John Lindsay Sr. was one of the most dedicated members and volunteers with the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth for decades. He made the fitness class he attended at the Y one of the top priorities of his day, and would often follow up with those he noticed had missed a few too many classes and encouraged them to return.  

John joined our YMCA Board of Directors in the early 1960s. Our YMCA recognized him for outstanding community service in 1984, and in 2005 he was recognized by YMCA Canada with the Fellowship of Honour.  

In addition to being a passionate volunteer, advisor, and fundraiser, John maintained his deepest passion for his wife, Marjorie, his children, and his grandchildren. Together, John and Marjorie raised their family with the values of caring and giving back to the community. Their passion for children went beyond caring for their own and extended through their support of charities the health, learning and development of children. This included organizations such as the IWK Children’s Hospital, Halifax Public Libraries, Brigadoon Village, and of course, the YMCA.  

In addition to these charities, they have also given to many other organizations in the community, including Northwood Foundation, Metro Care and Share Society. Because of her donations to the school, Marjorie also received an honourary degree from Dalhousie University.  

Even after his passing, John was recognized for his generosity and care. Marjorie and John were celebrated for their philanthropic work in our community with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Funding Professionals at the 30th annual Maritime Philanthropy Awards in 2016. Marjorie reminisced on her husband’s giving spirit, saying “I had an amazing marriage, to an amazing man, and I shaped him well!” 

Marjorie also shared her philosophy of philanthropy and the benefits to the community. “Giving is so rewarding,” encourages Marjorie. “It doesn’t have to be a big gift. A gift is a gift at any level. Open your hearts. Just give.” 

The Lindsay’s support for our YMCA has been transformative. With a donation of $3 million – the largest gift their family has ever given – the Lindsay family is helping to ensure that the YMCA will be able to help people for generations to come reach their potential.