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At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Y wouldn’t be the place it is today without its members and program participants. We want to embrace your Y experience and share it with others in your community so your neighbors, friends, and families can see the impact the Y has had on your life. Please use this form to submit your story.
FEATURED STORY"Familiar faces help make the Darien YMCA feel like a home away from home. Membership services representative, Lisa Ienner and pre-school teacher, Kelly Laccona have been a part of the Y family for over 17 and 25 years.”
I met Barbara on a chilly February morning in the lobby of the Darien YMCA, overlooking the pool where she is an avid participant in aquafit classes. I quickly understood why Amy D’Andrea, Director of Aquatics, described her as, “a ray of sunshine that brings joy to everyone she comes in contact with.
Jane Marrone joined the Darien YMCA over 20 years ago when her family returned to Connecticut after living abroad in England. First training with Andrea in the wellness center and more recently finding community and health during retirement by participating in water aerobics. As Jane tells it, her water aerobics group receives safe and robust work-outs in the pool and has formed friendship that they count on both in and outside of class.
Rocco Stavrianopoulos started taking special needs swimming lessons one-on- one with an instructor when he was 4 years old. He started in our small warm water pool with play-based instruction with toys to motivate him and help him learn basic swimming skills. Now 4 years later, he can participate in free swim time during camp in our large pool and is continuing to take lessons to build his endurance in the water.
For Brittany Daniel’s a part-time summer camp job on the waterfront of Holly Pond became the start of her decade long commitment to the Darien YMCA. Since that first summer Brittany has remained a vital part of the Y community and is now the Associate Aquatics Director here at the Darien YMCA.
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