Passing of Doug Maffin

Sensei Doug Maffin in his judogiIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sensei Doug Maffin, who passed away peacefully at Lisaard House on April 10th.

Doug was a volunteer of the YMCA for about 50 years and was very active in a number of activities aside from judo like racquetball, canoeing, hiking, swimming, and photography.  Doug will be greatly missed.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life reception will be at Napa Grille, Cambridge, Thursday, April 26th from 4-7p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for the Lisaard House or The Grand Valley Trails Association. As Doug bid a sad goodbye on April 10th to a full and wonderful life of 70 years, he wanted us to relay… "Happy trails to you all!"Relatives and friends are invited to sign Doug's online book of condolences at

Marie McDowell Awarded Honourary Black Belt

Marie McDowell being awarded her honourary Shodan at the 2016 Ontario Open

It's Official! Long-time judoka and volunteer Marie McDowell was awarded an honourary black belt (Shodan) at the 2016 Ontario Open in Scarborough on November 13, 2016. Marie was then presented with her black belt at the club the following Wednesday.

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No Judo Friday Nov 25

There will be no judo classes on Friday November 25, 2016 as the YMCA will be closed for their annual staff dinner. Classes will resume normally the following week.

2016-2017 Important Dates

To help students and parents when making plans throughout the year, below is a list of the important dates througout the year. One date that is to be confirmed is the date of the YMCA annual staff party. This usually takes place around Christmas time on a Friday evening and the YMCA will be closed. We will inform everyone once we have that date.
  • Sept 14, 2016 - 1st Day Back After Summer
  • Nov 25, 2016 - No Judo classes as the YMCA is closed for their staff holiday dinner
  • Dec 16, 2016 - Last class before Christmas break & Club Holiday Dinner
  • Jan 11, 2017 - Back to Class after Christmas
  • Mar 15 & 17, 2017 - March Break No Classes
  • April 14, 2017 - Good Friday No Classes
  • June 23, 2017 - Last class before summber break / End of year Club Dinner
  • Aug 12, 2017 - Club Picnic
  • Sept 13, 2017 - Back to Judo After Summer Break