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Message from outgoing YMCA director Denise Brooks

By Joseph Hayes

The YMCA of the Blue Water Area recently announced a major transition.

The YMCA announced current director Denise Brooks would be retiring, and Josh Chapman would be taking over the role of YMCA director.

Brooks had one final outgoing message to the community recently released:

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“It’s hard to believe that I’m in my last days as a member of this amazing staff team,” she said. “There are no words that can express how sincerely grateful I am for the privilege of leading this organization. I have truly been blessed. The YMCA has been part of my personal story for my entire life from swim lessons when I was little to Bus with Gus to racquetball to volunteering on the board to serving as the CEO.

I love this place. I love the way we make a difference every day. I love the way our team, regardless of role or position, will drop everything to help our members and each other. I love the way that we welcome everyone through our doors. I love the way we, even during difficult times or maybe especially then, dig deep to continue to find new ways to meet the needs of our community.

We cannot and will not miss a beat in this transition. The Y is the spirit and energy of the collective team, the Y community. That team is all of you – our staff, volunteers, members, donors, community supporters – everyone plays a part. Josh Chapman will bring new ideas and fresh energy to the team. With your continued engagement and support, I know that the Y will continue to grow and thrive.

With all my best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy future for you all.”

Denise Brooks

We at Blue Water Healthy Living wish Brooks nothing but the best as she moves forward. Thanks for serving the Blue Water Area Denise. 

We pray that your best days are ahead of you.

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