LINC Reflections

anne_frank_encouragement_quote1At the end of September, the YMCA Calgary LINC program wrapped up another busy semester. With this in mind, many teachers asked their students to reflect on what they had learned over the last few months. One class used this Anne Frank quote as inspiration for their writing, and the results were fantastic!

“YMCA is a source of knowledge, information, and a mentor for newcomers. I can say it is like a tool which carved a stone and turned it into a beautiful sculpture. It brings out your skills, which even you are not aware that you have it in you. In short, they bring out the best out of you, which helps you to accomplish your goals.” – Adarsh, India

“The main theme of this quote is to provide a positive outlook towards the future. As all the LINC students are near the final week of the semester, reading this quote really refresh and rejuvenate their mind. For me, it improves my self-confidence in future endeavors such as job search, family life, social life, and so on. It also enables me to face challenges in life with courage.” – Rajeesh, India

Great job everyone, and good luck in the next semester!!

Yoga Retreat | Nov 13-15, 2015 | Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Join us at the Camp Chief Hector YMCA for an inspiring yoga focused weekend. This Yoga Retreat will accommodate students new to yoga as well as those with a background in yoga. Our goal for the weekend is to be in this wonderful mountain location, spending time experiencing our body, breath and mind. Our instructors will help you develop a balanced practice that will serve you well in all aspects of your life. They will provide adjustments in your poses if you wish.  There will also be time to explore the incredible site. Shared accommodations and meals are included.

Yoga Retreat | Fall 2015

    • November 13, 5pm – November 15, 2pm
    • $304 + GST
    • To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Private Squash Lessons

Explore the fast-paced game of Squash and develop skills that will make you a better player. Our Nationally Certified instructors have extensive experience playing and coaching squash. No matter your level, private lessons are customized to develop participant’s enjoyment of the game by improving racket skill, court movement, game strategy and overall fitness.

Sign up today to meet your coach!

Wednesdays           6:00 – 9:00pm

Starts October 21st, 2015

M $35            NM $45 (Per 45 minute lesson)

Sign up at Member Services Today!

Private Squash Lessons

Join us for a SPOOK-tacular event!

Join us for a fun-filled family afternoon!

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Dress up in costume for a fun and spooky, howling good time. Look
forward to crafts, games, music and, of course, a Halloween treat!

Dates and Times

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA: Sunday, October 25 from 1:00-3:00pm

Crowfoot YMCA: Saturday, October 24 from 4:00-5:30pm

Saddletowne YMCA: Saturday, October 31 from 2:00-3:30pm

Shawnessy YMCA (in partnership with Cardel Rec South): Saturday October 31 from 2:30-5:00pm

Register at any YMCA location. Hope to see you there!

Please note: Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


In tough times, YMCA steps up. Join us.

As a wellness charity, one of our key differences from other providers of fitness and recreation is our open access policy – no one is turned away because of the inability to pay.

We work with every Calgarian to accommodate their financial circumstances so they can access our programs and facilities, a commitment we’ve kept for over 100 years.


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As the economic situation in Calgary deteriorates, we are seeing increasing demand on subsidized memberships at YMCA Calgary. Currently, one in five children are subsidized, with a similar number of adults, and these numbers continue to grow every day.

But, there’s a problem.

At the same time demand is rising, we are seeing fewer donor dollars flowing to our Strong Kids program, an access fund that particularly allows children to enjoy opportunities at the YMCA. We’ve also seen a 14% increase in the total number of adult and child subsidy requests.

We’re asking you to consider giving, or giving a little bit more, to make sure young Calgarians have access to health and wellness, community-building and leadership opportunities here at the Y.

How to give








It’s easy to give online here  or through Member Services.

Calgary has seen economic challenges before. This is when we as a city, and a YMCA community, come together to help. Thank you for supporting access to YMCA programs and services that give all Calgarians the opportunity to be healthy and active. Your generosity matters more now than ever.

Registration for new YMCA Childcare Centres Begins October 19, 2015


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Quarry Park Child Development Centre

YMCA Calgary is excited to be planning for the opening of two new licensed childcare centres in the SE community of Quarry Park. The anticipated opening date for both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre is summer 2016 with more details to follow as building construction continues.

Registration Begins Monday, October 29th. Click here for details

Each of the two centres will feature the national YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum and offer children the opportunity to gain health, social and learning benefits in a play-based learning environment.

To learn more about the new centres visit our website as follows:

Features of Each Centre


Grade 6 Launch Party!

The grade 6 launch party was a great success with lots of people coming to the facility and participating in different activities! Keep an eye out for more special event!

Octobers activity schedules for October will be up soon, for your individual facility please check here.


Master Chef Challenge – A Success!

On September 26, 2015 Crowfoot YMCA had a Master Chef Challenge event for Grade 6 members. There were 10 teams of Master Chefs who worked together to create delicious desserts. It was a blast!

Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook page!

If you are in Grade 6, make sure you register for our next free event! We are having a Halloween Party on October 24th! See you there!