Free Grade 6 Memberships!

All Calgary students registered in Grade 6 receive a FREE YMCA Calgary Membership for the school year!

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

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

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).

Click here for more information

LINC Stories – Part 7

Happy Monday! It’s time for a couple more LINC stories. If you missed the earlier posts, and want to read more, here is a good place to start.

My Childhood Memories – by Nazia

I am blessed to be born into a big family: my grandparents, parents, and my three sisters. We lived in a village. I remember it was full of fun, how we played different games with other children and never felt tired. I remember we played in the rain, throwing mud at each other, pretending like it’s a snowball. We went cycling and quarreled with each other, and also went on school trips and summer vacations together. It was a great time.

I also remember a family story about my cousin’s engagement ceremony. It was held on January 26th, so outside the weather was very cold. We lived in a village, but the bride’s family lived in the city, which was far away and took two hours to travel there by vehicle. So the day came and all the people were ready to attend. It was raining outside. All the people sat on the bus, excitedly enjoying music and chuckling with each other. Finally, we reached the hall and the bride’s family was already there to receive us. There were lots of people and after some time, we met our cousin’s fiancée.  She was looking very pretty. Then they wore engagements rings and took photographs. After one hour, we gathered for dinner and enjoyed our food. The weather was very bad. It started to snow, so we were ready to go back. Our relatives said, “Do not go, stay here!” but we wanted to go back home.

So we started travelling and when we reached the center point, we got stuck in the snow. We spent all night on the bus and it was very cold and frozen. The next morning, a machine come and cleaned the road and then we were able to go home. It was a very memorable day for all!


The Children’s Library – by Saima

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. I lived my life in a nuclear family system, even though most families in my town lived in joint families. When I was growing up, I lived with only my parents and siblings in my house. My auntie’s and uncle`s family lived in another separate house.

We are seven sisters and brothers, (I am number six), and my house was full of noise. My father was a very hard-working and disciplined person, he wanted all the work done on time. My mother is a very caring and kind-hearted women.  My childhood period was wonderful, we played together and also fought among ourselves.

Many stories belong to my family, but some are very interesting. When we were ten or eleven years old, during summer vacation, we planned to make a library. One room was extra in my house and we decided to open the library in this room. We made some space for setting up books, after that we bought and arranged many books there. We gave the place the name “Children`s Library”. This was where we spent our extra time. It is a beautiful memory.

One special and interesting thing was that my elder brother wanted to loan these books for pay, because he wanted to make money from this source. We didn`t like this idea. My neighbour`s children came and borrowed the story books and returned them after 2 or 3 hours, for free mostly. I still remember those marvellous memories.

As the time passed by, we grew up and got busy with our studies and lives. All of my family members live in Pakistan except me. I have been living in Canada for one year; I miss my family and all the time that was spent together.


Music in the Mountains – Strong Kids Fund Raiser

Did you know that 1 in 5 kids at YMCA Calgary are supported through the Strong Kids Campaign?

Join us on Friday June 5 at the Ironwood Stage & Grill for an evening of music and friendship and help us raise funds to send kids to Camp. Proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw go to Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Tickets: online (use barcode 102527) or by phone at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Shawnessy YMCA March Grade 6 Activities

Spring is around the corner and the weather is getting nicer!


I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is our first ever drop-in soccer tournament! It will take place from 1-3pm this Saturday 14/mar/2015. We are expecting nice weather (13oC-17oC and only slightly cloudy) so we are planning to host our tournament outside near the basketball courts!20150218_175709

We are hoping to run a 5-a-side tournament with around 4 teams and subs in a round robin style tournament, everyone gets to play. There will be a small prize for the winning team but everyone should be able to have Lots of fun in the Sun!* (*if weather is poor we will play inside in GYM 1)

If soccer isn’t your thing there is also Open climb from 1-3pm with our Climbing staff & volunteers on the climbing wall.

Nstep Healthy Eating is scheduled for Saturday also, 3:30-4:30pm in the Kitchen, Please Email me with your child’s name, phone number and ANY Allergies if you would like to attend!

QUICK HEADS UP: Next Saturday (21/mar/2015 – 1:15-3pm) we have our 2nd  ever Shawnessy YMCA Basketball branch Qualifier, Don’t forget to register at member services with course code #102437! It will be lots of fun and the winning two teams will go on to represent the Shawnessy YMCA at the final tournament at Eau Claire YMCA 1st of May 2015.

Philip Perryman

Youth Coordinator – YMCA Shawnessy.

Ph. 403 256 5533 ext 284

It’s Time to Fly!


DSC_0020_revised1So the saying goes: “It’s time to spread your wings and fly!”

For me, that means leaving full-time employment with YMCA Calgary after 28 years.

Truly, it was my absolute pleasure and honour to work for such a wonderful organization. I’ve had a great journey through the first half of my career in various roles at Eau Claire and my final half at Association Services as Communications Director.

The years were full of laughs, countless fond memories, fun events and celebrations, and yes, a few sad times. This has been an incredible and unforgettable experience and I thank you for everything and more.



For anyone who’d like to keep in touch, you can find me in the following ways:

Twitter: @anteecandee
Facebook: mscslee
Linkedin: mscslee

Again, thank you so much. Please accept my very best wishes for today and beyond.

Smiles and hugs to all… It’s time to fly!

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Camp Chief Hector YMCA | Open House

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 1-3pm

This is a great opportunity to see our site with your campers, family or friends. The Camp Director and senior staff team will be available to answer questions.

Site tours leave regularly from Bowfort Lodge. Have a look inside a tipi. See our high ropes course, climbing tower, horse corrals and more. Try canoeing, arts & crafts, archery and pony petting.

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Camp Chief Hector YMCA Information Night (Parents & Campers)

Join us at the Eau Claire YMCA to find out more about Camp Chief Hector’s Summer Camps. Find out what your kids will be doing, where they’ll be sleeping, meet some camp leaders, and have your questions answered by the Camp Director.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Presentation begins at 7pm (please arrive at 6:50pm).
Eau Claire YMCA | Studio West
101 3 Street SW, Calgary

We encourage new campers and their families to attend if they are in the Calgary area. Everyone is welcome! No reservation required.

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LINC Stories, Part 6

This is the 6th installment in a series. If you missed the earlier posts, and want to read more, here is a good place to begin. Happy Reading!

Big Event For My Family – by Nasrin

Last July was a very special month for my family. Our religious month Ramadan is in July and also my birthday is July 28th, the same day as Eid last year. On July 28th we woke up at five am, and my daughter- in-law and I prepared food for my family. We went to mosque at 8 o’ clock for prayer. After that, we came back to my house. I was shocked, because my house was decorated and my husband’s friends and family members were in my house. They gave me a surprise gift. I was very happy. After that, I cut the cake and celebrated my birthday party.  In the evening we went to a restaurant. It was a very special day for my family, because that day I celebrated a half century birthday!


Boarding School – by Niru

In my family were six members: mummy, papa, elder sister, younger brother, grandmother, and me. During my childhood, we lived in village. My father was a farmer and my mother was a home-maker. Starting from our birth, my father decided that his daughters would never study in the village school. We would take our studies in a big city. We completed our primary education in our village and my father got our admission in Baroda at “Maharani High School”.  So I went to boarding school when I was in Grade 6 and my sister was in Grade 8.

Now our lives were changed. We lived in boarding school, so we had to do our routine work on our own. It was very good as well as bad experience for my life. At home, mummy did all work for us and we didn’t do anything. It felt good to us now that we took all our responsibility on our own. I felt homesick after a few weeks. Every day in the evening time, we had prayer in boarding school. Sharply at that time I missed my home.

One day what happened, the bell rang for prayer. All students gathered in the prayer hall, our matron took attendance. When she spoken my name, I was not there, so they all looked for me. I was discovered crying in one corner. After that day, I never cried in boarding school. I stayed for 5 years in boarding school. There were some golden memories with my friends. We celebrated all the festivals, played in free time, and every Sunday went outside to the market and ate Golgappas. It was a really golden period of my life that I spent in boarding school.


MEGATHON at the Saddletowne YMCA

Steve & Ginger

Stop by the Saddletowne YMCA today and take part in our MEGATHON fundraising event!  Raise donations by climbing, swimming, walking, running or cycling- all proceeds go to our Strong Kids fund, allowing children from your community to get active, have fun and be healthy at the YMCA!

Donate to Strong Kids today; not all superheroes wear capes!