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The Power of the YMCA

Come to the YMCA and you'll find a vibrant community where people are improving their health and transforming their lives in spirit, mind and body.

We know that when you belong to a supportive community, when you show up for others and give back, there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Confidence. Discovery. Giving back. A healthier tomorrow starts here, with you, at the YMCA.

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Meet three people whose lives have been transformed forever by the supportive community they found at the YMCA.

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James' Story

"I feel like I  can reach for the stars". James was being bullied and finding it difficult to meet friends. He went to YMCA Day Camp where staff encouraged him to be himself and helped him find his way. Now he has lots of friends and believes he can do anything.

Niya's Story

"I'm doing things I never thought I'd be able to do". Niya was feeling lost and left behind until she joined a YMCA Youth Leadership Program.  The program helped her discover her talents and the leader within. Now she's looking forward to a bright future.

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Roger's Story

"The YMCA inspired me to pay it forward to young people who may need a helping hand". Roger's family fled violence, coming to Canada as refugees. With financial assistance, he joined the Y and became more connected to his community. Now, he's helping others do the same.

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