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Malinowski Award Winners

John G. Malinowski (1922-2016) was the general director of the Metuchen YMCA, presently the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy, from 1980 until his retirement in 1988. His advice to the next generation is "leave yourself open to meeting new people and making new friends. You never know where your relationships will take you in your career.”   John Malinowski lived the core values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. This award, in his name, ensures his attributes are recognized in the young workforce of the YMCA of MEWSA.

In 2016, we honored Cory Matthew of the Edison branch, Kelsey Tonery of the Metuchen branch, Matthew Rapach of the South Amboy branch, & Anthony Balistreri of Child Care Services with the John Malinowski Award.

  • Pat's Story

    On Saturday, September 22nd, Pat completed her first ever 5K at the Janice Garbolino Memorial 5K Run/Walk.  Pat is a graduate of the 12 week LiveSTRONG program from the South Amboy Branch YMCA.  She was very interested in being involved in the 5K and proudly wore her “I am a survivor” tag on her shirt on race day.  She told me she was unsure if she would be able to do the entire walk, but would go at a slower pace and if she felt she could not handle it, she would turn around.  After realizing how long of a walk it would be if she turned around and went against all the other walkers, she decided to fight her way through to the end of the race.  When she came around the corner to the finish line, she had the biggest smile on her face.  Once again. she had overcome an obstacle and faced her fears.  As she walked to the finish line she crossed and said “I did it” with her arms out proud.  Hopefully this will be the first 5K of many!

    As told by LiveSTRONG Personal Trainer Whitney

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