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Posted April 14, 2011



Kitchener – On Monday April 18, 2011 at 2pm the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener will be welcoming representatives from the Scotiabank Group in recognition of a charitable donation on their behalf in support of the Getting Started program run by the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.

“At Scotiabank, we are committed to playing an active role in our communities and we believe that investing in the health of our community is an important investment in all of our futures,” says Elizabeth Heald, Director and Head, Scotia Private Client Group in Kitchener. “Through our Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program we are pleased to support the „Getting Started program which will help make a regular fitness program available and approachable for all.”

The YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo is delighted to announce a generous gift of $50,000 put forward by the Scotiabank Group to our Getting Started program.

“I am so pleased to see a business leader like the Scotiabank Group not only take an interest, but truly invest in the health and wellness of our community. As a charitable organization, generous support like theirs is key in helping us keep our programs and services available to all of our members and future participants,” says Faye Bulloch, Director of Communications for the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo.

The Getting Started program focuses on education – increasing one‟s skill and knowledge base to ensure exercise becomes a part of everyday life while helping participants start and stick with a fitness routine. Participants experience increased connection with YMCA staff, volunteers and members with similar interests to create a social support network in connection with their physical activity and exercise – leading to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Ms. Bulloch explains the importance of the Getting Started program to new and existing YMCA members:

“Many of us are intimidated by the whole gym experience. What do I do? How do I do it? Will it be effective? There are so many unanswered questions when you are on your own and trying to start a fitness routine – these questions can create major roadblocks in your success. We developed the Getting Started program to combat the insecurity and guide participants through the process of making physical fitness a regular part of their lives.”

Representatives from the Scotiabank Group will be on hand on April 18th at 2pm for a cheque presentation ceremony at the A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA in Kitchener and they are ready to practice what they preach.

“I think we oll have them run that cheque around the track a few times to get their blood pumping – or maybe we will ask them to play a friendly game of basketball while they're here! It will be fun!” says Bulloch. “Luckily we won't have to keep score, because with the generous support being shown by the Scotiabank Group, I'm proud to say, we've already won and so has our community!”

Please join the YMCA in recognizing this donation from the Scotiabank Group and help us thank them for investing in the health and wellness of our community through the Getting Started program.

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