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Recommendations to Inspire Fall Fun

From our Development team at the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario!


Christina, VP Development
I have fond memories of my dad making Coconut Cream Pie. He would double the batch so we could just eat the filling in a bowl – maybe that's why I never perfected a good crust!

Recipe for John's Coconut Cream Pie
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of coconut (or more if you like)

Mix the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Gradually add to cold milk in a saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture is thick and bubbles (4-5 minutes). Beat eggs slightly and add part of the hot mixture to the beaten eggs. Blend and return to the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and blend in butter. Add vanilla and coconut.

Cool and pour into baked 4-inch pie shell. Toast some coconut in the oven to sprinkle on top, or use whipped cream to your liking.


Angela, Manager, Grants and Communications
Any baseball fans out there? The MLB postseason will be starting soon – and the 2020 podcast The Edge: Houston Astros takes a close look at the cheating scandal that erupted in 2019. This podcast made the hours of a summertime road trip fly by.

Listen to The Edge


Kaitlin, Manager, Annual Fundraising
Our local communities have so much history right at our fingertips. If you’re looking for something to do this autumn, check out your local heritage society for guided walking tours (such as the Ghost Walks of Chatham-Kent) and fall in love with the hidden history of the downtown architecture!

Ghost Walks


Shankar, Database Administrator
My journey to Banff, Alberta was a symphony of majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and awe-inspiring wilderness. With each step, nature's grandeur unfolded, painting memories of rugged hikes, serene moments by turquoise lakes, and evenings embraced by the warmth of local hospitality. Above is one of my favourite photos from this trip!