YMCA NSW Ambassadors
Here is a little bit about what some of our people say on what it’s like to work for the Y, hear their Y journey and how as an organisation that gives back, we Connect, Inspire and make an impact on young people and their connected communities.
Bryan - Support services
Bryan joined the Y in 2016 as a Regional Marketing Advisor based within one of our many recreation centres. He supported each unique location with bespoke tactical marketing activities and local area campaigns suited to the needs of the community.
Bryan’s love for marketing & ambition for personal growth has seen him move into a role in Support Services as a Marketing Specialist where he continues to make a difference across NSW/ACT.
Bryan is very passionate about what he believes in. This led to him playing a pivotal role in starting the Affinity Network, an advocacy group for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies that celebrates diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
He believes, “if you feel comfortable being yourself, then you can be the best you can be”.
Corrin - Recreation & camping
Corrin tumbled her way into the Y back in 2010, where she initially joined as a Gymnastics Instructor before being promoted into a new position as team leader. Through her continued hard work, dedication to her development and quality service to our members, Corrin continued her career journey with the Y and was again successfully promoted, this time into the role of Gymnastics Coordinator. She is now running one of our gymnastics programs in one of our many services and is seen as a true source of knowledge across the organisation. Corrin is widely respected by the gymnasts and their parents that use her facility and also her team of coaches and the Wider Y NSW team.
Hamani - Volunteer & community services
Hamani joined the Y as a volunteer in 2018 and was a participant in one of our progressive community programs which gives young people a voice (Youth Parliament). Hamani loved it so much that he is doing it all again in 2019! As a proud young Wiradjuri and Goreng Goreng man, Hamani is often called upon to be a young leader and spokesperson on inclusiveness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As a proud member of the LGBTQI+ community, Hamani also regularly speaks on equal rights. He takes an active role in reconciliation week and volunteers at our community-based program “Youth Hub” to help inspire in his local community. Hamani has been recognised for his work by the “Advocate of Children and Young People (ACYP)” where he won the Children’s Week Voice award in 2018. Through his advocacy and voice, Hamani was selected as a member of the 2019 ACYP Youth Advisory Council.
Nicole - Manager
With over a decade’s experience working at the Y, Nicole has taken ownership for her career and consistently developed her skills, leading to a number of promotions.
Like most, Nicole’s career journey has had to overcome some challenges along the way, something we are extremely proud to have supported her through here at the Y. When Nicole learned of her husband’s new Defence Force posting, in a location far away from her home, she initially felt it may mean an exit from the Y in her role as an Assistant Manager. However, supporting top talent to be engaged and build inspired careers within the Y is integral to our success and commitment to our people. Nicole was able to work closely with leadership and support services to identify a new opportunity as an Assistant Manager subsequently playing a pivotal role in the successful opening of the Gungahlin Leisure Centre. Nicole was able to develop new work and life skills as part of this promotion and has since furthered her career by taking over as the Centre Manager in her ACT location.
Olivia - Children services
Olivia joined the Y in 2018 and says that the culture and supportive environment makes her feel like she has been part of something special for much longer than a year. As an OSHC Coordinator, Olivia credits the Y for its inclusiveness and flexibility helping her balance a career and care for her children at the same time. Olivia is driven and passionate about building real connections within the community and does this by reaching out to teachers, parents and the wider local community to continue the ongoing partnership.
Sam - Aquatics
At the Y we believe in the power of inspired young people. We believe when young people are given opportunities they can achieve inspirational outcomes. Sam’s story is another shining example of this. Sam’s journey started in 2017 when he joined as a volunteer within the Youth Parliament program. He then became a taskie in 2018 within the same program. In early 2018 Sam became actively involved in a national initiative across the Y Australia, where he was tasked with becoming CEO for the day. Sam did not want his time at the Y to come to an end, so he has gone on to become one of our valued employees working as both a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard whilst also continuing with his passion within the Youth Parliament program. Sam speaks about the opportunities he has received at the Y and how his experience has helped shape his career.
Vinny - Customer service
From a customer during his school years to working for the Y, Vinny joined the Y in 2016 for his first role out of school, as a customer service officer. Vinny speaks about the diverse nature of his role and that no day is the same. Vinny loves the challenge and opportunity he gets to be involved in many areas of the business from creating great customer moments to helping with the design of new competitions. Vinny’s role helps him combine his passion for basketball and engaging with the community into his workplace. He has now progressed into a Team leader role for his centre.