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LINCOLN, R.I. (Sept. 17, 2019) — The MacColl YMCA recently bolstered its aquatic program with the promotion of two longtime employees who are dedicated to improving water safety among youth. Alexandria McCormick will now serve as the Aquatic Director, and she will be supported by Daniel Cameron who was recently promoted to the role of aquatic coordinator.
“Together, Allie and Dan will promote swim safety, improve engagement in the aquatic program, and help strengthen the YMCA’s overall mission. Their work in youth development and healthy living is an important reminder about the Y’s impact within the community,” said Charlie Clifford, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Pawtucket.
In her new role, McCormick will be responsible for developing and overseeing aquatic programs at the MacColl YMCA, making sure the pools meet all health and safety standards, and providing leadership for staff training initiatives. Her other responsibilities include managing staff and volunteers, and ensuring that all aspects of the aquatic program are consistent with the Y’s safety standards.
“Swimming is an important life skill, and I am proud to be part of an organization that is actively working to address childhood drowning in Rhode Island,” McCormick said. “It is an honor and a privilege to work with professionals who recognize and understand the needs of the community.”
With a commitment to help build a stronger community, McCormick served in a variety of roles at MacColl over the course of 10 years. Her previous roles included being a swim instructor, lifeguard, swim lesson coordinator, and an assistant aquatic director. McCormick, a resident of Cumberland, holds a certification to serve as a pool and spa operator (CPO), lifeguard, and swim lesson instructor.
Cameron, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, will work alongside McCormick on key day-to-day operations. Previously serving as a lifeguard, swim coach, and swim instructor at the MacColl YMCA, Cameron will use his skillset to help Y members build their confidence, stamina, and strength around water.
“More people are starting to recognize that they are near bodies of water all the time. Knowing how to swim can help people avoid an accident and can help prepare individuals to save someone else’s life in an emergency,” Cameron said.
Both, McCormick and Cameron, spend their free time giving back to the community. When McCormick leaves work, she can be seen volunteering with the PTO of the Cumberland School District. Cameron supports the community by volunteering at the Calvin Presbyterian Church, operating the soundboard and organizing other volunteer schedules.
YMCA of Pawtucket
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Pawtucket is comprised of five branches across the state: Pawtucket Family YMCA and Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center in Pawtucket, MacColl YMCA in Lincoln, Westwood YMCA in Coventry and Woonsocket YMCA.