June 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. YMCA of Oakville 410 Rebecca Street
Please join us for an evening of Inuit culture from Juno award-winning singer/songwriter and motivational speaker Susan Aglukark, O.C. Through her speaking and singing presentation, Nomad, Susan will take us on a journey of the last 1000 years of Canadian Inuit history, sharing with us the strength and resiliency of Indigenous peoples living through adversity and change.
As Canadians embrace Canada’s 150th, we recognize the history and culture of First Nations, Metis and Inuit..
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Susan Aglukark: Nomad 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Question and answer session 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Community partner showcase
This event is the second in a series, the next in the series are:
October 4, 2017 – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
November 6, 2017 – Treaty Week
November 23, 2017 – YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace
Starting May 1, we’ll be renovating and updating our Women’s Plus change room. After compiling research and gathering feedback from our members, we’re excited to proceed with this renovation which will offer you the best YMCA experience possible. You may recall last year we renovated the men’s change room, as it was a priority due to the immediate tiling needs. Now it’s your turn!
Changes will include re-tiling the floor and whirlpool, upgrading the lounge area, providing new lockers, reconfiguring the locker area, and installing new countertops, shower stalls, carpet, and coffee area.
The renovation will take place between May 1 and June 23, 2017. To facilitate these changes as quickly and effectively as possible, the Women’s Plus change room will need to be closed. During this time, current Women’s Plus members will be asked to use the general change room. Towels will be provided at the front desk and members can also receive reimbursement for the difference in fees between the Plus and General membership for the period of the renovation. You may also use a the YMCA of Burlington or Mississauga during the renovation period.
We are excited to announce that Gabrielle Scrimshaw will be the keynote speaker for our 2017 YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace. This highly anticipated event is a special celebration of peace in the Oakville community with YMCA Peace Medals awarded to those making a difference through their charitable work. The breakfast is part of YMCA Peace Week which takes place from November 18-25, 2017.
This year’s breakfast takes place on November 23 at the Oakville Conference Centre. Tickets will go on sale this fall. Stay tuned for more details.
2017 YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace
Keynote speaker: Gabrielle Scrimshaw
A passion for creating social impact
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is First Nations. This means she was automatically born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school than finish it.
In the face of these raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, travelled to 20 countries on five continents, worked with Heads of State and started a national organization for Aboriginal Professionals.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. She co-founded a national not-for-profit for Aboriginal Professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.