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Chelsea, Daniella & Morgan: Living Our Cause

Oct 4, 2016, 15:23 PM by

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Name: Chelsea Dague

Title: Program Generalist: Community Branch & Child Watch

How long have you worked for the Y? I have worked for the Y since the summer of 2011.

I work for the Y because… I love the energy of the kids and the opportunity to be a Professional Role Model.

My favorite pets: Hedgehogs and dogs.

The most fun part about my job is… Getting to hold babies and go on field trips with my Louisville Elementary kids!

Hobbies: Swimming, adding glitter to everything and spending time with family and friends.

The most meaningful part of my job is… Getting to make an impact on the youth of today. It feels good to instill older values in a younger generation.

Favorite color: Glitter.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is… Patience is a virtue. Every child has a story and a separate life at home that may be causing them to act out. It is important to be patient and talk through the situation with each kid and show them that you truly care about them.

Favorite holiday: Christmas and 4th of July.

I would love to travel to… Greece.

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Name: Morgan Kopf

Title: Program Generalist: Community Branch & Business Office

Favorite way to relax: Reading a book in the middle of a hike.

How long have you worked for the Y? I have worked for the Y just over three years. I started in aquatics teaching swim lessons and Lifeguarding. I started working in the business office a year ago and started working in school-age programs in February.

Hobbies: Climbing, camping, board games, singing and card making.

Favorite bands: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Johnson and Nora Jones.

The most fun part about my job is… I have worked with children the whole time I have been at the Y, and it is my favorite part of working here. I love seeing children grow and helping them learn our core values. I learn plenty from them too! I also feel very welcomed by the staff, and I can tell we are making a difference.

Favorite movie: V for Vendetta.

Favorite sports team: Colorado Rockies

The most meaningful part of my job is… The most meaningful part of my job is teaching caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to our next generation. I believe the path to a functioning society starts with our children. Working with them allows me to teach them how to interact with the world in a positive way.

Favorite fruit: Cucumber

I would love to travel to… Patagonia

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Name: Danielle St. Onge

Title: Aquatics Coordinator

How long have you worked for the Y? Since April 2016.

Favorite band: Tool.

I work for the Y because… I wanted to be a part of a meaningful organization, especially a non-profit that really cares about their employees and the community. I also happened to already have a membership here and always admired how genuinely happy the employees are. I have learned that a company that takes care of their employees automatically takes care of the customers and members.

Favorite hobbies include: Anything hockey related! Playing hockey here at the Y, watching games, playing fantasy hockey against my friends and family.

Favorite sports team: ANAHEIM DUCKS! Sorry, Avalanche you come second.

The most fun part about my job is… Being in the pool! My first job was in aquatics back when I was high school, so it’s amazing to have this opportunity again where I get to do a little bit of every position. I love being liaison between the pool patrons and the staff. Also, watching kids get their first green wristband, meaning they can use the entire pool (slides and all), is very exciting and heart-warming.

Favorite Restaurant: Lulu’s BBQ in Louisville or for real special occasions Rodizio’s Grill in Denver

The most meaningful part of my job is… Being able to provide swimming lessons to people who might not have access to/fit the qualifications for lessons otherwise. In particular, the grant we did in Longmont, where we gave away 100 FREE swim lessons to anyone in the community, has really stuck with me. I had this one class that ended up having nine kids enrolled (usually we max out at 6-8). It was an intimidating for sure, but I got all of the kids water safe and loving swimming by the end of the last class. It still brings a big grin to my face. I miss those lessons.

Favorite fruit: Avocado and berries.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working at the Y is… You can’t solve every problem, but a solution is always available.

Favorite movie: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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