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Fitness Program Helps Muslim Women

June 6, 2013

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A new women’s-only fitness program in Edmonton is making a difference to Somali women.

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Another reason why I love the YMCA, for building strong and healthy communities.

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Leah – Giving Back To Her Inuit Community

January 23, 2012

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I had an opportunity to meet Leah at a mentor appreciation event at Robert Lee YMCA in Vancouver. Her passion and enthusiasm for mentoring and building her community was contagious.

Success Story

Excerpts adapted from:  An Opportunity For A New Direction – Intern, Leah A. … read more

I WANT TO STUDY INUIT CULTURES SO THAT I CAN HELP MY PEOPLE EVEN MORE. THIS INTERNSHIP SHOWED ME JUST HOW POSSIBLE MY DREAMS ARE IF I’M JUST WILLING TO WORK HARD.

For intern Leah A., finding a new direction in life was as simple as reading a bulletin board. A FPSYIP posting caught her eye one day while working at a child care center in 2009, starting her on a path that lead to her current position as a medical billings officer for the Government of Nunavut.

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A Recipe For Successful Collaboration

January 20, 2012

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Excerpts adapted from:  A Model Space For Learning

A Recipe For Successful Collaboration

The new program space at the Centre Branch YMCA is much less a classroom, and much more an engaging, collaborative, technology-rich environment that’s drawn rave reviews from facilitators and participants alike.

The idea that FPSYIP and CIC have created much more than a program room for participants was on full display during  a recent site visit by Dan Trepanier, National Program Manager, and  User Adoption, Wiki Platform Manager,  John Zeus.

London: A Space To Remember

Imagine a room with an impossibly high ceiling, filled with furnishings, artwork and amenities so far removed from a traditional classroom environment that program participants often don’t want to leave the room. That’s the secret behind the converted space used by FPSYIP, CIC and other programs, courtesy of this unique collaborative effort. The new space incorporates technology that includes a smart board, internet-enabled computer, a projector with pull-down screen, a large-screen flat panel TV and a Wii gaming console, with furnishings that range from oversized beanbag futons to an inclusive square of tables and chairs for a dynamic face-to-face presentation environment. One thing is for certain: the FPSYIP space within the downtown London YMCA makes an immediate, yet lasting, impression.

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“One intern summed it up nicely. He said, ‘There’s a reason that we quit school, and we want to go into any space is something OTHER than a classroom.’ This space fosters and enhances the different learning styles of the participants. You can really keep their attention, even at 2:30 in the afternoon.” – Dan Trepanier

“It’s very comfortable. Like home. It doesn’t feel like a classroom. A facilitator can get very creative delivering an essential skills program in a workshop room like this.” – John Zeus

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