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

2017-2018 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 13, 2017 - 1st Day Back After Summer
  • Nov 24, 2017 - THERE IS JUDO CLASSES (the YMCA has already had their staff holiday dinner)
  • Dec 15, 2017 - Last class before Christmas break & Club Holiday Dinner (at Symposium at 8:30 after the Junior class)
  • Jan 10, 2018 - Back to Class after Christmas
  • Mar 14 & 16, 2018 - March Break No Classes
  • March 30, 2018 - Good Friday No Classes
  • June 22, 2018 - Last class before summer break / End of year Club Dinner
  • Aug 11, 2018 - Club Picnic (Cancelled)
  • Sept 12, 2018 - Back to Judo After Summer Break

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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