“Everyone is an equal at the Y, and we’re proud to support a place that cares for our most vulnerable neighbours,” said Kerman in a YMCA news release. “If you like fresh swag and supporting a good cause then this shirt has you covered.”

Virtual Y resources are free, accessed off a home page that offers links to categories such as “Raise your spirits,” “Exercise your mind,” and “Workout your body.”

The programming includes children’s activities designed by child development experts, said the news release, along with guided meditation and self-care resources and YMCA employment and immigrant services. Additional content will be added to the site over the coming weeks.

Jim Commerford, president of the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford said the Virtual Y is an effort to help those facing financial and health challenges during social isolation.

“It is a means for us to give back to our communities in some small way,” he said. “We appreciate the support of Arkells and their fans who are helping to support this work in our communities.”


Jon Wells is a Hamilton-based reporter and feature writer for the Spectator. Reach him via email: jwells@thespec.com