In every class Caz Thomson teaches at the Y, she helps community members find their center, and experience lasting moments of joy and happiness. Caz’s fitness classes, which focus on exercising both mind and body, have been energizing community members at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA for years.
Caz first fell in love with the YMCA community in 2003. She had recently moved to America from Scotland, and through her participation in classes at the Y, Caz was able to meet people and establish a strong support system of trusted friends in her new home.
“The YMCA is the best place to visit for people who are new to an area. We play such a key role in building local community connections and relationships.”
In 2010, Caz was given the opportunity to join our staff as a fitness instructor, and began teaching exercise classes on a regular basis—continuing to build relationships and connections with community members and co-workers.
“I really felt the impact of being a staff member here at the Y when my father passed away—members who came to classes were extremely supportive, and sent my family and I cards and prepared meals.”
Today, Caz works as the Active Older Adults Program Director and teaches a variety of fitness classes, including Tai Chi, Nia, dance and Yoga. Her classes help members stay active and moving, and encourage them to discover the best version of themselves.
“When people learn to love themselves for who they are and then share that love with others, the world becomes a better place.”
Caz is constantly inspired by the people she encounters here at the Y and is thankful to be part of our YMCA family.
“It truly is a community here. We all come together sharing our laughter and joy with each other, and even some of our dark moments, but we support one another and grow together, knowing that we’re never alone in what we’re facing.”
Caz looks forward to developing new programs for Active Older Adults in Sherwood, and hopes to incorporate more intergenerational events for the future.
“We can always learn from the past—the older generations can learn from the younger generations, and the younger generations can learn from the older generations.”
Thank you Caz for supporting our community and for engaging members of our Y family—helping them build a healthier spirit, mind and body.