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Y7G: Empowering Youth to Reach Their Potential

Written by Shay Whitney, Aboriginal Manager, Community YMCA.

Exciting News!

Y7G is now a High School Accredited program at Crescent Heights High School.

This provides participants who take the course to gain high school credits, while learning new and exciting skills and cultural knowledge. This is the first time that Y7G has had high school credits given out with the program. Once the students successfully complete the program, they are awarded the credits just like any other high school course. Currently Y7G is only running at Crescent Heights High School, but is looking to expand into other high schools soon.

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What is Y7G?

Y7G is a leadership program for Aboriginal youth in the city of Calgary. In the program, the participants are given opportunities to discover traditional leadership skills, employment skills, modern life skills, education and study skills, relationship building and team building.

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Mixed in with traditional teachings and practices, arts and identity discoveries, Y7G seeks to create a holistic balance with the curriculum and knowledge that the participants are involved with. The goal is to help instill an essence of self-empowerment as a youth and as an Aboriginal person, while embracing the Seven Sacred Teachings of our people and the YMCA Four Core Values.

 


Saddletowne YMCA Sport Development Camps

Get in the game this summer with Saddletowne YMCA’s Sport Development Camps!

Sport Development Camp

Soccer and Basketball Camps

Get an introduction to disciplined training, by building, developing and refining sport-specific skills. This week-long sport development camp focuses on personal and group growth, and applies learning in a variety of fun and exciting environments.

Through fitness activities, skill development, cross-training and games, campers will build their expertise. Fair play is important when developing a love of the game!
Camps run from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day.

Register today online, or by visiting or calling Member Services, 403-237-2393.

Dates: July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31|2015
Ages: 10-15 years
M $170 / week NM $190 / week


Space still available for overnight camps at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

As of May 27, the following camps still  have room:

MALES

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 19-31 & Aug 2-14

11Y Mistaya 13-day | Trip to Gray Jay | Jul 5-17 & Jul 19-31

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application


FEMALES

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Mountain Bike | Jul 5-17

10Y Mistaya 13-day | Traditional | Aug 2-14

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Canoe | Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Hike | Aug 2-14 & Aug 16-28

13Y Kananaskin 13-day | Horse | Aug 16-28

14Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Mainsite) | Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike (Gray Jay site) | Jul 5-17 & Aug 2-14

15Y Pioneer 13-day | Hike/Horse (Gray Jay site) | Aug 16-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Canoe/Hike | Aug 2-28

16Y Leadership 1 27-days | Hike/Horse | Jul 5-31 & Aug 2-28

17Y Leadership in Training | Jul 23 – Aug 14 | Application

 

Read about all of our Summer Camps at our website. Did you know that we offer weekend programs, site rentals, weddings and more?

CONTACT US: 403-269-6156 or toll free 1-866-430-9622.

As with all YMCA Calgary programs, financial assistance is available through our Strong Kids Campaign to those who qualify.


All Sport One Day 2015!

It’s almost time to register for All Sport One Day 2015!

 

Give your kids the chance to try out a new sport or two. Register your family today for this exciting community event day of sport discovery for 6 to 12 year olds.

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It’s FREE! It’s FUN! It’s gonna be a GREAT day!

Where:                Locations across the city, including Saddletowne YMCA and Shawnessy YMCA

When:                  Saturday, June 20, 2015

How:                    Sign up at AllSportOneDay.ca

 

Schedules:

Saddletowne YMCA

Shawnessy YMCA

 

Register today!

Sport Calgary runs All Sport One Day each year to encourage kids to find the joy of being active. More info about Sport Calgary can be found at SportCalgary.ca.


Introducing Fuel, the YMCA Calgary Magazine!

 

Read the first issue here!

 

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The word “fuel” has a lot of meanings here in Calgary. It’s the stuff that helps to drive our economy, and it evokes that can-do spirit for which Calgarians are known. It’s symbolic of the energy you

feel when you get your heart rate up, challenging yourself through physical activity.

For us here at YMCA Calgary, fuel is also a word that brings to mind the passion of our staff, volunteers and members to take a 114-year-old organization boldly into the future. In these pages, you’ll learn more about the broad impact YMCA Calgary programs and services have in the Calgary community.

This is one of the most exciting times to be part of the YMCA. Through a true partnership with the City of Calgary, we will soon be operating three new Centres of Community, adding to the work we are already doing in our five established branches and in over 60 other sites across town.

This magazine is devoted to some of the stories of ways we are fulfilling our vision of communities that are vibrant and healthy because youth and adults belong, grow, thrive and lead. From our award-winning child care curriculum Playing to Learn, to our jewel in the Rockies, Camp Chief Hector YMCA, to South Health Campus YMCA, the only Y in a hospital facility in the country, we are embracing
a future where people of all ages move more, connect more and are energized by the people around them.

We’re YMCA Calgary, and this is our fuel.

Enjoy it.

-Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary president & CEO

 

 

 


Bryan Hickey: South Health Campus YMCA Adult Volunteer of the Year

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Meet Bryan Hickey, South Health Campus YMCA’s Adult Volunteer of the Year!

 

What is your volunteer role at YMCA?
Adult fitness class instructor for muscle works, cross training and core & strength.

How long have you been involved at YMCA and in what capacity?
I’ve been a member of the YMCA since 2012 and began volunteering in March 2014.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I like the friendly atmosphere of the staff, members, volunteers and participants. The helpful approach that is felt at the YMCA is very critical for people to feel supported and encouraged in their fitness goals and journey. I am happy to be a part of creating the supportive atmosphere that is a part of the organization.

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I work full-time at the South Health Campus and was utilizing the YMCA facilities there twice or more times daily while training for a bodybuilding and men’s physique competition. I appreciated the supportive relationships I was developing at the YMCA and wanted to have that same impact on other members.
Why are you a volunteer?
I believe the success in the gym is directly related to the goals a person has and our willingness to do what it takes to accomplish these goals. We should all have people in our lives that inspire us in our goals. As a volunteer fitness instructor, I am thrilled to be in a position to have an impact on those around me and to be a part of helping people journey towards their goals.

This is accomplished by designing the fitness class to be a safe, challenging, encouraging and rewarding experience. You will always have me participate in the class. I call it “feelin’ the love!” This gives me a realistic idea of the structure and intensity of the class because sometimes things play out differently than it looked like on paper.

Do you have a YMCA story?
As a member, I was training twice daily in preparation of a bodybuilding and men’s physique competition. This involved individual weight floor training as well as participating in the cross training adult fitness class.

After about a year of participating in the class, the instructor, who was also the fitness program director at the South Health Campus YMCA asked me if I ever considered teaching a class. I simply said “yes”.

The instructor had such a great approach to my response and made available the necessary and required training to become an instructor. I presently appreciate the growing relationships I have with a strong core of participants in each of the classes I instruct.

 


Christine Maysombol: South Health Campus YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year

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Meet Christine Maysombol, South Health Campus YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!

What is your volunteer role at YMCA? What does a shift look like?
I generally supervise the children’s activities and make sure that everyone’s being safe. I help out at the climbing walls when it gets really busy, and clean up at the end.

How long have you been involved at YMCA and in what capacity? (Whether as a member, volunteer camper, program participant, staff, etc.)
I began volunteering for Teen Night (now Flames Fridays) in mid-April of 2014.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I really like how the children are always energetic and up to play any of the games. I also found that spending Friday nights volunteering at the YMCA is a great way to end my week. It’s a great place to volunteer because the atmosphere is laid back and welcoming, and the staff and members are really friendly.

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I see the YMCA as an organization that is very involved with youth, and being a youth myself, I thought it was a great idea to support and be part of something that promotes and positively impacts the well-being of people around my age group.

Why are you a volunteer?
I volunteer at the YMCA as a way to increase my involvement. I always go to the YMCA to use the facility and it’s become something I do regularly and volunteering is a great way to know more about the organization and to give back. I chose to volunteer specifically for Flames Friday because I really enjoy activities that involve working and interacting with children – there’s never a dull moment.

What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?
In the future, I plan on moving forward to post-secondary education. My main interests are currently in studying Psychology or International Relations. Volunteering at the YMCA has benefited me by helping me become more social, working well with others, and learning how to interact with different age groups.

Through this volunteer experience, I was also able to realize my strengths and improve on my weaknesses. All these skills have been beneficial for school and in my everyday life, as I’ve improved in the way that I present myself and became more comfortable talking to others.

 

 


Cathy Mallany: Shawnessy YMCA Adult Volunteer of the Year

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Meet Cathy Mallany, Shawnessy YMCA’s Adult Volunteer of the Year!

 

What is your volunteer role at YMCA? What does a shift look like?
I volunteer in the Preschool Creative Kids class. It’s a fun class with 3-5 year olds. The preschool director runs the class, and myself and another volunteer help her out. We start with playing in the gym then going to the classroom and doing a craft, puzzles, and reading with the kids. I also help out at Member Services with filing a couple times a week.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I love helping Tracy, the Preschool Director in the Creative Kids class. We have so much fun with the kids! Mary, Rey, Julie and Dianne at Member Services, as well as the other staff and volunteers are just terrific!

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA ver another organization?
I retired from Nursing after 30 years. My son worked part-time at Member Services while he was in High School. He suggested I do some volunteering at the YMCA. I’m so glad he did!

How long have you been involved at YMCA?
I have been involved for 4 1/2 years as a volunteer.

Do you have a YMCA story?
I have met such wonderful people at the YMCA! I have gotten to know the staff and other volunteers over the years. I now consider many of them as friends.

How did you feel when you found out you were Volunteer of the Year?
To be honest, I felt very touched and honoured.

Why are you a volunteer?
I like the fact that every child has an opportunity at the YMCA. Also, the staff and volunteers are great to work with!

 


Georgina Waldron: Shawnessy YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year

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Meet Georgina Waldron, Shawnessy YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!

 

What is your volunteer role at YMCA? What does a shift look like?

I regularly volunteer for Cookie Monsters class on Saturday mornings. We typically have between 8-12 kids ages 3-5. We cook a recipe from the cook book, I always love the food even when the kids don’t!

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I love being able to work in my community, meeting new people and dealing with new experiences. I love working with children, watching them grow and learn through play. I am learning lots and developing new skills to help me in my goal to become an elementary school teacher.

Why did you choose to volunteer at YMCA over another organization?
I wanted to be able to volunteer for an organization that serves the heart of my community, in addition volunteering with the Y allows me to volunteer directly with children as well as meeting many amazing adults. I was really excited when I applied to be a volunteer to work as a leader, and find out more about myself.

How long have you been involved at YMCA?
When I immigrated to Canada almost 7 years ago I was enrolled in swimming lessons at the YMCA. In Middle School I had volunteered at the local elementary school but was unable to continue with that when I left. Once I started High School I spoke to a couple of other students who had great experiences volunteering at the Y and decided to apply to volunteer myself.
Do you have a YMCA story?
It is sometimes hard to wake up on Saturdays to get to the YMCA, especially now that I live on the U of C campus! I am always glad that I do because the volunteers that I work with and the children in the class always find a way to make me smile. Sometimes the children in class attack me with the dinosaur puppets, or spill flour all over my black YMCA shirt, but I always enjoy myself and feel good about teaching them something.

Why are you a volunteer?
Life can get pretty stressful and I have definitely learned that in my first year of university. I have also learned that volunteering helps me relax, I think this is because I am focusing on helping the kids in the class and doing something for the community, instead of focusing on myself. I also think that every time I volunteer I learn a lot about myself and what I am good at. I think that everyone should volunteer not just because it makes a difference in the community but also because it feels great to give back.

What are your plans for the future? How has YMCA benefited you for school or your career?
My plan for the future is to become an elementary school teacher. Volunteering at the YMCA has been a true gift to me. It has given me many experiences helping young children learn, and has taught me so much about myself as a leader. I can’t think of any better way to help me prepare for the future I want and I am so grateful for all the great experiences and opportunities I have been given at the YMCA.


John Magat: Saddletowne YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year

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Meet John Magat, Saddeltowne YMCA’s Youth Volunteer of the Year!

 

What is your volunteer role at the YMCA?
I am a youth coach for the following sports: badminton, basketball and soccer. On occasion I supervise the youth room. I usually have an hour shift a week, but I enjoy volunteering outside the schedule because I just love being with others and helping out. A shift for me is filled with having fun while helping others have fun themselves.

What do you like about volunteering at YMCA?
I am sociable person and I like being with people. I have been raised by my family to be helpful and to be a responsible contributor to the community.

How long have you been involved at the YMCA?
I have been a member and volunteer for the past three years.

Do you have why YMCA story?
I remember one time, I was playing table soccer with a group of children ages 7+. We were having so much fun that I didn’t realize somebody noticed how much fun I was having around these young ones. It was then that I was offered a volunteer position, I accepted immediately and till now I am enjoying this role.

Why are you a volunteer?
I want to contribute and bring back to the community.

What are your plans for the future?
I see myself as a successful professional in the future and YMCA has given me the opportunity to try my chosen career. This experience in the YMCA will definitely be an asset and a great reference for my credentials.

 


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