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My Y Story: Hilary Keating

MY Y STORY: HILARY KEATING “I have a blast!” is the first comment Y member Hilary Keating makes when she talks about volunteering at the Y. Hilary has been a Y member for nearly 10 years and started volunteering in October volunteering at Kids Stop (babysitting program) at the Merrimack YMCA. Hilary retired in 2007 after a 40-year career as an educator. She worked as a special education teacher… Read more »

My Y Story: Dapo Olagbaju

AFTER A NEAR DROWING,  Family Members All Take Swimming Lessons Y member Dapo Olagbaju realized it was time to learn to swim when he had a scary experience while wading in the ocean at Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “I almost drowned. A few minutes before, my son, daughter, wife, and I were wading in… Read more »

My Y Story: Jamila-Ashanti Scales

MEET JAMILA-ASHANTI SCALES  Jamila-Ashanti Scales started working at the Y when she was 16-years-old. “My mom wanted my brother and I to have skills that would benefit us: First Aid training, CPR, AED training, lifeguard training.  After finishing her lifeguard training, she joined the staff and never looked back. She’s now studying International Affairs and… Read more »

My Y Story: Alex Fox

A NOTE FROM Y MEMBER ALEX FOX: My wife Birgit is a travel nurse and accepted an assignment at Southern Medical Center in downtown Nashua from late October 2022 through late January 2023. I traveled with her for this contract and we stayed at the Residence Inn at Trafalgar Square. I was able to work… Read more »

My Y Story: Ben Kaas

MEET BEN KAAS A highlight of 40-year-old Ben Kaas’ week is his tennis lessons at the Merrimack YMCA with instructor Dick Lane. Ben’s goal is to end the lesson with his ‘happy dance,’ which means he has hit six tennis balls in a row. Ben’s sister, Liz Kaas, is Director of Health and Wellness for… Read more »

My Y Story: Kara Hamilton

MEET KARA HAMILTON Kara Hamilton has been teaching at the Y for 15 years. She started in the School’s Out (YMCA afterschool program) in 2004 when she was a senior at Nashua High School. “The Y has been part of my life since age four. A lot of my core memories are of the Y… 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 »