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Candace Wojahn Start Out Safe Water Program


This is a FREE program that teaches basic water safety skills for non-swimmers of all ages held at the Waupun Family Aquatic Center.

The Purpose

This annual program is designed to reduce children’s risk of drowning by teaching them basic water safety skills. Held at the Waupun Family Aquatic Center, basic pool rules and water games are also incorporated in this curriculum. It is the intent of the Wojahn Family to provide swimming skills to all area children including those who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Swimming is a life skill that can begin at an early age and last a lifetime.

The Person

Candace Wojahn was a kind passionate woman who grew up in the Waupun area. At an early age she learned how to swim at the Fond du Lac County Park pool, and enjoyed it very much. She also loved music, theater, dolphins and children. She worked at the Waupun Wee Care Facility and McDonald’s. She volunteered her time at the Union Congregational Church, helping with Sunday school and in the nursery. Candace also knew challenges having been diagnosed with epilepsy as a teen, and later as a single mother of three daughters. Candace passed away in 2007 due to an epileptic episode. It is in her memory and spirit this program was created.

The Endowment Fund

In honor and in memory of Candace, the Candace Wojahn Endowment Fund has been created. This was established by Keith & Carla Wojahn, with the help and support from Candace’s siblings Tabitha Bossenbroek and Benjamin Wojahn, along with Candace’s daughters Alia and Alyssa Hutchison, and Jorden Wojahn. The YMCA of Dodge County, as a 501c3 organization, will manage the contributions and investments. It is the intent that this fund will be perpetual, serving the Waupun area for years to come. It is from this fund the Candace Wojahn Start Out Safe Water Program is financed. Additional future programs may be developed as funding becomes available.