Happy Birthday Members!
The Staff of the YMCA would
like to extend our warmest
birthday wishes to:
Charles Tooke Three in the Tub P.2
Robert Meisner Winter Snacks P.3
Tom Keagan Peace Week P.4
Tad Stathakis Participants from Canada World Healthy Holidays P.6
Barbara McCabe Youth performed Indonesian
Mark Canton dances as part of Peace Week. Upcoming Events P.8
Happy Holidays on behalf of the Board Season’s Greetings!
Christiana MacDougall- of Director’s of the Cumberland YMCA! December is such a busy month preparing
Fleming This has been an exciting year with many for the holidays. The Cumberland YMCA
Ryan Weins great opportunities and we look forward is also busy preparing to celebrate this
Arlene Maddison to working together to keep improving the festive time of year and are taking the
Krista Wood services at the YMCA in the New Year. time to thank all our staff and volunteers
Lisa Gower As chair of the Board of Director’s, for the work they do helping to make our
Ken Harnish I am very pleased to announce the Y the vibrant heart of the community.
appointment of Trina Clarke as CEO of The Cumberland YMCA staff is a unique
the Cumberland YMCA. Trina has been group of people; their dedication extends
Mike Kemsley working tirelessly as Managing Director far beyond what is asked of employees in
Travis White for the last year and has helped move the most other organizations. They are truly
Jaacob Read Cumberland YMCA forward through her remarkable and are the backbone of our
Laura Holloway positive attitude and dedicated work. We organization.
Jacklyn Dobson are so fortunate that she has accepted Our volunteers make our Y exceptional.
Matheus Queiroz this responsibility and look forward to We are very fortunate to have many
Lucas Hurley continuing the partnership she has helped volunteers that help in many different
establish between the Town of Amherst ways, whether a member of the board,
and the Municipality of Cumberland. on a committee, a fitness leader, helping
Chantal Milley The Board of Director’s would also like to at special events or helping with the
Evan Caissie-Stone acknowledge the hard work and dedication annual “Big Clean” we do every summer;
Ashley Wheaton of the YMCA staff and volunteers. The these people contribute more than just
Jamie Chapman YMCA family is a caring, dedicated group time, they also help us fulfill our mission
Dylan Corkum who are all working to enhance the spirit, and without them we could not exist.
Cassie Smith mind and body of our larger community. Thank you staff and volunteers for your
Riley Pettigrew As Chair, I would like to extend a thank part in building a stronger, more vibrant
you to the volunteer Board Members, YMCA!
who all put their time and energy into FROM ALL OF US AT THE YMCA TO ALL
Emily Miller making sure that the YMCA remains and OF OUR LOYAL MEMBERS, THANKS
Samuel Barnes thrives in our community. FOR A GREAT 2009 AND WE LOOK
Ben Weir Christmas is around the corner, and what FORWARD TO A HEALTHY 2010! BEST
Kathleen Sproul better gift than the gift of health and well WISHES,
Paige Roy being? Memberships are a great way to
Avery Hunter show someone you care, or perhaps you
Austin Chapman would like to make a donation to sponsor
a membership for a child or a family this
holiday season. Please inquire at the Trina Clarke, CEO
Danielle Casey front desk about these gifts.
Aislin Camilleri Merry Christmas to you and yours. I look P.s.- Please remember the Y’s Men when
Burke Beed forward to seeing you in the New Year! purchasing your Christmas tree. Beautiful
Lauren Beed trees and wreaths at beautiful prices!
Kerian Sears They are located in the Kent parking lot.
Kathy MacLean, Board Chair “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is
excellent in others belong to us as well.” --Voltaire
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December 2nd, 2009
The Cumberland YMCA
Early Learning Centre will
be having a Christmas
Carol Sing-A-Long from
6:30-8:00 in the YMCA
gym. Hot chocolate and
cookies will be served
as well as crafts and of
course singing. A visit from
the Jolly One himself. So
get those singing voices
ready and help spread
some holiday cheer.
For ages 11-14. This
YMCA program makes
youth ready to look
Daycare.................................................... diapers,learn to feed,
safety in the home,
The staff of the Cumberland YMCA any part of the water fun she went to the responsibilities, basic first
Early Learning Centre would like to wish other side of the room and sat down with aid, games and activities
as well as what to do in an
everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy a doll an bottle. Jackson was taking emergency situation. The
New Year and can’t wait to see you in handfuls of bubbles and rubbing them course will be 9am to 4pm
the New Year. all over Allyson’s head and laughing on December 21st at the
while Keaton, Lincoln and Mary Lynn YMCA.Certification upon
Renee Lusby were having a splashing contest, by the completion. Register at
the front desk.
Director of Daycare Services end of it there were bubbles, water and
very soggy diapers everywhere. Christmas Camp
Playing to Learn The children are learning to share space The Early Learning Centre
Three in the Tub and materials through this activity and will be running Christmas
(By Tanya) still pursue there own activity. Camp from December 21
31st, 2009. With a half day
During some water play Keaton wanted “Of all the formulations of play, perhaps on Dec 24th, 2009.
to add some bubbles to the water after the briefest and best is found in Plato’s With activities such as,
the bubbles were added Keaton said Law. Plato sees the model of true swimming , outside play
“bath” I laughed and said sure why playfulness in the need of all young, and gym time. The price
not. Keaton immediately started taking animals and human, to leap. Thus is $25.00 a day including
lunch. Please call to
his cloths off after a short few seconds however playfulness prevails there is register at 660-3012.
Mary Lynn, Jackson and Allyson started always a surprise element, surpassing
undressing themselves as well. Lincoln mere repetition and habituation, and Royal Bank Grant
& Skylar wanted no part of it until at its best, suggesting some virgin Our Afterschool program
Keaton, Allyson & Mary Lynn all jumped chance conquering, some divine leeway has been lucky enough to
into the plastic tub of water and started shared.” receive a grant of $2500.
splashing causing bubbles galore as Eden & Huggins YMCA Playing to Learn 2001 pg 12 Thank you RBC!
soon as Lincoln seen all the bubbles
and fun he started screaming “shirt off” Play is the primary way that ALL children
so I helped him get undressed and he learn. Come check us out here at Early
jumped into the water to splash and play Learning Centre and see how much fun
as well Skylar still didn’t want to have we are having.❑
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Just For Tots is Back!
Just For Tots is a
program for 18 month-
3 year olds involving
socialization, art time,
gym time, snack time
and free play. There will
be programs running
every Tuesday and
Thursday morning from
9:30-11:00 for a six week
period (Feb.2- Mar. 11).
The cost for each period
(either Tuesday or
Thursday) will be $50.00
per child. This program
will need a minimum of
6 children to operate.
Please call the YMCA
if you are interested in
registering your child for
The YMCA Childcare
Department is looking to
add a French Immersion
class to its programs.
This program will require
a minimum of 6 children
to operate and would be
a part of the afternoon
which runs Monday to
Thursday afternoon from Our preschool and kindergarten candies on cookies.
1:00-3:00 pm. The cost programs have spaces available for
would be $94.00 per your children ages 2 1⁄2- 5 years. The Sugar Cone Christmas Tree
month with membership
and $106.50 per month preschool program is every Tuesday and Need:
without membership. Thursday morning from 9-11 am and Sugar Cones, Chocolate chips, white
Please call the YMCA the afternoon kindergarten is Monday- chocolate chips or candy melts, Assorted
Childcare Department if Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm. candies for decorating* (especially
you are interested in this Please call the Childcare Department gumdrops for the top), Waxed Paper
at the YMCA for more information or Directions:
to register your child for one of these Get all ingredients out. Spread out sheets
programs. of waxed paper to work on.
Microwave chocolate or candy melts in
shallow bowl just till starts to melt, stir till
Virginia McManaman smooth. Roll cone in chocolate with two
Director of Pre-school Services ﬁngers inside cone (if possible) to hold
(Adult Assistance!). Lift cone out with two
Winter Snacks ﬁngers inside cone. Place a gumdrop on
Wreath Cookies top and press gently . Gumdrop should
and Tegan enjoying a Need: make it easier to stand cone up on
Fall story in the YMCA One butter cookie per child (the kind waxed paper. Decorate with assorted
Afternoon Kindergarten with a hole in the middle), white frosting, candies. Let decorated “trees” stand
program. green food coloring, cinnamon candies until chocolate hardens. Store sealed in
Directions: cool place. Note: White chocolate seems
Mix food coloring with frosting spread on to harden much faster than regular
cookie then place cinnamon chocolate, so decorate the white “trees”
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The use of a Christmas
wreath as a decoration on
your front door, mantel or
bay window symbolizes a
sign of welcome and long
life to all who enter.
Due to the time zones,
Santa has 31 hours to
deliver gifts. This means
that he would have to visit
832 homes each second!
The biggest selling
Christmas single of all
time is Bing Crosby’s
“Jingle Bells” was ﬁrst
written for Thanksgiving
and then became one
of the most popular
During the Christmas
buying season, Visa
cards alone are used an
average of 5,340 times
every minute in the United
If you received all of
the gifts in the song
right away and let the regular chocolate Reindeer Cookie “The Twelve Days of
ones set up a minute before decorating. Need: Christmas,” you would
(Since Preschoolers are not that fast, Nutter Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter, receive 364 gifts.
you can use chocolate or vanilla icing to Raisins, Small Pretzel Twists, Red M &
More diamonds are sold
attach candy.) M Candies around Christmas than
*Decorations: M&M’s large and mini any other time of the year.
sizes, gumdrops, marshmallows, Directions:
cinnamon decors, silver ball decors, Place a small amount of peanut butter on Coca Cola was the ﬁrst
sprinkles, colored sugars, etc... the top of a Nutter Butter cookie. Then beverage company to
use Santa for a winter
put a small pretzel twist on the peanut promotion.
Reindeer butter, letting it stick beyond the cookie
Need: for antlers. Put two more dots of peanut At Christmas, it is
Bread, peanut butter, chocolate chips, butter and add raisins for eyes. Finally traditional to exchange
cherry, pretzels put a dot of peanut butter on the bottom kisses beneath the
mistletoe tree. In ancient
Directions: part of the cookie and add a red M & M Scandinavia, mistletoe
Cut bread into triangles. Have children for a nose.❑ was associated with peace
spread peanut butter on the triangles. and friendship. That may
Add a cherry nose, chocolate-chip eyes ABOVE: account for the custom
and pretzel antlers. The YMCA River Hebert Preschool program of “kissing beneath the
enjoying Halloween Dress-Up Day. mistletoe.' ❑
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Happy New Year
Here is a sampling of
New Year traditions from
around the world:
In the Jewish New
Year Celebration, Rosh
Hashanah, Apples and
honey are eaten to
celebrate a sweet new
In many places, the
coming of the new year
is celebrated by singing
a traditional Scottish
song “Auld Lang Syne,”
which means ‘Old long
To ring in the New Year
in Spain, it is traditional
to eat a grape on each
chime of the clock.
In Italy, people wear
red underwear on New
Youth & Teen...............................................
Friday night never been busier here at part):
Year’s Day to bring good the YMCA! Weekly, during ‘Friday Night “Peace has many dimension. It is not only
luck in the coming year. Fun’ night, youth between the ages of 7 a start of relationships among nations.
The Chinese celebrate and 14 ﬁll the building for crafts, movies, We cannot expect to live in a world of
the New Year by letting games, food, swimming, and lots of fun. peace if we are unable to live in peace
off ﬁrecrackers to scare In the coming weeks we are looking with those close to us —even those
away evil spirits. forward to New Years Survivor, Family who differ from us..... The Responsibility
The new year festival,
Night, Teen drop in nights, Kids Christmas for peace begins with each person, in
“Songkran” is celebrated Gift Workshop, Afterschool sports, After relationship with family and friends, and
in Thailand by visiting School Fitness and more! extends to community life and national
family, parading statues In the new year, the YMCA will be going activities...”
of Buddha and throwing and exploring in new communities in This year, the peace medallion was
water at passers-by. Cumberland County. Look for special awarded to the Students Against
New Year’s Past... family, Youth & Teen events in the county Destructive Decisions (SADD) group
December 31, 1907 saw presented by the YMCA. from Amherst Regional High School.
the very ﬁrst ball lowering The sparkle in children’s eyes of The group was presented with their
in Times Square, (it was wonder and delight shine brighter than award during the Peace Breakfast on
made of wood and iron any Christmas lights. Have a safe and November the 24th here at the Y.
and weighed more than
700lbs). peaceful holiday season. “SADD’s unique approach involves
young people delivering education and
The Catholic Church Mac Hawco prevention messages to their peers
denounced any New Youth & Teen Director through school and community wide
Year’s celebrations as activities and campaign responsive to
as Christianity rolled Peace Medallion Awarded the needs of their particular locations.....
through the world, the The YMCA Peace medallion is intended SADD has built strong leadership among
Catholic community to recognize the achievements adolescents, mobilized collaboration with
devised other types of individuals and groups in local community partners, fostered awareness
of celebrations for communities who — without any special of and support for youth initiative, and
the “Feast of Christ’s
Circumcision,” which resources — demonstrate in their lives organized the efforts of those beyond
is observed the same and activities the values expressed the SADD chapters to promote youth
as New Year’s Eve and in the World Alliance of YMCAs’ 1981 health and safety...” ❑
Day.❑ Statement of Peace, which states (in
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- Introduce Laughter into
your daily life! ☺
- Starts January 11th
- Every Monday for 6
- $40 for members / $50
for non-members / Bring
a friend-$25 each
Strong Again for 2010-
Move it and lose it!
(Weight loss challenge)
- Starts second week of
- 6 week program :
Fitness & Recreation......................
Health, Health/Fitness/Recreation an excellent opportunity to spend more
weekly group challenges,
dietician, tons of prizes!
From the - Registration starts
department, we would like to wish you all time with Uncle Jack this year. - For more details,
a healthy and relaxing holiday season full •Don’t feel guilty about overindulging in contact Vickie
of family, friends and the YMCA. the holidays feasts. Instead of bringing
Season’s Greetings yourself down about not trying Aunt Brain Fitness
Ruby’s special stufﬁng this year because The answer to last issue’s
riddle is : Fire
Vickie Deveau you are on a diet, suggest to your family
Health, Fitness & Recreation Supervisor a group walk after supper. Incorporating Can you solve this holiday
exercise with your diet is the greatest riddle?
Healthy Holidays way to avoid weight gain.
With the holiday season approaching fast, What song does Tarzan
sing at Christmas?
there are many things to keep in mind to Food for thought
ensure that your holidays are nothing but Tis’ the season for giving so why not give
enjoyable. To avoid stress and fatigue some of your feedback on the following New Faces
during the season, here are some great ideas for upcoming events for the Congratulations go to
ways that you can integrate simple daily upcoming year! Please feel free to get in Clarice, who was recently
appointed our Aquatics
tasks into your life to fulﬁll a wonderful and touch with Vickie about any of these ideas supervisor. We are also
healthy new year. or to submit one of your own. happy to welcome Jenna
•Remember to take time for you to relax. to the YMCA - you may
After a long day of shopping, baking or Cumberland Winter Festival have seen her already!
working, take a break. Take the time to February 2010 ❑
reﬂect on your day and to appreciate •Polar Bear Dip (Free swimming)
yourself. •Winter photo contest
•Don’t stop exercising! The holidays can •Learn to knit workshop
be very busy for some people, but it’s •Snowman contest
very important to keep your body moving •Chilly Dog Walk (Bring your pet for a
to ease a tired mind. walk)
•Don’t be afraid to say no. You may feel •Winter survival course
as though you are responsible for a lot of •Senior’s Olympics
things during the holidays, but remember •Grand-Parent/Grand child day (Activities
that this is a time to share as well. Don’t and events at the YMCA).❑
be afraid to ask for help. This may be
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Make sure to check out
all of our ﬁtness classes
and programs on the gym
and pool schedules. Is
there a piece of ﬁtness or
aquatics equipment you
would like to see in the
new year? Perhaps a new
ﬁtness class? We would
love to here from you.
Christmas gift certiﬁcates
are now available for
purchase. Give a loved
one the gift of health this
Come and join us this
winter! We are proud to
be offering a discount of
10% to those members
who choose to pay for
their membership in a
yearly lump payment. Aquatics......................................................
My path through life is changing it’s January 6th from 6 to 7:30pm. This will
Rentals/Parties course and taking me to Ontario. My allow new participants to come in and be
Have a special occasion
coming up? Give us a partner and I are moving to be closer to assessed so they can register in the right
call about renting our my family which, unfortunately, means level.
gym, pool, or the Y’s that we will be farther from our Y family. Jr.Guard Club
Men’s Room. Pick a date, It has been an enriching experience here The Jr. Guard Club will take a holiday
pick a time, and let the Y and I will miss all the smiling faces that break for two weeks. The last meeting
celebrate with you!
I see on a daily basis. This association for the club will be Tuesday December
Change is on the up and up and I look forward to 15th and they will be back in the water
We would like to thank coming back to see how it has prospered. the first week of January.
Shelley for many years Thank you to everyone in the community Holiday Pool Shedule
of dedicated service. Her that I have had the pleasure of working The holiday pool schedule will be out
friendly smile, patient
guidance and sparkling with. I leave a great group of people. I on the 4th of December and in effect
knowledge will be wish everyone a wonderful future. from December 21st to January 3rd. On
missed. January 4th the winter pool schedule will
Our wonderful helpers Zach MacDonald start. Look for the winter schedule to
from Canada World Youth Manager of Aquatics come out in mid December.
are leaving us this month.
Dec.10 is their last day. First Aid Courses
We wish them well. Winter Swim Lessons First Aid Courses: Emergency First
Thanks from all of us. Mark Saturday, January 9th on the Aid: January 16th 9am- 5pm
Don’t be too sad, say calendar to remember to sign up for our Standard First Aid: January 16th & 17th
‘Hello’ to a new face at the winter swim lesson session. For both 9am- 5pm
front desk. We would like
to welcome Jenny to our Saturday (9am to 5pm) and Sunday (12 Sign up at the Front Desk!
YMCA family. ❑ noon to 10pm), we will only be doing
registration in person at the Y. Phone If the cold weather starts to get to you,
registration will be open on Monday, come out to our pool where it feels like
January 11th. We will also be having summer all year long. Happy Holidays
an assessment night on Wednesday, from your Aquatics staff. ❑
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The Ultimate Kitchen
Party (Formerly Hot
Music for a Cold Night)
Events & Fundraising..................................
February 13th at ARHS
Avenue, Grindstone and
I don’t like the cold. At all. However; staff, volunteers, Y’s Men & Menette’s Big Deal. Tickets go on
the recent streak of mild weather has welcome. sale mid-December.
completely confused my internal systems Holiday Youth Dance Valentine’s Day
December 18th from 7pm to 9pm for $2. February 14th
- I can’t regulate my temperature properly Strong Kid’s Campaign
so i can never decide what to wear to work, Fa-la-la-la Films
December 19 at 10am & 1pm at the February 15th - March
the lack of sunlight leaves me wanting Empire Theatre in Amherst. Film Contest 15th.
to stay in bed, while the mild weather Strong Kids Ball Hockey
submissions due by December 11. Drop Our 2nd Annual Ball
encourages outdoor adventures....I am the kids off while you do some last minute Hockey Tournament.
left generally confused and ﬁnd myself shopping. We will be screening locally Teams of 5 youth will
WANTING it to snow - at least then I know made ﬁlm contest winners as well as draw for a Rambler
you can never be too bundled and boots ET. Tickets are $10 each (on sale at the teammate. The winners
are always the right choice. Regardless of front desk) and include screening and get bragging right and
the weather, the festivities at the Y have concession items. Can’t go? You can still their names on the
purchase a ticket to be donated to a child. Strong Kids Cups.
a very distinct winter theme, and are best
enjoyed with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Babysitting Course Past Events
Happy Holidays to you and yours. December 21st at the Y from 9am until Gear for Greatness
4pm. Register at the desk. The Y paired up with
Christmas Camp Amherst Toyota to do a
Faith Flemming December 21 - 31st at the Early Learning hockey gear swap and
Fundraising Coordinator Centre. donation program. We
Christmas visited areas across the
Upcoming Events The YMCA will be closing for Christmas county to gather gear,
Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long starting at noon on December 24th. as well as take requests.
December 2 in the Y gymnasium. Boxing Day Thank you for helping
Friday Night Program December 28 The YMCA will be closed. the hockey stars of
December 4 & 11, and, January 8,15,22, tomorrow.
New Year’s Eve Survivor “Survive ‘09” Food Drive
& 29 from 6:30pm to 9:45pm. Ages 7- December 31st at 7pm until January 1st The Food Drive in
13. Games, crafts, movies, canteen and at 9am. This popular event will up the ante October was very
swimming. Sponsored by the Town of as teams compete to see who will be successful. The Y
Amherst. $2. deemed the ultimate survivor of the year Service Club was
Family Night 2009. Space is limited. For ages 8 to 13. helped by Toyota (who
December 5th & January 9th from 6pm to had a vehicle outside of
8pm. Generally the ﬁrst Saturday of the $50 per child. Sobeys) and the Canada
month, family night is an opportunity for Winter Swim Lesson Sign-up World Youth went door
families to come to the Y and enjoy the January 9th 9am to 4pm. to door . Thank you for
facilities. The evening includes: gym time, Laughter Club your continued support
swimming, and a healthy snack. A perfect January 11th. Register at the front desk. in making our community
chance for parents and kids to socialize Strong Again for 2010 Halloween Fun Night
with eachother. Starts the second week in January. Goblins, giraffes,
Kids Christmas Gift Workshop Register your group at the front desk. princesses and
December 8th at 6pm at the YMCA. $20 First Aid spiderman all made an
per child. Make 3 homemade Christmas January 16 & 17th from 9am to 5pm. appearance at the Y this
gifts to give that special someone. Register New Year’s Day
at the front desk. Y’s Men Appreciation
YMCA Staff/Volunteer Party The YMCA will be closed. (We will close at Dinner
December 12 5pm at the YMCA. All 5pm on New Year’s eve). ❑ Our Annual potluck of
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