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YMCA recognizes volunteers with ‘exemplary service’

By Dean Shalhoup | Dec 2, 2019

Courtesy photo Bryna Kamin, left, was named Program Volunteer of the Year at the YMCA of Greater Nashua's annual meeting recently. With her are Kim Adie, right, YMCA director of healthy living, and Katie Parker, executive director of member experience.

NASHUA – A pair of longtime YMCA of Greater Nashua volunteers recently attained “exemplary” status, an honor celebrated at the organization’s 132nd annual meeting.

Andy Whigham and Bryna Kamin, both Nashua residents, were honored for their “exemplary volunteer service,” according to YMCA spokeswoman Elizabeth Covino.

Whigham received the organization’s Policy Volunteer of the Year award, while Kamin received its Program Volunteer of the Year award.

Whigham is a member of the Y’s board of directors who currently serves as secretary. He also is chairman of the Y’s Financial Development Committee.

Kamin, Covino said, “plans dozens of activities for the membership, including game days, cookie swaps, pot-luck luncheons and book clubs.” She also teaches the ancient Chinese game mahjong.

For years, Kamin has spearheaded two successful used book fairs annually, the proceeds of which go to the Y’s fundraising campaign, Covino said.

On hand to present the awards were Mike LaChance, the Y’s chief executive officer; board chairman Steve Lynn; Katie Parker, executive director of Member Experience; and Kim Adie, director of the Y’s Healthy Living program.

The Y’s annual campaign and its special events like the Champions of Change Gala and Golf Tournament raise funds each year to benefit the Y CARES Financial Assistance Program. Y CARES provides scholarships to local children and families in need so they can experience Y programs and services such as child care, before and after school care, day camp, dance & arts, sports, swimming, enrichment and more – regardless of their ability to pay. Over the past three years, the Y has provided more than $2.2 million dollars in financial assistance to more than 13,000 local children, adults and families per year. Everyone is welcome; its goal is to not turn anyone away due to inability to pay.

The current campaign has raised $27,797 toward its $325,000 goal, with 275 days left to reach that benchmark for 2020. Donations may be made online at https://nmymca.networkforgood.com/projects/77855-annual-campaign-2020.

Located at 24 Stadium Dr. in Nashua, the Y’s mission is to “instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or at dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.

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