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Vince & Karla's Story

In 2018, while working as a welder, a crane broke and dropped a 7,000-pound beam on my body. I was lucky to survive, but it broke my leg and all my ribs, bruised my heart, punctured my lung, broke my vertebrae, and severed my spinal cord. 
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Jennifer Meyer's Story

The Y played an integral role in my childhood As a kid, I only ever saw the Y as a source of pure fun and joy, but as an adult, I see just how much more opportunity it provides. The Y empowers single moms, like my own, to build the lives they want for their families.
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How Mindfulness Transformed my Everyday Life

When I first moved to Canada as an international student my mental health absolutely plummeted. I originally grew up in Uganda and went to boarding school in Kenya and the United Kingdom, so I knew most of the same people my entire life and grew up with a very close group of friends.
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Empowering Kids Through Sports

Brandon’s Y is Sports Sports have given me so much throughout my lifetime. I’ve gained friends, a season of junior hockey, tournament trips around the world, and most importantly, mental strength and the means to adapt to life in a wheelchair.
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From feeling lost, to finding hope

Lindsay finds more than expected in local employment program   This past year I wasn’t in a great place and didn’t have a lot of hope that anything would change. School was not going very well and I tried for months and months to find a job but the only ones I could get, if any, were in super stressful situations with unkind managers. 
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We are a local charity determined to build a healthy and thriving community. Whether it’s homework help for vulnerable kids, mindfulness strategies for youth, or heart health programs for seniors, see the range of who and how we are helping individuals at all ages and stages.