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Eric and Maria

Maria and Eric

Supporter

Maria Smith and Eric Tripp are committed to supporting their community. So when they learned a new YMCA would be going up in their neighbourhood, they knew they wanted to be part of it. We have a very...

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Matthew

Meet Matthew

Participant

When Matthew first discovered the Y s youth programming, he was an introverted 13 year old who really only wanted to earn his volunteer hours. I was a very shy person, he explains. If I didn t know...

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Prince

Meet Prince

Participant

Prince was twenty-one years old, living in Montreal, when he suddenly lost his job in the food service industry. After months of looking for work, he decided to try a fresh start Toronto. Once back,...

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TD Bank Group

Supporter

We are thrilled to share that TD Bank Group has announced a $1 million gift to our Strong Start, Great Future Campaign. This donation makes them the lead green funder for Y centres across the GTA! The...

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Raymonde

Raymonde

Supporter

When Raymonde s husband, Justin, 47, passed away from an aggressive form of colon cancer, she was devastated. But, she was committed to keeping his memory alive for their children Chloe and Jasper....

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Mark

Meet Mark

Participant

Mark had no friends or family to turn to when he arrived at our Toronto Queen Street West YMCA Shelter (Y House) looking for a place to sleep. Now, just one year later, the 24-year-old has started to...

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Ennis Family

Meet the Ennis Family

Participant

I was always that kid standing on the side of the pool, says Suzette, remembering what it was like being the only one who didn t know how to swim. So, I decided I was going to teach my kids. My...

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Steve

Meet Steve

Participant

Nineteen-year-old Steve came to the Vanauley Street YMCA through the drop-in centre, then began staying across the street at the Toronto Queen Street West YMCA Centre. Within a year, he was holding a...

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Jason

Meet Jason

Participant

Last year, Jason was looking forward to a summer indoors in front of the computer. So, when his mother, Sara , told the 14 year old that he was going to camp, he was not happy. He was too old for...

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Pepsi

Pepsico Canada Foundation

Supporter

On November 5, 2014, Pepsico Canada Foundation was honoured for their support of the YMCA of Greater Toronto and our youth programs with a formal dedication of the gymnasium at the 25th Anniversary...

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Farhan

Meet Farhan

Participant

Six years ago, Farhan noticed a YMCA booth in his school. My friends and I learned we could get our volunteer hours and signed up for YLC (Youth Leader Corps). After our first meeting, we realized it...

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Jordan

Meet Jordan

Participant

For 15-year-old Jordan, YMCA Teen Nights are about more than just sports and socializing. There are about having somewhere safe to go away from his own home. The neighbourhood I live in is kind of bad...

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Michael

Meet Michael

Participant

Last year, 24-year-old Michael found himself with nowhere to live. He couldn t afford his own apartment and had no one to stay with. After looking online, he found the Y s emergency shelter, Y House....

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Ming Yi

Meet Ming Yi

Participant

When Ming Yi arrived from Beijing, China, at the age of 14, she was anxious to fit in. Then she learned about Newcomer Youth Leadership Development (NYLD) when she accompanied her parents for their...

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Shana

Meet Shana

Participant

Shana was just 11 years old when, at her mother s insistence, she signed up for the YMCA of Greater Toronto s Youth Leadership Program (YLP). And, although joining the weekly leadership program wasn t...

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Therese

Meet Therese

Participant

Four years ago Therese couldn t have imagined where she would be now. Admitted to the hospital for depression, and suffering from an illness that caused her chronic pain, she also suffered from severe...

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Veronica

Meet Veronica

Participant

The summer she finished grade eight, Veronica s mom told her she received financial assistance from the YMCA to send her to camp. The sibling of four had never thought she would go to something as...

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