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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...

My Y Story – Adam

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

At just 19 Adam got a wake-up call that changed his life. His doctor shared that due to his current lifestyle, he was at high risk for developing diabetes. “It really scared me!” he said because just 3 years earlier when he was 16, his father passed away due to diabetes. “His blood sugars were too high and it killed him…I didn’t want it killing me.” At that moment Adam decided to make a change by controlling his food portions and working out at the YMCA 5-6 times a week. After almost two years of focused dedication, Adam has lost 108 pounds and is no longer at a high...

My Y Story – Deneice

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Deneice came back to the Y about a year ago after trying out other gyms in the area. She realized how much she loved the community environment of the YMCA. She started taking aquatics classes but after surviving cancer she decided to switch to the Silver Sneaker program because now she has to “wear her hair.”  Deneice was impressed by the professional and caring YMCA instructors and how they deliver workouts that cater to seniors at all levels of fitness.   Not only does Deneice love the classes and instructors she has also enjoyed making new friends.  She remarked that she has met many people on the wellness floor of...

2017 Annual Meeting

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Sports |

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting at the Lincoln Center this week! While at the meeting we reviewed the 2016 Annual Report, recognized our Community Partner Award Winner, Washington Trust Bank, and highlighted staff and volunteer award winners. Below are some photos from a fun morning that featured wonderful people making a difference in the Spokane...