• 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

  • Mac – Youth Advisory Committee

    Mac – Youth Advisory Committee

    I have been working at the Y since June 2013 and have been volunteering since May 2012. I am a child and youth programmer. This summer I got hired to be a summer day camp counsellor. The Y means the absolute world to me because the Y showed and taught me so many things about life. It has also built me a lot of character as well which I am really grateful for. I was accepted with seven other leaders [...]

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  • Mark – Youth Advisory Committee

    Mark – Youth Advisory Committee

    I love what the YMCA manages to do fore everyone in the surrounding community and further. What they offer to kids in the community is wonderful, whether it be the Strong Kids Campaign or just the amazing programs the staff offer. Strong leadership is also a big and great part of the Y. I am involved with the Y  as a program leader and youth leader facilitator, and I love what the Y does for everyone in their community. I [...]

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  • Samantha – Youth Advisory Committee

    Samantha – Youth Advisory Committee

    I have been at the YMCA since the beginning of grade 8. I started with  Leaders, and from that have obtained a job as child & youth program leader. The YMCA means a lot to me. Before I started leaders, I was the shyest person ever. i would be the one person alone in a room full of people because I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I am travelling to Sierra Leone because I want to change the world [...]

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  • Danielle – Youth Advisory Committee

    Danielle – Youth Advisory Committee

    I work at the YMCA in the Child & Youth department. I play games with the kids. I have been a part of the Leadership Group for 8 years, since it began. The YMCA to me is a place where people can come and feel safe and welcome. You don’t have to be a part of that town to belong there. I am travelling to Sierra Leone so that I can help people in my town experience things that they [...]

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  • Ryan – Youth Advisory Committee

    Ryan – Youth Advisory Committee

    I volunteer in Youth Leaders and events like Kempenfest. It means I get to develop my own leadership and people skills while meeting and working with some awesome youth and other Y members in the community. I feel like I have an inherited ignorance and naivety to the way of living in less fortunate parts of the world and I hope to learn enough to remove that ignorance and develop a better understanding of the world and also myself. I [...]

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  • Camille – Youth Advisory Committee

    Camille – Youth Advisory Committee

    The YMCA has given me so many opportunities and activities that helped me throughout my high school years. During my first year a as member I spent most of my time up in the exercise room and the gym. All this time spent playing sports with friends and exercising really helped me with feeling more confident about myself. Later that year, I signed up to one of the greatest decisions of my life, and that is leadership. The leadership program [...]

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  • Brandon M. -Youth Advisory Committee

    Brandon M. -Youth Advisory Committee

    I have been with the Y since last year and although it has only been a short time, I have learned a lot. i am involved in the Y Leadership Program through the Y. Every Monday we meet and take part in activities and discussions that build on our leadership skills. I also participated in an exchange with a Y in B.C. this year which was amazing. The kids from B.C. came here for a week in march and we [...]

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  • Mel – Wasaga Beach YMCA

    Mel – Wasaga Beach YMCA

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  • Mark – Wasaga Beach YMCA

    Mark – Wasaga Beach YMCA

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