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Stampede Parade: YMCA Calgary Float

The YMCA Calgary float demonstrates the action, community-building, and fun that makes the YMCA what it is. A variety of activities children, youth and adults can experience at the Y are illustrated with figurine outlines that can be any person from anywhere, emphasizing our inclusivity and our welcoming of all people. They are playing basketball, lifting weights, running, doing yoga, skateboarding, playing music, canoeing, and hiking.

All the figures are placed on, in and around colorful ribbon-like pieces that intertwine to demonstrate the community-building that occurs when children, youth and adults gather together to participate in activities they enjoy. The ribbons also intertwine in and around the acronym YMCA to demonstrate how the Y has activities within its Centres of Community but also around the city in 60 different sites including community centres and schools.

These ribbons gather together at the front of the float to create a push bar for the people pushing the structure.  The float is in the shape of a Y and is led by large YMCA logos, a recognizable symbol of welcome, community – a safe space. The basketball backboard at the back of the float symbolizes the ingenuity of the YMCA (basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith at a YMCA in 1891) and the constant flow of new ideas and activities at local YMCAs around our city, our country and in 120 countries around the world.   The words around the base of the float are YMCA key concepts supporting our mission – learn, grow, belong, thrive, lead, volunteer and work. They speak to the vision of YMCA Calgary, that our communities will be vibrant and healthy because children, youth and adults belong, grow, thrive and lead.


International Women’s Day at YMCA Calgary

On March 8, 2019, join us at these YMCA locations as we celebrate all women in our community. Each of these locations will have unique programming throughout the day for women of all ages.


Here’s an overview of events happening March 8:

For further details on time, registration, or any questions you may have – please contact your branch directly.

 

Remington YMCA in Quarry Park:
  • Women’s only Zumba® – 1:45pm to 2:30pm
  • Guided Meditation session – 2:45pm to 3:30pm followed by a Women’s focus Nutrition Tea and Talk time
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:
  • Women’s only Small Group Training – 11:15am to 12:00pm
  • David’s Tea Tasting – 11:15am to 1:30pm
  • Various Women’s only group fitness classes (Check the schedule on our app or website for more details)
Shawnessy YMCA:
  • Women’s only Yoga – 1:15pm to 2:15pm
South Health Campus YMCA:
  • Women’s only Climbing – 9:30am to 10:30am
  • Women’s only Yoga – 10:30am to 11:30am
Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:
  • Women’s only Yoga – 9:00am to 10:00am
  • Women’s only Zumba® – 10:30am to 11:30am
Saddletowne YMCA:
  • Women’s only Zumba® – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Women’s only Yoga –  7:15pm to 8:15pm
  • U of C Nurses will be on site from 5:30-8:30 taking blood pressure and discussing Cardiovascular Disease Awareness
Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot:
  • Women’s only Resistance Training – 8:30am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Made Foods Pop-up and sampling – 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Davids Tea sampling – 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Women’s only Basketball – 3:00pm to 3:30pm and 5:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Women’s only Yoga – 4:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Fashion Show – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Women’s only Belly Dancing – 8:30pm to 9:00pm

 

**All events are subject to change. Please check with your branch or view our schedules.


YMCA Calgary & First Calgary Financial: A signature partnership Empowering Youth with Financial Literacy Skills

Calgary AB – A $120,000 investment by First Calgary Financial in the YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) means youth who are new to Canada will belong, grow, thrive and lead through impactful YMCA experiences, including improving their financial literacy.

The YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) is an afterschool program that supports newcomer youth in Calgary. YMAP supports high school aged youth refugees, immigrants, international students and second-generation Canadians, representing over 50 different countries. This program provides opportunities for students to develop in all areas essential to a positive and healthy integration into Canada, while maintaining and celebrating their culture of origin.

Through this partnership, First Calgary Financial will not only provide $120,000 towards the YMAP program but also give additional support through volunteer engagement. For example, in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month in Canada (November), First Calgary Financial employees are kicking off their volunteerism by providing financial literacy workshops to every YMAP program in the city.

“Our youth are growing up in an age where spending is easier than ever, and debt is becoming a way of life,” says Shelley Vandenberg, President of First Calgary Financial. “Through our partnership with the YMCA, our employees will be helping over 300 youth learn money skills that are often not addressed at this crucial age. It’s something we’re passionate about at our credit union, and it only makes sense to give back in the communities in ways we know best.”

Over 350 youth will benefit from this opportunity, learning necessary financial skills to support their future planning.
“The opportunity to create more awareness and understanding of an important life skill, money management, perfectly complements the YMAP program which has been running for over 25 years, says Shannon Doram, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary. “Thank you to our trusted partners at First Calgary – both their leadership and staff – for their commitment to supporting newcomer youth in our diverse and evolving city.”

About YMCA Calgary

YMCA Calgary is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. For 116 years, YMCA Calgary has been committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community.

About Connect First Credit Union

Connect First Credit Union offers its members a full range of financial products and services through trusted local brands and a community-focused approach to banking. Connect First is Canada’s 7th largest credit union, with over $5.4 billion in assets. Proud to employ over 700 Albertans, Connect First serves 120,000 members through 42 branches in central and southern Alberta, under the brands: First Calgary Financial, Chinook Financial, Mountain View Financial and Legacy Financial.


Outdoor School for Homeschool Families

Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers Outdoor School for families who homeschool their kids.

FAMILY OUTDOOR SCHOOL is an exciting opportunity for the whole family to experience Outdoor Education at Camp! This 3-night, 4-day Outdoor School experience runs from June 10-13. This program is a great way to get unplugged, reconnect with your family and get into the woods with your children.

Click HERE for full details

Registration is open NOW!
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

CAMP CHIEF HECTOR YMCA
Family Outdoor School
June 10-13, 2019
1st Adult  $285   |   2nd Adult  $100   |   5Y – 17Y  $260   |   0-4Y  FREE


Why programs are so great!

Last week we did a poll on Twitter to see how many people planned to register for a fall program. 22% are still unsure.

While there are lots of ways to keep active and maintain your level of fitness independently, there are some excellent benefits to taking a program. Some benefits of program participation are:

• Adds variety to your workout routine, reducing the repetitiveness that often comes with exercising independently (which leads to exercise drop-outs)
• Helps provide motivation and accountability through the power of a group and an expert instructor
• Leaves work out planning to the instructor – no pre-planning required!
• Provides progressive challenge, allowing you to improve your level of fitness over a short period of time
• Like small group training, provides supervision of exercise form, reducing the risk of injury and ensuring you receive the FULL benefit from each exercise
• Provides new exercises and form you can incorporate into your own fitness routine
• Provides instant social connections and an opportunity to get to know people in the community with like interests

Still unsure? Tell us why.

Learn more about our programs here: https://www.ymcacalgary.org/program-descriptions/


YMCA Kids In Motion 18th Annual Food Drive

YMCA Kids In Motion & Day Camps Food Drive

August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018

This summer marks the 18th Annual YMCA Kids in Motion and Day camps Food Drive. During the week of August 13-17, campers will have the opportunity to explore philanthropy and learn the value of getting involved in the community during our Calgary Food Bank drive. Campers will visit local communities to deliver flyers and collect donations for the Calgary Inter Faith Food Bank.

Over the past 18 years YMCA Calgary has raised over 200,000 lbs of food. Last year campers supported local communities by collecting 10,620lbs!

If you’d like your camper to participate in our Calgary Food Bank drive, register them for an August 13-17 camp. This applies to all Camp YMCA camps which take place at all seven health and recreation locations.


Impact of exercise on mental health

 

 

In honour of Mental Health Week, YMCA Calgary wants to remind everyone the importance physical activity plays in both mental and physical health.

It is proven that daily exercise will improve your overall well-being.   What is also known, is that the type and intensity of exercise doesn’t matter. Daily physical activity, whether it is an intensive boot camp, an hour-long swim or a 30-minute walk, will significantly improve your mental health

Many of us face stress throughout our daily lives in our work, family, finances and relationships, which can negatively effect our mental health.   Incorporating daily physical activity into your routine will:

  1. Increase your energy
  2. Improve your mood
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Improve self-esteem
  5. Reduce depression and anxiety
  6. Improve both mental and physical health and overall well-being

Information was referenced from:  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise. To read more about how exercise can help your mental and physical well-being click on the link above.


National Volunteer Week 2018 – Sanam Adjigol

Branch: SHY

Name: Sanam Adjigol

Position: Preschool/ Volunteer instructor

Number of Years Volunteered: 2.5

Number of Volunteer Hours in 2018: 10.5

How has the nominee been a YMCA Calgary Ambassador?

Sanam has been a volunteer both here and at ECY. She promotes the Y when she talks about what she does – from being a preschool volunteer instructor teaching kids to being a day camp counsellor being a friend when needed to campers. Promoting people to join and have fun.

How does the volunteer engage in the YMCA Calgary Community?

Sanam is always talking about the Y to parents and friends. She lets them know about whats being offered, from programs to the camps where she is a counsellor.

How has the nominee built positive relationships?

Sanam gets down on the participants level and finds out about them. Making them feel welcome and giving them that extra hand when they need it. Either to make new buddies or to help kids with their first time away from parents.  The students rush in to tell her about that they have done that week.

In what ways has the nominee exceeded the expectations of their role?

Sanam jumps right in and takes care of any situation. She lends a helping hand to fellow volunteers and other branches when needed.


National Volunteer Week 2018 – Lynda Johnson

Branch: Quarry Park

Name: Lynda Johnson

Position: Reception/Front Assistant

Number of Years Volunteered: 2

Number of Volunteer Hours in 2018: 28

How has the nominee been a YMCA Calgary Ambassador?

Lynda has always been a true ambassador for the YMCA. She knows what the YMCA’s values are and she demonstrates these values, not only when she is here, but in her life daily.

How does the volunteer engage in the YMCA Calgary Community?

Lynda always has a smile and greets everyone. Everyone expects to see her when they arrive on Tuesdays. She is a part of our family.

How has the nominee built positive relationships?

Lynda always has a smile for everyone. She interacts with staff and families alike. She makes people feel welcome and at home. Lynda takes on any task that needs to be done.

In what ways has the nominee exceeded the expectations of their role?

Lynda is always willing to help with anything, and with very short notice, if necessary. She has offered to come in and put in extra time if we need her. We rely on Lynda and we know she will be there for us.


National Volunteer Week 2018 – John Anderson

Volunteer of the Year Response

Branch: ECY

Name: John Anderson

Position: Group Fitness Instructor

Number of Years Volunteered: 26

Number of Volunteer Hours in 2018: 25+

How has the nominee been a YMCA Calgary Ambassador?

John was one of the first Y people I met when I started working here. He was (an always is ) welcoming, encouraging, and cheerful. He left the most positive impression of an organization I was already excited to be a part of. John talks about the Y like a family.

How does the volunteer engage in the YMCA Calgary Community?

John teaches lunch hour fitness classes at least two days per week, and on the others he attends them as a participant! He is a fixture in this facility between the hours of 11:30 and 1:00pm, choosing to spend his time engaging with staff, members, and other volunteers.

How has the nominee built positive relationships?

John is one of our most longstanding and respected volunteers. He recognizes every participant by name, takes the time to get to know and help new faces in the crowd, and does it all with a smile.

In what ways has the nominee exceeded the expectations of their role?

John stepped well outside his comfort zone in 2017. While his background and experience is in teaching typical hi/lo and cardio classes, John decided to leap into the MOSSA Group Blast training head first. This time consuming and occasionally frustrating class brought out the best in John, and the extra time and effort he puts in to learn and teach releases himself, as well as ensure members are getting the most out of each class, is so appreciated!


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