Great Six Kick Off at Eau Claire!

Come join us as we celebrate the official launch of Our Great Six Initiative this Weekend! Eau Claire will be hosting an event from 1:00-3:30 on Saturday September 20th. All families interested in our Great Six memberships are welcome to attend. We will be offering free food – generously donated to us by Spolumbo’s - lots of activities, and some community guests. This is a great opportunity for families to come out and find out what our Grade Six memberships are all about.

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Eau Claire’s Launch Schedule

For more information on our Grade 6 Launch, please visit:


Feel free to contact Sarah Thornton, Eau Claire YMCA Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or e-mail her at


Community Wellness at Eau Claire YMCA

Join us for our first Community Wellness Day

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On Wednesday Sept. 24, the Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting its first Community Wellness Day from 10am to 2pm. Access the Y for free that day and make sure to bring a friend to try some fun stuff like TRX, Kettlebell, Tabata and much more. Check the free drop in activities schedule for more details on what we will be offering that day!

The following partners will be present to showcase some of their services and/or products:

  • Amaranth Foods
  • Eau Claire Community Association
  • London Drugs Pharmacy
  • The Distress Centre
  • Our own YMCA registered massage therapists

Make sure you participate in our draw to win a one-month membership!

We look forward to seeing you that day!


Thank You AltaGas!


Thank you to AltaGas Ltd. for your generous gift of $5000 to Camp Chief Hector YMCA

This gift went toward the refurbishment of tipi fire pits out at out camp.  These refurbished fire pits are helping us keep our camp a safe place for children, youth and families.

Campers at Camp Chief Hector sleep in tipis with a fire pit in the middle that provides heat and light. Check out these photos of some happy campers returned to camp for a visit last week. They think these new fire pits are pretty great.

We appreciate support from our community to continue giving children, youth and families opportunities to be active and experience the outdoors. Thank you, AltaGas!



YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament

Enjoy a day on the course while helping children and youth in our community.

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The goal of our annual YMCA Strong Kids Tournament is to provide 850 children and youth in our community a YMCA experience. Hope you’ll join us!

18th Annual YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament

Thursday, Sept 25, 2014
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
$250 per golfer

11:00pm  Registration and lunch
12:00pm  Tee-off (shotgun start)
6:00pm  Banquet dinner and silent auction

View Photos from our previous YMCA Strong Kids events!


Sponsorship Opportunities

If you cannot attend the tournament, you can still contribute and support YMCA Strong Kids as a sponsor. For more information about the tournament or sponsoring opportunities, contact:

Danielle Sutton
403-969-7180 |

Lana Dionne
403-781-1663 |

YMCA Child Minding

YMCA members and facility users may access the Child Minding area for up to 2 hours each day for their children aged 6 weeks – 10 years while they use YMCA facilities.

September is often the time when our Child Minding Areas see an increase in usage. This is primarily due to families sending older children off to school and parents/guardians looking to renew their personal health and wellness commitment.

We thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about our Child Minding areas.


– The Child Minding area is often the first introduction to the YMCA a young child has

– The Crowfoot and Shawnessy YMCAs are home to our busiest Child Minding areas

– Shawnessy YMCA has the highest average monthly usage – over 1000 unique visits per month to the Child Minding area

– April 2014 has had the highest number of visits recorded for 2014. Our 5 YMCA child minding areas had a combined total of 3511 visits

– As of September 2014, YMCA Child Minding areas have a total of 85 staff and volunteers working to provide young children with positive YMCA experiences

– Barb Pasyk and Elizabeth Ching-Yuen, with Crowfoot YMCA, are the two of our longest serving YMCA staff members in the department. Elizabeth has been with YMCA Calgary for 13 years and Barb has 17 years of YMCA service. We are so fortunate to have these two wonderful ladies on our team!

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– Members can book their infant children (6 weeks – 35 months) for up to 3 visits/week for FREE.

– Child Minding is open almost every day of the year, including weekends and holidays

– Child Minding caregivers are available to answer questions and provide resources about child development

– Play is the foundation for all we do. Peekaboo, colouring, cars and make-believe tea parties all contribute to positive relationships being formed and early learning occurring

More Information

We are Hiring Lifeguards and Swim Instructors – Apply Today!

Join Us! YMCA Calgary is hiring Lifeguards and Swim Instructors throughout the city.

As a member of our aquatics team you will have a fun, exciting, and rewarding job that builds up your leadership skills. You’ll help others everyday – from providing a safe pool experience to all, to teaching children how to swim.

Perks include:

  • Flexible hours – a great opportunity to make money while in school
  • Team environment
  • Training opportunities
  • Free YMCA Membership


At YMCA Calgary we are:

  • Passionate about our work
  • Building healthy communities
  • Part of a strong team – we are welcoming and support one another

Interested? It’s easy to apply! See

Are you a parent with a child in swim lessons?
We would love to talk with you about how your child can start on the path to becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor. Youth 14 years and older have the opportunity to volunteer with our aquatics team.

Are you currently finishing your certifications or thinking about a job in aquatics?
You can volunteer as a swim instructor with us – this is a great opportunity to see if this is the right job for you.

Contact us at to find out where you’re at in the process, and what you need to do next.


Earn (& Win!) Airmiles at the YMCA

Going to the YMCA can earn you a free vacation. Or at least it did for Maria Dassuj and her husband Jedrzej Czepulonis.

Maria and Jed joined Shawnessy YMCA last year and linked their Airmiles account to their YMCA memberships. Each time they scan their membership cards to use the Y, they earn points toward travel. In July, Shawnessy ran a contest for one lucky winner to receive a whopping 25,000 Airmiles and Maria won!

“I still can’t believe that it happened,” Maria says, “It’s the best day for me!”


They came to Canada from Poland two years ago because of the opportunities here. Currently working multiple jobs, Maria has been dreaming of a vacation but they have been focused on saving money and on perfecting their English language skills.

Maria and Jed plan on using their Airmiles prize for a trip to Mexico.

As for the YMCA, they love it here. Jed comes every day. “I can live here. It is my second life. I can’t live without coming here,” he says. He prefers the weight floor, while Maria loves jogging around the track.

They are not shy about recommending the YMCA to everyone they know. “Why change if something if already great?” Jed asks.

“We found friends here,” Maria says. “The YMCA is not only a gym. This is like home; you can meet friends, you can feel comfortable, you can spend a great time, you can ask for help, you can work hard, you can get healthy.”

Congratulations, Maria and Jed! Thanks for being a part of our YMCA family!


For more information on linking your Airmiles account to your YMCA membership, talk to Member Services or click here.

Eau Claire Swim Team Success

Last month Eau Claire YMCA Masters Swim Team did a mighty fine job at the FINA World Aquatic Masters Championships in Montreal. The event saw more than 9,000 athletes from around the world competing in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.

“It was a great experience with a great group of people, watching some impressive swimming,” says Carli Tyson, one of the swim team members.

Our Eau Claire members represented well in their categories and won a few medals as well, including a Top 10 in Age Group win. The team includes:

Carli Tyson (1 medal)
Dave de Vlieger (2 medals)
Jorge Rivas (3 medals)
Steve Milchak
Samantha Warwick
Aimee Gabriel
Graham Daw
Kerry Creelman

They are a registered team with Swim Alberta and train 2-3 times throughout the week in Eau Claire YMCA’s pool. The team does a few local meets each year. The World Aquatic Masters Championships run every 2 years.  If you’d like to join the team, let Carli know.

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Continue to Travel this Fall

YMCA Calgary Daycamps have come to a close for the summer of 2014.

At Saddletowne, the campers spent the final week travelling around the world.  They started in South America, and then headed off to Asia, Europe, Africa, and finally finished thing off in North America. During the week, campers tried new sports, created cool art, and learned a great deal about the variety of people and things that our great world has to offer.  Now we are all returning home, heading back to school, back to the routine for the fall.

StrongKids_Week8Over the summer, we saw thousands of campers across all of our branches take part in travel in their imagination, and visit new and exciting places all over the city.  Many of these campers received the support they needed to take part in the camp experience from the “YMCA Strong Kids Campaign”.

There were 105 Saddletowne Turtles, as we called them, supported by donations through fun-filled events that raised just short of $500 here at the branch.  Some of these events included a disco dance competition, medieval jousting, a treasure hunt and a mystery auction featuring “Mystery Cookies”, just to name a few.  No matter the fun event, and no matter the branch, campers all over Calgary supported a great cause.

All of the campers are gearing up to head back to school, while YMCA’s across the city are busy gearing up for fall.  Stay up to date on all of the exciting programs by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, checking out our website, or by signing up for our newsletter.

Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that the fun doesn’t stop.  Fall program registration is open; the YMCA door are open and we want you to avoid the normal grind.  Continue to travel this fall to meet your potential of healthy living with us!

“We may not have gone where we intended to go, but I think we have ended up where we needed to be.” ~Douglas Adams~

Get a Good Start to September at the Saddletowne YMCA

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The first week of September is Demo Week at the Saddletowne YMCA!  Incorporate a free class into your weekly workout, try a new sport or fitness routine, and meet our amazing instructors.

Click here to see a full schedule of the exciting demo classes we are offering from September 1st – 7th.  Call your neighbors, siblings, parents and nephews and attend with a friend!

We look forward to seeing you at the Saddletowne YMCA this fall!

Steve Elliot- Program Manager