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Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Uncategorized |

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 Uncategorized |

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

My Y Story – Joan

My Y Story – Joan

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 around, she was determined to come as often as she could. “I just decided to start coming [to the Y] again. I felt better the more I moved. I didn’t have any grandiose goals or anything, this wasn’t to lose weight, this was just to feel better.” Gradually, she worked herself up to coming to the Y for two hours...

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

My Y Story – Terri

My Y Story – Terri

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 her husband, daughters and grandchildren, Terri has completed 3 additional local 5K runs with plans for more on the horizon. One of the most motivating factors for making changes are her grandchildren, “I’ll have 22 grandkids in February, I want to be able to play with them and do lots of things I couldn’t do before,” Terri said.   She...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Staff Spotlight – Carrie

Staff Spotlight – Carrie

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 the Y’s Cause-Driven Culture is; it truly changes the conversation and their interest. I work closely with corporate company’s wellness and manage military and veteran programs. I must admit military has my heart strings, the selfless commitment military make to ensure freedom for our country makes me so proud; I am grateful the Y embraces this vision too. This is...

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

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

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...

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