Hello my family, friends and Parry Sound community members. My name is Lindsay and I would like to ask you to take a few minutes to please read my “Y” story. While I sit here and think about what I have experienced while working with the YMCA of Simcoe/Mukoka I think about almost seven years of fun, excitement, hard work, dedication and most of all kindness. Above all else “My Y” represents kindness to others.
I have had the privilege of working within two different sections of the YMCA of Simcoe/Mukoka family. In both Child Care and Employment Services, I have met and worked with families in my hometown of Parry Sound and have seen firsthand how kindness and the YMCA’s Values help others.
One of the people who has forever impacted me while working at Employment Service is named “Sally”. Sally was a youth in our Youth Job Connection program who had taken much longer than anticipated to complete the mandatory 60 hours of workshops. What normally takes 6 weeks had taken Sally almost 8 months to complete. With a lack of self-confidence and unstable child care Sally was unsure of where she saw her life going after the program was finished. Change is scary, but my Y strives to never give up.
Sitting in my Finding Jobs online workshop one day, Sally and I had a conversation about Sally’s “Dream Job” if there were absolutely no barriers in her life. Sally told me she always loved working with makeup, and had always wanted to “make people feel good about themselves and to feel and be beautiful.” As fate would have it, there was a posting for just that job/career on Indeed at one of the local Pharmacy’s. When I pointed this out to Sally, she said, “I saw that one before, but I don’t think I can do it.” However, with a little encouragement Sally applied to the job, and just a few days later heard back from the employer that they wanted to hire her!
Sally is still working at her job, and is being offered online courses to become a certified Cosmetician. All it took was Sally believing in herself, with everyone at the YMCA being her cheerleader and encouraging her she finally believed she could do it, and so she did!
Please donate today, as little as $5 can help a child go to camp, or a youth find their confidence. Your donation can and does help build a healthy, happy and kind community.