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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 »

My Y Story: Dianne West and Marty Thebodeau

MEET Y MEMBERS, DIANNE WEST AND MARTY THEBODEAU  TWO SELF-PROCLAIMED PICKLEBALL AMBASSADORS! Having retired in 2019, both would happily play the game seven days a week if they could, and they can’t say enough positive things about the sport. “A friend of mine is a pickleball player and she suggested I give it a try”,… Read more »

My Y Story: Libby Shepherd

YMCA NINJA COURSE: TRY OUR INDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE, A SERIES OF CHALLENGING PHYSICAL OBSTACLES TESTING SPEED, ENDURANCE AND AGILITY 8-YEAR OLD LIBBY SHEPHERD IS A YMCA NINJA! She’s been building up her strength at the Westwood Park Y’s Ninja course since her first class in January. “She’s had a great time on the ninja course…. Read more »