“Hi, my name is Mitch, and I have too many running shoes.
I’ve been involved in fitness for over 20 years and I feel a sense of community here. I had a Bar Mitzvah and I went to the Y Country Camp, but I didn’t go to Jewish school. So coming here, meeting mostly Jewish members, they say things like “have an easy fast”, and “have a good Yom Tov”, while you’re walking through the hall. Everybody shakes hands and it’s very friendly. Then you find out that you know somebody or know their grandson, and a connection is made!
There’s always an influx of old Montrealers who come back to the Y during the holidays. Sometimes people leave because they get married, they have work, but four kids later they come back again and it’s like they haven’t changed. And I’m still here!”