South Health Campus Adult Volunteer: Ron Maltman

 

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer as a way to give back to the community that I have lived in for almost 30 years. That is Calgary! I have gotten so much from this wonderful city, that I wanted to give back in some way. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to do that, and to get to know more people in the community in which I live in SE Calgary. I have committed to doing the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer as well. In that respect, I have gotten a lot of support from friends and family in the city. Volunteering gives me a way to pay it forward.

Why do you volunteer with the YMCA specifically?

The YMCA organization reflects my values, in family, community and public interest.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering

It gives me an opportunity to share my passion for spin and cycling with those in the community that want to do the same thing. I think in my volunteering, I have inspired others to pursue healthy lifestyles, and be aware of the importance of maintaining that healthy lifestyle. Prior to becoming a volunteer, I would come to Y almost daily to spin on my own. I started to take classes, and was encouraged by Sheila Artus, another spin instructor, to share my passion for the activity. Over 2014 and 2015, I started the path to certification. I enjoy challenging my participants in class, and watching as they realize their own personal gains in their abilities and their health. It really is great to see!

What is your YMCA story? What brought you here?

I first got involved with the Calgary YMCA in the late ‘90’s, wanting to improve my own fitness level. At that time, it was the old Heritage Y. When the Shawnessy Y opened, I moved my membership there, and continued my pursuit of personal fitness. When the South Health Y opened in 2012, I moved here as it was closer. As I got involved on a personal level, I appreciated the “family” that attended the facility. The staff have been really great too! As I got into some drop-in classes, I got to know the fitness instructors, one of those being Sheila. With her encouragement and support, and the support of then GM Jocelyn Santos, I decided to pursue volunteering to be a spin instructor! It has really been great. There have been so many great people that I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting since being involved at the Calgary Y. It really is something that keeps me energized! From staff and volunteers to the members! It really is a great experience!