Steph Ferguson has been connected to The Y since she was just 5 years old, back when her mother worked there. She first joined the movement as a teenager, working in a vacation care program, before moving on to assist in the café at her local Y branch. Today, Steph lends her talents primarily to the HR, Payroll, and customer service divisions.
“It’s really interesting to get that different view from working as a café attendant at one of our rec sites, versus working in Support Office,” says Steph. “I can see where communication gets lost, and I can do my best to fix that.”
On top of her access to varied perspectives through her multiple positions, Steph feels that it’s important to take on diverse opportunities as personal learning experiences that she can then share with others.
As if holding down three positions wasn’t impressive enough, Steph’s managed to get involved with quite a few other projects with The Y, all while staying on top of her daily duties.
From her involvement with the Young CEO program to her recent trip to London for YMCA 175, Steph has taken full advantage of any and every opportunity presented to her, all with the aim of improving her capacity to give back.
As a participant in the discussions at the YMCA175 conference, Steph was exposed to a rich array of ideas and thoughts from around the world.
“It was cool coming together seeing what other countries were doing, grabbing ideas to bring back and sharing what we’re doing. It was 100% about inspiring young people from all different countries to share stories, learn from each other and spread what we learn to others”.
Steph’s achievements are impressive, but her philosophy is simple – put yourself out there and take risks.
“It’s so important to put your hand up”, says Steph. “There are so many opportunities out there that are offered by The Y and beyond, you just need to take them”.
With so many responsibilities at such a young age, others might find it easy to burn out. But Steph say that the variety is what actually keeps her going, “It doesn’t feel like I’m working as many hours as I do. Each job uses different skills so with one job I’m taking a break from another”.
The Y has been a part of Steph’s life since she was just a kid, and it’s a relationship she can’t see herself parting from any time soon. Whether it’s employment or volunteering, The Y will always be a part of Steph’s life, and her story will continue to be one of the Million Moments that define The Y.
“It’s so important to put your hand up”, says Steph. “There are so many opportunities out there that are offered by The Y and beyond, you just need to take them”. – Steph.
See Steph's Million Moments video here.