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YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Names Lorrie Turnbull as New CEO
October 23, 2023

Today, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Board Chair, Kristian Gareau, is pleased to announce Lorrie Turnbull as the new CEO, effective November 27th, 2023.

Lorrie is a committed and impactful leader with close to three decades of progressive leadership experience with the YMCA. Throughout her career, Lorrie’s work has been guided by YMCA core values to effect change, respond to need and leave a lasting and transformational impact on communities. Most recently, Lorrie served as the Chief Advancement Officer of the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth and previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce Lorrie Turnbull as the new CEO,” says Kristian Gareau, Board Chair YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. “Lorrie’s impressive commitment to and understanding of the YMCA will be of great benefit to the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario and our communities. She is an experienced leader and we are thrilled to have her onboard. We are confident that Lorrie will build on all of the remarkable work done under the leadership of our outgoing CEO, Helen Francis.”

“I am honoured and incredibly humbled to begin this new and exciting chapter in my career as CEO of the YMCA Northeastern Ontario,” says Lorrie Turnbull. “My Y experience began many years ago as a trainer on the weight room floor. What started as a part time job, became a leadership journey that I could never have predicted! Looking back now, I realize that in the Y, I found a special place where belonging was a powerful force. I am excited to work with the team of staff, volunteers, members, and the communities of Northeastern Ontario to continue the important community building initiatives underway, inspire people to reach their full potential and discover their own sense of belonging.”

Lorrie’s appointment is the result of an intensive 6-month search process undertaken by the Board with the guidance and support of the YMCA Ontario RDC; the Board also recognizes the assistance of YMCA Canada throughout. The process was a comprehensive, national search resulting in a highly-qualified group of finalists. We thank all candidates who applied and participated.

Please join the YMCA in congratulating and welcoming Lorrie Turnbull to her new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario!

  • Lorrie Turnbull– President & CEO
  • Kendra MacIsaac – VP of Health and Wellness
  • Nancy Rivest – General Manager of Employment & Immigrant Services
  • Nicole Beattie – VP of Philanthropy, Marketing & Communications
  • Rob Groccia – VP of Child, Youth & Family Development
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