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My Y Story – Amy

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and for Amy Jarvis, the YMCA is part of her village. The mother of two spends her days caring for 2 year-old Elizabeth and 4 year-old Ezekiel, all while her husband Joshua is serving in the Navy defending our country. Petty Officer First Class Joshua Jarvis is stationed at Port Hueneme just outside Ventura, CA, some 1,200 miles from Spokane. The distance makes it difficult for the family to be together often, and the deployments make matters even worse. Amy is not alone though, her family assists with taking care of the two kids when things get busy, and...

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

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

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...

My Y Story – Ahmad & Aziz

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

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...

Staff Spotlight – Lauren

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

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...

My Y Story – Joan

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Joan knew something was off, she just didn’t know what. After almost two years of hospital visits and possible explanations, doctors finally found the answer; Hairy Cell Leukemia. The rare cancer put her in the hospital for more than two long months while she underwent chemotherapy. The heavy doses of medication and other treatments left her in the worst shape of her life. One day during Joan’s recovery, her daughter went to the North Y for a workout while home from college, and Joan decided to tag along. After about 10 minutes on the treadmill she knew she had to do something different. Looking to turn her physical state...

Staff Spotlight – Reba

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

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...