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Camp Chief Hector – Summer 2015 Registration Dates

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2015 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS

Thursday, November 20 | Leadership I | Online or by telephone
Tuesday, November 25 | August Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Thursday, November 27 | July Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Friday, November 28 | 6-day Family Camps | By telephone ONLY

NEW CAMPERS
All ages, all camps
Monday, December 1 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY
Wednesday, December 3 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for camp dates, program descriptions and barcodes (Information coming soon!). Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.


YMCA Shawnessy Profile: Jenny Miron

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Name: Jenny Miron

Position: General Manager, Shawnessy YMCA

Years working with the YMCA: 10 years with the YMCA, 5 as the general manager in Shawnessy.

Describe your role:

To support and provide leadership to the staff and volunteers who provide services and deliver programs to members and the community. I do this by working closely with full-time directors to ensure that we’re upholding good quality programs, good customer service, and being financially responsible.

What made you choose the YMCA?

I have actually been part of the Y since I was a baby. My father worked for the Y for 25 years, and I grew up going to Camp Chief Hector as a camper. When I finished university with a Bachelor of Physical Education, I knew I wanted to be in the recreation area, and the Y just seemed to be the right choice for me. It’s always been part of who I am and the values and the culture of the Y is important to me. I think being a camper at Camp Chief Hector, as well as the skills I learned and the people I met there, shaped me to be the person that I am.

What makes the YMCA different from other recreational facilities?

One of the big things that I think separates the YMCA from other gyms is the people. Factors such as where a gym is located and its hours draw people in initially, because it’s close to their home and they can get there easy. But what keeps people staying is that culture that is created when they come in. And that’s created by not only the staff and the volunteers but also by the other people who are there. That’s one thing that we really focus on – the relationship building piece. It’s good and it’s important to sit and have those conversations with members and find out who they are and why they’re here and what they’re doing.

I also think that we are able to meet a lot of different people’s needs. We can help everyone from new moms who need some place to go to seniors who are coming in just to continue to stay fit. There’s a wide variety of people that we assist. And we are also able to assist people through our opportunity fund, which I think is another unique part of being part of the Y.

How has the YMCA positively impacted your life?

Immensely. Being a camper instilled the Y values (caring, honesty, respect and responsibility) into me, and that continued on through life. The Y is important to me, and now that I have a daughter, bringing her to the Y and having it be a part of her life is an important thing as well. I think the YMCA has shaped who I am and it has given me lots of opportunities to grow as an individual and to grow professionally.

What has your best experience here been?

The best experiences for me are when I see people I’ve interacted with through different programs being positively impacted by the Y. Like being somewhere in the community and having a child from camp come running up to me calling me by my camp name. Or seeing people signing up for memberships with their families because of an experience they had at the YMCA earlier in their own lives.

What is your favourite thing about working at the YMCA?

The people.

What would you say to someone thinking about joining the Shawnessy YMCA?

You’re joining a larger community, a larger family, and our staff and volunteers are going to be here to help and assist you in achieving whatever it is you want to achieve. It’s unique in Shawnessy because there’s always something going on. So you can always try to find something here that might spark your interest. So have fun, and enjoy, and let it become part of who you are and what your family does.


New YMCA in Quarry Park Named Remington YMCA

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Calgary AB – A $2 million investment to support wellness by Remington Development Corporation means the new City of Calgary-built recreation facility currently under construction in Quarry Park is getting a new name. It will be called the Remington YMCA*. The Remington YMCA is one of three new City-owned, YMCA-operated facilities currently in development. It will provide opportunities for recreation, leisure and learning through aquatics, fitness, and sports facilities, as well as multi-purpose spaces, licensed childcare, and a full-service Calgary Public Library branch.

“Remington Development Corporation’s vision has always been to have a live/work/play community and this new facility is rounding out this vision.” said Cody Clayton, President, Remington Development Corporation.

“A huge thank you to Remington for this remarkable investment in our community,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It is about building community ties, and that is what the Y does every day.”

“We can look at Quarry Park and see the changing face of the southeast,” said Shane Keating, City Councillor for Ward 12.

“Remington’s vision and commitment to this part of town and this community is amazing,” said Helene Weir, President and CEO, YMCA Calgary. “We’re grateful for this generous gift and are thrilled to be partners in this to make a difference in the lives of Calgarians.”

Slated to open in 2016, the 100,000 square foot facility will provide health and wellness resources for families in Quarry Park and the surrounding southeast Calgary communities.

About Remington Development Corporation
Since their first project in 1994, Remington Development Corporation has emerged as a true industry leader in all aspects of commercial and residential development. They have earned a reputation for professionalism, integrity and thoroughness. Visit www.remingtoncorp.com/ for more information.

For More Information:

Kelly Smith | Chief Operating Officer, YMCA Calgary
Office: (403) 781-1671 | Mobile: (403) 816-5100 | kelly.smith@calgary.ymca.ca

Gillian Lawrence | General Manager – Land Development, Remington Development Corporation
Office: (403) 255-7003 | glawrence@remingtoncorp.com

*Note: subject to a lease/operating agreement being signed between the YMCA and The City


Award Recognition

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The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary recently held their award ceremony on September 25, 2014.

YMCA Calgary was honoured with the Inclusive Community Award in recognition of our efforts to engage, include and support people with developmental disabilities whether it be through membership, programs, services or employment and volunteer positions.

Fan Wu, Eau Claire YMCA Program Manager and Molly Green, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator attended the event and accepted the award on our behalf.


Community Wellness Day at Crowfoot YMCA!

Our Community Wellness Day is underway from now until 6pm. This event is in conjunction with Robert Thirsk High School and the Crowfoot branch of the Calgary Public Library. There are many exciting events happening at all three places, including mini-golf, foosball, air hockey, story time, Henna, face painting, a movie, pie eating contest, floor hockey, video gaming, meditation, fitness classes and much much more! Get your free passport stamped at each location and enter to win prizes!

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Prepare Yourself for the Halloween Howler

Halloween is less than a month away!  Join our staff and volunteers at the Crowfoot, Saddletowne and Eau Claire and Shawnessy YMCAs for a spooktacular afternoon of crafts, games and treats.  Children aged 2 to 12 are invited to participate in this ghoulish good time. Registration is only $5 for members, and $10 for non-members.  Parents, guardians and mummies get in for free!

Crowfoot YMCA
Halloween Howler | Saturday, Oct 25 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Eau Claire YMCA
Halloween Howler |  Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Saddletowne YMCA
Halloween Howler |  Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Shawnessy YMCA
Boorific Bash |  Friday, Oct 31 | 5:30 to 8:00 pm

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Visit your local branch for more information.  We can’t wait to see you then- don’t forget to booooook it in your calendar!


Halloween Fun!

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What are you going to be for Halloween?

Dress up and come have fun  with us at one of our Halloween events. Look forward to crafts, games,  music and more! Geared for ages 2Y to 12Y. Please note: Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Crowfoot YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Eau Claire YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Saddletowne YMCA
Halloween Howler
Saturday, Oct 25 | 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Shawnessy YMCA
Boorific Bash
Friday, Oct 31 | 5:30 to 8:00 pm

 

 

 

 


Free Grade 6 Memberships

Hey, Grade Sixers!

Did you know that just by being in Grade Six, you get a FREE YMCA membership? That means that you can go to any YMCA in the city, and get in for free. This membership lasts for an entire year! It started on September 1st, and can be used by you until August 31st – that’s about 1 week before you start grade 7. 1297609000845

With your membership, you can go to any Y and use the pool and gymnasium. Each branch is different, but some of the extras that you can use include: squash courts, rock climbing walls, dance studios and youth rooms. Also, you will be able to come to any of our “Flames Fridays” and participate in the activities we have running there.

At Eau Claire, our Flames Fridays run from 2:00-10:00 PM every Friday. These Fridays are kind of like Teen Nights, but they are much longer and are open to all youth – not just teens. This means that you can come with your friends and drop in on any of our activities. At Eau Claire, you can expect to find things like:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Take a look at SHINE
  • Ping-pong
  • Youth in the Arts (5:00-6:00)
  • Hip Hop and Latin Freestyle Dancing (6:30-7:30)

Flames Fridays are a really great way to connect with other kids your age, and learn about all of the things you can do at your branch.

 

On top of all of that, there are some Free Grade Six programs that have been made just for you! Here at Eau Claire, we have some drop-in things like:

  • Quidditch
  • Theatre and Vlogging (where you can practice your acting and then use our props and cameras to make your own videos)
  • Open Gym Games (where you can learn lots of new activities)
  • Board Game Café (to play things like Magic the Gathering and other games)

 

We also have some registered programs which mean you have to either talk to somebody in the branch (front desk) or go online to say you would like be a part of the program. Our free programs that grade sixes can do are:

  • Active Y Kids (up to age 11)
  • Adventurers (Leadership for grades 5 and 6)
  • SHINE (Working out your body)
  • Youth Running Club

If any of these things sound interesting you, you should drop by the branch to register for your membership. You need to make sure you bring a parent or guardian with you. They will have to sign some papers that say they are ok with you having a membership. All you need to do is go to the front desk with your guardian and proof that you are in grade 6. Most families use their Grade 5 report cards, but if you don’t have that, you can always get a letter from your teacher, or use something else like a Patrol Card. You can really use anything, as long as it says:

  1. Your Name (i.e. John Short)
  2. Your grade (i.e. Grade 6)
  3. The School Year (i.e. 2014-2015)

 

Again, this is all FREE!! And it’s super easy to sign up for! We’ll see you at the Y!!


How do you help your community?

“How do you help your community?” 

 

This past Saturday, at the North of McKnight Family Fun Fair, we asked families how they help their community as an act of peace. At YMCA Calgary, we believe in the power of peace through the everyday actions of community members.  Six year old Shanah proudly helps her community of Falconridge by picking up litter on the ground when she goes to the park. Her mother supports the community by providing child care for her neighbours.

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 15, 2014! http://www.ymcacalgary.org/blog/nominate-an-outstanding-calgarian/

 “Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationship among nations. We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us. The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities.”

~ YMCA Statement on Peace


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