Creating a place to belong
When my family moved to Canada from Moscow we had a hard time finding work and making friends until we found the Y. Here my sons were accepted; they could play sports and make friends.
In my home country, I was an early childhood teacher and when the Y offered me a job in school age child care I was overjoyed. After years of hard work and learning English – I had made it. I stopped thinking about moving back because the YMCA welcomed me and my family. Now Canada is my home.
YMCAs are a celebration of community, connection and changed lives.
Your gift can help more people like Elena feel like at home in our community.
Make your donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign today at www.ymcastrongkids.ca (You will be redirected to the national YMCA Strong Kids website) or at the Membership Services Desk.
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is a fundraising campaign which seeks to raise money to support kids and youth who need Y financial assistance. At the YMCA, we believe that everyone should be able to participate in our programs regardless of their ability to pay the fees. We focus on providing children and their families with the tools they need to succeed in life.