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Dale Rowe – Barrie YMCA

I grew up at the Y, I have been a member in different capacities for my whole life.  I started in Child Care, took gymnastics and swim lessons, went to camp, exercised there as a young adult, became a fitness leader and a staff member and have chosen the YMCA as my life’s work.  Aside from family, the Y has had the greatest impact in my life.  Growing up at the Y is a special experience, I had so many role models and mentors. Even before I knew what assets were, assets were being built in me.  Out of 40 assets (assets are the 40 values, experiences and qualities which empower youth to succeed), I rated at 38, most people rate at 17 out of 40.  I believe it’s because I grew up at the Y. I am so honoured to be able to offer these same programs and services to the Barrie community that I benefited from as a child and still do as an adult.  It gives me great pride every day to work at the Y and see the affects of the Y on individuals, families and the community.

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