01 April 2013
Employee of the month Maggie Yant- Congratulations to Maggie Yant for being recognized as the Employee of the Month for April. Nominated by her peers for embodying the values and mission of the YMCA, Maggie has been an exemplary ambassador for the Y. Maggie works in the Group Exercise department specifically teaching Yoga and Indoor Group Cycling.
Maggie was a member about 5 years ago after her daughter was born but like many had to put her fitness on hold with the busy life of a new mother. She rejoined the Y in December, 2012 when she began working here. Maggie has said “I am really glad I did! I really missed the Y!” Maggie went to Bozeman High School in Bozeman Montana; she attended college at the University of Oregon in Eugene and Portland Sate. In Maggie’s free time she enjoys long runs with her dog, hiking and camping with her family. Maggie loves to cook and work in her garden.
She also enjoys reading, listening to great music and her hobby of refinishing
She was encouraged to work here to try and reach as many yoga students as possible and the Y seemed like a great fit. She is also excited to be part of the fitness industry, learning to teach more classes and maybe even become a wellness coach or personal trainer. She also
really loves the positive atmosphere and team spirit of the Y members, volunteers and
Maggie is really passionate about what she does and it is evident throughout her classes. She loves it during her Yoga classes when all the members are breathing and moving in unison. “It’s a wonderful thing!” Maggie says. The transformation that people undertake after participating in a class is absolutely amazing and inspiring. The most rewarding part of her job is watching how members grow in their practice and do things with their bodies that they never thought they could do.
Thank you and congratulations to Maggie Yant for being named Employee of the Month!!!
Member of the Month Duwain Werner -Each of us have our own history, our own family and our own experience with exercise. For Duwain Werner, he has grown up working outdoors and getting his physical exercise from everyday tasks on the farm. In the last year and half the YMCA has had the privilege of Duwain working out at the YMCA.
Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada as the only son of German parents, exercise came in the form of plowing fields using horses, riding his horse to and from school, and working alongside his dad. His father bred a race horse with a Percheron draft horse, to produce a strong work horse and fast saddle horse.
Duwain has two sisters, one who is two years older and one who is 11 years younger. He had a brother who passed away when he was one month old.
Duwain also got exercise from a summer job as a young college student by going door to door selling religious books. He was taking religion courses at the Seventh-Day Adventist College, in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. He also loved to sing in the choir and conduct music.
Throughout his life, it has been this mission to “reach souls” for the Lord and it continues to remain the burning light of his life.
As a young father of three girls, he was a wheat farmer and owned cattle and sheep. Duwain later moved to Walla Walla Valley. He enjoys the evening walks with his family and their dog, hikes up South Fork, and horse back riding.
He worked in construction as a salesman and then continued to work with his cattle in Canada. All throughout, talking with people about the Lord was his most important topic.
Duwain has four grandchildren, all boys who live nearby.
Duwain continues to workout in the Wellness Center.