The Chilliwack YMCA—Bringing Families Together

Chilliwack YMCA members, the Greniers

Since reopening its doors in February 2019, the Chilliwack YMCA has had a busy few months and has become a bustling centre of community. They’ve welcomed 5,000 new and old members—65% of whom are families!

And there’s no slowing down. In a week, the Chilliwack YMCA hosts more than 75 fitness classes and 20 Aquafit classes. They also offer a variety of Child, Youth and Family programs which are held multiple times a day, every day.

The Greniers are among the many families who are regulars at the Chilliwack YMCA. Jeff, his wife Natalie and their one-year old daughter Elara have all found a safe space at the Y. Jeff’s parents, Rhonda and Russell, too have found the same.

As members, the family has been able to focus on their health and work towards their fitness goals. While Natalie drops in for her regular Q Strength class, she has the peace of mind knowing that Elara is being looked after in Y Play.

Jeff and Natalie also keep each other motivated by working out together. Even little Elara gets to enjoy some physical activity in her Parent & Tot swim lesson which she attends with Natalie.

Rhonda and Russell have also created their own routines. They enjoy working out in the conditioning centre, as well as attending yoga classes in the Master Painting and Renovations Active Living Studio. Russell also loves working with personal trainer and certified Kinesiologist, Kiya, who has helped Russell get started on his fitness journey.

After their workouts and picking up Elara from Y Play, the family spends time in the Envision Social Space. They find that it’s a great way to unwind after a workout and connect with each other. Elara especially loves watching basketball games in the gym while enjoying her snack.

Elara’s family is leading by example and showing their little one the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. By attending Y Play, Elara is learning new skills and making new friends. She’s also becoming accustomed to new surroundings and becoming water safe in her swim lesson.

The spaces and places supported by our generous What Really Matters donors allow family relationships like these to grow closer. The Greniers’ story serves as just one of the many, many examples of how the YMCA fosters belonging and connection, promotes healthy living and helps children and families thrive. It’s what makes the YMCA so special and what motivates us every day!