Vice President, Children, Teens and Young Adults YMCA
"The lessons I learned in my teens through my participation in 4-H have stayed with me always. While skill development was important the values and leadership opportunities 4-H provided had the most significant impact on me."
As a youth, Ida lived in Haldimand and attended clubs in East Seneca and Canfield from 1971 - 1977. She completed 12 clubs as a participant and 2 as a leader while in high school and received provincial honours.
In her role as Vice President of Children, Teens and Young Adults at YMCA Canada, Ida provides strategic leadership to a number of YMCA initiatives related to improving health outcomes. She provides oversight to a national youth engagement strategy ensuring young people are connected to local community priorities and have voice on identified societal needs. As a passionate advocate for the rights of children and youth she supports the delivery of the YMCA Young Leaders Initiative as well as YMCA Child Protection Strategy.
Over the past 22 years she has been in senior YMCA leadership positions in the areas of child care, health, fitness and recreation, financial development and management resources with both the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford.
Prior to her career at the YMCA, Ida held several positions within provincial and municipal government in the areas of family support and child care from both licensing and funding perspectives. Ida has a Family Studies degree from the University of Guelph and has completed numerous professional development opportunities through her career. Ida is the past chair of Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada.