(Moncton, June 23, 2020) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Community Action Network (YCAN) will be handing out freezies and bottled water this week to celebrate the beginning of summer and the resilience of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“After such a challenging spring, the group just wanted to do something fun to mark summer and how well the community has coped,” says Nicole Wry, coordinator of YCAN, an innovative national program that engages young leaders aged 15 to 30 through service projects.
 
On Wednesday, members of YCAN will be handing out freezies and water at Moncton’s Victoria Park (5 to 7 p.m.) On Friday, they will do the same at Centennial Park (3 to 7 p.m.)
 
Precautions will be taken when items are distributed. Volunteers will wear masks and gloves, with hand sanitizer available for those accepting items and physical distancing measures in place where appropriate.
 
Despite the challenges related to COVID-19, YCAN members worked on another community project recently. Members collaborated with local radio station K94.5, photographer Kirsten Gargan and photography studio Crandall Studio to celebrate the graduating class of 2020.
 
Through the collaboration, gift certificates for five photo shoots from Crandall Studio were given to local graduates during a virtual prom aired Friday on K945. The winners were Céline Sterckel, Moncton High; Sarah McCrea, Harrison Trimble; Brooke Bolduc, Riverview High, Meagan Doucet, École Mathieu Martin; and Jackson Black, Riverview High. Certificates for five photo shoots for Kirsten Gargan Photography were also distributed to graduates accessing local youth-serving organizations.