• Geneva Park Outdoor Education Program feat. Eastwood Collegiate

    This spring a group of students and their teachers came to YMCA Geneva Park to experience the Outdoor Education program. This group, from Eastwood Collegiate in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, is made up of students from all over the world, who immigrated to Canada in recent years, and some in recent months. During their time at Geneva Park, they were able to explore the ideas of working together, inclusiveness, communication skills and focusing on what they have instead of what they [...]

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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

  • Jolene – Huntsville YMCA

    Jolene – Huntsville YMCA

     

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  • Charis – Collingwood YMCA

    Charis – Collingwood YMCA

    I’ve been a member at the Y for a long time. I actually can’t remember when I originally got my membership. It went unused (for the most part) for MANY years. I have been an active and regular member since about 2009. At first I was 2 times a week here and there, but not regular. Now I’m generally at the Y 4-5 times a week, sometimes more. I believe it was 2010 that I started volunteering with the Y [...]

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  • Arlyn – Orillia YMCA

    Arlyn – Orillia YMCA

    I have been a member of the YMCA for almost three years now. I am usually found sweating it out upstairs in the weight area or on the rowing machine. Recently I have been trying my hand at swimming laps, and I must say, it is still a work in progress! When our family first moved to Orillia I had just had my second son. I didn’t know anyone and my husband worked long hours at the family Home Hardware so [...]

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  • Dawn – Barrie YMCA

    Dawn – Barrie YMCA

    My family of 5 (myself, husband and our 3 beautiful children (triplets), joined the Barrie Y about four years ago. We access the Y kids programs, children swimming, Fitlynx program when working out, open gym and swim. We have been receiving financial assistance since we joined.  This has allowed us to keep our membership and access all the Y programs for our family.  Programs for children are quite expensive so with the financial assistance we have been able to provide programs we otherwise [...]

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  • Penny – Gravenhurst YMCA

    Penny – Gravenhurst YMCA

    Four years ago marked the beginning of a major change in my life.  I retired from a busy job (which I did enjoy – but not the long commute into the city!) and at the same time moved up to Severn Bridge to live. Our home was just what we wanted and the surrounding area was beautiful. Every morning I walked an hour with neighbours and even in the afternoon did another 45 minutes … things were good.  After a [...]

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  • Jennifer T – Innisfil YMCA

    Jennifer T – Innisfil YMCA

    I love the personal training at the Y.  My trainer Amy is amazing.  She frequently cycles through cardio, weight training, and core programs to force my body to work hard.  She also is big on proper form to ensure I get the maximum benefit from each individual exercise.  Periodically, we change or update my goals so I stay motivated.  But I’m most grateful to Amy for the incredible strength and endurance I now have.  I’m no longer afraid of push-ups, [...]

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  • Sue P – Midland YMCA

    Sue P – Midland YMCA

    When moving here I wasn’t sure if there was a fitness facility in our area. I was very pleased to find Midland has a YMCA. Even more encouraging was finding my instructor Severo. I had terrible back and knee pain. Severo took the time and attention to co-ordinate a workout routine for my special needs. I am happy to say that simple chores like vacuuming or washing floors no longer lay me up in bed with pain! I am grateful for [...]

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  • Larry – Collingwood Y

    Larry – Collingwood Y

    It was Friday afternoon June 12th that I arrived home after a vigorous work-out at the Collingwood YMCA.  I had advanced upwards in weight categories and was happy with my growth.  And as they say in the commercials, most heart attacks do not come with warnings.  Within an hour of arriving home I suffered the onslaught of a massive heart attack.  Unknowingly, a blockage that had been advancing for years had finally reached the point where blood to my heart was severely restricted [...]

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  • Helen N – Parry Sound YMCA

    Helen N – Parry Sound YMCA

    I have been a member of the Parry Sound Y for several years. My original plan was to participate in some of the classes. When I retired I thought it was important to build the social aspect into my fitness regime. I did join some classes on a regular basis, but found that my attendance was becoming sporadic. I don’t live in Parry Sound and I seemed to find excuses to not get into town at the appropriate times. So, [...]

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