Category: South Health Campus YMCA

YMCA in South Health Campus Update

YMCA is coming to South Health Campus. Memberships are available for purchase at any YMCA Calgary location starting Sept 3. Be sure to check our website for important details related to pre-sales and opening information.

CDN Paralympic Team: Recruits Wanted!

Posted on the CTV Olympics website, this article from The Canadian Press talks about the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s quest to find more team members to up Canada’s chances of securing a medal at future Paralympics.

“Going on the theory that the wider the base, the higher the top of the pyramid, Canada needs more people with a disability to get involved in sport. Canada slipped from third in gold medals won at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Paralympics to seventh in 2008. The Canadian team’s objective in 2012 to finish in the top eight.

Recruiting amputees and the visually impaired, as well people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy is a priority of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.”

Click here to read the article in full on the CTV Olympics website.

News from YMCA in SHC General Manager

Today marks the end of my 3rd week on the job as the new General Manager of the new YMCA in the South Health Campus in southeast Calgary. We are less than 6-weeks away until the opening of our newest YMCA branch in the South Health Campus!

Weight Floor & Running Track

The last few weeks since I started have certainly been a whirlwind of activity, all in preparation for the new facility opening in October – so much to learn, so much to do! Although it’s been just a little busy to say the least, each day, I find myself doing something new, learning more and more about YMCA and all the amazing programs we have to offer across the Association, as well as feel a growing sense of excitement in anticipation of opening our new South Health Campus location.

I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity that this facility has to offer being the first in Canada to be situated within an actual hospital. YMCA’s presence as a part of the larger ‘Wellness Centre’ in the South Health Campus creates a very unique opportunity for our members. This YMCA is part of an innovative approach to health and wellness that includes not only YMCA facility and amenities, but also a Wellness Kitchen, Patient and Community Resource Centre and a Knowledge Centre staffed with a full-time librarian from the University of Calgary.

Entrance Desk & Member Services

Over the course of my first few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several meetings with our key partners in the Wellness Centre, and I do have to say what a fantastic experience it has been so far to be helping plan the vision of this centre with such a dynamic team of partners. We’ve had several discussions focused on what exactly this Centre hopes to achieve – what will this Wellness Centre look like in 5-years from now? Who will use it? What are they coming in for? And, how are they involved in leading it’s development?

Overall, the Wellness Centre is hoping to see families, children, patients, staff, physicians and community members accessing the Wellness Centre to not only receive support in accessing wellness programming, services and resources, but to also see them become connected to one another, and most importantly, engaged in helping build a ‘community of wellness’ by acting as a driving force behind wellness activities. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could see patients accessing the site to find resources that will help them reach their wellness goals, who later go onto leading an exercise group which helps other patients do the very same?

Another key focus for me over the past few weeks has been to build the YMCA staff team at South Health Campus – I’m happy to announce that we have now hired our leadership team for the YMCA South Health Campus. Rob Dickson will take on the role of Program Manager and Shannon Lighbown will be our new Member Services Director. Both are joining us from our Shawnessy branch and bring a wealth of knowledge and fantastic ideas. We get to move into our new space September 4th and I already can’t wait for them to start that same day!

More updates to come soon,


Registration Reminder

YMCA Fall Program Registration is now open for both members and non-members. Loads of cool new programs as well as the old favorites. Consider taking something new like:

  • Olympic lifting

    YMCA has programs for all ages

  • Triathlon training
  • TRX
  • Metabolic training
  • Aqua bootcamp
  • Kettlebell bootcamp
  • Zumba
  • Master’s swim program

There are tons of options for all ages. Check out our full list of locations and programs here.

YMCA in South Health Campus

YMCA Calgary will be embarking on an exciting new journey with the opening of a YMCA in the new South Health Campus (SHC) YMCA in the fall of 2012. This YMCA will be a unique branch with a focus on Health and Wellness, operated in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS). The YMCA will be an important part of a larger Wellness Centre and will contribute to a “community of wellness” within and surrounding SHC.

The SHC will be more than a hospital; more than a place to treat illness and disease. It has been designed as an inclusive health care campus that will inspire and create a broad range of opportunities for health and healing.  An integral component of this innovative and “ground breaking” approach to health is the inclusion of a 2700 square metre Wellness Center, located front and center of the building on the “Main Street”.  The Wellness Center is a collaborative partnership involving the YMCA, an AHS Patient & Family Resource Center, a University of Calgary Research/Resource library service and a fully equipped Wellness/Demonstration Kitchen.

The entire South Health Campus will embody a wellness mindset for patients and families; staff, physicians, students, volunteers, and the community.

For more information, visit the Alberta Health Services website and download a recent video (wmv file). Updates will also be available on the YMCA Calgary’s website and in  YMCA Today.

YMCA is Going South!

Did you know YMCA Calgary will be part of the new Alberta Health Services South Health Campus in southeast Calgary?

According to the AHS website:

“Calgary’s new South Health Campus will be a different kind of health facility. The campus will connect hospital care with community services, promote health as much as treat illness and help teach health care professionals innovative ways to care for patients.

There will be a lot of learning at the state-of-the-art facility – that’s why it’s called the South Health Campus… The South Health Campus will include a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, with a focus on wellness services and facilities. These wellness services will make illness prevention, management and community health education an important focus of the campus.”

Recently, YMCA Senior Leadership went onto the South Health Campus construction site to take a look at the space where YMCA Calgary will be housed. Things are looking spectacular and YMCA Calgary is eagerly looking forward to moving into the new facility!

Written by Nadina Kaminer for Helene Weir

Meet YMCA’s VP Health and Wellness

Volunteer blogger Beka Sharrock has been getting to know some of the personalities who make up the senior leadership team at Calgary YMCA, finding out what drives them to work for the YMCA and the person behind the job title….

Name: Shannon Doram

Job title: Vice President Health and Wellness

Job description: I am the lead for our Health and Wellness strategy, and healthy living program development for YMCA Calgary. I am excited to be involved in the development of the ‘Wellness Centre’, a special project at the new South Health Campus. My day-to-day work includes working closely with YMCA staff (promoting health inside the YMCA), our partners in health promotion, and representing YMCA Calgary on various projects and health-related committees.

Background: My role is actually a very new role to the organization and I have been in my job for just a little over four months! I have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary and a graduate degree in health promotion from the University of Alberta, School of Public Health.

The most important part of my job is: To lead and establish a strategic direction for health promotion at the YMCA that engages staff, volunteers, members, participants and our greater YMCA community in an effort to do this together! Understanding the health-related needs and interests of groups we work with is an important first step in doing this, especially with new projects related to healthy living.  Evaluation is an important component, and we will be measuring the outcomes of our work.

The most challenging part of my job is: Exploring the many facets of the YMCA (since I’m still ‘new’ to the organization) and learning where we have the greatest opportunity to help improve people’s health. Starting new initiatives and projects is always an exciting challenge and coordinating the many people, partners and ideas keeps me on my toes!

The best part of my job is: Being able to see the difference the YMCA makes in people’s lives, and knowing that my work is an important part of their journey with us. The opportunity to help people set a strong foundation for health that will help them into the future is an important part of what motivates me.

The best piece of advice I was given: My best friend once told me, “Honour your truth, and act with integrity”…. It’s been an important guidepost for me, which essentially means, do what you love and with good intention, and you can’t go wrong.

Not a lot of people know that: I spend most weekends in the mountains, either hiking, cross country skiing, trail running or cycling on my road bike.

If I wasn’t working at the Y I would be: On my bike! I love the feeling of being out on the road, with nature and going fast.

Five words to describe me: Dedicated, excitable, determined, fun and happy!

Weakness: Licorice Allsorts (the mini ones). My grandma was from the UK and I picked up a love of sweets from her.

What the Y means to me: The Y provides an important opportunity for people to spend time together with their families, for individuals to improve their health, and for communities to come together. The culture of the Y is one that supports people ‘where they’re at’ and provides support and encouragement to realize potential. It’s a special place.