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Tell us about your YMCA Experience!

Your Opinions Matter. Tell us about your YMCA.

We are excited to launch YMCA Calgary’s Annual Impact Survey. Feedback on your experience at the YMCA will help identify ways that we can better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us.

Because everyone’s opinion is very important to us, both members and the general public can participate. If you are a YMCA Calgary member or participant, or have a connection to YMCA Calgary: we’d love to hear from you!

The fun part of launching this survey is the associated contest. All survey participants also have chances to win some cool YMCA prizes! Spend 5 to 20 minutes to provide feedback and get the link to enter the contest. Survey ends December 7.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

 


LINC Builds Peaceful Communities

Peace TreeEvery November, YMCA LINC classes observe Peace Week. This is an opportunity to explore and celebrate peace in our communities, both on a local and a global scale. With students from nearly 40 different countries, the LINC program offers unique and creative perspectives on the meaning of peace and the power of the individual to create positive change for tomorrow.

Last week, South LINC students and teachers held a special event with the theme of “Building Community, Acting for Peace”. The students explored this theme by participating in a variety of creative activities, such as making origami peace doves and learning how to find inner peace in a meditation workshop. Students also practiced using peaceful vocabulary words, explored how both positive and negative words can affect others, and learned about other cultures through a musical activity. The grand finale, a peaceful flash mob set to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, surprised the passers-by in the Shawnessy YMCA lobby. After the flash mob dispersed, a “Peace Tower” remained in the lobby as a lovely reminder of the day’s events.

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Meanwhile, the North LINC students and teachers were hard at work sorting donations at their event, which focused on giving back to the community. Three classrooms were set up to collect and sort items for the Calgary Food Bank, the Women in Need Society, and other local organizations. The students did an excellent job preparing for this by researching what items were needed, and then making signs and posters to explain what to bring to donate (healthy non-perishables), and what to leave at home (sugary snacks and perishable items). Throughout the evening, students wrote message of peace on the “Peace Giving Tree”, and worked together to organize and sort the donations. By the end of the evening, there were three very neatly organized classrooms, completely full of gently used winter clothing, children’s toys, items for newborn babies, and non-perishable donations for the food bank.

It is truly amazing to see how focusing on acts of peace in our community can have such an immediate impact.

Great job, everyone!

Clothing Donations

Food Bank Donations

 


Winter Program Registration Open

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Winter Program Registration now Open for Members.

Use these guides to find the right program for you and your family and view schedules and fees.

WINTER SESSION

Crowfoot YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Eau Claire YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Saddletowne YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Shawnessy YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

South Health Campus YMCA Online Guide | Download PDF

Winter Day Camps | Download PDF

 

Registration begins December 7 for the general public.

 

 


Y7G Visits Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

On Wednesday, November 18th, the YMCA 7th Generation groups from both Ernest Manning High School and Crescent Heights High School gathered together on an especially cold winter day and made the journey to Blackfoot Crossing on the Siksika Nation – the historical site where Treaty 7 was made between her Majesty the Queen and the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Y7G Blackfoot Crossing

We were all spellbound by the interpretive center and all it had to offer. There we were able to explore the life of the Blackfoot people before the signing of Treaty 7 – a rich cultural life that revolved primarily around their most important source of food, shelter, clothing, tools and spiritual connection: the Buffalo (or what some jokingly refer to as the Walmart of their time). We learned how drastically their lives changed when they no longer had the Buffalo to sustain their nomadic way of life, and how this led them to make Treaty with the federal government and its royal head of state. The chiefs and elder who were present on that historic day, had to struggle with a decision that would determine the well-being of generations to come – a true test of leadership that is difficult to imagine being placed on any of our own shoulders.


This was an unforgettable experience for myself and for our students, and one that I am very glad we were able to offer them through the 7th Generation Program.


 

Also laid out before us was the Indian Act of 1876, sprawled across the walls of the museum. In this way students were able to grasp the immensity of the document (literally) and of its effects on all Native American people – many of which are still felt today, and some that have been subjected to progress and change for the Aboriginal people.

The students gathered facts on the history of the Blackfoot people, working together to decipher these historical documents and what they mean to the Blackfoot people. It was heartwarming to see our young leaders engage in reflection and discussion around these topics in a deep and personal way.

As we left the museum and looked out onto the rolling hills and plains around us, you could easily picture the vast number of roaming buffalo that once grazed this land; or the numerous tipis that filled the grounds on September 22, 1877, the day that Treaty 7 was made.

This was an unforgettable experience for myself and for our students, and one that I am very glad we were able to offer them through the 7th Generation Program.

 

 


Recycling for Strong Kids

Good Things Happen at the YMCA

In these challenging times there are some happy moments. The Housekeeping team at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA recently started an initiative to centrally store and collect empty bottles for the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

The value of the first cheque to Strong Kids was $340.00 and the 2nd  pick-up is scheduled before the end of the year. That’s enough to send a child to camp and have the experience of a lifetime, or teach the essential life skill of swimming to a family new to our city!

We’re so proud of our staff for taking on this wonderful initiative!

Strong Kids

The following  team members  participated in the first collection:

Paramjit Darrar, Nirpal Shergill, Kamla Sharma, Monohar Nirwal, Genina Yepes, Jasvir Dhanoa, Roop Sidhu, Major Gill, Gurmit Singh and Sukhdev Bains.

 

About YMCA Strong Kids

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.

Find out more about the campaign.


Winter Camp weekend | 10-13Y boys & girls

Come to camp in the winter!

Skate on Dew Drop Pond, carve ice from Lake Chilver and discover your camp during the winter. Play outside in the snow and on the ice – skate, hike and build snow forts. Then come inside to warm up and enjoy a satisfying meal. Bring warm clothes, skates and a helmet, bedding, toiletries and pyjamas. Bring nordic (cross-country) ski gear if you have it.

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Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
$215*

Fees include shared, indoor accommodations, meals, and activities.

*Return transportation is available from the Crowfoot YMCA in Calgary at no additional cost.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.


Create a positive Child Minding experience for you and your child

When the needs of a child guide parents and caregivers in their actions, it helps children to have positive experiences that support them in their growth and development.

YMCA Calgary aims to provide your child with a safe, caring and stimulating environment – one filled with lots of opportunities for them to explore and learn as they play.

We know that it is very important to have open, positive relationships between parents and caregivers so communication is effective. This allows children to make connections between their home and the broader community while gaining an understanding that the adults in their life are working together… for them!

YMCA Child Minding areas are places children become very familiar with as they gain confidence for being away from their parent. In the Child Minding area they develop relationships of their own with other children as well as the staff and volunteer caregivers. As a values based organization we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for children to learn about, and practice behaviours of, respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. In the child minding areas you can see this –

  • When children observe caregivers and parents warmly greeting and calmly speaking with one another
  • When check in and sign out processes are smooth and worry free for children, parents and caregivers
  • When children clean up the toy or piece of equipment they were playing with prior to leaving the area
  • When caregivers let the phone go to voice mail while they play and engage with children. Messages can be picked up in a few moments, a wonderful play moment shouldn’t be interrupted
  • When a parent or caregiver voices a concern to the other adult and they hear each other out prior to determining how they can best work together to support the child

YMCA staff and volunteers want all children to feel comfortable and happy within the Child Minding area. They truly enjoy working with the children and are committed to providing them with the care and attention they need.

For more information about YMCA Child Minding areas visit our website at http://www.ymcacalgary.org/childminding/

 

Reminder: Child Minding Block Booking for winter 2016 Session (Jan 4 – Mar 20, 2016)

YMCA Members     Book beginning Monday, November 23, 2015

Non-Members       Book beginning Monday, December 7, 2015

 

 

 

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Space available – Flood Respite Weekends

Flood Respite Weekends

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.

Flood Respite Weekends | Fall 2015
Oct 16 – 18
Oct 23 – 25
Nov 6 – 8
Nov 20 – 22
Nov 27 – 29 (space still available)

For more information, click here.

To register, call 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

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Summer 2016 – Session dates and prices now posted

Summer Camp 2016 registration is just around the corner.

Click here to find out:

How to register as a returning camper
How to register as a new camper
When to register
Where to register
What time registration starts
How deposits and payment schedules work

Camp descriptions and course barcodes coming soon!


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