Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary Fund

The Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary Fund was established in 2006 by the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region in recognition of Wilda’s leadership and immeasurable contributions to the Y. Sadly, Wilda passed away on September 4, 2020. This fund will continue to honour her incredible ability to achieve significant personal and professional success, without compromising her focus on people or her cherished values.

One of Wilda's greatest achievements was her ability to identify, nurture, and cultivate leadership in others. It is in this spirit that the Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary Fund was established upon her retirement. The fund will award a $1,000 bursary to assist a high school graduate/post-secondary student associated with the Y in furthering their education. It is our hope that that this will identify and encourage future leaders who reflect the values of the Y in their current activities.

Y Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charity, open to all, and dedicated to enriching our community and its individuals.

Vision: The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential

Our five core values: Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness – influence our actions and decisions and form the foundation of all Y programs.

Wilda Phillips

Wilda Phillips

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in full-time studies at a recognized institution in a post-secondary program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Be a family member of a current National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA staff person or volunteer, or are themselves a part-time Y staff person, volunteer or participant.
  • Demonstrate commitment to Y values.
  • Actively engage in community development through the Y and/or other community agencies or initiatives.
  • Submit a completed application form.
  • Provide a copy of the requested school transcripts.
  • Submit 2 letters of reference.


2021 Bursary Recipient - Siobhan Atkins

The Wilda Phillips Bursary Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Siobhan Atkins. We were delighted to have Siobhan on the Camp Otonabee team this summer, where she worked as a Y Camp Counsellor. A recent graduate of West Carleton Secondary School, Siobhan will begin her post-secondary education in the Global and International Studies program at Carleton University this fall. On behalf of the Wilda Phillips Bursary Committee, and the YMCA-YWCA of the national Capital Region, we wish Siobhan all the best in her studies!