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Media Advisory - Smith School of Business students partner with the YMCA and give back to the local community

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Students enrolled in the EMBA at Smith School of Business at Queen's are once again donating their time to support active living for youth in the Kingston community.

During a recent two-week in-class session, close to 80  Smith EMBA students worked in teams to assemble 28 brand new bicycles as part of a health and wellness program at Smith called Fit to Lead.  The YMCA of Eastern Ontario has identified a child for each bike and the bicycles have each had a safety check at Frontenac Cycle to ensure they are ready for the road.

This is the second time Smith EMBA students have collaborated with the YMCA on this initiative. The program started in 2019 and was met with great success by Smith EMBA students and the YMCA community. The program was placed on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

What: Media is invited to attend the handover of 28 bikes to the YMCA of Eastern Ontario

When:  Friday, June 10, 10:00 am

Where:  Main lobby, YCMA of Eastern Ontario 100 Wright Cres, Kingston ON

Who: Available to speak to the media are:

  • Gloria Saccon, Director, Smith Executive MBA  
  • Jill MacDonald, Director Operations Childcare, YCMA of Eastern Ontario
  • Parent and child recipient


The Smith Executive MBA program is a 16-month program that allows students from North America to study while balancing personal and professional responsibilities. Two-week residential sessions take place in Kingston, allowing classmates to network and attend classes in person.

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula and offers fitness and other specialized programs including: Work Hard Eat Well, Teen Drop-in, Karate and Total Life Care.


Please RSVP to Julie Brown to confirm attendance.


Julie Brown
Manager, Media Relations
Queen’s University