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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.


Join in January and We will Waive the Joining Fee

YMCA Calgary will be waiving the joining fee in January!

This January, YMCA is making it easier than ever to get involved and make a difference in your health and wellness. For the first time ever, YMCA is waiving the joining fee! Join in January and you’ll save up to $75.00.

Because YMCA Calgary understands that every dollar counts, especially now. Take control and join a community that will keep you motivated to reach all your health goals.

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Get started today!

 


NBA LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE ALL-STAR 2016 PROGRAMMING ACROSS 14 CANADIAN CITIES IN 10 PROVINCES

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– Bell NBA All-Star Challenge Presented by AIRMILES Invites Canada’s Top Competitors on All-Expenses Paid Trip to Compete at NBA All-Star 2016 –

– BMO All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA Includes Jr. NBA Clinics, NBA Cares Activities, and More –

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 – The NBA today announced a nationwide All-Star 2016 program that will bring the excitement of All-Star to 14 Canadian cities in 10 provinces from November through February.
Anchored by the BMO Financial Group (BMO) NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA and the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, the events will take place in Calgary, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Sherbrooke, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor and Winnipeg. NBA Global Ambassador and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and former NBA players Muggsy Bogues and Ron Harper, among others, will interact with fans across the country as they participate in All-Star-themed events and basketball activities, including appearances by NBA mascots and NBA team dancers.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring NBA All-Star 2016 programming to 14 cities across the country,” said NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie. “As part of our largest grassroots initiative in Canada to date, these events will allow us to grow the game in the birthplace of basketball while also providing top young talent with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend NBA All-Star. We thank our partners BMO, Bell, AIRMILES, Samsung and the YMCA for helping us make these events possible.”

Each event will tip off with the BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA, an interactive family-friendly event featuring Jr. NBA clinics and NBA Cares activities such as dance classes led by NBA dancers, and a youth art program that invites the community to design a canvas that will be displayed during NBA All-Star 2016 in February. The YMCA is the community partner of Kidsfest, where young sports enthusiasts will also have the chance to try their hand at news making through the popular BMO Junior Reporter Contest.

The Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, which builds on Bell’s commitment to growing basketball across the country and developing homegrown talent, invites basketball enthusiasts ages 14 and older to realize their All-Star dreams and show off their talent. A cross-country initiative to identify and showcase the country’s next generation of rising stars, the Challenge will invite Canada’s top three-point 2 shooters, skills challenge competitors and dunkers on an all-expenses paid trip to compete for a national title at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto. The regional challenges will be held at local universities and tie into each school’s basketball games.

In addition, ambassadors from Samsung Canada will be onsite at each event to provide fans and participants with the ability to personalize their own videos from the events with footage from NBA All-Star 2015.

NBA All-Star 2016 will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball. Toronto also hosted the first game in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946 at Maple Leaf Gardens. NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto is the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States.

For more information on the nationwide NBA All-Star 2016 programming and to learn about the events in each market, visit www.nba.com/allstarevents. Fans can follow @NBACanada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and unique content.

NBA ALL-STAR TOUR – CALGARY INFORMATION

  • Thursday, January 7 – 6:30-7:30pm Jr. Clinic at Shawnessy YMCA – 400 333 Shawville Blvd SE
  • Friday, January 8 – 530pm-8pm (Clinic 6-645pm & 7-745pm)
    BMO All-Star Kidsfest on Friday Night at Saddletowne YMCA – 7555 Falconridge Blvd.  NE
  • Sunday, January 10 – 10:30-11:30am  Jr. Clinic at Crowfoot YMCA – 8100 John Laurie Blvd N.W

NBA ALL-STAR TOUR DATES LOCATION
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 – Winnipeg, MB
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 – St. John’s, NL
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29 – Toronto, ON
Thursday, Nov. 26 –Sunday, Nov. 29 – Fredericton, NB
Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 – Regina, SK
Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 – Montreal, QC
Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 – Calgary, AB
Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 – Charlottetown, PEI
Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 – Halifax, NS
Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 – Windsor, ON
Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 – Edmonton, AB
Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 – Vancouver, BC
Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON
Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 – Sherbrooke, QC
Thursday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 7 – Toronto, ON

About NBA All-Star 2016
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto – the first All-Star to be held outside of the U.S. – will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage. The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory.

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Contact for more information
Tiffany Fisher, NBA Canada, 416-680-2062 or TiFisher@nba.com


YMCA Calgary Heritage Club Celebrates 20 Years!

We recently hosted our 20th Annual Heritage Club dinner at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. Our Heritage Club recognizes a very special group of YMCA Calgary donors who have chosen to direct their donations to the endowment initiative.

Currently, the YMCA Endowment Fund has over $5.65 million dollars, and each year only a portion of the interest and dividends earned by the fund are spent. What this means is that the Heritage Club is able to support ongoing needs in the community while investing in the future of YMCA Calgary.

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Last year, the Heritage Club contributed $100,000 of funding that sent children to camp, and supported YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program for Youth), Aboriginal programs and services, community outreach programs, and staff scholarships for post-secondary education.

One inspiring piece of Heritage Club history is that it is volunteer-led. For over 20 years now, a small yet dedicated group of YMCA Calgary members have volunteered their time and energy in working toward a vision where YMCA will always be there to serve the needs of the community.

YMCA Calgary has been around for more than 113 years. Support from the Heritage Club and its Endowment Fund lends inspiration for a bright and strong future for the YMCA. To find out how you can get involved, or to learn more about planned giving at YMCA Calgary, please contact our Manager of Fund Development, Margaret Herriman at margaret.herriman@calgary.ymca.ca or 403-351-6671.


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