Volunteer (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 23 June 2017
In saying hectic, I mean it well. It's a fantastic place to volunteer! There are a variety of programs for kids, teens, and adults of all ages. Although sometimes disorganized, it's the first place I've volunteered where I realized that I wanted to teach. It was definitely a valuable experience since I immersed myself in it. It helped alleviate my stress and anxiety; just seeing the people there enjoying their programs was enough to make me happy. I got to know the supervisors and other employees, and they truly cared about my well-being. Those 5 years were crazy, but fantastic for me thanks to the YMCA.
Welcoming Team (Former Employee) – Pointe-Claire, QC – 11 June 2017
arrive early to inspect cleanliness and security of the room
supervise members as they worked out. answer questions and make sure rules of conditioning room were respected. I learned that there are many rewards to volunteering. The management team was solid, appreciative and very supportive great place to work. everyone was friendly and helpful dealing with clients who did not respect the rights of others
working with other volunteers and the many members who appreciated our contribution to the program.
use of facilities
members who treated volunteers as second class citizens
Site Interpreter (Current Employee) – Saint John, NB – 9 June 2017
A typical day at work starts quite at 8:30 A.M and gets busier later than 9:30. Very friendly and enthusiastic community especially by the administration offices. The most challenging part of the job would definitely be the organization of appointments and transportation. For those who loves meeting new faces every day and relaxing on lunch hours would enjoy being in this job. Good luck!
Camp Counselor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 8 June 2017
A typical day is action packed, fun but tiring. Learnt lot about dealing with kids, especially the difficult ones (how to calm the down, how to get them to understand). Management left a lot up to the workers, but it worked out. Hardest part of the job was keeping the kids under control. The most enjoyable part was when everything went smoothly and everyone had fun.
YMCA Worker (Current Employee) – Saint John, NB – 30 May 2017
I'm very blessed to be employed here. This is a great organization that aims to exceed their clients/customers expectations but they also look to take care of their employees as well. They are one of the remaining companies to offer incentives to their employees. Longevity is one of the things I admire about them.
Program Teacher (Former Employee) – Oakville, ON – 29 May 2017
Fun and welcoming environment, I enjoyed working with the kids and being able to program plan according to their interests. I learned a lot about working with behavioural children and got to experience working on on one with a couple of children who experienced behavioural issues. The management was awesome. I always felt welcome and happy when I worked. It was such a great experience and I would def work for them again in the future when my contract in my current job ends.
The work was good, the work environment, not so much
Swim Instructor (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 26 May 2017
Although I enjoyed working ( teaching swimming lessons) I was not very happy with my management. They were very demanding, and always changing the work policies to the point where I, and many other employees, could not keep up. any of the executive decisions my managers made were to please the higher ups, even if it mean they were pointless decisions and at the expense of the teachers and lifeguards. The worst part was when I asked if my manager could help me transfer to another branch( because I was moving to another part of town), which had a job opening. She enthusiastically said yes and promises to connect with the other branch. She did not, and after two weeks I realised I she did not come through for me and in the end, I was out of the job.
The YMCA has always been a wonderful place for me, but my experience in this particular work environment has spoiled it for me.
Amazing place to meet friends and learn about childcare
Teacher (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – 24 May 2017
Amazing place to learn. Most of the coworkers I had are still very close friends of mine, many of them were in my wedding party. We still keep in touch with many of the parents and they've all had a great experience with the YMCA. It's a great facility, with terrible pay, as all childcare facilities are. The women that work there are truly wonderful and so supportive. Great place.
Long Lunches, Great Staff, Understanding Management, Amazing Families