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Deb – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer

My name is Deb and we moved to Innisfil in 2007.  When they started to build the recreation centre I thought about what a great addition the YMCA was going to be to the community and wondered how I could be a part of such a great organization.  Volunteering was the answer.  Volunteering provides personal satisfaction while helping others, a merging of goals.  Wellness was a goal I in which I wanted to be involved.

As soon as I retired I applied to be a volunteer and am now in my second year.  I started out helping with some administrative tasks in the Aquatics Program.  It turned out to be a great match as I have always been passionate about swimming; in a lake, a river or now the ‘best pools ever’.  The Aquatics supervisor quickly realized this and encouraged me learn about teaching adults to swim.  What a great opportunity!  Now I help the instructors with the Adult Learn to Swim Drop In class and love every minute of it; meeting and interacting with the members and the staff, sharing and growing with what I learn.
All of the staff at the Innisfil YMCA lives the mission and values of the organization.  And they make it infectious!   My Y thinks I am helping them but they are really helping me – to learn, to grow, to share, to contribute in whatever way I can, in building a healthy community.   My Y really does care and you really do get what you give.

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