Tis the season to be jolly! This year, support Melcor YMCA youth leadership programs with your Christmas tree purchase! Bring the spirit home by purchasing a YMCA Christmas Tree. Trees are available at the Melcor YMCA in Crowfoot. You may purchase a tree for $5.00 per foot. We will be selling trees from now and until we sell out!
Stop by the front desk for more information, call 403-547-6576 or look for the YMCA Leadership groups awaiting your donation in our lobby after school hours. Follow the Christmas music to find them! The proceeds from your purchase will allow our YMCA leaders to attend the Western Canadian Leadership Conference held in February and fund the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! These leaders meet every week to gain skills and to give back within their communities!
We thank you for your generous support and we hope you find your perfect tree to light up your home during the holiday season!
Spring is just around the corner and our excitement for opening two new child development centres this summer is growing just as fast as the tulips sitting on my mother-in-laws windowsill!
During February and March we enjoyed meeting many new families as they participated in the three open houses we hosted at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre. It was great fun to showcase our play-based learning curriculum as well as floor plans for the child development centres as well as the Remington YMCA also scheduled to open this summer.
We have certainly seen registration pick up these past few weeks and encourage families who have not yet contacted us to do so as soon as possible – we currently have a waiting list for infant spaces with toddler and preschool spaces not far behind. Some of this may be due to a new addition to the billboard signage located at the Quarry Park Child Development Centre location – check out the familiar burgundy circle with the Y logo!
As we get closer to opening we will be scheduling open houses at the new facilities as well as orientation nights for registered families.
To register for updates on what YMCA Calgary is up to in the Quarry Park Community click HERE
For more information or to register please contact – :
Bring the whole family to one of our Family Weekends for some outdoor fun!
May **Space still available** Fri May 20, 7PM to Mon May 23, 2PM – Victoria Day Weekend
May Fri May 27, 7PM to Sun May 29, 2PM
June Fri Jun 10, 7PM to Sun Jun 12, 2PM
September Fri Sep 23 7PM to Sun Sep 25 2PM
Sept/October Fri Sep 30 7PM to Sun Oct 2 2PM
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.
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 www.ymcacalgary.org/contact to issue a correct receipt.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Are you interested in learning more about the new YMCA childcare centres scheduled to open in summer 2016?
Please join us at one of our scheduled open houses for families who have either already registered for one of the new centres or who are wanting more information about YMCA childcare programs. All open houses will be held at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre (333 Shawville Boulevard SE).
New Centres – both centres are located in the Quarry Park Community (SE Calgary)
Remington YMCA Child Development Centre – located in the Remington YMCA
Quarry Park Child Development Centre – stand alone centre
A casual event, the open house will provide families with the opportunity to tour a YMCA Child Development Centre, meet staff and learn more about the new centres. It will also showcase our play-based curriculum which supports all children to learn and develop.
Children are welcome to attend although activities for children younger than 19 months will be limited due to the nature of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre.
Register soon as space is limited. Contact Shannon Boisvert, Administrator, to register
T 403-531-1662 E email@example.com
Location: Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre, 333 Shawville Boulevard SE
Thursday, February 25 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 2 6:30 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 12 9:30 – 11:00am
All open houses will be held at the:
Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre
333 Shawville Boulevard SE
For more information visit our website or call us at 403-351-6689
Give the Gift of Health
Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA
This year, give a gift that’s really valuable to someone’s health.
Here are great ways to tell friends and family you care.
1. DROP-IN PUNCH CARDS
A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in at their convenience so they can have more time enjoying
YMCA and time for themselves. Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9-Visits!
2. GIFT CARDS
A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program. Available in any denominations and there is no expiration date.
3. CHARITABLE GIVING
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf and help kids belong, grow, thrive and lead in your community.
Visit any YMCA location to purchase these items.
Help us Bring Holiday Cheer to a Family This Year
Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.
This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.
The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.
Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!
For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.
*Please note: All 2015 Adopt a Family families have been selected.
YMCA Calgary’s top executive joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders
Calgary, Alberta (November 25, 2015) –– YMCA Calgary is pleased to announce Helene Weir, President and CEO, YMCA Calgary has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Ms. Weir, who is included in WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.
Helene Weir joined the YMCA in 1983 and, in increasingly senior positions, has had a profound impact by helping our charity improve the lives of people in our community and fulfill a vision where every Calgarian can belong, grow, thrive and lead.
As a proud supporter of women in leadership, YMCA Calgary works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Ms. Weir to help them thrive and succeed within the not-for-profit community.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of Helene Weir and the team she leads,” said Narmin Ismail-Teja, Chair of the Board of YMCA Calgary. “In a time of profound growth and change for our organization, Helene lives out the YMCA values of honest, respect, responsibility and caring every day.”
The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”
Helene Weir joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, former “Dragon” and chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather
Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.
About Helene Weir
Helene Weir is in a rare group of female CEOs in the world-wide YMCA movement, currently active in over 120 countries. Ms. Weir is one of only 3 female CEOs among the largest YMCAs in Canada and is one of only 13 in the 70 largest YMCAs in North America. Under her leadership, YMCA Calgary is one of the leading voices in the country for preventative health through physical activity and wellness through community. A 2011 Women of Vision award winner here in Calgary, she also demonstrates a commitment to local community involvement through membership in the Rotary Club of Calgary which just celebrated its 100th anniversary in Calgary.
About YMCA Calgary
YMCA Calgary is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. For over 113 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 the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.
Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.
For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Helene Weir or WXN founder Pamela Jeffery, please contact:
416-960-5100 ext. 260
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.
Winter Camp | 10-13Y
Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Jan 29 – 31, 2016 | 7pm Friday – 1pm Sunday
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.
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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