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 all fitness streams except for yoga.
For the past 10 years I have been the sole caregiver to my wife. During this time the Y has become my refuge and salvation. As soon as I walk through the doors I can feel my stress relieved and I can relax in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with younger, vibrant people. I have made some great friends among both the Y staff and members.
My motivation to stay healthy and active comes from within and is a part of my daily life. I couldn’t imagine living any other way. The Y provides a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere. I think this is the key to the Y’s success because to me other fitness outlets tend to be cold, clinical and totally lacking in social contact.
The Y does so much for our community and I think there is a need for more community support. Most of our members are not even aware that we’re a charitable organization that does so much more than fitness and swimming lessons.
My Y is my life