Big Plans for Students at the Saddletowne YMCA

University of Calgary nursing students are partnering with the Saddletowne YMCA and hosting an event called “Big Plans?” that will raise awareness about career options and pathways to help students in grades 6 to 9 achieve their goals.

This event will be taking place at the Saddletowne YMCA on March 18th, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm.

There will be games and activities for grades 6 to 9 that highlight the importance of post-secondary education and career planning. Refreshments will be provided.

We’ll see you there!

The World YMCA and Environmental Advocacy


“Environmental degradation, sustainable development and the regulation of human impact on our planet will likely be the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century. The earth is the greatest resource that young people have, yet we are destroying it.” (World YMCA)

The World YMCA believes that:
  •          Every young person should live in a sustainable environment
  •          We should be an example of sustainable practices and respect for the environment
  •               Young people should be given opportunities to learn and advocate on environmental issue
  •               Every young person has the ability to contribute to reducing environmental degradation and its consequences

World YMCA’s Position on Environmental Issues

 What Matters Now

The global YMCA movement recognizes that young people face many challenges on a global scale and that empowering them to act within their own communities will spark real and sustainable change. Employment, civic engagement, health, and the environment have been identified as 4 critical areas necessary for young people to experience a sense of well-being and dignity.

Each day, our choices (big and small) make a difference. From the things we buy and the food we eat, to what we talk about with our friends and how we pass the time – these small decisions can have a big impact on the world around us. However, the time has come for conversation and action around the environment to expand beyond the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle). While there is still great power in how we model climate justice in our own lives; the critical changes need to also happen at a policy level. The World YMCA is committed to engaging young people in learning about critical environmental issues and supporting their growth as climate advocates. Every young person has the capacity to confront environmental policy, be it in their local YMCA or at UN climate talks.

Throughout the months of March and April, I will be leading 50 young people from 30 different countries as they explore what it means for them to be strong advocates for the environment in their YMCAs and their communities. Through a series of 5 online modules and video panels, participants will look at the roles that activism and advocacy play in their lives, learn new skills to communicate their message, and develop an action plan to address an issue that is important to them.  Most importantly, they will have the support of participants from around the world who are also working towards a more sustainable and just world. Supporting young people as advocates recognizes that climate change and environmental justice are not future concerns, but are real problems that need to be addressed in the present, with urgency.

I am grateful for the support of the World YMCA and I am very excited to support a new generation of young people who have strong voices to stand up for our collective right to a clean, sustainable, and responsible world.

 Selena Gignac

Community Outreach Director, YMCA Calgary

Spring/Summer Program Registration Now Open to Everyone!


Spring Program Registration is now open to everyone!

YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs to accommodate all children, youth, adults and families. You do not need to be a YMCA member to sign-up for our programs. We strive to serve the community by offering programs to promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.



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Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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Shawnessy YMCA

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South Health Campus YMCA

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2016 Spring Session Feb 22, 2016 Mar 7, 2016
2016 Summer Session Feb 22, 2016 June 6, 2016



There are many ways to register for a program — by PHONE, IN PERSON or ONLINE (YMCA members only).

Click the link below to register for Programs, view and change your YMCA account information (including linked memberships) and access your receipts.


New to online registration?

As a member, you ALREADY have an account. Contact your YMCA location for your login information or access Member Zone and Click Login > Forgot login information? to get started.

Please note: Members on Financial Assistance will not be able to receive a discounted rate on Programs through Member Zone. Please call or visit your YMCA location to register for programs.



RBC Invests in Children’s Safety

“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives…”



RBC is investing $250,000 in YMCA Swim to Survive, a proven and effective drowning prevention program delivered at YMCA Calgary. As part of the establishment of the RBC Active for Life Fund, RBC’s gift will enable Saddletowne YMCA in the Genesis Centre for Community Wellness to teach more children in Calgary’s diverse northeast neighbourhoods fundamental, water-based skills to survive if they fall into water.

YMCA Calgary has recognized RBC for this commitment to community safety by naming the leisure pool at the Saddletowne YMCA as the RBC Leisure Pool.

Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary’s President and CEO, says RBC’s gift demonstrates a shared commitment to keeping children safe, especially those from new Canadian families who may be less familiar with deep water. “This gift could literally save lives,“ Weir says. “RBC is showing tremendous leadership in enabling the YMCA to help a generation of kids understand the importance of water safety.”


RBC’s donation will also allow YMCA to invest in support, training and programming around physical literacy for children.

“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives, and we believe that physical literacy is an important part of achieving that,” says Jeff Boyd, Regional President, RBC. “We’re humbled to have the opportunity to support Active for Life and help kids build the confidence they need to enjoy sports safely.”

Brigitte Edwards, General Manager, Saddletowne YMCA, sees an opportunity to affect thousands of Calgary kids positively. “If we can help kids learn these skills when they are young, there’s a much better chance they will remain physically active throughout their lives,” she explains.

“Thank you to RBC for trusting in the YMCA to deliver on our promise to the community,” says Ian Dundas, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way towards engaging more young people, helping them reach their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”

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.



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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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*



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*


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


*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!


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 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

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  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.

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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.