Saddletowne YMCA Power Outage – Friday, February 13, 2015

UPDATE: Saddletowne YMCA re-opened it’s doors as of 11:30am today. The pool remains closed for the rest of the day but will re-open Saturday, February 14th. Saddletowne Child Development Centre also remains closed for the rest of the day and will re-open on Tuesday, February 17th.

8:56 AM The Genesis Centre has experienced a power outage. As a result the Saddletowne YMCA is currently closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work to restore our operations.

Y survive Vs Grade 6 indoor soccer!


Yesterday at the Shawnessy YMCA our Calgary Flames Foundation Grade 6 Members took part in a fun indoor soccer game against our Y-Survive teams as part of the drop in gym program we are running for our grade 6 members.

This one-time event gave both teams opportunities to get to know other members of the Shawnessy YMCA that they may not have met before and encouraged as sense of community. It was also a lot of fun!

Next week our regular drop-in gym will proceed in gym 1 on Wednesday 18th 2015 from 5-6pm, all grade 6 members are invited!

Philip Perryman

Youth Coordinator Shawnessy YMCA

Creative Writing with LINC

For the first few weeks of the winter semester, I worked with Neelam’s CLB 7 class on a special Creative Writing project. We had a blast! It was so much fun to tell our stories together and to find new ways to share our history through descriptive writing. We laughed, we cried, and we even got a little bit scared, thanks to some scary tales featuring crocodiles, spiders, leopards, and cockroaches! (Don’t worry, I will save those for Halloween!)

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some stories from my time with Neelam’s class on the YMCA blog. Today, I have two stories to share about the shock of Canadian winters. I think we can all relate to that! Happy reading and stay tuned for the next instalment of LINC Creative Writing.

My First Winter Experience in Canada – by Sabrina

I would like to share my first winter experience in Canada. I didn’t have any idea about how winter weather condition in Canada can quickly become dangerous, often with little or no warning. After my bitter situation, I came to know  that  Canadian winters are famous for being cold. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire city. It was the time of December 2012, my first year in Calgary. I was staying in Calgary alone with my two kids. Environment Canada forecast 30 c.m of snowfall expected during that day.  A powerful winter storm hit Calgary & its surrounding areas. At first I was enjoying the weather. Suddenly I felt that I need to buy milk for my little one, who was only two months of age. I decided to go to my neighbouring shop to buy it and come back. I was driving through the locality near my house and my driving speed was 20/25 km/h and I was in the middle lane. Strong winds, extreme cold, heavy snow and ice knocked down some trees on the sides of the road. While driving I came to know that storm has created many hazards, including automobile accidents on icy roads, and that made me feel helpless. Unexpectedly my car skid & it kept skidding until I hit the left curb. I tried to pull my car back but I failed to do so. At the same time my little son started to cry and my big son got scared.  After a while, one police car came and stopped behind my car. After hearing everything he helped me to move my car back to my house. That was a memorable day for me, how I was stuck up in the middle of the road. I have learned a lesson from this incident i.e when blizzard hits, stay indoors and wait it out unless it is emergency, and if I must go outside during cold weather I must wear layers of clothing with a wind resistant outer layer, warm socks, a hat and scarf and watch for wind-chill or extremely cold temperatures.

My First Month in Canada – by Torikun

My first month in Canada was chaotic.  I came to Canada on January 18th in Montreal. In winter time, Montreal has lots of snow. That day, the outside temperature was -23 degrees.

I came to Canada alone and it was my first plane journey. I was very confused in Heathrow, the London Airport. The airport is very big and it was complicated for me. I could not find my airplane’s gate. When I saw someone, I asked them and they helped me to find my airplane’s gate.  When I was on the plane from London to Montreal, I saw people put 3-4 pieces of ice in a glass of water and they were drinking. I was surprised. Because, the water was already cold but why they put ice? When my plane landed, it was already late. Then I was waiting at a different airplane’s luggage receiving place, because I did not know that different airplanes have a different luggage receiving place. When I did not find my luggage, then I asked a man and he said, “different airplane has a different place”. Then I looked another place and I found it.

My husband checked on the airplane’s website and it showed that the plane had landed almost 11/2 hours ago. But I did not come out from the airport. He thought that I missed my plane. After 2 hours, I came out from the airport. Then he picked me up. When we came out from the airport, snow was falling and I saw everything was white, trees had no leaves. He parked his car far away from the airport, because  my plane was late and the airport parking ticket is expensive. So, we rode an airport bus. Then, the bus stopped in a metro station. In Montreal, the train station is underground and it was also a new experience. I did not have a heavy winter jacket. My husband brought a jacket for me. But I was still very cold. My husband parked his car on opposite site of the train station. He took one luggage and he rolled it from the station to our car, but I took another luggage and I could not roll it because the snow was falling and it was hard work for me. I saw everyone was driving on opposite side and drivers also sat on opposite side of the car. Everyone followed the traffic rules. When the snow was gone, everything was clean (especially the roads, sidewalks etc.). My first month I found the differences between Canada and my country. When people were talking or asked me questions, I could not understand most of them. That’s why I went outside with my husband. I felt shy.

Cutting vegetables with a knife was also challenging. My husband taught me. Now, I can cut very well with a knife. Also I did not know most of the cooking recipes. But I wanted to eat that. So I called my mother and she gave me the recipe. At that time, my husband worked as a radio frequency engineer. Sometimes, he lived 4-5 days in Halifax, 2-3 days in Newfoundland and 6-7 days in Toronto. So, I lived alone in my home. I felt bored. I didn’t know Canadian culture, rules etc.

At that time, I had some bad experiences, but I had some good experiences that made me really happy. That’s why, I said my first month in Canada was chaotic.

YMCA Calgary to operate new Quarry Park Child Development Centre

YMCA Calgary is excited to announce they will be the operators of the new Quarry Park Child Development Centre, a new Remington Development project.

This purpose-built childcare centre will have approximately 348 licensed spaces to serve families with children aged 12 months – 6 years in the surrounding communities in southeast Calgary. This approximate 36,000 sq ft facility is scheduled to open in 2016.


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View Calgary Herald Article: Remington project brings child care options to Quarry Park


Benefits to your Child at YMCA Childcare Facilities

Learning Benefits

  • Early years research has formed the basis of the YMCA Playing to Learn curriculum, now implemented in over 300 YMCA Childcare centres across Canada.
  • Children are given opportunities to participate in developmentally appropriate play-based activities that maximize children’s learning. and prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Early childhood educators are provided with the skills they need to prepare program and spaces that are conducive to learning.

Health Benefits
Children will enjoy:

  • Indoor group activity spaces including multi-purpose rooms for active play
    A large, dedicated outdoor environment featuring natural play and learning areas
  • A learning kitchen for early nutrition education
  • Recreation time in the Remington YMCA (opening 2016) pool and gym for older children
  • Nutritious snacks and mid-day meal
  • All children registered in YMCA Child Development Centres receive a free YMCA Child Membership.

Social Benefits

  • Positive, caring relationships form the foundation of YMCA childcare settings. Children learn about YMCA Calgary’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility and practice behaviours which support social skill development, emotional competence and community engagement.


Click here to Sign-Up for Email Updates about this Facility

Grade 6 Drop-In Soccer


This month at Shawnessy YMCA our Calgary flames foundation Grade 6 members have the opportunity to play indoor soccer at our Grade 6 Drop in Gym!

Today Wednesday 4th February we hosted Drop in Soccer for all our grade 6 members, we had a good turnout of players and it was lots of fun!

Next week we will be meeting again from 5-6 pm in gym 1 on Wednesday at the Shawnessy YMCA for a special Grade 6 Vs Y-survive event, all grade 6 members are invited so come along and try some soccer!

Philip Perryman

Youth Coordinator Shawnessy YMCA

Call for YMCA Calgary Board of Directors

Each year the YMCA Calgary Board of Directors reviews its composition and replaces vacancies created by ‘graduating’ board members with individuals from the Calgary community. YMCA serves the needs of our diverse community and Board composition aims to reflect that diversity. Board members, who serve a three-year term, play a governance role in supporting the strategic vision of YMCA Calgary.

We are currently seeking candidates with one or more of the following professional competencies & skills:

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Brand Management
  • Fundraising

Consider a nomination if you are committed to playing a leadership role in our community including supporting the financial sustainability of YMCA, possess the preceding core competencies and are passionate about telling the YMCA story.

Individuals may express their interest by providing their resumes on or before February 13, 2015 to:

Prospector Executive Search & Consultants
Lachlin McKinnon

YMCA Calgary is a charitable organization driven by its mission to facilitate and promote the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals and to foster a sense of responsibility with the community.

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals committed to strategically support the YMCA in delivering on our mission.

New Fitness Space at Eau Claire YMCA

Eau Claire YMCA has a new versatile yoga studio!

Beautifully tailored décor and manually adjustable dimmer lights lend the perfect ambience for mind/body programs.

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And there’s more excitement! The area offers Fitness on Request. This virtual group fitness platform system is available FREE to members during non-program times to try a variety of fitness and wellness videos led by top qualified instructors from WELLBEATS. With the flip of a switch members can choose from a selection of Mind/Body, X-training, cycle step and more!

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Crunched for time? Can’t make one of our regularly scheduled classes? All the more reason to try Fitness on Request. We’ll set it up every day from 2pm-3pm. Then you decide which program you want to do.

Great variety and flexibility for everyone! See Eau Claire Member Services for more details.

- Namaste!



YMCA Megathon


YMCA MEGATHON – 2015 Strong Kids Kick-off Event
Monday, March 9 ALL DAY

Be a Superhero for Kids!

YMCA MEGATHON officially kicks-off the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at all YMCA Calgary locations! 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.

Activities will vary from branch to branch so if you’re super keen you can even participate at more than one location!

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Individuals or teams can create an online website at Once set up, encourage family, friends and coworkers to support your effort by making a donation.
  • On event day, dress up like a superhero and tackle a variety of exciting health and fitness activities.
  • Participants will be entered to win YMCA prizes!

Watch for details and schedules in-branch and online.

Did you know…

1 in 5 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.

Busy that day? You can still contribute. All locations will also have their own webpage which allows anyone to donate directly!

Y Survive Began This Week!

 Y Survive officially begins across YMCA Calgary!


It’s not too late to join in on the friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants.

Join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges on Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout the weeks, and the tribe with the highest score will win a victory trophy and bragging rights!

How to Join In:

  • Visit Member Services at your branch.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Get regular email updates and events from your team captain.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you will get a free dry-fit t-shirt and participate in this exciting, month-long event.

Tell us about your YMCA!

How are we doing? Feedback will help identify ways to better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us. 

This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time but will be invaluable for YMCA to improve its programs and services.

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