Posts by Vanessa Smit

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  • Show Us Your Acts of Peace

    Posted 13/11/2017 7:41:10 PM by Vanessa Smit

    We believe peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. YMCA Peace Week (November 19-25, 2017) is when we celebrate the presence of peace in our community and reflect on peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA. Together and as individuals, we acknowledge that peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. When people embody the values of PEACE - participation, empathy, advocacy, community and empowerment—through our daily actions, we can build communities where people thrive.

    empathy, giving, Peace, Peace Week, social responsibility
  • A Summer To Remember

    Posted 06/09/2017 4:25:51 PM by Vanessa Smit

    Imagine how one summer can change your life! That's what over 700 Canadian youth did when they joined the Summer Works Student Exchange program (SWSE). For six-weeks students from across Canada switched places to learn about a new part of Canada, improve their communication skills, and gain valuable work experience.

    exchange, student, summer
  • Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™)

    Posted 10/08/2017 3:55:00 PM by Vanessa Smit

    Do you or a loved one have mobility concerns? TIME™ (Together in Movement and Exercise) has now officially launched at the Robert Lee YMCA. This evidence-based exercise program is designed for adults with stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other mobility concerns. Recently the Y has formed a new partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health to help fill a gap for stroke survivors in the Vancouver community. TIME™ will continue to help participants in a supportive, inclusive community environment.