• Katie H.

    Katie H.

    My first experience with the YMCA was in North Bay. I was a program leader for pre-school, child & youth programs. It was a fun experience and helped connect me with great people and an exceptional organization that I knew I wanted to stay involved with. When I returned to Parry Sound I started working for the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. I have worked for a few departments including Summer Camp, HFR and Employment Service. All of which has introduced me [...]

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  • Jen B.

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  • Jody P.

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  • My Y is…

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  • Glenn

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  • Jesse R.

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  • The 5 Values in Action

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  • Barb C.

    Barb C.

    I have been a member of the Y.M.C.A. for over 13 years. I have been volunteering for 10 years. I instruct aqua, spin cycle, step and muscle/cardio. As a senior and a retired person, I get to meet many members of the Y. As a retired employee Of the National Bank, I have been able to recruit over $2500.00 in  donations from their “Our Hearts are with You ” program over the last 3 years. The money goes to good [...]

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  • Laura S.

    Laura S.

    My Y story starts in Neenah Wisconsin in the YMCA preschool program.  I then moved to St. Catharines where I enjoyed gymanstics, Gym/Swim & Crafts every Saturday morning, swimming lessons galore (in the lovely dark basement pool!!) and the BEST OF ALL summer Camp.  Camp Wa-Sa-Ah-Bun was my home as a camper, CIT, counsellor and as the assistant director where I met my future husband.  We were just a boy and a girl in a little canoe who fell in [...]

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  • Doug C.

    Doug C.

    There are a host of stories and testimonials from members describing how the Y has helped them physically, socially or financially.  Instead I want to recognize those volunteers who have helped the Y. They fall into 2 categories – donors of money and donors of time and talent.  As chair of the recent Capital Campaign for the expansion and renovation of the Orillia YMCA, my eyes were opened by the generosity of individuals, service clubs and businesses in the community.  [...]

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Recent Stories

  • Paula N – Barrie YMCA donor and member

    Paula N – Barrie YMCA donor and member

    It is wonderful to hear the stories of the children who have benefited by the programs and camps that are provided by the Y –  and how these programs changed their lives in a positive way.  It is why I believe in giving to the Y Strong Kids campaign.

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  • Epilepsy Toronto 2014 Family Retreat at Geneva Park

    Epilepsy Toronto 2014 Family Retreat at Geneva Park

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  • Brooklynn – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteer

    Brooklynn – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteer

    I’ve been volunteering for almost three years now, and I love it.  The YMCA is a great place.  The staff and the children are great and fun to be around.  And volunteering gives me a place to get out and away from the house and do something that I love and that I’m good at.  Working with the children makes me happy, and the staff and members make the experience even better.

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  • Stephanie B – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteer

    Stephanie B – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteer

    My Name is Stephanie Bradford. I have been a volunteer at the Wasaga Beach YMCA for a little over three years now. I didn’t expect it to go by so quickly. Volunteering has had a major impact on my life as a person in more ways than I can even count. If you looked at me before I started, you would have seen a shy, insecure, quiet student, who was unaware of where life was taking her. I felt like [...]

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  • The Cottle Family – Wasaga Beach Volunteers

    The Cottle Family – Wasaga Beach Volunteers

    As a result of her husband’s sudden heart attack, Allison realized it was time to take charge regarding her own outlook towards personal health and well-being. She quit smoking in January 2012. Allison, knowing that weight gain would most likely be a side effect of ridding herself of cigarettes, she got more active and joined the Wasaga Y. Drawing from her competitive swimming experience as a child, she began swimming laps. When the pool was briefly shut down for maintenance, [...]

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  • Tina & Nathan – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteers

    Tina & Nathan – Wasaga Beach YMCA Volunteers

    As a parent, I believe that we all try to instill in our children a sense of community and helping others through our daily actions and by volunteering. Nathan has been a member of the YMCA pretty much since it opened, and has enjoyed a wide variety of programs over the years. When he reached an age where we could start doing things together, I thought that volunteering would be a good opportunity to give back to the people and [...]

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  • Eric J. – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    Eric J. – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    When I was young, the YMCA was a place we went to swim a few times with school, I remember thinking it was a great place to have fun.  My Y is a much different place for me now.  My family and I have been members since the Innisfil Y opened in 2008.  I decided to try a group cycle class and before I knew it I had become a Volunteer Group Cycle instructor. I found the YMCA is true [...]

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  • Ethyn S – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    Ethyn S – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    My name is Ethyn Squires, and I love going to the Y. The Y is a great place to go and have fun and it has lots of different programs and activities to participate in. I’ve gone to the Y for swimming, basketball, youth night, and more. I loved going so much, that at the beginning of Summer of 2013, I started volunteering, and now I’m part of the staff team. The best part of it all is getting to [...]

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  • Mitchel D – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    Mitchel D – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

    My name is Mitchel Driscoll and I am 17 years old.  I enjoy being active, experiencing new things, and meeting new people.  A typical day for me is to wake up, go to the YMCA to volunteer, head to school, socialize and repeat.  I learned about it through my school from involving myself in co-op.  It has allowed me to come to the My Y and have an amazing experience from it.  My original goal was to come to the [...]

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