Eric J. – Innisfil YMCA Volunteer
When I was young, the YMCA was a place we went to swim a few times with school, I remember thinking it was a great place to have fun. My Y is a much different place for me now. My family and I have been members since the Innisfil Y opened in 2008. I decided to try a group cycle class and before I knew it I had become a Volunteer Group Cycle instructor.
I found the YMCA is true to their Mission and Values, when I was facing challenges and changes in my life, My Y became a new outlet for me. With schedules, deadlines and expectations coming from all areas of life I became extremely burnt out. Resources were provided for me by my doctor and work and through it all I was able to keep going to the Y without interruption.
The YMCA was and is a place where I can smile, a true smile. I never missed leading a cycle class, no matter how bad I was feeling on the inside, the moment I walked through these doors I was greeted with smiles from everyone. My cycle participants became my Y family and I left feeling happy each and every time. My Y did more me than they will ever know, I have worked through my stresses and life is back on track and the Y continues to be a place I enjoy and feel I belong.