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Determination inspired, with your support

It was my greatest challenge. As I stood at the starting line of the Around the Bay 30K Road Race last April, I never dreamed this could be me. I had experienced health issues off and on for years, starting with a burst appendix, followed by surgery for a hernia, increasing inactivity and weighed 172 [...]

January 8th, 2018|Stories|

Learning inspired, with your support

When my mom first told me about the Youth Exchange Trip program, I didn’t want to go. Turns out, it was the best thing I ever did. As we started meeting to plan activities for the Prince George and Oakville participants, I started to change my mind. Being able to brainstorm ideas was a great [...]

January 8th, 2018|Stories|

Healing inspired, with your support

Like most people, I never thought it could happen to me. I was 46, running my own business as a leadership coach, and feeling tired. Then I got the news. I had an aortic aneurysm and needed to have open heart surgery. It was hard to grasp, even though heart disease runs in my family. [...]

January 8th, 2018|Stories|

Life skills acquired, with your support

From the time William was four, he had trouble with transitions. My husband and I wanted him to learn to swim, but he had difficulty interacting with the other kids in his group. Meltdowns with his instructors were common and he often refused to go into the pool. Finally, at the end of grade three, we [...]

January 8th, 2018|Stories|

Belonging realized, with your support

Back home in Argentina, my son Juan was not allowed to go to school. Diagnosed with Asperger’s, he was not accepted and there were no activities for him to take. I felt isolated; like a prisoner in my own house. As a mom, I knew I had to do whatever I could to help him. [...]

January 8th, 2018|Stories|

My daughter’s confidence blossomed

As a single mother of three girls, it’s been difficult financially. I couldn’t afford to enroll them in extracurricular activities. Although they have been very understanding, I still feel like I’m disappointing them. When my husband and I separated, Keja, my oldest daughter, was the most affected. I saw the change immediately. Her smiles faded, [...]

June 16th, 2016|Stories|

We both found a place to belong

It’s hard to be a kid, especially when you feel different from your peers. My parents couldn’t afford to sign me up for sports or summer camp, and as a member of the LGBTQ community, I was the victim of bullying. My first experience with the YMCA was in high school as part of a program I was taking. [...]

June 16th, 2016|Stories|

I found what I am meant to do

When I was in Grade 12, I felt lost and confused. While my friends were deciding where to go to university or college, I had no idea what path to take. Then, my guidance counsellor told me about Halton Sport Leadership (HSL), a program to help youth like me develop skills, find a career path and give back to [...]

June 15th, 2016|Stories|

Swift action saved man’s life

From the Oakville Beaver, July 2, 2010 Grateful heart attack victim returns to thank YMCA staff The quick actions of three Oakville YMCA staff members are being credited with saving the life of a member, who suffered a severe heart attack at the 410 Rebecca St., facility last week. Bernd Krumme, 46, had gone to [...]

July 2nd, 2010|News and Events, Stories|

First aid skills can be a lifesaver for everyone

From the Oakville Beaver, May 21, 2010 First aid skills can be a lifesaver for everyone Blakelock has a number of students who make a difference in our community every day in artistic, athletic and social areas. It also has many students who are ready and able to respond to a medical emergency if, and [...]

May 21st, 2010|Stories|