Category: Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

A Letter from the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Committee

gfecy-strong-kids-blogThe Fall is always crunch time for the Gray Family Eau Claire Strong Kids Committee as many of our Strong Kids donors wait until the end of the year to make their decisions. In addition to this, the current economic climate in Calgary has made this year particularly challenging. With just over two months remaining in the Campaign, uncertainty is high and we don’t know whether or not we will make our fundraising goal. We need your help in reaching this benchmark because the community need for these funds is higher than ever.

Requests for financial assistance at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA are up 14% year over year and the $208,000 raised to date is 15% below this time last year. Our goal is $400,000 and we are only 50% there. The goal seems difficult at this point in time but we are working hard and believing in the generosity of the community.

We are planning a couple of in-branch Strong Kids blitz days for November, focusing our efforts on people who have given in past but have not given this year and pursuing new corporate and individual Chair Round Table (>$1,000) donors.  We understand that times are difficult and resources are spread thin, but we encourage those that can to invest in the city’s children and youth – our leaders of tomorrow and our future.

On behalf of the Committee, my appeal goes out to fellow Y members, community partners and all Calgarians to help us ensure all children and youth in Calgary have an opportunity for YMCA experiences regardless of their financial circumstances. Nobody is turned away for financial reasons at YMCA Calgary because of the continued generosity of Strong Kids donors. 100% of the monies raised go to providing experiences for kids.

If you have donated, we thank you so much.  If you haven’t donated yet and are interested, please visit Member Services or click the link below to donate.  You can track our progress as we close in on year-end through the fundraising thermometer just behind the main entry desk.

I love to talk about our Strong Kids program and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can be reached at rjgreen@nivenfischer.com or 403-290-1900 ext. 224.

 

Randy Green

2016 Volunteer Chair

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Committee

 

 

 

 


YMCA Child Development Centres in Quarry Park – Kindergarten Transportation

The Remington YMCA Child Development Centre opens July 1 and we anticipate that the Quarry Park Child Development Centre will open mid August 2016.

It has been great fun preparing the spaces to welcome children and we have greatly enjoyed getting to meet families during tours and orientation meetings.

We are excited to announce that bus transportation will be available to Douglasdale School for kindergarten-aged children attending both the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre beginning Fall 2016.

Please contact us for more details:

Remington YMCA – Trisha Skinner, Childcare Director    T 403-351-8287

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Trudy Halvorsen, Childcare Manager    T 403-351-6688

For more information about YMCA Calgary Child Development Centre please visit our website

 


YMCA Calgary – Celebrating Neighbour Day on June 18!

YMCA Calgary is excited to be joining the vibrant community of Quarry Park in SE Calgary. With two new facilities opening this summer we are busy preparing to welcome new members and participants at both the Remington YMCA and the Quarry Park Child Development Centre.

We can’t wait to meet you and Calgary Neighbour Day gives us a perfect opportunity to say hi to our new neighbours.

When    Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time     10:00am – 1:00pm

Where   Quarry Park Child Development Centre (10702- 18 Street SE)

Please drop by for some family fun. Activities include:

Guided tours of the facility

Play activities for the whole family

Activity sessions to get you moving and shaking

See you on June 18th!

Quarry Park Child Development Centre - Entrance

Quarry Park Child Development Centre – Entrance

 

 

 

 

 


Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – Childminding Area Renovations

We are excited to announce that the Gray Family Childminding area will be undergoing renovations Friday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

To facilitate the renovations childminding hours have been adjusted as follows:

Friday, March 25         Closed

Saturday, March 26    Relocated to the YMCA Child Development Centre (just down the hall)

Sunday, March 27       Closed

Monday, March 28      Closed

Tuesday, March 29      Closed

We have contacted all families booked during this period of time to advise of this operational change.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this transitional period but look forward to sharing with you the new look of the childminding area very soon.

 


Spring/Summer Program Registration Now Open to Everyone!

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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.

 

>>SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDES<<

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

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Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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Saddletowne YMCA

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Shawnessy YMCA

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South Health Campus YMCA

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REGISTRATION DATES

REGISTRATION DATES: MEMBER NON-MEMBER
2016 Spring Session Feb 22, 2016 Mar 7, 2016
2016 Summer Session Feb 22, 2016 June 6, 2016

 

HOW TO REGISTER

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.

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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.

 

 


Family Weekends at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Bring the whole family to one of our Family Weekends for some outdoor fun at Camp Chief Hector YMCA

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SPRING    

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*

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FALL         

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*

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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

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*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.

 

Summer Camp


Introducing the WIBIT!

We’re excited to bring on-board the WIBIT, a new aquatic obstacle course at YMCA!

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A Wibit is an inflatable obstacle course for the swimming pool.  It’s a chance for both children and adults to have some fun and enjoy the swimming pool in a new way!

The WIBIT is available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

Now Booking WIBIT Birthday Parties!

Looking for a fun party idea?   Host a WIBIT birthday party at the YMCA! Available on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.  Party room also available.

Learn more about birthday parties at the YMCA.


Strong Kids Campaign Success Story

Strong Kids Campaign Success Story
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YMCA Calgary is happy to announce that the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raised $1.6 Million and enabled over 20,000 children to participate in YMCA activities! This goal would have never been met without the immense generosity and support of thousands of donors. Despite economic downturn across the city, our donors reached into their pockets and their hearts to support a great cause that supports so many children. Each and every one of our donors is directly pouring into the lives of Calgarian children and for that, we say, “Thank you!” Every single child who learned to swim, painted a picture, made a friend, wrote a poem, sunk their first basket or won their first race, they also say, “Thank you!” with a beaming smile across their face.

Each branch contributed greatly to reaching the financial goal of $1.6 Million and their contribution cannot go unnoticed! This program could never move forward without the continued support from all YMCA branches across the city.

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA – $380,000

Saddletowne YMCA – $31,674

Crowfoot YMCA – $59,423

Shawnessy YMCA – $77,811

South Health Campus YMCA – $18,256

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.

To learn more about Strong Kids Campaign or to donate please visit

https://www.ymcacalgary.org/success-stories/donate/strong-kids/


Mid-January ‘blues’

It’s that time again – Mid January! Did you know, that mid-to-late January is called, “Blue Monday?” Yes! One reason is because it is during this time, that we start to fail, or drop our New Year Resolution’s (NYR) after the short period of creating them. Here’s a few ways to assist you in maintaining those fitness goals and New Year’s Resolutions!

Fitness

Choose an Obtainable/Realistic Goal: One step at a time. Don’t set yourself up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month, or the next top model. Firstly, that isn’t healthy and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Break it down into small steps: Creating small goals throughout the month (Ex. running on the treadmill for 15 min. 3 times a week and making my way to running for 30 min. 3 times a week until the end of February) makes a much bigger difference in accomplishing your goals.

Tell/ask friend’s/family regarding your fitness goals: The great thing about telling someone about your fitness goals is you then have someone to be accountable to. Next time they see you, a simple, “Hey, did you workout this week? How’s the progress?” can greatly help in motivating you to keep at your goals. Personally, I know that when I have a major goal, I tell my close friends and family so they can help me stay on track as well as give me incentive to do better.

Write them down, display them: To help in motivating you to keep at it’ during this year, try writing your resolutions and goals down where you can see them. For example, the fridgerator, the pantry where the chocolates are… (haha), in your vehicle, etc. I find that material objects I use daily such as my laptop, and cell phone are great places to create a ‘note’ so it will stay in the back of my mind throughout the day.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all fall: It’s okay to slip-up and make a mistake. We all do! In Batman Begins, Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) tells him: “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” So don’t be too hard on yourself. As cliché as it sounds, Never give up! It’s okay to admit we need assistance or help. The staff at the YMCA will always be ready to assist you in attaining your fitness goals!

Reward Yourself: After setting those little goals for yourself, it’s good to reward yourself after every ‘milestone’. Treat yourself that white chocolate raspberry Crème brûlée you’ve been drooling over! Buy yourself those new sneakers. When you work hard, you deserve it!


Tips to Keep You and Your Family Well and Safe

 

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When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.

But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.

Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.

Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.

Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safety Equipment
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.

Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.

Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.

We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.

  • Go easy with new exercise and activities
  • Get enough food and sleep
  • Remember to take necessary medication
  • Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
  • Secure personal belongings in the locker room

As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.


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