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Growing up at the Y: Kyle’s decade-long journey from member to volunteer to staff

Sweat For Good Ambassador Kyle

Kyle is one of our Sweat For Good Ambassadors: a YMCA community member who stands behind our vision to make the GTA home to the healthiest kids, teens, adults, and families. Check out our new Sweat For Good video to see him in action, and read on to learn about his inspiring journey as part of the Y family.

When he first came to the Y at just 11 years old, Kyle saw it as a fun place to play sports with his friends. He started playing soccer and basketball at the Oshawa YMCA, and was inspired to find himself surrounded by positive role models who encouraged healthy living. So when he had to complete his high-school volunteer hours a few years later, Kyle knew exactly where he’d be doing his placement.

At this point, the team of staff and volunteers at the Oshawa Y had come to know Kyle well. It was no surprise that, when he finished his volunteer placement, Kyle was welcomed to the team as a staff member.

“Over the next nine years, I became a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, soccer and basketball instructor, and eventually, a full-time health educator for Child, Youth and Family programs,” he says. Kyle’s come full circle at the Y, starting as one of the kids participating in our children’s programs, and growing up to become the leader in charge of managing those very same programs.

But his contributions to the Y don’t end there. He’s recently changed job titles, as well as YMCA locations: today, Kyle’s the Adult Programs Supervisor at the Cooper Koo YMCA. “My time at the Y is coming on ten years total, and has no end in sight,” he says. “My favourite part of the YMCA is the impact: we have a mission to empower people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The Y is a place where everyone has room to grow in mind, body, and spirit, and we work relentlessly to help them do it!”

Celebrate the hard work of Sweat For Good Ambassadors like Kyle by joining us on January 11 for a fun, FREE fitness class that will show the world what makes the Y so special. Hundreds of our members, staff, and volunteers will be sweating it out at the Central YMCA to break the world record for the biggest exercise ball class ever! Be there to help us make history and to spread the word about the 160 years of community building YMCA members sweat to support.