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2016 Strong Kids Kick-off Events

Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!

YMCA Megathon

YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.

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Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids

Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.

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Learn about YMCA Strong Kids

Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.

 

Can’t make any of these events?

You can still support kids and youth by donating online.


Family Weekends at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Bring the whole family to one of our Family Weekends for some outdoor fun!

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SPRING    

May       **Space still available**     Fri May 20, 7PM to Mon May 23, 2PM  – Victoria Day Weekend

Activities, Packing list, Schedule    Activity planning tool* (4-day weekend)

May                                                           Fri May 27, 7PM to Sun May 29, 2PM

June                                                          Fri Jun 10, 7PM to Sun Jun 12, 2PM

Activities, Packing list, Schedule      Activity planning tool*

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FALL         

September                                             Fri Sep 23 7PM to Sun Sep 25 2PM

Sept/October                                        Fri Sep 30 7PM to Sun Oct 2 2PM

Activities, Packing list, Schedule     Activity planning tool*

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3-day weekend           Adults $205 | 6-16Y  $135 | 3-5Y  $90 | 0-2Y  free
4-day weekend           Adults $310 | 6-16Y  $240 | 3-5Y  $135 | 0-2Y  free

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*Families are encouraged to pre-register for activities. Participants may choose to leave a time block open to take a walk, read a book, have a nap or enjoy a cup of tea. Scan and email your Activity planning tool to our office on the day you register for Family Weekend.

Register by telephone at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

 


Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids!

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On March 7th, we welcome you to come to the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA and hop on a bike to kick off this year’s Strong Kids Campaign. This is set to be an exciting and heart-pumping day as we are transforming the Eau Claire location into a spin studio by setting up spin bikes in the lobby!

This fundraising team event is friendly competition to crown a “champion” team who raises the most money for Strong Kids and who burns the most calories. Decide who is on your team and start fundraising for this excellent cause for kids.

How to get registered:

1. Talk to some friends and family members and ask if they want to create a team for this event

2. Email ecy@ymcacalgary.org and say that you want to sign up!

3. Come ready to sweat and smile on March 7th

We hope to see you there!

 

 


The 2016 Megathon is Here!

 

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Get your capes ready and tighten your utility belts because on Tuesday, March 1 the YMCA Megathon officially kicks off the 2016 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! This superhero themed event features a huge variety of fitness events to raise money for youth and children in the community. Your participation and fundraising efforts will directly benefit a child or youth in financial need and will give more young people a chance to thrive at the YMCA.

On Tuesday, March 1st, dress up and walk in to any of the three participating YMCA locations (South Health Campus, Shawnessy or Saddletowne) and make a real difference in the lives of the youth and children in Calgary. Just show up and you are signed up! With the goal of making all Calgary kids, healthier, you can have loads of fun and directly support children and youth in the community to have a YMCA experience.

Can’t make it that day? You can still help a youth or child by donating online at http://www.ymcacalgary.org/donate-ymca/

Stay tuned for more event details individual fitness events and visit your local YMCA location for more details!

Did you know…
1 in 4 children and youth coming to YMCA Calgary are in need of financial assistance? YMCA Megathon is a great way for you to have fun and raise much needed funds for kids.

Tax Receipt Error

On Feb 10, 2016 a mass email to members and program participants was sent out  with the subject line   ‘YMCA Calgary Official Tax Receipt – Child Fitness’

Unfortunately, due to system error, the information contained in that email may be incorrect.

Please disregard the email if you received it.

If you require receipts for tax purposes, please contact your home branch www.ymcacalgary.org/contact  to issue a correct receipt.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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.

A man and woman exercising in spinning class at the gym

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

Photo 1. Big Cheque indoor

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. ”

face painting Andy Melton Carnival in the Lobby

View more photos from today’s event.


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

 


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