Building healthy communities



Building healthy communities

Grace Fisher
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $100.00

My Message

Hey everyone! (Wanakita alum, Y Staff past and present, I'm looking at you.)

Some of you may, or may not know, that in addition to working for myself, I currently have a part-time job at the Collingwood Y.

And you might be scratching your head thinking, why?

There are actually quite few reasons (a little extra income, a social environment with being so isolated, moving to a new town etc. etc.), but there is one really big one, bigger than all of those things put together.

The reason is, because I genuinely, whole-heartedly believe in what the YMCA does.

When I was growing up, My mom was a single parent, working to make ends meet. It was just her, my sister, and I. 

She worked her butt off to give us everything she possibly could.

But as for extracurriculars, we didn't have a lot of options. Dance was expensive, gymnastics was expensive, it was all just way too expensive.

So, we went to the Y. 

The Y gave us a financially assisted membership.

I say we went to the Y, but I don't mean we went sometimes. I mean we LIVED at the Y. Every Saturday, all day. Every weeknight, ALL night. We were in camp, we were in swimming, we were in every program we possibly could be. We even used to watch movies in the Lifeguard Office (and by movies I mean, I can recite every word of Mrs. Doubtfire even now). 

The Y also hired my mom. First as a volunteer, then as an instructor, a camp counsellor, then a co-ordinator. She kept on going.

My mom has been working at the Y for the past 20 years, and has been the center manager at the Welland, St. Catharines, and now the Grimsby Y.

My mom is amazing, and she is inspiring.

So, as soon as I turned 13, I started volunteering, I started in Leader Corps.

As soon as I turned 16, I was working at summer camp.

And that continued until the time I was 19, and then I made the move to YMCA Wanakita.

And I stayed there for a 4 seasons. It's where I met my husband.

(I even went back this year to put in a few weeks in this fall.)

And now, I'm at the membership desk at the Collingwood Y.


Because I believe in what we teach kids at camp. 

I didn't only learn how to make bracelets, and fires. I learned how to make friends, I learned how to make decisions, I learned how to lead.

I believe in physical fitness for families, for kids.

I learned to play, I learned to canoe, I learned that I can try anything.

I learned I can truly do anything (even high ropes).

I believe in the values that the Y so strongly embodies.

I believe in respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, health and inclusiveness.

I believe in showing every single person I meet those values, and teaching them about them.

I believe in giving back to kids, families, and communities.

I believe in teaching kids how to lead, on how to challenge themselves, on how to make new friends.

BUT, most importantly, believe in giving back and showing the same love, care, and opportunity to kids like me. 

I believe that everyone deserves the chance to experience what the Y has to offer, no matter what their financial situation is.

Now, there is a point to all of this.

And I'm going to ask a big favour of you.

On Saturday April 6, I'm participating in Move to Give at the Collingwood Y.

I will be participating with 70 other people from 11:00-12:00, cycling for an hour.

Every hour, there will be members, staff, and volunteers riding, participating in Aquafit, Cycle and Yoga classes.

We expect to have over 300 people participating in Move to Give!

I am asking you to sponsor me in my ride, and to donate to our Y.

The money you donate will go towards helping kids, and their families become members of the Y through financial assistance programs.

There is truly no donation too small, and every bit helps  

Thank you SO much.


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My Supporters (37)

Ryan donated an undisclosed amount
Apr 6, 2019 7:13 PM
Steven Nunes donated $100.00
Apr 6, 2019 4:15 PM
Christine Fisher donated an undisclosed amount
Apr 5, 2019 9:55 PM
Harold Zukerman donated $20.00
Apr 2, 2019 4:06 PM
Anonymous donor donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 29, 2019 12:49 PM
Lyn donated $25.00
Mar 29, 2019 12:31 PM
Lee and John left a message
Mar 29, 2019 10:21 AM
We watch with wonder how your leadership and joy touch all those that surround you.
John Lee Fisher donated $100.00
Mar 29, 2019 10:18 AM
Kelly ONeil donated $20.00
Mar 28, 2019 10:22 AM
Anonymous donor donated $50.00
Mar 28, 2019 8:28 AM
Anonymous donor donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 27, 2019 10:42 PM
Anonymous donor donated $50.00
Mar 27, 2019 10:07 PM
Dave & Terrilyn donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 27, 2019 9:53 PM
Mel P. left a message
Mar 27, 2019 9:43 PM
This is such an amazing story Grace! Our Y and our community is lucky to have you!
Gabriel Rivett-Carnac donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 27, 2019 9:08 PM
Jamie Berman left a message
Mar 27, 2019 8:38 PM
Grace, thanks for sharing your Y story. It's a pleasure to have you help serve the members & volunteers at the Collingwood YMCA. We are grateful for what you bring each and every day!
Jamie, Steve & Maddie Berman donated $25.00
Mar 27, 2019 8:35 PM
Hilary and Julian donated $25.00
Mar 27, 2019 8:12 PM
Grace left a message
Mar 27, 2019 7:33 PM
You guys are AMAZING!! Thank you so much for all of the donations & support! It means SO much! You are going to make such a difference in Collingwood! Thank you!!!
Colleen donated $20.00
Mar 27, 2019 6:09 PM
James donated $20.00
Mar 27, 2019 4:49 PM
The Ward Family donated $25.00
Mar 27, 2019 12:35 PM
Tori and Mike Perejmybida donated $20.00
Mar 27, 2019 12:16 PM
Tammy & Amanda donated $25.00
Mar 27, 2019 8:23 AM
Denny Allen donated $55.00
Mar 27, 2019 8:07 AM
Anonymous donor donated $10.00
Mar 27, 2019 12:22 AM
Anonymous donor donated $50.00
Mar 26, 2019 11:06 PM
Mary & Bryden donated $50.00
Mar 26, 2019 10:55 PM
Anonymous donor donated $25.00
Mar 26, 2019 10:33 PM
Anonymous donor donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 26, 2019 10:22 PM
Anonymous donor donated $25.00
Mar 26, 2019 9:09 PM
Anonymous donor donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 26, 2019 9:08 PM
NAMDOOS donated $50.00
Mar 26, 2019 9:02 PM
Anonymous donor donated $50.00
Mar 26, 2019 8:57 PM
Hannah & Cam donated $25.00
Mar 26, 2019 8:49 PM
Ryan donated $25.00
Mar 26, 2019 6:31 PM
Alexandria Fisher donated $25.00
Mar 26, 2019 6:17 PM


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