There Is Still Space Available at Camp Chief Hector!

Grow, make friends, and have fun during the 84th summer at our award-winning[1] camp!

Space is still available in the following Camp Chief Hector summer camps:

6-day Mistaya | 10-11Y | Males
Aug. 17 – 22
Aug. 24 – 29

13-day Mistaya | 10Y | Males
Jul. 6 – 18
Jul. 20 – Aug. 1
Aug. 3 – 15

Sr. Shotungwa | 15Y | Females
Jul. 6-18

Leadership 1 | 16Y | Males
Jul. 6 – Aug. 1
Aug. 3 – 29

6-day Family Camp
Aug. 17 – 22
Aug. 24 – 29

*Limited space may be available for children and youth 12 – 16 years

Contact 403-269-6156 to learn more and to register for camp this summer.
Program descriptions and packing lists are available at our website.

If you’d like to speak with a family that currently attends Camp Chief Hector YMCA, please let us know and we can set up a telephone or in-person meeting with you.

“The counsellors both had really good leadership styles with the campers. I kept thinking to myself how fortunate these campers were to be exposed to this kind of experience.” – Program Reviewer from Banff National Park

“I felt trusted by my supervisors and confident in my abilities to lead. I adored all the campers in my care and always felt that I took away something special from each of them.” – Staff Member, 2013

“Both of my children had terrific counsellors. It was their first overnight experience and I love listening to all their stories, songs, adventures and successes.” – Camper Parent

“My time at camp has been one of the best times of my life. You will make lots of friends and have a great time.” – Teenage Camper


[1] Calgary’s Child, 1st Place, Best Residential Child & Youth Summer Camp
Calgary Herald Readers Choice, 1st Place, Best Residential Child & Youth Summer Camp

Beginner Bootcamp

Are you a new exerciser?

Do you want to be a healthier you?

Do you want to have fun on your journey in that direction?

Join our new Beginner Bootcamp class.

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Designed for the new exerciser, Beginner Bootcamp will take you through small steps on your way to being a healthier you.

Class starts Friday May 16 | 12:05-12:50pm | for 6 Weeks | at Eau Claire YMCA

Register at Member Services (403-269-6701) with course code 88715.



UNOFFICIAL RESULTS YMCA Strong Kids 10k & Family Fun Run

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the YMCA Strong Kids 10k & Family Fun Run participants on a successful run today!


Here are the unofficial results:




The 10 km Race starts at 9:00am. The 1.5 km Family Fun Run starts at 10:30am

Support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the banks of the Bow River. All proceeds helps children and youth reach their potential.

Adults                       $35
Youth (8-17Y)         $20
Kids (7Y & under)  $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Registration fees will be refunded for those who raise more than $100 in sponsorship for YMCA Strong Kids.

Register online today!



Summer Student and Youth Passes

School’s OUT! YMCA Summer Passes are IN!

Summer Passes for Students (18-25Y) & Youth (12-17Y) are Back!

Choose From:

City-wide Summer Pass (5 months)

  • Students $245 | Youth $155
  • April 1 – August 31
  • Join anytime (fees are pro-rated)

Go Monthly

  • Students $50 | Youth $45
  • No contract, joining fee or withdrawal fees.
  • Join today!

Visit any YMCA Calgary location for more information and to sign-up.

2013 Volunteer of the Year Recipients


We’re so thankful for our amazing volunteers!

Get to know this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award Winners by reading about them and watching their award videos.


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Adult Volunteer of the Year – Brent Harris

Brent helps corral the lively group of volunteers who organize the annual Music in the Mountains fundraiser for YMCA Strong Kids and Camp Chief Hector.

Camp Chief Hector has been a part of Brent’s life since he was a little boy. His dad even attended camp!

A true lover of the mountains and mountain life-style, Brent spends as much time as possible hiking, skiing, biking, and camping in the wilderness.


Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Camille Wiley

Camille volunteered as part of the LIT (Leaders in Training) program at Camp Chief Hector during the summer of 2013. After just a week of training, she jumped in and co-lead a cabin with the full responsibilities of a paid staff member.

Camille’s enthusiasm, leadership to kids and her peers, and her ability to seamlessly wind lessons into fun activities made her an all-star.


Community YMCA - Adult Volunteer of the Year – Zobia Asif

Zobia began volunteering on the weightfloor and now volunteers with LINC (language instruction for newcomers to Canada).

She is enthusiastic about fitness and community and loves being able to help newcomers by practicing English with them or translating for them during fitness classes.

Zobia is passionate about the positive work the YMCA does, for her family and for others, and never shies away from sharing about it.


Community YMCA - Youth Volunteer of the Year – Priya Kumar

Priya loves math. She’s an engineer. She’s not that much older than most of the students in the tutoring program. It seemed a natural fit.

She is enthusiastic, loves the challenge of learning how to explain a math concept in a unique way, and feels like she is using her skills to contribute to her community.

Priya is always willing to help – she comes early and stays late – and her commitment and caring have made her a favourite among students and staff alike.


Crowfoot YMCA - Adult Volunteer of the Year – Bala Chandran

Bala volunteers in Member Services.
He began volunteering because he needed something to do after he retired and decided he enjoyed being at the Y.

He is friendly and welcoming and, according to other folks at Crowfoot, is always around and willing to lend a hand.

For Bala, volunteering is all about giving back to a community that has given so much to him.


Crowfoot YMCA – Youth Volunteer of the Year – Corwin Chung

Corwin volunteers as a basketball coach for Steve Nash Basketball. He really enjoys mentoring and teaching kids.

His favourite part of his weekly basketball practices is seeing the smiles on kids’ faces and watching them develop their skills and enjoy the game.

Volunteering, he says, is an important job to help give kids opportunities that may not be available without the support of volunteer coaches and teachers.


Eau Claire YMCA - Adult Volunteer of the Year - Ted Lefebvre

Ted has been volunteering with YMCA Calgary for three decades! He’s incredibly dedicated to his early morning cycling classes and loves making people smile while they work out.

He started out as a substitute instructor, and quickly began teaching a regular class. He loves interacting with the people he meets at the Y and the friendships that he has developed over the years.


Eau Claire YMCA - Youth Volunteer of the Year – Jon Mosher

Jon volunteers as a basketball coach for Steve Nash Basketball program, combining his love of teaching and basketball. He enjoys helping kids improve their skill and seeing them apply lessons during games.

For Jon, the best part of volunteering is hearing from kids and parents how his coaching has helped them achieve goals – like making their school team or scoring during a game.

He loves getting to know people at the Y and says he volunteers simply because he enjoys it.


Saddletowne YMCA - Adult Volunteer of the Year – Kristin Reid

Kristin volunteers as a fitness instructor in a variety of classes. Always willing to lend a hand, she fills in when substitute instrucors are needed.

She’s passionate about encouraging people, making them smile and helping them reach their goals.

Kristin is positive, enthusiastic, and inspires the people around her.


Saddletowne YMCA - Youth Volunteer of the Year – Bethel Afework

Bethel volunteers with Saturday preschool programs. She loves playing with the kids, helping them learn new things and getting to know families of other cultures.

She is passionate about making the preschool programs as fun for the kids, and their parents, as possible.

Volunteering, for Bethel, is a way to give back to her community. She thinks it’s important to encourage kids and give them opportunities to learn and play.


Shawnessy YMCA –  Adult Volunteer of the Year – Catherine Fah

Cath volunteers as an assistant swim instructor. With roots, training, and experience as a swim instructor in Australia, she brings lots of ideas, talent, and kangaroo songs to her classes.

Parents are excited when they hear that Cath will be helping their kids learn to swim – they know she will care for their kids and give them an incredibly fun lesson.

Ever active, Cath likes to ski, hike, and do other fun things with her family on the weekends.


Shawnessy YMCA –  Youth Volunteer of the Year – Paola Castillo Perez

Paola has been a part of Shawnessy YMCA since she was a little girl. The staff and other volunteers can’t remember a time she wasn’t around, and don’t want to!

Paola is an enthusiastic youth volunteer who currently helps with the Adventures in Leadership program for grade 5 and 6 kids. She has helped in other areas of the YMCA as well.

Even with a busy schedule of school, choir, and family commitments, Paola always makes time for her YMCA family.


South Health Campus YMCA –  Adult Volunteer of the Year – Sheila Artus

Shelia volunteers on the climbing wall and as a fitness instructor. She is passionate about health and wellness and wanted to share her excitement for fitness with others.

Encouraging children on the climbing wall and adults in fitness classes to reach their goals always puts a smile on Sheila’s face. Staff appreciate her constant presence at South Health Campus YMCA, knowing her wisdom and commitment will ensure things run smoothly.


South Health Campus YMCA –  Youth Volunteer of the Year – Sumel Lally

Sumel volunteers as a leader in Active Y kids classes and on Friday teen nights. She enjoys getting to know people and helping them find out what they like to do at the Y.

She recently came to Canada from India and started volunteering to improve her English. Since last year, her friends have noticed a huge improvement in her language skills and are asking her to help them start volunteering too.


Congratulations to all our Volunteer of the Year Recipients, and thank you for all that you do.

Digital Annual Report

We’ve done something new and different this year. Our Annual Report is an interactive website!

We’ve gone green.

We’ve gone fun!

Our YMCA Calgary 2013 Annual Report is an interactive digital illustration. You can go to to look at the cartoon and click on different people to read stories and find information.

Go ahead! You might even see someone you know!

YMCA Volunteer Coach

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards

We love our volunteers.

Have you noticed how much work they do to help us out?

With 1200 volunteers who give their time, talent, and energy to help us greet people at our Member Services desks, run programs, take care of kids, and teach fitness classes – we feel like we need to thank them.

So each year, we celebrate volunteers at our Annual General Meeting and award a small number of exceptional volunteers with a Volunteer of the Year Award.

Volunteer of the Year recipients are nominated by their supervisors for making a unique contribution to our YMCA community and for consistently going the extra mile to help out. One youth and one adult from each YMCA Calgary location win the award each year.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Recipients are:

Camp Chief Hector YMCA Brent Harris – Adult
Camille Wiley – Youth
Crowfoot YMCA Bala Chandran – Adult
Corwin Chung – Youth
Community YMCA Zobia Asif – Adult
Priya Kumar – Youth
Eau Claire YMCA Ted Lefebvre – Adult
Jon Mosher – Youth
Saddletowne YMCA Kristin Reid – Adult
Bethel Afework – Youth
Shawnessy YMCA Catherine Fah – Adult
Paola Castillo – Youth
South Health Campus YMCA    Sheila Artus – Adult
Sumel Lally – Youth

These incredible volunteers will receive their awards at the Annual General Meeting tonight at Eau Claire YMCA, 5:00pm-7:30pm. Come celebrate them with us!

Global Youth Summit

Global Youth Summit is coming up on Friday, May 16th!

Global Youth Summit (GYS) is an annual one-day event for youth to take local action for a global impact.

Group of Teens
Youth inspire, engage, and equip each other about social justice issues, and then discuss ways to get involved locally.

This year, our theme is “Challenge YOUR Status Quo!”

Workshops will be offered around how we can challenge ourselves and each other to think outside the box, and learn skills for the future!

Who is GYS for? Grade 8-12 students
When is it? Friday, May 16 | 3:00pm-8:00pm
Where is it? Community Wise Resource Centre 101-223, 12 Ave SW (short walk from 1 St SW LRT Station)
What does it cost? Only $5! Snack, dinner and workshops included!
Questions? Talk to Carla Bitz, Global Initiatives Director (403) 899-4047 |

Register by completing the registration form and emailing it to

Did You Receive a 2012 Receipt from YMCA Calgary?

Due to an administrative error, a small batch of 2012 program receipts were sent out to specific YMCA facility users. These receipts were only sent to the email address that the purchaser provided. Please disregard the receipt communication if you received it. Please note, all privacy and security of personal and confidential information remains intact. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Free Family Weekends for Flood-affected Families


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.

Please keep in mind you are welcome to come to any weekend that works best for your family and not just the weekend your community is listed under. These weekends are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.


Dates Available:

October 24-26                community TBD

October 31-Nov 2            community TBD

November 28-30                 community TBD


Weekends run from 7pm Friday to 2pm Sunday. Bus transportation to camp is available.

Call Camp Chief Hector YMCA today to register your family: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

Please send this blog to everyone and help us spread the word!

More information on the weekend schedule and activities, directions and what to pack can be found here.

Thank you to the Government of Alberta for providing funding to make these weekends possible.