Personal neglect ends here

Personal neglect ends here

Personal neglect ends here

“I have tested my strength and abilities more than I ever thought possible.”
 

“I am a single mother of 3 teenage children and our family leads a very busy, active lifestyle. Despite having a family membership at the YMCA for many years the focus was primarily on activities for my kids and I was minimally active due to the demands of raising 3 busy children, maintaining a household and working full time. Upon the collapse of my marriage I realized my focus needed to change. I have struggled with my weight, self-confidence and body image my entire life and following two very serious surgeries I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I needed to be healthy and active to be able to care for my children the best way I could for as long as possible. I began changing my diet, walking daily, utilizing my Y membership and I registered for a Wellness coaching session. With the Y ‘s support and constant encouragement I have tested my strength and abilities more than I ever thought possible. My Y’s staff and members have become so important to my daily routine and workouts that in turn I have made new friends and found the support I needed to keep going. After years of personal neglect the struggle is hard and the journey is long but I know the payoff will be great. My family are long standing members of the Y and are so thankful for the sense of community the Y offers everyone.”  Learn more about our Health, Fitness and Aquatics programs. 

Leadership and adventure are just the beginning

Leadership and adventure are just the beginning

Leadership and adventure are just the beginning

“I feel as though an empty space has been filled”

 

“After being abroad with my family for 5 years my hometown was unrecognizable when we came back to Canada. We travelled overseas to Nepal and Botswana where our group received a grant for an outreach program to help people with HIV and AIDS — it was an incredible experience! When I returned to Canada I found, even though I had reconnected with a few friends, that a lot of people had changed and I was encouraged to the join the Y. At the Y I got involved in an International student program where I met Korean students and I’m not exactly sure how I got involved in YExperienceU (a program for youth that helps build leadership and survival skills) but I love it! I’ve learned a lot about leadership and how to lead, I’ve met new friends from other schools, and the Y has also taught me how to work with people even if they don’t have the same ideas as I do. Because I am involved in Y youth programs I feel as though an empty space has been filled; I’m loving learning with friends, my leaders and the adventure!” Learn more about YExperienceU

Care and comfort across generations

Care and comfort across generations

Care and comfort across generations

“I am really happy that, at the Y, all kids belong.”

 

"No one in my entire family had ever gone to Child Care. Children in our family were cared for by our grandmas, aunts, and other family members until we were ready for school. Even though we have family close by, we decided to enroll Ethan at Windy Woods YMCA Child Care two days a week. Ethan is 20 months old and whenever you see him he makes you feel so special with his warm smile and good hearted nature. Presently, Ethan is showing signs of developmental delays as he is not yet speaking or walking. I am really happy that, at the Y, all kids belong and when I drop him off in the morning I am comforted by knowing he is in the hands of attentive and welcoming Child Care Educators. It has been a challenging time for our family but I feel the Y can give him the extra push he needs. I believe that because he is in Y Child Care that soon he will be at the level, if not more advanced, than he should be at his age and that his communication skills will also improve.  My family and I have been members of the Y since I was a little girl and I just love the Y!" Learn more about our child care services

Worlds apart no more

Worlds apart no more

Worlds apart no more

“...one day Oday entered the Y, and all of a sudden, we remember why we do what we do.”

 

"One of my students helped me answer the question “WHY the Y?”. Sitting in my cozy kitchen reading the morning newspaper I am consumed with sad news stories from the other side of the world with headlines such as “Car bomb explodes, kills and injures many, war continues.”  These headlines seem so distant, but then one day Oday enters the Y, and all of a sudden, we remember why we do what we do. Oday has been given a chance to blossom, be himself and people respect his differences and care deeply about him.  As a part of our Y family he greets students, staff, and members every morning and prepares the tea kettle for morning break. He always says “I love to help!” As a LINC student, he has near-perfect attendance, does his homework every day, and practices his English in and out of the classroom. Oday has created a nice routine and community for himself and in turn, is integrating into Canadian society very well. He brings joy to everyone he meets and gives us hope that the Y is helping some way in this very complicated world.” Learn more about our newcomer services