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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 | 0 comments

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 Uncategorized | 0 comments

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...

Staff Spotlight – Deborah

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Staff Spotlight – Deborah MacDonald Staff Award – Member Champion Deborah MacDonald is the Health & Wellness Director at the North Y. She has been with the YMCA for over 12 years and started her career with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, MI as a group exercise instructor. Deborah said she has always loved fitness and being healthy, and a friend who worked for the YMCA suggested she consider becoming an instructor. The YMCA has given Deborah many opportunities along the way—from becoming a faculty trainer in 3 different classes, to a lifestyle coach and facilitating classes for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and Diabetes Prevention Programs. It all helped broaden her knowledge...