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Meet Barbara

Meet Barbara

"When I finally did return to my Y family, it was the best decision I had made for myself in years!"

My dad and my husband passed away on the same day a few years ago.  Obviously, I was devastated and heartbroken.  Before that day, it had been 14 years since I had been a member and water exercise instructor at the Y.  I had, however, stayed connected with my good friends from the Y. They asked me to come back, but I just was not ready.  I was still so sad and upset about what I had lost. When I finally did return to my Y family, it was the best decision I had made for myself in years!

I see my role not just as an instructor, but as a connector. I love to connect the members in my classes to one another. I want them to enjoy class and being healthy.  We talk about life and what’s happening with each other. I see members come in who go to the back of the class and don’t talk to anyone; then after a few weeks, I’ve got them talking and laughing with others in the class.

If not for the Y, I’m not sure how I would be doing right now. The Y has helped me so much and because of that, I want to continue to give back.