Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - —Beth Lu­berecki

Dur­ing her time as di­rec­tor of the Bonita Springs As­sis­tance Of­fice, Mari­bel Slabaugh saw the role the Bonita Springs YMCA played in the com­mu­nity. Now as the Y’s new branch di­rec­tor, she’ll be spear­head­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ef­forts to im­prove the lives of the city’s res­i­dents.

Since tak­ing the helm ear­lier this year, Slabaugh has been reach­ing out to churches, schools and other or­ga­ni­za­tions to let them know what the Y of­fers, which ranges from sports pro­grams for kids that en­cour­age team­work and phys­i­cal ex­er­cise to health and well­ness ini­tia­tives tar­get­ing con­di­tions like di­a­betes and child­hood obe­sity. “We’re re­ally work­ing hard on pro­mot­ing any pro­gram that strength­ens the lives of fam­i­lies as a whole and en­riches the lives of chil­dren,” she says. “I see the Y as that core place where people can go and feel that they be­long, that place that opens up to any­one who wants to re­ally work and bet­ter their lives.”

Slabaugh her­self looks for ward to tak­ing spin­ning classes and hit­ting the pool at the Y. “Swim­ming is one of my fa­vorite sports, ” she says. “It re­laxes me and helps me tremen­dously , phys­i­cally and men­tally.” 239-221-7560, swfly­mca.org

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