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Give in Memory of Others

Memorial gifts can be made in honour of your loved one and we will send a condolences card to the family.

Melissa’s Story

Melissa wants her pain to transform the lives of others.

She lost her 9 year-old son Zack in a tragic drowning accident in 2012. Melissa now makes bracelets in Zack’s memory, selling them in Wasaga Beach, with proceeds being donated to the YMCA.

“I started making the bracelets at night when I couldn’t sleep. In my heart I wanted to help other children learn to swim so that no other parent would feel what I feel inside.”

Share Your Celebration

Consider asking for donations to the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka instead of gifts for your important life events like birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.

When Brad and Katie Gooderham got married, they chose to ask for donations to the YMCA in lieu of wedding presents.


Want more information about giving to the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka?

You can make a difference. Just give me a call if you have questions about how to be involved or give back.

Susan Kulkarni 
Manager, Major & Planned Gifts
susan_kulkarni@ymca.ca
Ph: 705-726-9622 x 450
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Susan has worked in the social service field for over 20 years. In her current role as the Manager of Major and Planned Gifts at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Susan is responsible for the direction of the Annual Campaign, and the investment of Major and Planned gifts. Susan advises donors of new programs and important opportunities available to collaboratively build healthy communities both now and in the future.

Previous to joining the Y, Susan worked on the front lines in a Homeless Shelter, educating people about the services within their communities and fostering community partnerships to ensure comprehensive services were available to meet the needs of individuals experiencing a housing crisis. Susan also worked as the Manager of Resource Development for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County, Oakville and the Peel Region. During her time at the United Way, her goal was to bring people together to improve lives and strengthen neighbourhoods by engaging individuals and corporations to donate collectively and provide a social service safety net for anyone in crisis.

Susan’s motivation for the work that she does is to give people the tools and support they need to carry on with dignity, during times of crisis.

Susan lives with her husband and one of four sons in in Angus, Ontario.