Fall 2020 Programs

Programs are dependent on sufficient registrations. All programs will run digitally for the Fall session. 

We believe in inclusion: that education, recreation and leisure are for everyone and that everyone belongs to the Y. We strive to ensure a meaningful experience for all members of the community and embrace the value of supporting each other’s individuality. All new applications must be processed by the Special Needs Coordinator. Memberships can be renewed directly at the Welcome Desk.

Call us at extension 235 or email us inclusion@ymywha.com.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday
10:00-11:00am Healthy Body & Mind T.H.R.I.V.E
12:00-1:00pm The Well-Nest “Drop-in”
1:00-3:30pm Leadership Leadership
4:00-5:00pm Clubhouse Clubhouse
5:30- 6:30pm Chaverim Online
6:00-8:30pm Mixed Media Art

T.H.R.I.V.E (Therapeutic Holistic Recreation Inclusive Virtual Education)

This program for children 7-12 years old incorporates principles of creative art therapies, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and social skills training geared to help children develop healthy coping strategies, interpersonal skills and positive behaviours in a fun and engaging way. With exciting weekly activities, parent and child resources and an opportunity to practice and apply learned therapeutic techniques T.H.R.I.V.E is the perfect virtual club for children living with anxiety, ADHD, ADD and/or ASD however children of all abilities are welcome!

Day & Time: Sundays 10:00 -11:30am
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 18th – December 20th, 2020
Cost: Members $150 Non-members $170 (per 10 weeks)

The Clubhouse

This is not your average Zoom program, this after school hangout for kids 8-15 years old with special needs is an interactive, jam-packed hour of fun creative activities that is sure to get children moving, creating and engaging while also providing parents/guardians an hour of respite before dinner. This program is offered 2 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday) from 4:00pm -5:00pm and features a structured program that helps children unwind after school, socialize, learn and play. Staffed with trained specialists in creative art therapies, ABA therapy and therapeutic recreation this program will give children and parents a much-needed break and many fun-filled afternoons!

Day & Time: Tuesday & Thursdays  4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 14th – December 13th, 2020
Cost: Members $25/week Non-members $30/week (Minimum 2-week registration.)


Leadership Program

This social afternoon program for adults with special needs provides a virtual place where participants can gather to learn, create, share, engage and develop new skills in a fun, active and creative way. This program will feature therapeutic recreation elements including fitness, music, drama, dance and art as well as opportunities to give back to the community, develop meaningful friendship and new leadership skills.

Day & Time: Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 3:30pm
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 21st – December 14th, 2020
CLOSED THANKSGIVING (20$/ members Week of Oct 12) (25$/non-members Week of Oct 12)
Cost:  Members 40$/week (equivalent to $8/hr) Non-Members $50/week


Mixed Media Art

This program will take place on Tuesday evenings for 1.5 hours, led by an Art Specialist. This weekly group will consist of art production using a variety of mediums from pastels to painting, as well as appreciation and education around various artists and techniques. Principles of communication, expression and art as a therapeutic tool will be explored in a creative and engaging way.

Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 5th  – December 7th, 2020
Cost: Members 150$ Non-Members 170$ (10 weeks)


Healthy Body & Mind

This live virtual exercise program incorporates weekly workouts that target not only the body but also the mind! With workouts ranging from Zumba to yoga to strength training, Thai Chi and more this is a fun, active and lively group that welcomes individuals of all fitness levels and abilities. All activities can be adapted and have an option to be seated or standing.

Day & Time: TBD
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 5th – December 7th, 2020
Cost: Members 120$ Non-Members 150$ (10 weeks)


The Well-Nest “Drop in

This is an informal virtual lunch group for adults living with mental health conditions. For this “drop-in” style group, participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and join us for an hour of open discussion, support and social games via Zoom! 

Day & Time: Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Dates: October 5th – December 7th, 2020
Cost: Free


Chaverim Online

Chaverim Online is a free “drop-in” style virtual group for young adults and teenagers with special needs that takes place over an hour. In this group, participants take part in fun activities that promote healthy social interactions, social skill development, and language stimulation. Activities include movie trivia, name that tune, Mad Libs, scavenger hunts, and more!

Day & Time: Wednesdays
Location: Zoom
Dates: September 9th – December 7th, 2020
Cost: Free!