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A Legacy of Leadership and Generosity

Pictured above is Grace and Sterling McLeod. Sterling’s legacy gift to the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka ensures generations to come can benefit from YMCA programs and services.

May is Planned Giving Month. A planned or legacy gift ensures you’ll continue supporting the causes close to you in the future. If you plan for your legacy during your lifetime, you can see first-hand the difference your support will make for many children, youth, and families across Simcoe County, Muskoka, and the District of Parry Sound.

This month on the blog, we’re highlighting a generous gift from a planned giving donor, and sharing his family’s reasons for giving back to the YMCA. Read on to learn more about Sterling McLeod’s legacy.

The YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka community takes great pride in honouring the memory of Sterling McLeod, a remarkable individual whose legacy of leadership and commitment to community service continues to inspire us all. Sterling’s legacy lives on through his wife, Grace McLeod, and four children. The YMCA would like to express heartfelt appreciation for the generous $25,000 contribution made by his son, Scott McLeod, and Sterling’s wife, Grace. This contribution will actively support ongoing programs and initiatives that align with the cherished values Sterling held throughout his life.

Mr. McLeod’s dedication to the YMCA traces back to his early years in Montreal, where he first joined the YMCA and was an avid basketball player. Sterling’s involvement with the YMCA played a pivotal role in shaping him into the extraordinary leader he became.

Sharing the motivation behind his donation, Scott McLeod expressed, “My father’s time with the YMCA in Montreal was a defining chapter in his life. The values of community, inclusivity, and personal growth instilled by the YMCA had a profound influence on him. This donation is a small way to express our gratitude for the positive impact the YMCA has had on our family and to ensure that others can continue to benefit from its programs and services.”

In the spirit of Sterling McLeod’s legacy, let us join forces to support the next generation of leaders through YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka programs. Your support contributes to the present well-being and establishes a lasting impact spanning generations. The YMCA provides a platform for individuals to cultivate leadership skills, fostering personal growth and community development from the start. Join us in building a legacy that empowers individuals, families, and the community.

“We are grateful for Scott McLeod’s generous contribution to our YMCA”, said Jill Tettmann, CEO, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. “His family’s legacy of leadership and generosity reflects a deep commitment to community values. Such donations not only provide crucial support for our ongoing programs, but also serve as a testament to the enduring impact of the YMCA. Scott’s dedication to honouring his father’s legacy through this donation will leave a lasting imprint, enabling us to reach more individuals and continue fostering a community where personal growth and inclusivity thrive.”

The YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka extends its deepest gratitude to Scott McLeod for his generous contribution, which will undoubtedly significantly enhance our capacity to reach more individuals in need, providing them with opportunities for physical activity, personal development, and a sense of belonging and community.

Click here to learn more about planned giving, and how to make your legacy gift today.


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