From the age of four, the ‘Community Y’ on Gottingen Street has been a huge part of Heavyn Beals’ life. Her family connections to the YMCA run deep ―she started out playing on a Little Dribblers basketball team, coached by her dad.


More than a decade later, Heavyn played on the midget-level Panthers team and could often be found shooting hoops at the Community Y. In addition to practicing her skills on the courts, Heavyn also participated in many of the Community YMCA programs for children and youth, the after school program and Junior Leaders. “The YMCA feels like home to me,” she says. “It’s great to have a safe place to come to and hang out.”


Heavyn is doing very well after her time as a Panther, playing for a prep school in Ottawa, Central Tech Blue. #ItStartsHere #LeadershipStartsHere