Bob Hayward YMCA

Announcement - The Future of the Bob Hayward Y 

After very careful, long-term consideration, including a thorough financial and operational analysis, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario has announced the incredibly difficult decision to close the Bob Hayward Y, effective Nov. 24. All other Y operations remain unchanged. 

We’re deeply grateful for the support of our members, past and present. Bob Hayward Y memberships will be transferred to our Centre Branch Y, providing members top-tier access to all amenities, including the pool, at no cost for the remainder of the year. We’re also working with staff on an individual basis in the coming weeks to work through the details of what this means for them. We’ll work to find suitable employment opportunities for them within the organization, wherever possible.

We’re so proud of the Bob Hayward Y and the impact it has had in our community for 60 years. We want to thank our incredible staff and volunteers for their dedication throughout that time. The positive experiences our members and participants have had at the Bob Hayward Y are a direct result of their hard work and commitment to our community. 

We know this news is difficult and you’ll naturally have questions. Please send any inquiries to Elyse Sheare at 

Thank you for your support. 


Highlighted Programs

Branch Amenities

Strength/cardio equipment
Group exercise classes
Indoor track
Change Rooms
Meeting rooms
Day camp


Centre Manager:    
Eric Seed
519-451-2395 x378, Email

Y Story - Setting the Stage

"With the Y, I am setting a pattern for my kids to include physical activity in their lifestyle. The scheduling works for our family and the kids are always excited to come. Every one of my boys gets in a good mood when I say we are going to the Y! It pretty much saves my sanity.

Why I go? It was really important for me after having my kids to get back to my ‘pre-kid’ weight. Also, it felt good going to the classes and getting my confidence back. I see us being members forever."

- Sarah