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My Y Story: Katie and Cindy Whaley

MOTHER DAUGHTER Y TIME KATIE & CINDY WHALEY As a fully-remote worker for the past three years, Y member Katie Whaley appreciates the connections she has made at the Y. “Coming to a class is my social interaction. I get my fair share of social interaction at the Y!,” she said. An additional benefit is… Read more »

My Y Story: Dan Casey

MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR: DAN CASEY When YMCA Martial Arts Instructor Dan Casey asks parents why they are interested in enrolling their child in his martial arts classes, 90% of the time it comes down to some version of instilling confidence or discipline in their child and 10% of parents want a physical activity and exercise… Read more »

My Y Story: The Montminy's

THE MONTMINY’S  Andre and Denise Montminy’s love story started at the Y. They met in 1980 when Andre was a martial arts instructor when the Nashua Y was located on Prospect Street. “He would say we met at the Y when I was one of his students. He really enjoyed teaching at the Y. He had a core following…. Read more »

My Y Story: Al Schlenker

MEET AL SCHLENKER “If the rest of the world could be like the Y, it would be very different. If you had any prejudices, this is the place you could get rid of them. Being here is wonderful,” said new Y member Al Schlenker. “From the front desk staff to the upstairs staff (wellness center),… Read more »

Staff Share Why the Y

EVERY PERSON HAS THEIR OWN Y STORY We recently asked staff to share their “Why the Y” story and here’s what seven people shared with us! If you too, want to share your Y Story you can do so, quickly, by visiting Share Your Y Story and submit the simple form.   The Y is… Read more »

My Y Story: The Lagasse Family

FINDING COMFORT IN THE Y’S WELCOMING COMMUNITY Before YMCA member Deb Lagasse brought her son Tyler to the YMCA, it was important to her to be sure this space was “emotionally and psychologically safe” for him.  “I joined the Y and scoped it out,” she said. Tyler is a friendly, intelligent young man with autism… Read more »

My Y Story: Susan Elsass

THE CAMARADERIE OF THREE Y PROGRAMS IS HELPING IN HER HEALTH JOURNEY Susan Elsass’s sons were Y kids growing up. They both learned to swim at the Y and her oldest son attended Camp Sargent and summer camps at the Merrimack Y. “I felt I knew the Nashua community very well. I knew some of… Read more »

My Y Story: Gloria Bry

CHAKRA VIBRATIONS AND MEDITATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT BY GLORIA BRY We are excited to welcome Gloria Bry, a Y member with a passion for teaching classes with a focus on adult personal growth and development as it relates to the body, mind and spirit connection and our human experience. She will be offering a variety of… Read more »