• 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

  • Joe S – Camp Kitchi

    Joe S – Camp Kitchi

    Camp Kitchikewana – The place that made me who I am today! I was a lucky bugger when I was 6.  Why you ask? In 1987, I was 6 years old and my cousin, Paul “Giff” Gifford, was the Assistant Camp Director for Camp Kitchikewana.  I was a little young to be a camper (this was pre waterbug days) so I bounced between JR 7 camper cabin and staying with Paul in the Rubel Hilton (RIP), which used to stand [...]

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  • Jake L – Camp Kitchi

    Jake L – Camp Kitchi

    Without my experience at Camp Kitchi, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  Camp taught me to be a confident, strong and independent person.  It taught me to respect the natural world, others and myself.  It gave me the ability to lead others and it taught me the importance of letting others lead too.  Camp has had a profound influence on my life and the lives of many others. I believe that camp helps help children reach their full [...]

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  • Britta M – Camp Kitchi

    Britta M – Camp Kitchi

    Like you, I care about our community and wish for everyone – especially children, teens and young adults to reach their full potential. This fall I returned to Kitchi sands with my husband and sons- Matthew and Andrew- both now seasoned Kitchi campers- for the 95th Anniversary Celebrations. I walked into the bustling dininghall mid-lunch and was greeted by the big smile and warm hug of my camping buddy, Gwenyth Hall! What a fabulous surprise to reconnect. We immediately re-immersed [...]

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  • Marty T – Camp Kitchi

    Marty T – Camp Kitchi

    As a youngster, I never attended camp. If I could turn the clock back this would be one of my wishes. However, I am most fortunate because my experience with camp comes at a time when our two children are now adults with families of their own. For a while now, I’ve been teaching and certifying the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association canoeing and kayaking program, at all levels. I am passionate about this activity and appreciate any chance [...]

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  • Lily D – Camp Kitchi

    Lily D – Camp Kitchi

    My name is Lily Dart and I have spent at least a part of my summer, every summer on Kitchi sands since 2000. Every year, although my life gets busier, my driving force, my motive, and my inspiration is the fact that I have the opportunity to spend my summer at the most special place I know: Kitchi. When I think about my main influences in life, Kitchi is on the top of the list. The experiences I have gained [...]

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  • Jasper B – Camp Kitchi

    Jasper B – Camp Kitchi

    Two weeks at an overnight camp, especially at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana, is something that will stay with a kid for a lifetime. My name is Jaspar Bienzle and this is my Kitchi Story. Ten years ago, I showed up at the town docks in Honey Harbour, ready for my first overnight camp experience. I was excited, nervous, scared and probably still angry that my parents wouldn’t let me bring my MP3 with me. I had never been in a situation [...]

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  • Chris P – Camp Kitchi

    Chris P – Camp Kitchi

    People always ask me why I like camp so much.  They wonder what makes this ‘Kitchi’ place so great that I feel the need to talk about it all the time. The thing is, I don’t really know, but I will try my best to explain. This past summer I was a Leadership facilitator.  Along with 6 others, I lead a group of 60 teens over a month at camp.  These 6 others are some of the best friends I [...]

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  • Karah M – Camp Kitchi

    Karah M – Camp Kitchi

    Yes, everyday people, may not understand but they can understand. Before I walked Kitchi sands, I was “everyday people” I did everything a 7 year old does; go to school, play with my friends, get chased by my older sister, etc. After spending my first week at Kitchi as a Waterbug in 2002, and slinging my 101 Dalmatians towel over my arm at closing campfire, I understood camp, and I soon understood what camp meant off of the island. After being a [...]

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  • Jeff H – Camp Kitchi

    Jeff H – Camp Kitchi

    It all began in September almost six years ago when I was walking home from school with a friend. We were just getting to know each other and one of the very first things I remember him saying to me was that Kitchi was his favorite thing in the whole entire world. I thought this was an exaggeration so I asked him to explain why, but he could not think of what exactly to say. He just smiled and remained [...]

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