From the NAYDO Chair: Bottoms Up!

by Zane Korytko on June 8, 2021


I’d like to toast the Ys in the United States that are reemerging and reopening camps and summer programs. In Canada and other places, we remain on hold. We all need a summer with our traditional activities back in action.

However, with the title of this message, I was thinking of NAYDO as a bottom-up organization. With just one full-time and two part-time staff members, NAYDO relies on members and volunteers for new ideas, changes, and solutions to our challenges.

One example is we expanded NAYDO's research of relevant topics for NAYDO 2022 by inviting the entire Conference Committee to share ideas from their Ys. A few weeks ago, we held a brainstorming session to come up with suggested topics for NAYDO 2022 Conference workshops and Hot Topics. It was a productive call and generated many excellent topics.  

Other ways to be involved in NAYDO include serving on the Conference Committee, volunteering on-site at the 2022 Conference in Tampa, engaging in Network discussions, and becoming a member of ART, the Alumni and Retiree Team. NAYDO Council members serve in countless roles, guide our strategic plan, and bring many new suggestions to our attention.

It’s going to be a busy Y summer: be sure to set aside time for NAYDO and for your professional development. There are excellent monthly webinars scheduled - check them out below. The Redwoods Group will continue the Anti-Racism YMCA conversation. And, we’ll see what else bubbles up from NAYDO members and volunteers.

Zane Korytko

NAYDO Council Chair
Chief Executive Officer | Directeur General
YMCA of Greater Moncton| YMCA du Grand Moncton