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National Volunteer Week 2018 – Annie Walker

Name: Annie Walker

Branch: Camp Chief Hector

Position: Mountain Haven Volunteer

Number of Years Volunteered: 8

Number of Volunteer Hours in 2018: 35

 

How has the nominee been a YMCA Calgary Ambassador?

Annie has been involved as a member of the YMCA community for well over 40 years. Her love of Camp Chief Hector has made her a true promoter of how being in the outdoors, challenging one’s self and being surrounded by role models can be life changing. The Mountain Haven Program has been impacted by Annie’s dedication for over the last twenty years. Mountain Haven provides women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence, with an opportunity to connect, building community and create family memories in the outdoors. Annie has a way of creating a sense of community and empowering the women within a very short time frame. Over the years, it is not uncommon for our partnering agency staff or a returning camper to ask if Annie is at camp.

How does the volunteer engage in the YMCA Calgary Community?

Annie engages with some of our most vulnerable ‘campers’. Right from the moment that the women meet Annie she is working at creating a safe space for the women to feel comfortable for the adventure that has been planned for them. Annie is one of the most non-judgemental, engaging and caring volunteers at camp. Her warmth and genuine care is a key to making the women feel safe; whether it be from assisting the mothers in getting their children comfortable with the camp counsellors, to her encouraging words as the mom’s try the giant swing and right through to leading a gentle session of yoga and breathing.

How has the nominee built positive relationships?

The Camp Chief Hector Mountain Haven program has a limited time to build trusting relationships with the moms and children who attend. Annie volunteers with the complete intention of helping to build memories for the women to feel empowered and reenergized when they take the bus back to Calgary. Her humour and her laughter help to bring the women out of their city comfort zone and put them in a place of wanting to experience the magic of the outdoors. She is simply just amazing; we know that she loves this program.

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

Annie is not guided by just one role in Mountain Haven. If she’s sees an opportunity to make the program better for that moment or day she will move into action. For example, on one particular windy and cold afternoon the women expressed how cold they were on the swing. Annie took it upon herself to get the Old Lodge nice and warm, set up yoga matts and run a relaxing session with the moms. The mom’s talked about this for the rest of their weekend. Annie is a mentor to the seasoned Mountain Haven staff and volunteers and she brings a calming energy to the whole program.


National Volunteer Week 2018 – Allan Hathaway

Name: Allan Hathaway

Branch: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

Position: Volunteer Coordinator – Member Services

Number of Years Volunteered: 10+

Number of Volunteer Hours in 2018: Unmeasurable

How has the nominee been a YMCA Calgary Ambassador?

Al has been instrumental with the successful opening of the new Shane Homes YMCA @ Rocky Ridge. His countless hours and dedication to the Member Services Volunteers has been invaluable.  He has taken the lead with coordinating and training the volunteers as well as available to come into the branch help at a moments notice.  It was important to Al that all the Member Services Volunteers were representing the YMCA brand with pride and integrity, because of this it was not uncommon to see him making a personal effort to work with all of the volunteers at all hours of the day.

How does the volunteer engage in the YMCA Calgary Community?

Al and his family, have made themselves available to participate in community outreach events, where they are engaging with children and helping them with coloring and crafts.  Since he also volunteers in the preschool department, he has the opportunity to connect with our various YMCA Members.

How has the nominee built positive relationships?

Willingness to help in any situation and sharing experience/knowledge has most certainly contributed to the positive relationships that Al has formed.  We all know Al and the love he has for the YMCA.  His passion for this organization and the people herein, keeps him engaged and excited to be apart of what we are building in this city.

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

On top of working an unmeasurable amount of hours at both Shane Homes YMCA and the Melcor YMCA, Al has most recently used his carpentry skills to build a mailbox for the new Shane Homes YMCA!  A beautiful piece of work and a fantastic addition to his legacy at the Y!

 


Parent & Camper Info night – Camp Chief Hector YMCA – Overnight camps

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7 – 8:30 PM
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA
101 3 Street SW, Calgary

Join us on March 14 at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA for our annual Information Night. Find out about camp activities, meals, bedtimes, homesickness and more. Meet some camp leaders, and have your questions answered by the Camp Director.

Event includes
– Slide Show
– Games for younger children (counsellor led)

We encourage new campers and their families to attend if they are in the Calgary area. Everyone is welcome! RSVP not required.


#NoPhoneFamilyDay

 

 

Alberta will be celebrating Family Day on Monday, February 19th.  This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

In conjunction with our partners at Parenting Power we are happy to support #NoPhoneFamilyDay.  A movement and intention to leave the phone on the charger and spend time together.

Please join us at any of our facilities across the city for some specific family programming.

Remington YMCA:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 9:30-11:30am

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 11:30-1:30pm

 

Shawnessy YMCA:

Family Yoga – 1:00-2:00pm

Family Climbing – 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

Saddletowne YMCA

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 12:00-2:00pm

Family Climbing – 10:00am – 12:00pm Ages 4+ Max of 12 participants

Family Fitness Class – 11:00am – 12:00pm Ages 6+

 

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 1:00-3:00pm

Family Playground (Gym will be set up with obstacles, balls and a variety of gym equipment for children and their parents to explore and enjoy together.  Open to children who are walking to 5Y) – 1:00-3:00pm

 

Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot:

Family Gym Time – 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge:

Wibit (inflatable obstacle course in 25m Pool) – 12:00-4:00pm

Family Skating – 2:30-4:00pm

Family Climbing – 2:00-4:00pm

 

South Health Campus YMCA:

Family Fitness Drop in Class – 10:30-11:30am

Family Climbing – 1:00-5:00pm

 

Don’t forget to check out our online schedules for gym and pool open times. Or download the YMCA Calgary app.   https://www.ymcacalgary.org/drop-in-fitness-class-and-facility-schedules/


All Sport One City

All Sport One City starts this week, Monday January 22nd until Saturday January 27th. All Sport One City is an initiative of Sport Calgary and gives adults (18 and older) a chance to try out a new fitness activities or sports at many different facilities across the city for free. All Sport One City is promoted in partnership with PlayCity and Calgary Roughnecks.

Registration is done through the Sport Calgary and daily calendars of activities for the week are available at https://allsportonecity.ca/. YMCA Calgary will be participating in All Sport One City by offering a variety of activities at Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA, Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot, Remington YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA, and Shawnessy YMCA locations. Please see the YMCA activities below:

 

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

Monday, January 22 – Group Cycle 6:00-7:00AM

Tuesday, January 23 – Group Blast 12:05-12:50PM

Wednesday, January 24 – Barbell Blast 5:30-6:30PM

Thursday, January 25 – Active Yoga 6:40-7:40PM

Friday, January 26 – Zumba 12:05-12:50PM

Saturday, January 27 – Hi Low & Muscle Works 9:30-11:00AM

 

Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

Monday, January 22 – Zumba 6:00-7:00PM

Wednesday, January 24 – Group Cycle 6:00-6:45PM

Thursday, January 25 – Yoga 7:30-8:30PM

Friday, January 26 – Group Power 10:30-11:30AM

 

Remington YMCA

Monday, January 22 – Synergy Circuit 12:15-1:00PM

Wednesday, January 24 – Bootcamp 12:15-1:00PM

 

Saddletowne YMCA

Saturday, January 27 – Muscle Works 11:00-12:00PM

Saturday, January 27 – Open Climb 11:45-1:00PM, 1:15-2:30PM

Saturday, January 27 – HIIT 2:00-3:00PM

 

Shawnessy YMCA

Monday, January 22 – STEP (Intro) 8:15-9:00AM

Tuesday, January 23 – Group Cycle 6:00-6:45PM

Thursday, January 25 – STEP (Circuit) 6:00-7:00PM

Saturday, January 27 – Gentle Yoga 9:15-10:30AM


The Arts at YMCA Calgary


Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge: A Centre for Arts in Calgary

 

 

Dear Community Partner,

YMCA Calgary has been serving Calgarians since 1902. In that time, we’ve evolved to meet the changing needs of our city. Our organization is once again evolving to include the Arts at Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge.

YMCA Calgary now offers Arts programs for children and youth. We are running dance, drama and visual arts programs for children and youth aged 6-17. This is a great opportunity for young people in the NW Calgary community to try new activities and develop creativity.

YMCA is a leading provider of safe, accessible, and compelling programs for all ages, with a goal to building healthy and vibrant communities. Arts learning is a central means to this outcome. Our sports programs develop physical literacy. Our arts programs develop creative literacy! – programs that flex, strengthen and grow our imaginative muscles through creative expression and play.

We are thrilled to dive into the Arts with our new programs and promote happiness and health in youth and children through drama, dance and the visual arts.

Sincerely,

Judy Lawrence, Arts Manager & Judith Mendelsohn, Arts Programs Director


Meet the Team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Lawrence, Arts Manager


Judy Lawrence brings a lifetime of building community through the arts. She has served as Executive Director for The Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society (for both Calgary and Edmonton!), and for the International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton. She has worked with Calgary Opera, Springboard Performance, Dancers Studio West, One World Festival, Calgary Arts Development, Arts Commons, Alberta Arts Festivals Association and more. She is thrilled at this bold new arts adventure with YMCA Calgary , and the huge opportunities to serve community in living joyous, creative lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Mendelsohn, Arts Program Director

Judith is thrilled to begin a new venture as Arts Program Director. She has worked as a performer and instructor for Green Fools Theatre, Evergreen Theatre, Arts Commons, and Quest Theatre. Judith is passionate about creating and performing her own shows, dance, and can be found sometimes walking on stilts or wearing a clown nose!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Dewald , Drama Instructor

Matt has formal training and experience as a teacher and a theatre director. He has worked with over a dozen different theatre companies and schools in Calgary as a director, actor, producer and educator. Much of his work has been with children’s theatre companies and directing theatre for young audiences. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Lauchlan, Visual Arts Director

Natalie Lauchlan is an emerging artist, published and exhibiting across Canada, and over seas. Natalie has been working as a Studio Artist with the CBE for several years and is currently focusing on a B.Ed with the University of Calgary. In an exciting new partnership with the YMCA she hopes to bring the interests of her students to the forefront of every class, integrating the individualities of students into the practice of new skills and techniques. Natalie believes in providing equal opportunity, and bringing professional practices and techniques to the hands of children


Great Programs to Choose From!

Introduction to Drama
(Classes split by age: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17)

Let your inner performer take centre stage in this introductory drama class. You will learn the basic improvisational techniques used in acting, as well as work on character and scene creation. This is a great program for anyone looking to develop confidence in front of a crowd.

 

Introduction to Dance
(Classes split by age: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17)

Get an introduction to modern and classical dance! From hip hop to ballet basics, you will learn to express yourself in a variety of dance genres in a supportive setting. Participants will learn basic movements and apply them to both individual and team dance routines. You will develop spatial awareness, balance, strength, flexibility and expression through movement in this fun and social program. Previous dance experience not required.

 

Introduction to Art Making
(Ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-17)

Explore the basics of drawing, painting, mixed media and more! Participants will play with line, colour, space, light and shadow, brushstroke, proportion and perspective in a variety of formats.  You will exercise and develop your imaginative muscles as you build your skillset and discover the joy of self-expression through the creation of innovative art projects.  Previous art experience not required.


Arts Season

An exciting season to come!
Join us as we launch our inaugural season of performance at the beautiful new BMO Theatre at Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge! We are thrilled to announce that YMCA Calgary can bring you the show ‘We Are All Treaty People,’ April 21, 2018. This show is in partnership with Calgary’s premiere professional children’s theatre company Quest Theatre. It is also in association with Making Treaty 7 Society. Together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists tell the story of the shared history of our land. This show is especially suited for children, and culminates in a Round Dance for all.


 

 


Christmas tree sales at the Melcor YMCA

Christmas trees are back at the Melcor YMCA! We will be selling trees during our regular operating hours from December 1st – 24th! If you are interested in purchasing a tree just stop by our member services desk, and a staff member will be happy to help you!

 

The trees range in height from 4-8’ tall and cost $5/ft. 50% of the funds raised will go towards our strong kids campaign, and the other 50% will go towards supporting the LIT youth attending the Western Canadian Leadership Conference (WCLC).


#GivingTuesday

November 28th is #GivingTuesdayCA. After the sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to community.

In our communities, we continue to see families struggling financially and when expenses are prioritized recreational and health programs usually fall near the bottom of the list. It is during this time of stress that people most need to take care of their physical and mental health and stay connected to a caring community.

At YMCA Calgary, through our Strong Kids Campaign we provide individuals and families with financial assistance to participate in programs that enable lifelong healthy living and support their social and emotional wellbeing. So far in 2017, 19,741 individual experiences have been provided to children and youth to participate in day camps, swim lessons, climbing wall courses, Camp Chief Hector summer camp, child care and gym and sport classes.

Your donation will give the gift of the YMCA to a child who needs and wants it. Your support welcomes them to a caring community and gives them the chance to belong, grow, thrive and lead.

Give the gift of the YMCA to a child in need. Donate Today!

See how you can impact a child’s life through James’ Story.


Shane Homes YMCA Photos

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is almost here! This facility is true work of architectural art and we are proud to be operating this beautiful facility.


Ukraine Update from Tanis Cochrane

 

I spent September 20th to 30th in Ukraine as part of our International partnership with YMCA Ukraine. I participated in their Annual General Meeting of all YMCAs in the country, met with other International partners, and visited some local YMCAs.

 

The situation in Ukraine remains relatively unchanged in the past year. Crimea was seized from Ukraine in March 2014 by Russia, and the eastern region of Ukraine remains an active war region. This has resulted in approximately 1 million people being displaced from these areas of Ukraine to the western region of the country. This has created an increase in demand for support services for these internally displaced people. The YMCAs in western Ukraine are responding to these needs by offering programs for children and youth, especially camping programs during the summer.

 

The context for YMCAs in Ukraine is much different than here in Calgary. YMCA Ukraine has existed for only 24 years and there are 25 local YMCAs, only 7 of which have physical spaces they can utilize for programming purposes. Despite the challenges within the country and within the YMCA, some of the local YMCAs are growing and are becoming stronger each year.

 

I visited the Volyn YMCA in Lutsk, a small city of 250,000 people. This YMCA is currently raising funds to continue renovating an old Cinema that they hope to convert into a youth centre. They have some useable space within the building now, and a group of children and youth performed some wonderful dances and songs during our visit. We also met with their local youth board (comprised of young professionals under 30 years of age) and also their other board. For the first time in their history this YMCA produced a surplus from their overnight summer camping program in the summer of 2017. They had a waitlist of campers and also graduated 14 youth from camper to counselor this summer.

 

I also had the opportunity to visit the Lviv YMCA and the Verkhovyna YMCA, both in the western region of the country. It was wonderful to renew acquaintances and to meet some new volunteers involved in the YMCAs in Ukraine. Everyone is keen to learn more about our YMCA, to share ideas, and to actively plan for the future. Should you wish to learn more about our International partnership, please contact me at tanis.cochrane@calgary.ymca.ca.


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