Norma LaFrance

CELEBRATING NORMA Norma LaFrance has been a member of our SilverSneakers® program for 10 years and is one of the quiet volunteer heroes we have.  Norma attends our 1pm SilverSneakers® class five days a week.  Norma sits in the back of the class by the door.  In this position she is ready to welcome new…

Gary Hessenauer

CELEBRATING GARY Gary is a very prominent and positive fitness member at the Laguna Niguel YMCA facility. He is friendly and engaging with all members and staff. Gary is always available and willing to help whether it’s a large undertaking like set up and break down for run in the park or more minor daily…

Purohit Family

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES Our family’s five year experience with various Y activities, children’s sports, Y’s basketball program and the Y’s fundraising campaign has positively enriched our lives since moving to Laguna Niguel, Ca. Our family’s volunteer experience with the Y staff has progressively shaped our sense of community and belonging to something bigger than…

Keith Stubbs

COACH, ROLE MODEL My son had played a couple seasons of basketball at the Y and I had assisted other coaches before when I heard they were short on coaches for the current season. Knowing there was a great need for role models as well as coaches, I stepped in. Volunteering has been great.  It…

Frank Santilli

HELPING OTHERS THRIVE As an active Senior member of the Laguna Niguel Y, I will be celebrating my 31st year as a serious supporter of all the Y’s programs and activities. It all began back in February of 1984 when I became a member and attended stretching and aerobic classes at the Y’s temporary store…

Derick Zeulner

MAKING A DIFFERENCE Derick’s Story: As the volunteer chaplain with the Laguna Niguel Family YMCA I have the privilege of helping with the CARES team and facilitating a partnership with South Shores Church in Dana Point. In this short season I’ve been greatly encouraged by the Y members who make up the CARES team through…

Cory Winston

BEING A ROLE MODEL When I was a young boy I didn’t have a dad taking me to the park or taking me to practice and I’d seen others with their dads and it made me feel unwanted or not good enough for that type of thing.  So I took all that built up aggression…

Adam Wicker

teaching how to play and have fun My job as a volunteer basketball coach is to teach the boys the fundamentals of basketball, the value of teamwork, and how to work together “on and off the field” by utilizing positive energy, passion, structure, and strategy. I enjoy playing the game I love with the boys.…

David & Jessica

RUNNING FOR FUN We are David and Jessica.  We have been helping out and volunteering at the YMCA for several years. We have been volunteering at the YMCA 4th of July Run in The Park for the past 5 years. This is one of their biggest events of the year. We have so much fun…

Creighton Wall

SPREADING SMILES Creighton Wall, Nominated by Amelya Creighton came to us from the Nebraska YMCA where he began as a volunteer in 2007 and then was offered employment by the CEO of the Prairie YMCA. He was with the YMCA of Nebraska for over 7 years. Creighton showed dedication through out his employment and  he…