pull

Published on: 2021/09/07 - in News

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s annual fire truck pull will be held on October 16 at Brockville YMCA, raising money for the Y’s financial assistance program.

In partnership with Burnbrae Farms, the YMCA is recognizing George E. Smith’s lifelong contribution to the health and wellness of the Brockville area in naming this community event, The George E. Smith Memorial Fire Truck Pull.

Smith was named the YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2008, receiving the Dr. Stanley “Y” Values Award. A long-time volunteer at the Y, he was also a chair and president of the Brockville and Area YMCA Board of Directors. During his time with the YMCA, Smith helped to raise funds for a new Y building and was involved in many annual giving campaigns.

“George’s leadership in Brockville was felt widely and his guidance was appreciated by many community leaders who sought him out for advice. On a personal note, I was privileged to meet with George and Jean in my early days as the CEO in Eastern Ontario and to benefit from his wisdom,” said Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “It is with great pleasure that the Y is able to recognize George in a public way, highlighting his lifelong contributions, not only to the Y, but to many in the Brockville area. We are grateful to the Smith family for granting us this opportunity.”

The event is raising funds for the YMCA’s financial assistance program that provides support to those in our community who would not otherwise be able to access the Y’s programs and services.

“Many people don’t realize that the Y is a charity and that one in every four memberships is supported by your donations that make financial assistance possible” Adams said. “The Y is open to everyone and someone’s ability to pay for a safe, inclusive space and access to healthy programs should not be based upon someone’s ability to pay.”

The Y is inviting you to get a team together to participate in this fun event and help raise money to help your Y help build a stronger community.

For more information on the event, to become an event sponsor, or to register your team, visit the YMCA’s website or contact Anita Mercier, director, relationship & fund development.

The deadline to register is October 14 and note that Covid protocols will be in place.

Release: Kingston Fire & Rescue | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
September 9: updated to reflect submitted deadline date correction