Category: Crowfoot YMCA

Volunteer Math Tutors Needed!


Here’s a  unique volunteer opportunity for those who love math!

The Community YMCA was excited to offer a hugely successful pilot program for high school math tutoring during the 2013/2014 school year. The Tutoring Table program was designed for motivated high school students struggling in math who were not able to access professional tutoring due to financial barriers. This program was offered in partnership with the United Way of Calgary and Area through the All In for Youth initiative. We couldn’t have done this program without the support of all of our volunteer math tutors! We had a total of 73 volunteers and 2284 volunteer hours during the first year of the pilot project.

Volunteers and students had a lot of positive things to say about the program. In fact, not only did many students see their grades increase, they also had a more positive attitude towards math and towards themselves. Volunteers built positive relationships with the youth, were able to help students through many struggles in math and even offer some career advice! Most of all, volunteers were happy that they could use their skill-set in math to help young people grow and thrive.

We are pleased to say that with the success in year one, the United Way of Calgary and Area has not only decided to continue the Tutoring Table program, but to expand it to even more locations in 2014/2015. Beginning this fall we will be offering it at four YMCA branches: Saddletowne, Eau Claire, Shawnessy and Crowfoot, as well as a fifth location in North-Central Calgary.

Of course, with such expansion we also need many more volunteers to help high school students with their math during the upcoming school year. In fact, a total of 45 new volunteers will be needed at these three locations: Saddletowne YMCA, Crowfoot YMCA and our North-Central location at Thornhill Baptist Church.

If you love math, enjoy working with youth and would like a unique opportunity to bring these two together while giving back to the community, please connect with Nada Rustom, Tutoring Director, at or 403-537-2713

Tutoring begins the third week of September and training is in August so if you’re interested please get in touch as soon as possible as all volunteers must complete a City of Calgary Police Information Check before starting, which can take up to 5 weeks.

by Angela Brown
Newcomer Programs Manager
Community YMCA

Summer Health Tips

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Some ideas, activities and tips to share with everyone!

Motivate someone new
Although regular exercisers may not see their healthy lifestyle choices as anything out of the ordinary they may unconsciously be providing motivation to others. A simple Facebook post referencing a completed workout or simply watching another dedicated individual can provide a new exerciser that little push they need to get and stay active. Convince a friend to tag along to a boot camp or walk in the park and they will be forever thankful!

Try a new fruit
Summertime is filled with delicious and fresh fruits. Skip the ice-cream cone and curb that sweet tooth with a big fruit salad. Fruits are loaded with healthy nutrients!

BONUS TIP: fruit such as watermelon is also full of hydration!

Run on Dirt or Grass Instead of Pavement or Black Top
The sun doesn’t absorb into the dirt as easily and therefore will be cooler than the other surfaces.

Strength Train a Minimum of 2 Times a Week
Summer is a fun yet busy time for many people and workouts can often get pushed to the side. Weight training 2 times a week is enough to maintain muscle mass for an easy return to regular training in the fall.

Do a Good Deed
It is shown that people feel happier after preforming a Good Samaritan act. Mental health is just as important as physical health! For instance you could purchase a $5 coffee gift card and give it to a stranger, open the door for someone or it can be as simple as smiling at someone.

Volunteer at the Humane Society
The weather is perfect for a walk in the park. Stop by your local humane society and offer to take some dogs for a walk! Spending time with animals has also been proven to have a very positive affect on one’s mental health.

Try a New Physical Activity
Stuck in a gym rut? Summer is the perfect time to try hiking or a new active water sport such as paddle boarding or kayaking. All of these activities require great core strengthening and you may develop a new love for doing physical activity outdoors.

Go to the Farmers Market
Not only are you supporting your local businesses but you are getting locally grown and organic foods. Freshly picked vegetables and fruit have a much different taste than store-bought!


By Cassidy Sherrington
Shawnessy YMCA Strength & Conditioning Director


Calgary Flames Grade 6 YMCA Program

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YMCA Calgary and the Flames Foundation for Life are excited to announce a partnership to provide free YMCA memberships to all City of Calgary youth registered in Grade 6.

Grade 6 Membership Benefits:

  • Free membership for grade 6 school year
  • Access to all 5 city-wide YMCA Calgary locations
  • Access to no-cost programs such as Adventurers (leadership training including character development, communication, volunteerism, and fundraising) and Active Y Kids (physical activity, nutrition, and goal setting) and Flames Friday & Teen Night activities
  • Advanced registration and discounted fees for programs

Why Grade 6?

Studies have shown grade 6 is the age in which a child is faced with many decisions, often with two options – a healthy one and an unhealthy one.

At YMCA Calgary, we believe youth need a place to belong, to feel safe, and to explore and grow during the important developmental stage of their grade 6 year. We want to support our youth in this critical time as they:

  • age out of traditional care models
  • develop new interests
  • prepare for junior high

We intend to give grade 6 youth opportunities around leadership, recreation, and holistic health. Our ability to promote and build healthy relationships will help the youth

  • expand their pro-social networks
  • have opportunities to build healthy relationships with peers
  • establish relationships with positive, adult role models

Why is the Flames Foundation for Life partnering with the YMCA?

The Flames Foundation want to make Calgary the healthiest City in Canada and this is a step. We want youth to not only be active but to become educated in a healthy lifestyle. This includes teamwork, leadership, social skills, goal setting and positive decision making. We hope that this age group is exposed to elements of a healthy lifestyle and will have the education required to motivate healthy choices moving forward in their physical and mental development.

How does a Youth get a Grade 6 Membership?

Drop in to any YMCA Calgary location to complete a membership form for your youth (parent/guardian signature, proof of child’s grade required).

When does it start?

The Grade 6 Membership program will officially launch September 1, 2014. Students in grade 6 will be able to get a one year membership valid September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, with the program continuing for new grade 6 students in September 2015.

Nominate an Outstanding Calgarian!


Peace is advanced through the everyday actions of ordinary men, women and children. Young or old, working alone or in groups, locally or abroad. These peace-builders know that even small acts of kindness, courage, and understanding make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.

Nominations for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients are now open.

We are now accepting nominations for our 2014 Peace Medals recipients. The recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event happening on Thursday, November 20, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week. YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone for their dedication to peace. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved.

Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians.

The nomination categories are:

  • Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • Humanitarian Peace Initiative
  • YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative


Download the Nomination Form


More Information

  • Contact Selena Gignac, International and Community Outreach Manager at 403-537-1716 or for more details.

There is Still Room for your Child at Camp Chief Hector

As of July 21, the following camps still have availability:


12-13Y Kananaskin 6-day | Jul 27 – Aug 1

12Y Kananaskin 13-day Traditional | Aug 17 – 29

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike | Aug 17 – 29

14-15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike/Horse Gray Jay | Aug 17 – 29



12-13Y Kananaskin 6-day | Aug 24 – 29

14Y Pioneer 13-day Hike | Aug 3 – 15

15Y Pioneer 13-day Hike Gray Jay | Aug 3 – 15

16Y Leadership 1 Gray Jay Hike/Horse | 27-days | Aug 3 – 29


CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622 As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Horsemanship Lessons

Camp Chief Hector YMCA if offering novice riding lessons again this fall! Learn the basic skills of horsemanship on the ground and in the saddle.

  • At Camp Chief Hector YMCA
  • Sundays: September 7, 14, 21 & 28*  | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    *October 5th will be an alternate date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday
  • 7 years and up
  • $140

Novice Riding Lessons Fall 2014

Photos from our Stampede Parade Float

In case you missed it, YMCA Calgary had a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade!


Our float team was made up of YMCA staff, volunteers, and youth leadership students.  We took turns pushing the float, walking and dancing alongside it, and representing YMCA Calgary at one of the most exciting events in Calgary!

We were very happy the audience was extremely engaging with us as we danced to the Y-M-C-A and passed basketballs and volleyballs back and forth.

Everyone had an absolute amazing time and it was an experience we will truly never forget.


View the Photo Gallery!


Do you have any photos of us from the Parade route? Please send it to us at



2014 Stampede Breakfasts

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It’s that time of year again!

We’ve got lots of fun, pancakes, and celebration scheduled all over the city.

Monday, July 7  - Saddletowne YMCA, 7am-10am
Tuesday, July 8  - South Health Campus YMCA, 7:30am-11am
Tuesday, July 8  - Shawnessy YMCA, 7am-10am
Wednesday, July 9  - Crowfoot YMCA, 7am-9am
Friday, July 11  - Eau Claire YMCA, 7am-9am


Exercise and Wellness for Women with Breast Cancer

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This FREE program aims to empower women to regain control of their life through physical activity. Offered in partnership with the U of C Health & Wellness Lab, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Wings of Hope, participation includes:
• A personalized fitness assessment
• An individualized exercise program
• Group exercise and healthy lifestyle education classes

Eligibility: Currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment or within three months of treatment completion

Coming to Saddletowne YMCA September 2014!
Call (403) 210-8482 to enroll


Stay in shape with new things: speed & agility

Do something outside of your regular workout routine. It will improve your body-mind connection, coordination and you will also get an immediate sense of accomplishment! You burn more fat and calories too. Go for outdoor boot camp, trail run, mountain bike ride or try speed and agility training. New things will help you too boost your fitness and performance this summer!

Check out our new programs at Crowfoot YMCA

Learn to be fast, explosive, agile with fun & dynamic work outs. Improve balance and gain confidence through movements. Accessible exercise program: 6 classes out of 8 weeks so you will have time off for vacation

Speed & agility training for fitness and sports: Monday 7:00-8:00pm

Outdoor boot camps: Monday 5:15-6:15pm Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am