Thank you to everyone who attended the Grade 6 Membership Launch!
Every YMCA location in Calgary held an event on Saturday, September 20 to celebrate and welcome our new grade 6 members. We even had a special visit from Harvey the Hound and Calgary Flames Center, Mikael Backlund.
Thanks to an amazing partnership with the Flames Foundation for Life, every grade 6 student in Calgary can receive a free YMCA membership!
Learn more about this initiative and how you can get your grade 6 student involved at the YMCA.
Was your family affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods?
We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.
Reunite with nature and enjoy a weekend outdoors with the whole family. Try fun activities like the climbing wall, high and low ropes courses, arts and crafts, cookouts and campfires.
These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta.
October 31-Nov 2
Please keep in mind that you are welcome to come to any weekend that works best for your family but may only attend once. These weekends are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.
Call 403-269-6156 to register.
Enjoy a day on the course while helping children and youth in our community.
The goal of our annual YMCA Strong Kids Tournament is to provide 850 children and youth in our community a YMCA experience. Hope you’ll join us!
18th Annual YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament
Thursday, Sept 25, 2014
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
$250 per golfer
11:00pm Registration and lunch
12:00pm Tee-off (shotgun start)
6:00pm Banquet dinner and silent auction
If you cannot attend the tournament, you can still contribute and support YMCA Strong Kids as a sponsor. For more information about the tournament or sponsoring opportunities, contact:
403-969-7180 | firstname.lastname@example.org
403-781-1663 | email@example.com
YMCA members and facility users may access the Child Minding area for up to 2 hours each day for their children aged 6 weeks – 10 years while they use YMCA facilities.
September is often the time when our Child Minding Areas see an increase in usage. This is primarily due to families sending older children off to school and parents/guardians looking to renew their personal health and wellness commitment.
We thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about our Child Minding areas.
DID YOU KNOW?
– The Child Minding area is often the first introduction to the YMCA a young child has
– The Crowfoot and Shawnessy YMCAs are home to our busiest Child Minding areas
– Shawnessy YMCA has the highest average monthly usage – over 1000 unique visits per month to the Child Minding area
– April 2014 has had the highest number of visits recorded for 2014. Our 5 YMCA child minding areas had a combined total of 3511 visits
– As of September 2014, YMCA Child Minding areas have a total of 85 staff and volunteers working to provide young children with positive YMCA experiences
– Barb Pasyk and Elizabeth Ching-Yuen, with Crowfoot YMCA, are the two longest serving YMCA staff members in the department. Elizabeth has been with YMCA Calgary for 13 years and Barb has 17 years of YMCA service. We are so fortunate to have these two wonderful ladies on our team!
– Members can book their infant children (6 weeks – 35 months) for up to 3 visits/week for FREE.
– Child Minding is open almost every day of the year, including weekends and holidays
– Child Minding caregivers are available to answer questions and provide resources about child development
– Play is the foundation for all we do. Peekaboo, colouring, cars and make-believe tea parties all contribute to positive relationships being formed and early learning occurring
Join Us! YMCA Calgary is hiring Lifeguards and Swim Instructors throughout the city.
As a member of our aquatics team you will have a fun, exciting, and rewarding job that builds up your leadership skills. You’ll help others everyday – from providing a safe pool experience to all, to teaching children how to swim.
- Flexible hours – a great opportunity to make money while in school
- Team environment
- Training opportunities
- Free YMCA Membership
At YMCA Calgary we are:
- Passionate about our work
- Building healthy communities
- Part of a strong team – we are welcoming and support one another
Interested? It’s easy to apply! See ymcacalgary.org/careers
Are you a parent with a child in swim lessons?
We would love to talk with you about how your child can start on the path to becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor. Youth 14 years and older have the opportunity to volunteer with our aquatics team.
Are you currently finishing your certifications or thinking about a job in aquatics?
You can volunteer as a swim instructor with us – this is a great opportunity to see if this is the right job for you.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where you’re at in the process, and what you need to do next.
YMCA Calgary Daycamps have come to a close for the summer of 2014.
At Saddletowne, the campers spent the final week travelling around the world. They started in South America, and then headed off to Asia, Europe, Africa, and finally finished thing off in North America. During the week, campers tried new sports, created cool art, and learned a great deal about the variety of people and things that our great world has to offer. Now we are all returning home, heading back to school, back to the routine for the fall.
Over the summer, we saw thousands of campers across all of our branches take part in travel in their imagination, and visit new and exciting places all over the city. Many of these campers received the support they needed to take part in the camp experience from the “YMCA Strong Kids Campaign”.
There were 105 Saddletowne Turtles, as we called them, supported by donations through fun-filled events that raised just short of $500 here at the branch. Some of these events included a disco dance competition, medieval jousting, a treasure hunt and a mystery auction featuring “Mystery Cookies”, just to name a few. No matter the fun event, and no matter the branch, campers all over Calgary supported a great cause.
All of the campers are gearing up to head back to school, while YMCA’s across the city are busy gearing up for fall. Stay up to date on all of the exciting programs by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, checking out our website, or by signing up for our newsletter.
Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that the fun doesn’t stop. Fall program registration is open; the YMCA door are open and we want you to avoid the normal grind. Continue to travel this fall to meet your potential of healthy living with us!
“We may not have gone where we intended to go, but I think we have ended up where we needed to be.” ~Douglas Adams~
Many people choose to advance peace through their selfless acts of kindness, courage and understanding. Whether they work locally or abroad, alone or in groups, they make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.
Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. 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. Recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week.
Get started today! 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
Submit your nomination for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients by October 1, 2014!
Download the Nomination Package (Word document)
Come into the Crowfoot YMCA during the week of September 2-6 and try out one of the following registered programs for free!
Metabolic Conditioning: Tuesday 6:00-7:00am
Olympic and Platform Lifting: Tuesday 7:15-8:15am
Baby & Me H2O: Tuesday 3:00-3:45pm
My First Bootcamp: Tuesday 5:15-6:15pm
Yoga Active: Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Hard Core: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm
Tabata: Wednesday 6:00-7:00am
Swimfit: Wednesday 9:30-10:30am
Active Older Adult: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm
Fitness Kickboxing: Wednesday 5:30-6:15pm
Yoga Passive: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Zumba: Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga Passive: Saturday 8:00-9:00am
Indoor Soccer (6-7 years): Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Youth Yoga (6-13 years): Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:15pm
Floor Hockey (8-9 years): Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Backyard Games (2-3 years): Wednesday 10:30-11:15am
Homeschool Sports (6-8 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Homeschool Sports (9-11 years): Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Preschool Sports (3-5 years): Wednesday 1:30-2:15pm
Volleyball (10-13 years): Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
Badminton (10-13 years): Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
Badminton (8-9 years): Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Y Skip (6-16 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Y’D World of Sports (6-9 years): Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
Floor Hockey (10-13 years): Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Active Y Kids (8-11 years): Thursday 6:00-7:00pm
Cookie Monsters (3-5 years): Friday 11:00-11:45am
Homeschool Sports (12-15 years): Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (8-9 years): Friday 4:00-5:00pm
Steve Nash Basketball (10-13 years): Friday 5:00-6:00pm
Floor Hockey (6-7 years): Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Indoor Soccer (8-9 years): Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Pick up a water bottle starting September 1st at your YMCA Calgary Member Services Desk* and collect change for YMCA Strong Kids.
What is Change for Strong Kids?
Change for Strong Kids is a fun fundraising event where members and participants save spare change in a Change for Strong Kids bottle provided by YMCA Calgary to raise money for our annual Strong Kids Campaign. This year YMCA Calgary’s goal is $1.5 million, all money raised goes towards providing children and youth with great experiences such as swimming lessons or going to camp.
How can you participate?
Stop by the member services desk at your YMCA Calgary to pick up your bottle. Bottles are limited so visit soon!
Place your Change for Strong Kids Bottle in a convenient location at home or your office where family members or co-workers can deposit spare change over the next few months. No donation is considered too small.
When your Change for Strong Kids Bottle is full (or by November 15th), please return it to the member services desk. We will graciously take your donation and give back your bottle for personal use. You can also fill it as many times as you’d like!
*Participating YMCA branches include Shawnessy, Crowfoot, South Health Campus and Saddletowne.
Thank you Calgary! Your generosity is amazing.
Once again, Calgarians have shown their care for this city and community.
Our Kids in Motion and Day Campers planned to raise 8,000 lbs of food for the Calgary Food Bank this week.
We haven’t even finished weighing, and we’re already at 10,682 lbs! That’s a lot of food!
[Update: Tuesday, August 19 - With boxes from the branches, our total food collected is 11,442 lbs!!! Thank you, Calgary!]
If you’d still like to donate, drop off food donations at any YMCACalgary location before Monday, August 18 or contact the Calgary Food Bank directly.
Check out our photo album on Facebook for some shots of excited kids, big bags of food, and smiling Food Bank staff!
Did you know, one family in Ogden donated 500 lbs of rice! Jenna, a YMCA staff member, drove over and picked up 25 sacs of rice because they were too heavy for the campers to carry down the block.
On some streets during the food collection there would be a dry spell of a long line of houses with no donations. But when campers saw one of those white food bank bags, their excitement was huge and they would all race to see who could get there first and what kinds of tasty treats were being donated to help feed other kids.
In Huntington Hills, campers and volunteers from Eagle Well Servicing loaded 1120 lbs of donations into an SUV. Then our friends at Eagle bought an ice cream treat for the hard-working campers.
Eagle Well Servicing also donated nearly 1000 lbs of food, purchased and collected by their staff.
Southland Transportation donated a bus to help some of our Kids in Motion campers get around and hand deliver food donations to the Calgary Food Bank.
At the Y, we’re all about community-building and leadership.
Day camps are no exception. We want to inspire the kids who spend their summer with us to be healthy and active, community-impacters, and influential leaders. Community service projects like the Food Drive are a big part of this.
Yes, the kids are young. And yes, the food drive is a small part of their camp experience that is full of other fun, exciting things.
But we do believe it makes an impact on the kids, and helps them understand the power and importance of helping others.
Rabbitt is a Discoverers counsellor at Eau Claire YMCA. Her campers are 6 and 7 years old and she thinks the repeated discussions and activities about the food drive have made sense to them.
“During snack time on Monday, we talked about the fact that some kids can’t afford snacks and that is why the food bank is important,” Rabbitt says, “Then when we were handing out the fliers and bags on Tuesday we talked about how those of us who have snacks can help other kids get snacks. And then, on Thursday when we go out to pick up the food, it clicks for the kids who didn’t understand it yet.”
For Rabbitt, connecting the task or cause to something the campers understand, like snacktime, helps it make sense.
“Repeating it a lot during the week helps them understand. Most of them get it and are excited to help,” Rabbitt says.
For some campers, the food drive is a game, but for many, it is a tangible opportunity to learn about their community and helping other kids – because after all, 42% of people who use the Calgary Food Bank are children.