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Wedding Weekend Open House Event – Sunday, September 28/16 – FREE entry with RSVP

This is an open invitation to view Camp Chief Hector YMCA’s Lodges for your wedding venue.

Both lodges will be set up to display your wedding reception with opportunities to see our accommodations, sample our food and tour the stunning scenery that will provide the back drop for your ceremony & photographs.

We will be open on Sunday, February 28 2016 from 10am until 4pm (Food samples 12pm-2pm).

Please RSVP to  john.boardman@calgary.ymca.ca with the time you intend to arrive on site and how many guests will be attending.

Directions to Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

See our listing at Eventective or Request a quote for your booking.


YMCA’s commitment to Calgary in a challenging time: No membership fee increases in 2016

For 114 years, YMCA Calgary has existed to provide necessary services to our community, no matter what. That means our charity changes and adapts to the realities faced by Calgarians.

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We believe that in times of stress, self-care, exercise and community remain critical. In support of your well-being, YMCA Calgary will not raise membership fees in 2016.

Financial assistance is available.


Introducing the WIBIT!

We’re excited to bring on-board the WIBIT, a new aquatic obstacle course at YMCA!

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A Wibit is an inflatable obstacle course for the swimming pool.  It’s a chance for both children and adults to have some fun and enjoy the swimming pool in a new way!

The WIBIT is available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:

  • Fridays 6:30-8:30pm Open
  • Sundays 3:00-5:00pm Open

Now Booking WIBIT Birthday Parties!

Looking for a fun party idea?   Host a WIBIT birthday party at the YMCA! Available on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.  Party room also available.

Learn more about birthday parties at the YMCA.


YMCA Childcare Open Houses

Are you interested in learning more about the new YMCA childcare centres scheduled to open in summer 2016?

Please join us at one of our scheduled open houses for families who have either already registered for one of the new centres or who are wanting more information about YMCA childcare programs. All open houses will be held at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre (333 Shawville Boulevard SE).

New Centres – both centres are located in the Quarry Park Community (SE Calgary)

Remington YMCA Child Development Centre – located in the Remington YMCA

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – stand alone centre

A casual event, the open house will provide families with the opportunity to tour a YMCA Child Development Centre, meet staff and learn more about the new centres. It will also showcase our play-based curriculum which supports all children to learn and develop.

Children are welcome to attend although activities for children younger than 19 months will be limited due to the nature of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre.

Register soon as space is limited. Contact Shannon Boisvert, Administrator, to register

T 403-531-1662    E sboisver@calgary.ymca.ca

Location:  Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre, 333 Shawville Boulevard SE

Dates:

Thursday, February 25        6:30 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, March 2          6:30 – 8:00pm

Saturday, March 12             9:30 – 11:00am

All open houses will be held at the:

Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre

333 Shawville Boulevard SE

For more information visit our website or call us at 403-351-6689


Crowfoot YMCA Renamed as Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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In a significant boost to its Power of Potential Campaign, YMCA Calgary has received a $1-million donation from Melcor Developments Ltd. celebrating the strong relationship between the YMCA, Melcor and its founding family, the Meltons. In recognition of this substantial and meaningful gift, YMCA Calgary has renamed its Crowfoot YMCA facility in northwest Calgary as the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot. A YMCA member and champion for decades, Andy Melton says the fit between Melcor and the YMCA is a perfect match. “We are builders of communities at Melcor. But, like our company, the YMCA isn’t only about bricks and mortar; it’s about providing value to the community.”

“The Y humbly and quietly goes about its business, making a real impact,” Melton says. “We hope this investment will inspire others to consider YMCA Calgary as worthy of support and investment as it raises $30-million to make a healthier more connected Calgary.”

YMCA Calgary President and CEO Helene Weir says Andy Melton’s – and Melcor’s – commitment demonstrates a match in values. “The words honesty, caring, responsibility and respect hang prominently inside the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot,” she says. “Andy and the team at Melcor embody those values and put them to good use creating communities and investing in the success of kids, families and everyone who lives and works within them.”

“Through this contribution to the YMCA campaign, Melcor has shown tremendous leadership.” says Evan Hazell, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential Campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way in engaging more people of all ages and abilities in reaching their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”

Brian Baker, President and CEO of Melcor Developments adds, “we are proud to have the Melcor name associated with an organization focused so selflessly on the health of children, youth and adults, building leaders and creating great community opportunities for wellness. ”

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Hello and Happy New Year!

Happy 2016 to you from YMCA Calgary.

As you know January is the month when many people commit or recommit to achieving their wellness goals for the coming year. But, for many, that idea can soon get lost in the bustle of busy-ness a new year brings. Congratulations to you on already being connected to the YMCA, where we are providing opportunities for people across the city to move more, connect more and enjoy some time for themselves and their families in a safe and welcoming environment.

We want more people to be active and engaged, especially in an economic climate that is challenging for our city. That’s why, for the first time ever, YMCA Calgary is waving its joining fee. If someone signs up before January 31, it will be more affordable than ever to be part of the YMCA. Look for details in this edition of YMCA Today and please let friends, colleagues and loved ones know about your YMCA experience.

This is also an exciting time of change for YMCA Calgary as a charity. We are working with the City of Calgary to ensure all residents have access to great recreation, health and wellness centres. We’re thrilled that construction is underway on two of the three new facilities that we have been selected to operate for the City of Calgary! The Remington YMCA, located in Quarry Park is quickly taking shape with an anticipated Summer 2016 opening. With a new YMCA in Rocky Ridge scheduled for 2017 and another in Seton on track for 2018, our growth is exciting and an opportunity for Calgarians to have access to facilities and services in currently under-served areas. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with the City of Calgary around this civic investment.

Thanks for choosing YMCA Calgary. I wish you well and hope the Y will play a big part in helping you achieve your health and wellness goals this year.

See you soon,

Helene

Helene Weir, President & CEO

 


Strong Kids Campaign Success Story

Strong Kids Campaign Success Story
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YMCA Calgary is happy to announce that the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raised $1.6 Million and enabled over 20,000 children to participate in YMCA activities! This goal would have never been met without the immense generosity and support of thousands of donors. Despite economic downturn across the city, our donors reached into their pockets and their hearts to support a great cause that supports so many children. Each and every one of our donors is directly pouring into the lives of Calgarian children and for that, we say, “Thank you!” Every single child who learned to swim, painted a picture, made a friend, wrote a poem, sunk their first basket or won their first race, they also say, “Thank you!” with a beaming smile across their face.

Each branch contributed greatly to reaching the financial goal of $1.6 Million and their contribution cannot go unnoticed! This program could never move forward without the continued support from all YMCA branches across the city.

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – $380,000

Saddletowne YMCA – $31,674

Crowfoot YMCA – $59,423

Shawnessy YMCA – $77,811

South Health Campus YMCA – $18,256

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.

To learn more about Strong Kids Campaign or to donate please visit

http://www.ymcacalgary.org/success-stories/donate/strong-kids/


You Can Help Make Alberta Better

You Can Help Make Alberta Better!

 

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Today we’re asking you to get behind Make Alberta Better – an important campaign to reduce preventable illness through the creation of a new provincial Wellness Foundation.

Help make Alberta better!

Today far too many Albertans are dying or suffering from preventable disease. These illnesses include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, mental illness and other chronic conditions.

Our healthcare finances are nearing the breaking point. Almost half of the provincial budget goes to pay for healthcare.  Yet over 90% of Alberta’s healthcare dollars are spent on chronic illnesses that are largely preventable.

Alberta needs to stop chronic disease before it starts – through the creation of a provincial Wellness Foundation. We need a dedicated, continuing investment in prevention to keep Albertans healthy and to protect our healthcare system.

Ask your MLA to take wellness off the waiting list.
Let your MLA and the government know that you support real action to prevent chronic disease.

Together we can make Alberta better!

Thanks for your support of this important campaign.

Sincerely,

YMCA of Northern Alberta

 


Mid-January ‘blues’

It’s that time again – Mid January! Did you know, that mid-to-late January is called, “Blue Monday?” Yes! One reason is because it is during this time, that we start to fail, or drop our New Year Resolution’s (NYR) after the short period of creating them. Here’s a few ways to assist you in maintaining those fitness goals and New Year’s Resolutions!

Fitness

Choose an Obtainable/Realistic Goal: One step at a time. Don’t set yourself up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month, or the next top model. Firstly, that isn’t healthy and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Break it down into small steps: Creating small goals throughout the month (Ex. running on the treadmill for 15 min. 3 times a week and making my way to running for 30 min. 3 times a week until the end of February) makes a much bigger difference in accomplishing your goals.

Tell/ask friend’s/family regarding your fitness goals: The great thing about telling someone about your fitness goals is you then have someone to be accountable to. Next time they see you, a simple, “Hey, did you workout this week? How’s the progress?” can greatly help in motivating you to keep at your goals. Personally, I know that when I have a major goal, I tell my close friends and family so they can help me stay on track as well as give me incentive to do better.

Write them down, display them: To help in motivating you to keep at it’ during this year, try writing your resolutions and goals down where you can see them. For example, the fridgerator, the pantry where the chocolates are… (haha), in your vehicle, etc. I find that material objects I use daily such as my laptop, and cell phone are great places to create a ‘note’ so it will stay in the back of my mind throughout the day.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all fall: It’s okay to slip-up and make a mistake. We all do! In Batman Begins, Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) tells him: “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” So don’t be too hard on yourself. As cliché as it sounds, Never give up! It’s okay to admit we need assistance or help. The staff at the YMCA will always be ready to assist you in attaining your fitness goals!

Reward Yourself: After setting those little goals for yourself, it’s good to reward yourself after every ‘milestone’. Treat yourself that white chocolate raspberry Crème brûlée you’ve been drooling over! Buy yourself those new sneakers. When you work hard, you deserve it!


Tips to Keep You and Your Family Well and Safe

 

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When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.

But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.

Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.

Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.

Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safety Equipment
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.

Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.

Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.

We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.

  • Go easy with new exercise and activities
  • Get enough food and sleep
  • Remember to take necessary medication
  • Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
  • Secure personal belongings in the locker room

As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.


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