19th YMCA World Council 8th – 14th July 2018 – Videos

19th YMCA World Council 8th – 14th July 2018 – Videos

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik – Secretary’s General Report

Peter Burns, Keynote Speaker

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Keynote Speaker

Acceptance Speech of Patricia Pelton – President World YMCA

Acceptance speech of Carlos Sanvee in coming Secretary General

One Million Voices – Global Youth Research

Partner Forum

Monday Devotion

Tuesday Devotion

Wednesday Devotion

Thursday Devotion

Friday Devotion

Saturday Devotion


Executive Committee 2018-2022

At the 19th World Council the World YMCA announced the new elected Officers and members of the Executive Committee for the four-year term 2018-2022.

Patricia Pelton   from Canada was elected as President, the first female in the YMCAs 174 year history.

“The women leaders in our movement, past and present, have worked so hard to pave the way and see this day. Inclusion in leadership benefits us all. This. Change. Is. Momentous, she said.”

Patricia Pelton ’s speech,  watch the video.

The President, Patricia Pelton from Canada  (centre )
The Deputy President is Agustin Garcia Bolanos Cacho (left)  from Mexico and the new Treasurer is Ronald Tak Fai Yam  (right) from Hong Kong.


The Executive Committee is as follows:

President, Ms. Patricia Pelton, Canada
Deputy President, Mr. Agustin Garcia Bolanos Cacho, Mexico
Treasurer, Mr.  Ronald Tak Fai Yam, Hong Kong

Secretary General (non-voting):
Rev. Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Norway


Mr. Dodji Fiashinou , Togo
Ms. Irene Ayimba, Kenya
Ms. Nompumelelo Thabethe, South Africa
Mr. Ronald Senghore, Gambia
Mr. Yirga Gebre Gebregziabher Assefa, Ethiopia

Asia & Pacific
Mr. Alan Morton, Australia
Ms. Chanita Maneekarn, Thailand
Mr. Indong Song, Korea
Ms. Karren Joy Fetalvero, Philippines
Ms. Nagako Okado, Japan


Mr. Craig Rowe, Canada

Ms. Dorothee Pfrommer, Germany
Mr. Duncan Ingram, England
Ms. Malene Bentsen, Denmark
Ms. Mathilde Thue, Norway
Mr. Otto Vainio, Finland

Latin America & Caribbean
Ms. Anaclara Rodriguez Canzani,  Uruguay
Mr. Cristiano Ristov, Brazil
Ms. Silvia Carolina Lopez Diaz, Peru

Middle East
Mr. Peter Nasir, East Jerusalem
Ms. Sohelia Hayek, Lebanon

Ms. Cici Rojas, USA
Ms. Colleen Leung, USA

Past President:
Mr. Peter Posner, England

Area Presidents:
Mr. James Ekow Rhule, Ghana, Africa Alliance
Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, Bangladesh, Asia & Pacific Alliance
Mr. Michael Will, Scotland, YMCA Europe
Mr. Felipe Jurado, Chile, Latin American & Caribbean Alliance

Y’s Men Liaison
Mr. Kohei Yamada, Japan 

YMCA WORLD CHALLENGE 2018 – Final wrap up

Dear YMCA friends,

A huge congratulations to every YMCA who participated in this year’s World Challenge. It was a breathtaking display of energy and effort shared with our communities everywhere.

To quote the famous Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Olympics movement and who’s final home is now the offices of the World YMCA in Geneva, “the most important thing is to take part…”

This year events took place in every part of the world. I am proud to announce that we had over ten thousand people participating, reaching tens of thousands more and that together we achieved nearly 70,000kms. A fantastic result from so many, for so many more. We connected as part of a real global community.

On the photo: Carrickfergus , Nepal, Marija Robe, Singapore 

Throughout the World Council we had the pleasure to recognise some YMCAs for their efforts in this year’s World Challenge. There was excitement each day as they were announced and one YMCA even made their local television news for receiving their award.

HERE you can see the full presentation and details about their efforts.

I’m sure you will agree these – and all of your events – are creative and inspiring. This is GREAT! The World Challenge really works!

The YMCA World Challenge is an integral part of our strategy to gain more profile and reputation for YMCAs everywhere. You can add Saturday June 8th, 2019 into your diaries and plans for the next World Challenge.

A reminder that all the files are in the public folder HERE.

Thank you and well run!

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik Secretary General