Juliette Meunier is a volunteer from the Palisades YMCA, nominated by Carole Fitzpatrick. This is her story.
Carole’s Story: Juliette and her husband Tim have two children enrolled at the Palisades YMCA. Her daughter Nora has been with us since she was in Kindergarten and she is now in fourth grade. Juliette has been on the PAC team here since Nora was enrolled. Each Spring Juliette asks for the field trip schedule so she can schedule in a few field trips to attend each summer. The kids enjoy her on these trips. Juliette is a top contributor in Campaign every year. Juliette truly believes in the YMCA Mission and looks at the YMCA as much more than just childcare. Juliette is kind and has donated items to the Palisades YMCA, most recently an Elf on the Shelf, which the children were thrilled about. For these reasons, I am nominating Juliette Meunier to be celebrated as a Y volunteer.
Juliette’s Story: I first became familiar with the YMCA’s childcare program five years ago when my daughter (Nora) was entering Kindergarten. We were all nervous for her to change schools and begin at Palisades Elementary. I’m happy to say that Nora had a wonderful experience, as did I. The YMCA childcare program is not simply a babysitting service, but a caring, nurturing environment where the children grow to be better people. The director and teachers were so welcoming to our family, and continue to focus on developing the child — intellectually, as well as developing their sense of empathy, and assisting others within the community. I was also welcomed into the YMCA family, as a parent volunteer for field trips during the Summer Camp, where I got to know all of the children and YMCA staff. Once Summer Camp was over that first year, and Nora transitioned to Kindergarten and the after school program, it was so easy for her…which also meant no stress for my husband and me. Since that time, my son(Colin) has also enrolled at Palisades YMCA, with continued wonderful experiences. We have also had both children participate in the Laguna Niguel sports programs in basketball, baseball and soccer. I continue to volunteer on field trips during Summer Camps, as well as the Parent Action Committee, and the Campaign Committee. We have also met many other Palisades families through the YMCA, and have developed close friendships with each of them over the years. I am very happy that our family has had the opportunity to become involved with the YMCA and I look forward to many years of continuing to build strong relationships with our YMCA family.