Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 6th Annual Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

November 2015

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 6th Annual Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 6th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2015-2016:

Carla Young

Carla, her husband and three daughters have called Fort McMurray home for 15 years. Carla has taken her passion for swimming and turned it into a career where she instills in young people the love of sports and a healthy life.  After 10 years of coaching Carla, made the decision to develop and implement her own ideas and philosophies. So began the Young Aquatic Club or YAC. Her goal was to offer the community a wide range of opportunities to get into the pool, swim, have fun and she works tirelessly to help each and every swimmer reach their goals, whatever they may be.

Ms. Young started up Swim Academy/Aquatic Leadership at Father Mercredi High School. It engages kids, families and adults in the importance of learning this lifelong skill. Barriers are removed to allow all students to be able to participate. To Carla, finances are not a part of the equation. The students in this program focus on fitness swimming and can take lifeguard training while earning school credits. Students are then able to become fully trained and can apply to local pools after graduation or as a summer job.

Mentoring is an important part of Carla’s life and she encourages her older students to become coaches and mentors them throughout. Her senior swimmers can become junior coaches. Carla has seen her Young Aquatic Club grow from a membership of 35 kids to 200. The growth is due to her passion for teaching kids to enjoy the sport, be it for fitness or competitive swimming.

Ms. Young is a Competitive Development level coach through the national Coaching Certification program (NCCP). For over 25 years she has shared her passion for coaching, mentoring and leading. She is a Master Instructor for Red Cross where she volunteers. She also volunteers for Swim Alberta NCCP in program delivery.

When she is not in the water, Carla likes to participate in triathlons. She successfully completed a half Iron Man competition. She currently is the vice president of the Fort McMurray Hall of Fame Committee.

Carla is a role model and mentor to many young McMurrities. Her commitment to her students through her career and through her volunteerism makes her a worthy Woman of Inspiration.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Carla and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June, 2016.

The Women of Inspiration is a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude, with a goal to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo Region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers and help create change. The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here.

To nominate a woman of inspiration, please visit our website at or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.

For more information, please contact:
Ann Dort-MacLean
Executive Director – Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
Phone: 780-790-9236