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Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Healthy Living, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Staff Spotlight – Sabrina

Staff Spotlight – Sabrina

Staff Spotlight | Sabrina Say hello to Sabrina, the new Health & Wellness Director at our Central Y. Those who frequent the Central Y will recognize the familiar face, as Sabrina has served as a Lifestyle Coach and more recently a Wellness Coach for the last year. Sabrina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University and is currently wrapping up a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Washington State University. Previously an academic advisor working at EWU, Sabrina loved connecting with people but wanted to make more of an impact in the lives of people in her community. Being a YMCA member, she knew the Y was a great place to start her growing passion, “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and environment of the Y…listening and developing relationships is what I thrive on.” Sabrina is excited to step into her new role as Health & Wellness Director and to start helping people along their journey no matter what stage they may be at, “coming from a...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Staff Spotlight – Mark

Staff Spotlight – Mark

Mark Hamilton is a Wellness Coach and personal trainer at the South Spokane YMCA. Mark has been with the Y for about a year, and has been a personal trainer for almost 8 years. He spent much of his life in business all over the West Coast, and after retiring was involved in a serious car accident. It left Mark with two broken legs and numerous other injuries, it was during his recovery that he had a moment of clarity, he decided to focus on his passion of connecting and helping people. “I wanted to find something where I could help people, help them make good changes in their life,” Mark said. After gaining numerous certifications, he began his journey of serving as a personal trainer. Mark specializes in 40-90 years and says he really enjoys seeing the small victories the members make everyday. “For some people it’s going from a 1 pound weight to 5 pounds, for others it’s walking without the help of a cane or walker. Seeing those improvements makes all...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Brenda Jamison is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the EWU Children’s Center. She began her time with the Children’s Center in 1990 and worked for 6 years before taking time off to raise her family, then returned in 2012. “When I wanted to get back to work, this is the only place I wanted to be,” Brenda said. As the Early Childhood Education Coordinator she is tasked with adjusting learning curriculums and making sure over 50 staff members are properly equipped to teach the students. This includes making sure the correct curriculums are in place while balancing varying standards from many educational entities. Training, mentoring, coaching, encouraging and sometimes being a shoulder to cry on are just some of the things that make up Brenda’s day. When asked why she keeps coming back, Brenda said “for the love of the kids, they’re the future. You give, but you get a lot back.” Away from the office Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and three grandchildren....

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Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in My Y Story, North YMCA, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Ahmad & Aziz

My Y Story – Ahmad & Aziz

One day, Shah Perai, a mother of four young sons, came home to find her house devastated by an explosion. Such ruinous havoc was sadly not extraordinary in the country she called home, a place wrought with unimaginable violence. If the family wanted to live, they had to seek refuge. Undergoing a deluge of horrors, Shah Perai and each of her little boys, Aziz, Ahmad, Shafiq, and Sidig, managed to escape war-torn Afghanistan. These five brave refugees landed in Spokane, Washington. The YMCA provided them with a family membership through financial assistance. Over the following weeks, Aziz worked diligently with Y aquatics staff to learn how to swim for the first time ever. Eventually the YMCA fully funded Aziz’s formal lifeguard training, and he quickly became a paid YMCA Lifeguard. Aziz helped his younger brother, Ahmad, learn to swim, and soon Ahmad also completed the YMCA Lifeguard Training class. Today both brothers not only work as lifeguards at the YMCA to help support their family, but they also exemplify...

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Lauren

Staff Spotlight – Lauren

Lauren Wimmer is a Cause Driven Leader On Duty at the Spokane Valley YMCA. What began as a simple response to a Craigslist ad has blossomed into a passion, and a family for Lauren. Her story with the Y begins in Salem, Oregon, where she accepted a position working the front desk. While working there, she met Jacob a coworker, and struck up a friendship that would grow to be much more. Over two years after meeting at the Y, Jacob and Lauren became engaged and just welcomed their daughter, Harper, into the world. Aside from her fiancé and daughter, the YMCA helped shape Lauren’s goals and aspirations. She says she really wasn’t aware of all the things the Y does in the community, but now wants to make working for nonprofits a big part of her life moving forward. “It’s so fulfilling working here, I feel like if I can just make a difference, even for just one person, then it’s all worth it.” Outside of her time...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Staff Spotlight – Reba

Staff Spotlight – Reba

Reba Campbell is a Wellness Coach at the Central Spokane YMCA. Her YMCA journey begins in Dillon, Montana, where as a teenager she would go daily to the local Y to work out and connect with her community. Reba credits the wellness coaches with inspiring her passion of building relationships with people and helping others, “those wellness coaches made a huge impact on my life.” Reba wasted no time giving back, at age 15 she became a lifeguard at the Y, then worked her way up to lead guard, water exercise instructor, group exercise instructor and now wellness coach. Through her time in Spokane she has worked at the North, Valley and Central YMCAs. Although she has progressed quickly, Reba isn’t looking to go anywhere else, “my dream was to be a wellness coach and an instructor at the Y.” She says the relationships she makes with members keeps her coming back everyday and seeing a person overcome their fears and reach their goals is the best part of her job. Throughout her time working...

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