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My Y Story – Terri

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Terri’s lifestyle had gotten in the way of her well-being but it wasn’t for lack of trying. She had tried numerous fad diets with short term luck, but never with lasting change. After a visit with her doctor, Terri was told she needed to try something new. Joining the YMCA was the jumpstart she needed. What began as hopping on the treadmill and elliptical a few times a week, turned into a passion. After discovering numerous exercise classes, Terri found she was reenergized, feeling better and taking on more physical challenges. She challenged her daughters to join her for Bloomsday. But she didn’t stop there. With the support of...

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in My Y Story, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Brenda is the YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Association Business Office Director, which is a fancy way of saying that she makes sure our business runs smoothly. This year she is celebrating 30 years of working at the YMCA! She started working with the Y while she was still college in 1987. Looking for a summer job for when college was not in session, Brenda found her way into working in child care at summer day camps. She transitioned from child care into full-time program directing by piloting the kindergarten after school child care program, which is still going strong to this day. Brenda originally wanted to teach, or...

My Y Story – Dennis

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Fourteen months ago Dennis was in the third and final stages of an incurable cancer. He endured six months of radiation and chemotherapy to put his cancer briefly in remission. Then, Dennis fell. What would have been a minor spill resulted in an explosive burst fracture of his spine and an eight-hour surgery to repair his shattered body. Cancer had left him broken and alone. Dennis had no access to physical support or emotional support and no community where he could belong. Worst, he struggled to feel self-worth with no ability to contribute to society. During recovery, his physical therapist suggested he check out the YMCA for help. Dennis...

Staff Spotlight – Carrie

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Healthy Living, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories |

Carrie is the Corporate Relations Director and a native of Spokane. She graduated from EWU with a BA in Business and Marketing. Her interests are in non-profit organizations and ministry and she even attained a Certificate of Ministry. Prior to her position with the YMCA she was Interim Executive Director with the Alzheimer’s Association. Carrie believes in helping people develop in spirit, mind and body and has served in ministry roles for more than 30 years, she has been with YMCA for 11 years.  “My favorite part of my job are the people I encounter and relationships that are formed, every day is different! When people learn about what...

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Teen, Uncategorized, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Youth & Community Leader Forum at the Lincoln Center! It was a great night for our local teens to get inspired, take action and make changes in their community. Kristen Hadeed was an excellent keynote speaker and we were so lucky to have her! A huge thank you to our sponsors Numerica Credit Union, Whitworth University & Shopko for sponsoring the event to make sure every youth member was able to attend for...