On May 8th, I'll be running the BMO half marathon as a charity member of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver team.
The YMCA played an instrumental role in my upbringing. When I was 5 years old my family moved from Calgary to Montreal and it was the YMCA before and after school programs that provided the space for me to play sports, make new friends, and overall just be myself. The staff were amazing and I remain friends with several of them to this day.
I also attended the oldest camp in Canada, the YMCA's camp Kanawana, which one one the best experiences of my childhood. The camp really was amazing at bringing groups of kids together. We learned valuable lessons while at the same time having a blast.
I know many in families in Canada are not as fortunate to be able to afford these programs for these kids. That is why I'm trying to raise money for this cause. The YMCA had a huge impact on my upbringing and if this helps even just one more kid get anywhere near that experience that is an amazing opportunity.
Thanks in advance for your support!