Russ Davey was Executive Director of YMCA Geneva from 1977 to 1991. In earlier stages of his career, he served on the staff of the YMCA Canada and was CEO of several YMCA associations across Canada. Russ has been a member, staff member and volunteer with the YMCA in Canada for 81 years.
The following excerpts were drawn from some of Russ’ recent emails. Russ endorsed this synopsis.
Russ Davey has spent 82 of his 91 years with the YMCA as a cornerstone of his life; 40 of those years as a YMCA staff member, 30 years as a donor and as the CEO of Geneva Park for 14 years. There are few people, if any, more qualified to represent the YMCA’s important role bringing purpose, meaning and opportunities to serve others. This is a series of open letters he has written to the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA and has requested be made available to all allies and supporters of the YMCA mission and philosophy
Thank you to the over 250 people who responded to the Seniors Residence Survey. Your responses showed that there is some interest in our GP Family Community for a retirement facility on the GP site, but that more data is needed.
We're excited to host our next virtual townhall and look forward to sharing updates with you, our Geneva Park community! Please find the agenda below. Timeline will be approximately an hour of updates, followed by time for breakout rooms to discuss specific subjects of interest and to catch-up socially.
After a long few months of conversations and questions, we're pleased to be able to provide an update on the communication between the YMCA Simcoe Muskoka and the Geneva Park Legacy Alliance. The intent of this update is to get our GP community up to speed on these conversations, so that we are all on a similar page and understand the current conversation and the next steps to be taken.
Recently the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka (YSM) announced, without warning to stakeholders, their sudden intention to sell Geneva Park, the well-storied, century old leadership, youth, family and conference centre on Lake Couchiching. This iconic three kilometres of shoreline property has long been home to outdoor education programs, a family camping community for generations, youth leadership training and a destination for diverse groups providing unique opportunities to experience independence and personal empowerment.
Selling the YMCA Geneva Park Leadership Centre is not the immediate goal of the organization, though it is still a possibility.
As a result of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka announced in January its intention to sell the sprawling property and its buildings on the shore of Lake Couchiching in Ramara Township.