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Flack honoured for work with YMCA

On the same day Pat Flack was honoured for past contributions to the Prince George YMCA, he also became the first chairperson of the YMCA of Northern BC.

Flack was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the recent AGM of the Prince George YMCA.

The medal marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession the throne, and a limited number are being awarded in each federal riding across Canada.

In making the presentation, CEO Mark Miller said Flack had served the local organization well for many years.

“He has been a mentor to me and everyone else in this room.”

Flack has served on the board of the local YMCA since 2003, and was chairperson from 2006 to 2010. He was also acclaimed as the chair for the upcoming year at the AGM.

In accepting the medal, Flack said he had to thank a lot of people.

“I appreciate the continued support, especially from my family.”

When Flack resumes his role as chairperson in February, he will do so at the head of a newly named organization.

Chairperson Peter Vogt, in a press release, said the change was made to reflect the changing role of the group.

“Since 1964, we have served children and families in Prince George, and our board felt it was time to share the YMCA message with new audiences in northern B.C.”

The YMCA has been informally providing programs in communities such as Fraser Lake, Williams Lake and New Aiyansh, and Vogt says they have seen people coming from communities such as Fort St. James to participate in programs in Prince George.

The YMCA of Northern BC will be based in Prince George, and regional programs will be offered as partnerships are developed. CEO Mark Miller says while the name and role of the organization is changing, some things will remain the same.

“The Prince George YMCA will retain its inclusive philosophy, programs, mission and service standards offered to children and families.”

The name change took effect Feb. 1, and includes a new website address at


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