Digital Annual Report

We’ve done something new and different this year. Our Annual Report is an interactive website!

We’ve gone green.

We’ve gone fun!

Our YMCA Calgary 2013 Annual Report is an interactive digital illustration. You can go to to look at the cartoon and click on different people to read stories and find information.

Go ahead! You might even see someone you know!

YMCA Volunteer Coach

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards

We love our volunteers.

Have you noticed how much work they do to help us out?

With 1200 volunteers who give their time, talent, and energy to help us greet people at our Member Services desks, run programs, take care of kids, and teach fitness classes – we feel like we need to thank them.

So each year, we celebrate volunteers at our Annual General Meeting and award a small number of exceptional volunteers with a Volunteer of the Year Award.

Volunteer of the Year recipients are nominated by their supervisors for making a unique contribution to our YMCA community and for consistently going the extra mile to help out. One youth and one adult from each YMCA Calgary location win the award each year.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Recipients are:

Camp Chief Hector YMCA Brent Harris – Adult
Camille Wiley – Youth
Crowfoot YMCA Bala Chandran – Adult
Corwin Chung – Youth
Community YMCA Zobia Asif – Adult
Priya Kumar – Youth
Eau Claire YMCA Ted Lefebvre – Adult
Jon Mosher – Youth
Saddletowne YMCA Kristin Reid – Adult
Bethel Afework – Youth
Shawnessy YMCA Catherine Fah – Adult
Paola Castillo – Youth
South Health Campus YMCA    Sheila Artus – Adult
Sumel Lally – Youth

These incredible volunteers will receive their awards at the Annual General Meeting tonight at Eau Claire YMCA, 5:00pm-7:30pm. Come celebrate them with us!

Global Youth Summit

Global Youth Summit is coming up on Friday, May 16th!

Global Youth Summit (GYS) is an annual one-day event for youth to take local action for a global impact.

Group of Teens
Youth inspire, engage, and equip each other about social justice issues, and then discuss ways to get involved locally.

This year, our theme is “Challenge YOUR Status Quo!”

Workshops will be offered around how we can challenge ourselves and each other to think outside the box, and learn skills for the future!

Who is GYS for? Grade 8-12 students
When is it? Friday, May 16 | 3:00pm-8:00pm
Where is it? Community Wise Resource Centre 101-223, 12 Ave SW (short walk from 1 St SW LRT Station)
What does it cost? Only $5! Snack, dinner and workshops included!
Questions? Talk to Carla Bitz, Global Initiatives Director (403) 899-4047 |

Register by completing the registration form and emailing it to

Did You Receive a 2012 Receipt from YMCA Calgary?

Due to an administrative error, a small batch of 2012 program receipts were sent out to specific YMCA facility users. These receipts were only sent to the email address that the purchaser provided. Please disregard the receipt communication if you received it. Please note, all privacy and security of personal and confidential information remains intact. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Free Family Weekends for Flood-affected Families


Was your family affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods?

We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Reunite with nature and enjoy a weekend outdoors with the whole family. Try fun activities like the climbing wall, high and low ropes courses, arts and crafts, cookouts and campfires.

These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta.

Please keep in mind you are welcome to come to any weekend that works best for your family and not just the weekend your community is listed under. These weekends are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.


Dates Available:

October 24-26                community TBD

October 31-Nov 2            community TBD

November 28-30                 community TBD


Weekends run from 7pm Friday to 2pm Sunday. Bus transportation to camp is available.

Call Camp Chief Hector YMCA today to register your family: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

Please send this blog to everyone and help us spread the word!

More information on the weekend schedule and activities, directions and what to pack can be found here.

Thank you to the Government of Alberta for providing funding to make these weekends possible.


Let’s Get Rolling

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMFR). Fascia is a soft connective tissue that surrounds all muscles and organs in your body. A tight fascia can cause pain, muscle tension, and decreased flexibility. SMFR can help to increase muscle length, improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage as well as increase oxygen circulation. It can also help to break up painful adhesions and scar tissue.

Here’s the proper way to foam roll. Roll slowly along the entire length of the muscle applying a moderate pressure with your body weight. When you find sensitive or painful areas, hold the pressure for about 30 seconds or until the pain diminishes. Make sure you relax and breathe deeply to help get oxygen to these trigger points and help release the tension. If direct pressure is too painful, shift your weight to apply pressure to the surrounding areas and slowly work your way up to direct pressure. Try and make your goal to roll the length of your muscle 10 times without any pain.

Keep in mind foam rolling should be uncomfortable, but not extremely painful. When you stop, the discomfort should go away and you should feel better. The more often you foam roll, the less painful it will be.

People foam roll for different reasons and this affects the time that it should be done. Foam rolling before your workout allows your muscles to release and function at an optimal length for the duration your exercise session, thereby optimizing your workout. Foam rolling after your workout combined with traditional stretching will help to release your tight muscles, remove waste from the muscles, and will decrease post-workout soreness.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Never roll across a joint or along your low back.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Foam roll daily and combine with traditional stretching for best results.
  • Frequently overlooked areas: calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, thoracic spine, lats.
  • Foam rollers come in different densities. Typically, white ones are softer than blue and black ones and may be a good starting point for those new to foam rolling.
  • Switch it up (and get a little bit more spot specific) by rolling on tennis balls or even lacrosse balls.

Colleen Ryan BSc, CAT(C)
South Health Campus Wellness Coach

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Horsemanship Lessons

Camp Chief Hector YMCA if offering horseback riding lessons this spring! Learn the basic skills of horsemanship on the ground and in the saddle.

  • At Camp Chief Hector YMCA at the base of the Rockies
  • Sundays: May 11 & 25, June 1 & 8* | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    *June15 will be an alternate date in case of inclement weather on a scheduled Sunday
  • 7 years and up (a fun activity to do with your kids!)
  • $140


For more information, or to register, please call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 (toll free).

Pool Schedules & Lane Swim

Did you know that our pools always have at least one lane set apart for lane swimming? Every hour that pools in our locations are open, lane swimming is available.

But, you ask, what about those busy times when one lane just isn’t enough?

It’s true that there are times throughout the day when lane swimming is more in demand. At these times multiple lanes or the entire pool may be designated for lane swimming.

Lane swimming times vary at each location and are outlined in the Pool Schedule found on the Location Pages. These downloadable PDFs can be saved or printed for quick and easy access.

Hover your mouse over the PROGRAMS, LOCATIONS & MEMBERSHIP tab and click the drop-down menu to select your preferred YMCA Calgary location. Then click the Pool or Gym & Pool Schedule for the correct dates.

*Click on images to enlarge

Location page
If you’re interested in drop-in fitness classes, you can look at the downloadable Gym Schedule on the Locations pages, or you can use our new searchable Drop-In Fitness Class Schedule, but know, lane swimming times can only be found in the Pool Schedule.

22nd Annual YMCA Calgary Member Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, June 4th as we celebrate all of our 25+ year YMCA Members at a great evening of friendship and fun! 

Member Dinner
Calgary Golf and Country Club
5:30 reception
6:45 dinner and program

This event is not just for members. You can bring your guests, family, friends – it’s really all about visiting and sharing YMCA stories!


Register at the branch of your choice – $50 per person.  All 25-year members may attend at no charge and will be contacted by staff for more information.

If you are a member who has transferred to YMCA Calgary from another city, and have continuous years of membership, please stop by the member services desk to have your start date adjusted so that we can have an accurate record of your years of membership.

Contact Lana Dionne at 403-781-1663 for more information.


Youth Week Has Arrived!

YMCA Locations are offering inexpensive and FREE activities for youth ages 12-17. This is a week to celebrate youth!

Eau Claire YMCA staff are jumping up and down with excitement.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-7pm | Eau Claire YMCA Lobby |$6.50
A special 2 hour edition of Art in the City featuring a guided art walk throughout downtown Calgary’s Urban Art Scene. This will include public pieces, studios and chats with local artists as well as a chance to practice our own Urban Art

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-9pm | Eau Claire Gym | $4
5 on 5 Basketball Tournament. Sign up from 1pm-6pm, tournament starts at 7:00pm. Slots for 40 youth will be filled then randomly selected to create teams of 5. Tournament will be half court followed by a full court final.

Saturday April 26 | 12pm-3pm | Eau Claire 3rd Floor | Free
Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre and YMCA Eau Claire have teamed up to bring you the Global Café. We will transform one of the studios into a serene café like setting, complete with nut free sweets and hot beverages. Discussions and self-reflection surrounding a spiritual approach to self and Earth Day will be facilitated by Nora from Calgary Brahma Kumaris.


Crowfoot YMCA staff are stoked to offer tons of free events.

Monday, April 21 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Hip Hop dance class.

Monday, April 21 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP1 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Improv class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Parkour lessons.

Friday, April 25 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free

Friday, April 25 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Weight Floor | Free
Youth Resistance Training

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-10pm | Crowfoot YMCA | $4
Teen Night: Drop-in Basketball, Drop-in Dance, Drop-in Ping Pong, Open workout on the weight floor, open swim in the pool.

Saturday, April 26 | 2pm-2:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Parkour lessons.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Scatterball game.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Youth Yoga class.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Drop-in Soccer.

Saturday, April 26 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Breakdancing and hip hop class.


Come check out all the cool stuff, try something new, and meet some other youth!

See for more activities and events happening around the city.

hip hop dance girls