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.
At the YMCA of Oakville, we strive to be a leader in the development of active, healthy children and youth. We know that access to high quality recreational activities within an after school program gives kids a positive place to connect with peers, form new friendships, learn about teamwork, get active and have FUN! The experience your child has is an important part of their development and a vital part of our commitment to building healthy communities.
From now until March 10, 2017, we’re inviting all YMCA child care families to complete a short online survey. We want to know if our programs are meeting your needs and ensure that your child is having a positive experience.
With summer camp registration in full swing, the options are endless. If you’re still wondering which camp to pick, consider your child’s personality and the nature of camps that match.
At the Y, we’ve been providing camps for over a hundred years. We know that although every child is unique, each one has the ability to thrive in their ideal environment. The right camp experience can build confidence, provide opportunities for personal development, foster enthusiasm for learning and nurture their independence.
Wondering where to start? Check out these five common personality types.
The explorer Is your child happiest outside? Give him the chance to participate in traditional camp experiences like canoeing, archery, fishing and campfire cooking. YMCA camps at Valens, nestled within a pine and spruce forest, are a perfect way to explore the natural world.
The adventurer Have a child who loves adventure? Consider a camp that offers the chance to be active outside and embark on exciting day trips. At our camps run out of Bronte Creek Provincial Park, your child can swim, play and travel to local attractions like Crawford Lake or Wild Waterworks.
The sporty type Does your daughter love sports? Try some active camps this summer. Camps at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA give her the chance to swim, climb and play team sports like beach volleyball or soccer.
The creative type If your son loves to be creative, he may like a camp where he can draw or paint, learn to cook or play music. Our specialty camps like Creative Arts and RockPro will inspire and nurture his creative spirit!
The leadership type All children can be leaders, and summer camp is an ideal training ground. Leadership camps can help teens build the skills needed to succeed both at camp and within their school and community. YMCA leadership camps use team-building activities and group initiatives to help all youth grow into leaders.
Whatever your child’s personality or passion, summer camp can help them discover their potential. Find out more about all of day and overnight camp programs at YMCA camp.