Volunteer Dives In And Makes Lasting Impact

Heather Muir

Heather Muir has been volunteering with the YMCA of Greater Saint John Child Care department for more than a year. Every Monday she dives in to her role as an Aquatics Helper.

Although Heather has a connection to the Y from her children attending and working at Camp Glenburn, it’s been years since she has been involved at the YMCA in her community.

That all changed when she stumbled across a posting on the Saint John Volunteer Centre website.

“I was looking for different opportunities and I used to actually teach swimming to kids,” Heather said. “When I saw this, I thought it was the perfect fit.”

The YMCA relies on volunteers like Heather to assist in the children’s swimming time. Ratios in the pool are different than those in the classroom, and educators are very thankful for the assistance on swim days.

“I love watching the kids grow,” Heather explained. “I notice a big difference in their comfort level with the water from when I started to now.”

Heather is doing much more than lending a helping hand at the Y. She is helping to build healthy communities by sharing her time and talents.

“I volunteer because I like to make a difference. When I see the kids laughing and having fun, and know the educators appreciate the support, I feel like it is rewarding.”