A Celebration in Honour of Jim Gray

What a SPLASH!

On February 27, we hosted a pool party celebration in honour of long-time YMCA supporter and philanthropist Jim Gray. In a steadfast commitment to his own wellness, Jim completed over 300,000 lengths during 23 years to reach his goal of swimming across Canada!

This was a fun, energetic and unforgettable celebration of an extraordinary personal accomplishment by our friend, Jim Gray. In attendance were numerous strong supporters of Jim Gray including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Premier Jim Prentice and Rick Hansen, the Man in Motion. In addition, well-known business executive types jumped in the pool to commemorate Jim’s swim!

At this inspiring event, a special announcement was made. YMCA Calgary’s downtown facility will soon have a new name as the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA to celebrate his commitment to the community through his ongoing support of YMCA Calgary.





At the event, we officially launched a very important fundraising campaign to raise $3-million in Jim Gray’s honour. Together with his family, Jim is stepping forward in this way to help the YMCA grow our impact across the city. This growth will include three new centres of community being brought to life through the YMCA’s $30-million campaign, Power of Potential.

If you wish to contribute to the Power of Potential campaign, please click here. Your support is incredibly meaningful to Jim Gray, YMCA Calgary and the larger community.


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Join us for YMCA Megathon on Monday, March 9!


Be a superhero for kids!

YMCA MEGATHON officially kicks-off the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at all YMCA Calgary locations! With the goal of making all Calgary kids healthier, you can have loads of fun and directly support children and youth in the community to have a YMCA experience.

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Individuals or teams can create an online website at Once set up, encourage family, friends and coworkers to support your effort by making a donation.
  • On March 9, dress up like a superhero and tackle a variety of exciting health and fitness activities.
  • Participants will be entered to win YMCA prizes!

Visit your branch for a schedule of the day’s events.

Did you know…

1 in 5 children and youth coming to YMCA Calgary are in need of financial assistance? YMCA MEGATHON is a great way for you to have fun and raise much needed funds for kids.

Busy that day? You can still contribute. All locations will also have their own webpage which allows anyone to donate directly!

Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre Nominated for Award

YMCA Calgary is very pleased to announce the nomination of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre for an Alberta Child Development Professional Award of Excellence 2015. The awards recognize professionals who work with children in Alberta licensed and approved programs.

Members of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre have been working as a team to ensure children and families of the centre belong, grow and thrive. It is their effective implementation of the national YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum as well as their creative use of YMCA and community resources to deliver intentional, play based programs that we particularly want to recognize.

Coordinated access to YMCA preschool and aquatics programs, guest speaker presentations, room celebrations, family events and interest-based fieldtrips are just some of the ways that childcare staff meet the developmental needs of children in the program.

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YMCA Calgary has nominated the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre for a “Program Award” and our nomination has been supported by a parent of the Childcare Centre, Jody Myette.

Please join us in congratulating the staff of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre on this significant accomplishment.


Dodgeball Success!!

Eau Claire’s first ever Dodgeball Tournament was a HUGE success! All together, we had 38 participants and over 15 parents show up for support. Congrats to everyone who participated. We hope to have another tournament closer to the end of the school year, so keep checking our Activity Schedule for updates.


Recognizing Teams

Recognizing Teams


Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony


Action Shot

Action Shot

Third Place Winners

Third Place Winners


Second Place Winners

Second Place Winners


First Place Winners

First Place Winners


Grade 5 Team

Grade 5 Team


Taking a Knee

Taking a Knee


One of Rosedale School's Many Teams

One of Rosedale School’s Many Teams


Setting Up for the Final Game

Setting Up for the Final Game


Eau Claire Youth RULE!!

Eau Claire Youth RULE!!


Thanks again for everyone who participated! If your child participated and you are interested in obtaining photos of our event, feel free to e-mail me at

Camp Chief Hector YMCA Family weekend registration – March 3 and 5

Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers a weekend getaway for the entire family during the spring and fall. There are a variety of activities to choose from to create a unique outdoor experience. Participants can try things like horseback riding, hikes, canoeing, high ropes, group games, arts and crafts, climbing tower and evening campfires.

Family Weekends 2015

May 22 – 24 | Jun 5 – 7 – registration begins Mar 3, 8:30am

Sep 25 – 27 – registration begins Mar 5, 8:30am

Included in your Family Weekend registration:
Site Exploration Hike
A choice of two other registered activities
Drop-in activities
Accommodations in bunk beds
and fun times with your family and new friends!

Click here for all the details!

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 – Jot down preferred activities for each family member before calling for a quick and smooth registration process.

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Soccer Development Camps at Crowfoot YMCA!


Attention all athletes between the ages of 6 and 13!

Crowfoot YMCA is offering week-long Soccer Development Camps all summer long. If you want to strengthen your soccer skills, and learn how to train like an athlete, this camp is for you! This week-long Soccer Development Camps will focus on personal and group growth. Through soccer skill development, fitness activities, cross-training, and swimming, campers will build their expertise in the sport of soccer.

Camp will run during the following weeks:

  • July 6-10
  • July 13-17
  • July 20-24
  • July 27-31
  • August 4-7
  • August 10-14
  • August 17-21
  • August 24-28


  • For Members, the fee is $170.00 per week
  • For Non-Members, the fee is $190.00 per week


Register today online, or by visiting or calling Member Services at



Century Swim for Strong Kids

Century Swim for Strong Kids 

March 22, 2015                7-11am


Y Swim 100x100m? 4StrongKids!

Join the Century Swim for Strong Kids team in support of the launch of the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign.

Swimmers can choose 30/50/70/100 repeats of 100m + we will have a kids4strongkids category.


To join the team, click

From our Team Page, click on the ‘Join My Team’ button to register and help us fund raise.

We ask that you provide a donation as your registration fee.


Be Strong for Strong Kids!

Our $2,500 fundraising goal needs your support!

If you can’t join us in the pool, please support Strong Kids by donating online to ‘Century Swim Supporter’ in the link provided above.


Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Fan Wu at 403-781-1683

LINC Stories – Part Four


My Family Story – by Archana

All families have a unique history comprised of milestone events and a diverse cast of characters. In my family, there are four members: father, mother, sister and I. We were a nuclear family. My mother’s parents came from India; her mother was a farm worker and her father was a well respected man. My father’s parents originally came from Sri Lanka; his mother was a home-maker, and his father worked at the railway department.

One day we received a wedding invitation from our close relatives, it was an estate side wedding. So we had to go there, but actually we did not know the place to go. First of all, we arranged everything to go there. My father, as usual,  bought a map book to find out about the place. He could find only the main street of that area, but he couldn’t find the exact address. At that time they (our relatives) did not have a facility to keep even a cell phone, so it was very difficult to contact them. We got ready go there early in the morning. My sister bought an extra map book, in case we were lost on the road, it was really handy for us.

I still remember the journey, it took six hours to reach the town of Galle (Sri Lanka) in our auto rickshaw. And we completed our destination successfully until we reached the town. But we did not know that we had a big challenge ahead on that trip. When my father took out the map, he found that we had travelled more than 10km in the wrong direction. While we were driving, we stopped the auto rickshaw beside a garage and asked an old man about the directions. At that time someone who was a stranger came near our vehicle and he described the directions, but we could not understand. We were totally confused. After a few hours, while we were travelling the mountain valley, we thought we almost arrived at the destination, but that was not my relative’s area. Due to the travelling time, my father said that he was sure we had almost reached the correct place. But my mother said that we could not find the place, it is better to return home. My sister and I both were excited to go to the wedding, and my father said that he could find the estate soon, so not to worry about anything, we will be there on time.

While we were travelling together, someone came from the mountain area and he asked us Are you coming from Colombo? We said yes. Then he explained about him, he also came to the same wedding function! After that he came with us and showed the way to go. While we were travelling the twisting road of the tea estate, we saw the women were in colourful attires, mainly Tamil origin people at work in the plantations. Before we had not had an experience to travel within a mountain valley area, but that was really incredible travelling for us. And we found ourselves more and more lost in the beautiful scenery around every corner. Once the trip had finished, at the top of that particular mountain and we reached the destination almost late. We found that we had not only a spectacular travelling experience but also at the wedding we had a culinary experience too. I will never forget that day in my entire life.


For other Creative Writing stories from Neelam’s CLB 7 LINC Class, check out our other blog posts!

Mega-Fit Classes, Monday March 9

Fitness for all tastes! Please join us for a variety of Mega-Fitness classes throughout the day! These are longer classes (90 minutes) with multiple instructors for high energy, fun-filled workouts.
9:00-10:30am AND 7:00-8:30pm: Mega Fit will include Zumba, Step, Intervals, Bosu, Strength Training, Yoga
2:15-3:45pm: Mega H20 will be a Shallow Water Workout
4:45-6:15pm: Mega Cycle with multiple instructors!
These classes are in support of YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Eau Claire Family Night

family-revised_94700359Eau Claire is hosting a grade 6 family night! Join us on Thursday March 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM! This is a great opportunity for you try something new and to find out what Eau Claire has to offer your children everyday! Family members of all ages are welcome to attend!

We will be offering a variety of activities for you and your family to try free of charge. We will have paper copies of the schedule (below) posted within the branch on the day of our Family Night. 

Time Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
6:00-6:30 Hapkido – Gymnasium Gaga Ball – RB/HB Court Y Skip – Squash Court



Family Yoga – Yoga Studio


Cooking Class (First come
first serve. max. 10) –
Multi Purpose Room


Art Activity – Lobby




Pop-up Youth Café  – Studio West


Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

 None Planned



Pop-up Youth Café – Studio West


Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

None Planned

Click here for a printable version of the night’s schedule!

All are welcome to attend – activity options will be adapted to suit a variety of ages and experience levels.

Please note that there is no need to register for this opportunity as it will be running on a drop-in basis.

For any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton, Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or via e-mail at