Posted on: 10.30.2015

[Conshohocken, PA] October 22, 2015 – The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of a new CEO for their organization: Shaun Elliott. Elliott will begin his new position as President & CEO on January 1, 2016, leading one of the largest YMCA Associations in the country. Elliott succeeds current CEO John Flynn, who is retiring at the end of this year following nine exemplary years of service.

Elliott comes to Philadelphia from Canada where he served as CEO of the YMCA of Western Ontario since 2001. The Western Ontario Association operates eight membership YMCAs and more than 100 program centers. Under Elliott’s strong leadership, the Association thrived with mergers and branch and program expansion in, but not limited to, childcare, health and wellness. Since taking the helm, Elliott grew the Associations’ operating revenue threefold, created new sources of capital (over $100M in the last five years) and saw service levels quadruple, through a dedicated staff team of over 1200 individuals and 6500 volunteers.

“We have built a very strong Association, serving well over 200,000 individuals in our communities in areas of critical need, including health and wellness, diabetes prevention and youth development. In order to serve all the people who need us, we must continue to see growth,” said Jeffrey Lutsky, Philadelphia Freedom Valley Y Board Chair. “Our next CEO is coming in at an exciting time, with a strong membership platform and an opportunity to maximize our potential, grow and expand our programs, develop and lead a culture of philanthropy and honor our promise to the community. We unanimously felt that Shaun Elliott, with his impressive record and respected leadership, would be the perfect choice. We are excited to have him as part of our team and continue our tradition of strong leadership.”

Elliott’s varied background has brought a uniqueness to his Ys. He began his career in the private sector, primarily banking, where he managed consumer credit operations for TD Canada Trust and Citibank. He has served on several boards, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the teaching and research hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and is an active member and leader among the YMCA North American Network (YNAN). He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honors) from Queens University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business.

“I am very excited to become a part of this incredible team and look forward to leading this organization to extend its reach to even more individuals and families,“ said Elliott. “I am grateful to the Board of Directors for extending this wonderful opportunity. Whether in Canada or the U.S. the core of what we stand for remains the same- to strengthen our communities and give people a place where all are welcome. I look forward to building new partnerships and addressing the ever-changing community needs as we move forward. I have a passion for the Y’s values and its mission and I am honored to be the next leader of this strong Association.”

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