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12 02, 2019

Black to Business Magazine Features Amber Grosse

Featuring: Amber Grosse Program Coordinator, YMCA Community Action Network The Black Business Initiative's Black to Business Winter Magazine featured Amber Grosse in their "Celebrating 20 Years of Business is Jammin' (BIJ)" feature. Amber had previously worked with the Black Business Initiative (BIJ) as Youth Coordinator until December of 2017. Shortly after her time with BIJ, [...]

5 02, 2019

New Beginnings start here.

The YMCA began assisting Sawsan Shamo in April of 2017 as she was seeking admission to Saint Mary’s University. She did not have all her academic transcripts, as she was unable to acquire them from Syria due to the civil war. The transcripts that she was able to bring in addition to the YMCA staff [...]

29 01, 2019

“I love that I can relate to my clients. I can tell them my story.”

Kim Marsman has been with the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth for 10 years. Read her Y Story. "My proudest moments include having the opportunity to work in a place that allows me to connect and help others."

4 12, 2018

George “Marshmallow” Forsyth

To the children from the YMCA Child Care programs he was known simply as “Marshmallow.” A jokester at heart, George Forsyth was always excited to take part in the Grand Friends program at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. The Grand Friends program brings together children from our YMCA Child Care with the residents at [...]

20 11, 2018

Acting for Peace

It's YMCA Peace Week! This week we celebrate the existing peace in our communities, and those to contribute to building and maintaining that peace. You can check out our full week of programming here. Hear from other YMCAs around the world on their reflections on peace:    

6 11, 2018

Big Cove Staff

When I think of Big Cove the first thing that comes to my mind is more of a feeling. It’s a warm hug and a calming of your mind and heart. An amalgamation of culture and traditions, Big Cove YMCA Camp has been around almost as long as the YMCA. You've heard from our campers, [...]

30 10, 2018

Midya Hamo

"I'm always at the YMCA" Midya Hamo, 15, came from Syria about two years ago with her family. Besides her parents, she also has three brothers and one sister here. She has two sisters who are not in Canada. Her first language is Kurdish but she also speaks Arabic. "When I came to Canada, I [...]

23 10, 2018

Sabrina Lewis, YMCA Employment Centre

Sabrina Lewis graduated with a diploma in Health Information Management from NSCC. She says that if you had asked her five years ago where she imagined herself, her current life would definitely be a surprise.   April 1, 2010 was her last day of work in Customer Service. She decided that the situation should become an opportunity, and [...]

16 10, 2018

YMCA Community Action Network

  Keona Simmons (pictured right) was part of the first YMCA Community Action Network cohort! As part of YCAN, participants select and lead an initiative to serve their community, and Keona’s project was the community garden in Halifax. She was born in raised in the community of East Preston.   YCAN is part of the Canada [...]

9 10, 2018

Sarah Finkle of Big Cove YMCA Camp

Sarah Finkle has been coming to Big Cove camp for two years. She was a little scared at first, but her winning smile and personality quickly won her some friends, and she had a great time! She says that if anyone was asking about Big Cove, she would tell them that “it’s a great place, [...]