Oakville YMCA president steps down

Toronto’s gain is Oakville’s loss.

Oakville president and chief executive officer Darryl McKenzie has announced he is stepping down from the organization after three-and-a-half years. He is joining the Toronto Pan-Am Games as vice-president in charge of volunteer services.


The Pan-Am Games will be held in Toronto and elsewhere in Southern Ontario in July 2015. McKenzie will be responsible for coordinating the 17,000 volunteers needed to help run the event.

“I have worked within the YMCA movement for 10 years and it has been a wonderful experience,” McKenzie said in a news release issued by the YMCA. “In Oakville I’ve been very fortunate to work with a fantastic staff and volunteer team, and with partners and supporters who share the Y’s commitment to building healthy communities.”

He’s been the CEO of the Oakville YMCA since September 2009. He’ll stay on until April 30, and the Y’s board of directors hopes to have a new replacement hired by July 1.

“We are happy for Darryl and wish him well in his new role, although we accepted his resignation with great regret,” board chair Lindsay Williams said in the news release.

“He is an exceptional leader who has strengthened the management and operations of the YMCA of Oakville. He leaves as his legacy a healthy and vibrant organization poised for growth.”

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