• 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

  • Dave – Camp Kitchi

    Dave – Camp Kitchi

    Kitchi has been in our family for a long time. I went as a child, as did my wife’s brother and his wife (they actually met there, and both of their sons go now). Now both of our children go, and love it. My sister also went when we were kids, and all 3 of her sons have gone many times, and worked there as well. We all have very fond memories of our time there, and often think about how it was [...]

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  • Emma – Camp Kitchi

    Emma – Camp Kitchi

    Kitchi has given me a chance to spend some time out of the city and in a beautiful outdoors environment. I love being outside and playing with my friends all day. Kitchi is so special because I love my counsellors and my bunk mates. I also like the activities. My favourite part of camp is kayaking, sailing and friends. Thank you so much Kitchi! “I am so grateful for this very important experience for my daughter. It would be extremely difficult for me [...]

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  • Amanda – Innisfil YMCA

    Amanda – Innisfil YMCA

    Lily has always been a reserved child who carefully assessed her surroundings, cautiously “dipping her toe” into new situations to test the waters of her comfort zones. After I started working at the YMCA Youth Services department 5 years ago, and witnessed  how much fun children were having at the Y, the skills they were learning and the confidence they were gaining, I knew that it was time for me immerse Lily into the vast pool of YMCA programs, such [...]

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  • YMCA Youth Advisory Council – Columbia Trip

    YMCA Youth Advisory Council – Columbia Trip

    The YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka proudly fosters an annual Youth Advisory Council. Motivated young leaders who are involved with the YMCA as staff, volunteers or participants apply for the opportunity to be involved with steering future YMCA initiatives, representing youth in their community and being a part of a Global Learning Experience. This year our YAC travelled to South America to volunteer with the YMCA of Colombia. They had the unique opportunity to learn about, tour and give back to the communities in the Coffee [...]

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  • Barrie – Innisfil YMCA

    Barrie – Innisfil YMCA

    I’ve been involved with the YMCA for almost 40 years!  Starting in Edmonton as a volunteer Fitness Instructor, I then moved to the Vancouver Y and assumed the role as a group leader in the marathon clinic.  I then moved to the Westbank and Kelowna Y’s and to Ontario as a member of the Barrie Y and volunteered as a Spin Instructor. More recently, I joined the fitness staff at the Innisfil YMCA where I’m a personal trainer and teach [...]

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  • 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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