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Flavia's Y is Family

When I was 29 years old, I moved to Canada from Brazil with a dream of making a difference. It was a big life change; one that I was both scared and hopeful for. It meant leaving everyone I knew behind, finding a new home, and learning a new language. I had no idea, at the time, what a positive impact that decision would have on my life.
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Cheryl's Y is Support

At the beginning of 2021, I was in the best shape of my life preparing to run a half marathon for my 60th birthday. Then everything changed drastically when I contracted COVID-19 and the virus impacted my cognitive abilities for the long term. Now a year later, as I continue to retrain my mind and body, the Y has become a vital part of my recovery.
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Terry's Y is Strength

In my life, I have faced a wide range of adversity, from living in group homes as a youth, to experiencing PTSD after serving in the Marine Corp, to overcoming cancer and other health issues. Through it all, I have been able to keep my mind and body strong at YMCAs around North America which has had an immense impact on my life story.
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Monica's Y is Helping Others

There are YMCA "lifers" who have dedicated their careers to helping others thrive. Monica has been with us for over 10 years and during her time here, she has fostered meaningful connections with countless members, and helped many vulnerable and struggling community members access Y memberships, camps, swim lessons, and more.
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Nakita’s Y is Connection

Wherever I've lived, gym culture has always played a significant role in my life. Back home in the Caribbean, I was part of the bodybuilding scene as a bikini model and I really loved the community that came along with it. When I moved to Canada, I knew I needed to build connections and wanted to find a welcoming gym that would support my fitness goals.
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Stanley's Y is Lifesaving

My desire to help others started when I was very young, specifically when I saved a baby from drowning at the young age of 8. As soon as I rescued them from the water, they began crying. The mother ran over and looked at me with these big thank you eyes, and it was then that I realized I had done something right. Suddenly I felt like a hero.
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