When Lynn Coveyduck was looking for a way to continue to give back to her community, the YMCA caught her attention. After working as CEO of JuniorAchievement of Nova Scotia for six years, she was starting a new job with the Sobeys School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Having extensive experience in the charitable sector, Lynn was looking for a new challenge.
“I really enjoyed the work that I was able to do as a CEO of a charity, but as I moved into my new job, I wanted to take that experience and apply it as a volunteer,” says Lynn. “After years of reporting to a Board of Directors, I wanted to join one. I looked around at different organizations in Halifax and felt the excitement around the potential of the new facility was something I wanted to be part of. As I discovered more of what the YMCA does in our community, I was even more convinced.”
It is the diversity of the YMCA’s work that Lynn appreciates. From health and fitness programs to employment services, immigrant settlement to child care, our YMCA is focused on helping every individual who walks through our doors reach their potential.
“The spirit of the YMCA is amazing,” says Lynn. “When you see stories about our participants getting involved in our community, like they did as runners and volunteers in the Blue Nose Marathon, you know that we are making a difference. I loved seeing their energy and enthusiasm!”
Lynn is excited to see the YMCA’s impact on our community expand over the next few years. She says, “The YMCA is at the centre of the solution for so many of our societal issues in such a positive way. We’re welcoming newcomers, helping people find meaningful employment, keeping people active, fit and out of the hospital and allowing people to enjoy the outdoors. I hope to support making more of that available to more people.”