Meet Marcy Kastner, one the Y’s longest running employees! We sat down with Marcy and asked her some questions regarding her history at the Y.
How long have you been working at the Y?
I have been working at the Y since 2000, having started as the Camp Mother for the Summers at YCC until 2010. In October 2010 I started full time as the Coordinator of children’s program and Director of Day Camps. Over the years my roles have included teaching and preparing Bat Mitzvah groups, arranging birthday parties and after school activities for the day care. I was the Director of the Early childhood dept until it closed in June 2019. Currently I manage bridge, Hebrew and English classes for adults, music and acrobatic programs, circus workshops, Jewish programming. I also direct the Winter, Spring, Passover and Summer day camps.
What do you love about the Y?
The Y is my heart and my family. My children grew up attending camps and worked at them when they were in their teens. I spend more hours here than anywhere else. I maintain good relationships and remember every camper.
What is your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of the jobs is interacting with the staff and children during camp. I always looks forward to the camps and enjoy developing creative programs and making sure the kids are in a safe friendly environment. I love when old staff and kids come to say hi!
What is so special about the Y?
The Y is our community centre, open to everyone to enjoy, hang out, participate in activities or programs and to meet new friends.
Can you tell us about your camps?
I have a very strong sense of pride when it comes to the Y. I would like everyone to learn about all of our fabulous day camps, children’s programming, ballet, acrobatics and even about our Hebrew and English language classes, as well as our music programs. The Y has a lot to offer, even weekly BBQs where children and staff are invited to enjoy a BBQ lunch. We also have a special needs inclusion day camp that is integrated into the Summer camp.
What would you like people to know about the Y?
There is so much to offer children at the Y, with a modern, air-conditioned gym and pool to swim in daily, arts & crafts and dance rooms. We’re located right across the street from a beautiful park where we take our campers to play sports, have picnics and splash in the water park daily. I’m really looking forward to the rest of 2020, I have many other new camp ideas planned and am always looking for new ideas to add to the Y programming.