Kinzie family gives $100k reasons to build new Barrie Y

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Barrie, ON – October 29, 2020 - When Willard Kinzie passed away at the age of 99 in 2018, the former mayor was the Barrie Y’s longest standing and oldest member on roll.

This past weekend, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka received a $100,000 donation from Kinzie’s estate to support efforts to build a new downtown Barrie Y.

YMCA CEO Rob Armstrong shared the following:
“Over his lifetime, Willard had a huge impact on the people of Barrie and this gift is a continuation of this incredible legacy.”

Willard’s son George said that his father “was a member for around 60 years” and that “the Y was a very important part of his life".

The Y has sold its Grove Street location and proceeds from the sale of the property will go towards building the new Y on the former Barrie Central Collegiate site. Last year, the Y launched its 100 Reasons Y campaign in support of the project.

“When we come out the other end of the pandemic, we will need places for people to connect and belong more than ever,” added Armstrong. “We believe we are building the Y we need for the Barrie we want, and gifts like this one are critical to the project’s success.”

The new Y will be home to a state of the art health and fitness facility, licensed child care, and a youth centre. In addition, RVH will have space for cardiac and cancer rehab programs and Youth Haven will operate transitional housing for youth onsite.

To learn more about the 100 Reasons Y Campaign, go to

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