My Y Story

Everyone who has been to the YMCA has a Y Story.

Staff, volunteer, member, drop-in guest, program participant, day camp attendee – we all have a Y Story about how we ended up here and how it has impacted us.

I came to YMCA Calgary because I was looking for a job. But not just any job. I wanted a job that would use and develop my communication skills. I wanted a job that I would enjoy, a job that I could care about. A job where what I did each day wasn’t about making someone money but was about helping people. These requirements narrowed my search.

I also wanted to be able to walk to work. This narrowed my search even more.

I wanted a job where the people would be fun and pleasant to work with. As I interviewed for positions elsewhere, this requirement narrowed my search again.

As I did more research on the YMCA (there wasn’t one in the city I grew up in), I came to realize that it is so much more than a gym and fitness organization. The YMCA does so much community work, childcare and youth development and leadership work. The YMCA wants every person to have a community where they feel like they belong – and strives to be that community for every person who walks through the door.

When I interviewed for my position I was amazed at how excited everyone was about the work they were doing and how they wanted to get to know me and not just my skills.

When I was offered a position, I was so excited to be somewhere that checked off so many of the boxes I had put on my wish list back when I was in college and imagining my dream job.

I’ve been a part of the YMCA for three months now. It’s been three months of great work, exciting things, incredibly friendly and welcoming people. It’s been three months of learning, of to-do lists, of events and meeting people and trying to remember their names.

Being a part of the YMCA has lifted my spirits and reminded me that dream jobs are real and that I am capable of far more than I imagine.

My Y Story is one that shows waiting for that right job or that right opportunity is worth it.

What’s your Y Story?