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Adult Drop In Sports at The Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

Come celebrate the New Year with new ways to stay active at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA!!!

The Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA is introducing Co-Ed Adult Drop In’s for the New Year.  Three nights a week, starting on Monday, January 4th, 2016, enjoy adult only drop in Volleyball and Basketball.  Change up your workout and come play in a fun, safe and inviting environment.

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Contact Member Services at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA for more details.


NeighborLink launches Crib Campaign

We were thrilled to host the NeighborLink‘s Crib Campaign launch this morning, along with our partners at the Genesis Centre.

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Mayor Nenshi ceremoniously made the first donation to celebrate this launch. Congratulations to NeighbourLink for launching their largest campaign in history. This will help more infants than ever before!

Click here for more information.

 


YMAP Fosters Healthy Integration

YMAP in the News

Some of our amazing YMAP participants were recently featured on Global News!

Check out the clip here.

YMAP March Event

 

YMAP: YMCA Achievement Program

YMAP works with over 320 high school youth and young adults each year who are new to Canada. These youth are refugees, immigrants, international students and second generation Canadians from over 50 different countries.

We engage these youth through weekly after-school sessions and special events. YMAP youth have the opportunity to develop in all areas essential to a positive and healthy integration into Canada while maintaining and celebrating their culture of origin. They also are engaged in community work through volunteer and fundraising projects throughout the city.


Helene Weir, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary named a WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

YMCA Calgary’s top executive joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders

Calgary, Alberta (November 25, 2015) –– YMCA Calgary is pleased to announce Helene Weir, President and CEO, YMCA Calgary has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Ms. Weir, who is included in WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.

Helene Weir joined the YMCA in 1983 and, in increasingly senior positions, has had a profound impact by helping our charity improve the lives of people in our community and fulfill a vision where every Calgarian can belong, grow, thrive and lead.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, YMCA Calgary works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Ms. Weir to help them thrive and succeed within the not-for-profit community.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Helene Weir and the team she leads,” said Narmin Ismail-Teja, Chair of the Board of YMCA Calgary. “In a time of profound growth and change for our organization, Helene lives out the YMCA values of honest, respect, responsibility and caring every day.”

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Helene Weir joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, former “Dragon” and chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather

Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.


About Helene Weir

Helene Weir is in a rare group of female CEOs in the world-wide YMCA movement, currently active in over 120 countries. Ms. Weir is one of only 3 female CEOs among the largest YMCAs in Canada and is one of only 13 in the 70 largest YMCAs in North America. Under her leadership, YMCA Calgary is one of the leading voices in the country for preventative health through physical activity and wellness through community. A 2011 Women of Vision award winner here in Calgary, she also demonstrates a commitment to local community involvement through membership in the Rotary Club of Calgary which just celebrated its 100th anniversary in Calgary.

About YMCA Calgary

YMCA Calgary is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. For over 113 years, YMCA Calgary has been committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

More information and details are available at www.wxnetwork.com or www.top100women.ca.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Helene Weir or WXN founder Pamela Jeffery, please contact:

Marion Morris
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 260
mmorris@harbingerideas.com

 

 


Tell us about your YMCA Experience!

Your Opinions Matter. Tell us about your YMCA.

We are excited to launch YMCA Calgary’s Annual Impact Survey. Feedback on your experience at the YMCA will help identify ways that we can better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us.

Because everyone’s opinion is very important to us, both members and the general public can participate. If you are a YMCA Calgary member or participant, or have a connection to YMCA Calgary: we’d love to hear from you!

The fun part of launching this survey is the associated contest. All survey participants also have chances to win some cool YMCA prizes! Spend 5 to 20 minutes to provide feedback and get the link to enter the contest. Survey ends December 7.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

 


LINC Builds Peaceful Communities

Peace TreeEvery November, YMCA LINC classes observe Peace Week. This is an opportunity to explore and celebrate peace in our communities, both on a local and a global scale. With students from nearly 40 different countries, the LINC program offers unique and creative perspectives on the meaning of peace and the power of the individual to create positive change for tomorrow.

Last week, South LINC students and teachers held a special event with the theme of “Building Community, Acting for Peace”. The students explored this theme by participating in a variety of creative activities, such as making origami peace doves and learning how to find inner peace in a meditation workshop. Students also practiced using peaceful vocabulary words, explored how both positive and negative words can affect others, and learned about other cultures through a musical activity. The grand finale, a peaceful flash mob set to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, surprised the passers-by in the Shawnessy YMCA lobby. After the flash mob dispersed, a “Peace Tower” remained in the lobby as a lovely reminder of the day’s events.

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Meanwhile, the North LINC students and teachers were hard at work sorting donations at their event, which focused on giving back to the community. Three classrooms were set up to collect and sort items for the Calgary Food Bank, the Women in Need Society, and other local organizations. The students did an excellent job preparing for this by researching what items were needed, and then making signs and posters to explain what to bring to donate (healthy non-perishables), and what to leave at home (sugary snacks and perishable items). Throughout the evening, students wrote message of peace on the “Peace Giving Tree”, and worked together to organize and sort the donations. By the end of the evening, there were three very neatly organized classrooms, completely full of gently used winter clothing, children’s toys, items for newborn babies, and non-perishable donations for the food bank.

It is truly amazing to see how focusing on acts of peace in our community can have such an immediate impact.

Great job, everyone!

Clothing Donations

Food Bank Donations

 


Winter Program Registration Open

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Winter Program Registration now Open for Members.

Use these guides to find the right program for you and your family and view schedules and fees.

WINTER SESSION

Crowfoot YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Eau Claire YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Saddletowne YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Shawnessy YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

South Health Campus YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Winter Day Camps | Download PDF

 

Registration begins December 7 for the general public.

 

 


Y7G Visits Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

On Wednesday, November 18th, the YMCA 7th Generation groups from both Ernest Manning High School and Crescent Heights High School gathered together on an especially cold winter day and made the journey to Blackfoot Crossing on the Siksika Nation – the historical site where Treaty 7 was made between her Majesty the Queen and the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Y7G Blackfoot Crossing

We were all spellbound by the interpretive center and all it had to offer. There we were able to explore the life of the Blackfoot people before the signing of Treaty 7 – a rich cultural life that revolved primarily around their most important source of food, shelter, clothing, tools and spiritual connection: the Buffalo (or what some jokingly refer to as the Walmart of their time). We learned how drastically their lives changed when they no longer had the Buffalo to sustain their nomadic way of life, and how this led them to make Treaty with the federal government and its royal head of state. The chiefs and elder who were present on that historic day, had to struggle with a decision that would determine the well-being of generations to come – a true test of leadership that is difficult to imagine being placed on any of our own shoulders.


This was an unforgettable experience for myself and for our students, and one that I am very glad we were able to offer them through the 7th Generation Program.


 

Also laid out before us was the Indian Act of 1876, sprawled across the walls of the museum. In this way students were able to grasp the immensity of the document (literally) and of its effects on all Native American people – many of which are still felt today, and some that have been subjected to progress and change for the Aboriginal people.

The students gathered facts on the history of the Blackfoot people, working together to decipher these historical documents and what they mean to the Blackfoot people. It was heartwarming to see our young leaders engage in reflection and discussion around these topics in a deep and personal way.

As we left the museum and looked out onto the rolling hills and plains around us, you could easily picture the vast number of roaming buffalo that once grazed this land; or the numerous tipis that filled the grounds on September 22, 1877, the day that Treaty 7 was made.

This was an unforgettable experience for myself and for our students, and one that I am very glad we were able to offer them through the 7th Generation Program.

 

 


Recycling for Strong Kids

Good Things Happen at the YMCA

In these challenging times there are some happy moments. The Housekeeping team at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA recently started an initiative to centrally store and collect empty bottles for the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

The value of the first cheque to Strong Kids was $340.00 and the 2nd  pick-up is scheduled before the end of the year. That’s enough to send a child to camp and have the experience of a lifetime, or teach the essential life skill of swimming to a family new to our city!

We’re so proud of our staff for taking on this wonderful initiative!

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The following  team members  participated in the first collection:

Paramjit Darrar, Nirpal Shergill, Kamla Sharma, Monohar Nirwal, Genina Yepes, Jasvir Dhanoa, Roop Sidhu, Major Gill, Gurmit Singh and Sukhdev Bains.

 

About YMCA Strong Kids

YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign to raise resources to support proven YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Our goal is to help kids live healthier, happier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future.

Find out more about the campaign.


Winter Camp weekend | 10-13Y boys & girls

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

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Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$215*

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.


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