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CCHY Flood Relief Weekend – Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-7

Camp Chief Hector is hosting two final Flood Respite Weekends before the end of the year. If you were affected by the 2013 flood, don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA. These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta and are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

For more information about the schedule and what to expect, click here.

Call 403-269-6156 to register.


‘Twas the Night

YMCA Calgary has been chosen as the charity of choice for ‘Twas the Night, Calgary’s largest holiday celebration and after-hours shopping event!

‘Twas the Night will be held on November 27 at the downtown shopping centre, the CORE, and all donations collected will benefit YMCA Strong Kids.

Kick off the Christmas season and enjoy a fun night of shopping filled with:

  • special deals from retailers
  • a performance from Juno nominated artist Matt Dusk and his big band
  • a walk down a red-carpet hosted by eTalk’s Tanya Kim
  • FREE parking
  • Spectacular tree-lighting with special lighting effects and pyrotechnics (including a 45-foot Christmas tree!)
When: Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where:  The CORE (TD Square/Holt Renfrew) Valet entrance at 751 3 St SW (Remember, the valet parking is FREE!)
How: RSVP at coreshopping.ca/events
What to wear: Feel free to dress holiday retro chic a la the glamorous 1960s. Prizes will be awarded for the most impressive retro-themed attire.

The event is open to all, and is free to attend, although donations are encouraged. Donations can be made online when you RSVP, or  in person at the door.

Last year ‘Twas the Night raised over $60,000 for local non-profit organizations. Let’s see if we can beat that record to help even more Calgary kids get a YMCA experience through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign!


Fitting Health and Wellness into Your Day

Many people are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but did you know that health and wellness means much more than one hour a day at the gym? If you dutifully put in your hour of exercise, but spend the other 23 hours of your day sitting, you are still considered to have a sedentary lifestyle with all of the risk factors that entails. See the following link for details: Sedentary Behaviour Risks

If you have a sedentary occupation, how can you overcome this challenge? Try getting up from your desk and walking around the office for 5 or 10 minutes every hour or two. You may feel that you’re too busy to add this into your day, however, you will likely find that these mini-breaks increase your productivity when you return to your desk. Walk to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question, rather than phoning or emailing. Even standing up at your desk and stretching once in a while will be helpful. If you are having a small meeting with just two or three people, suggest a walking meeting to your colleagues. Pedometers are an excellent way to track your activity over a day to ensure that you get in your minimum number of steps each day.

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Stay-at-home parents have a great opportunity for activity; dance with your children, play tag, go for a walk to the park and push them on the swing. Not only will you enhance your own health with activity, you will set a great example for your kids and perhaps even deepen your parent-child bond!

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Free YMCA Access for Residents of Effected Power Outage Area

As of 1pm on Sunday October 12, anybody with a residential address within the effected power outage area will be allowed free drop-in access to the Eau Claire YMCA until the power is fully restored Downtown. This will include access to showers, and all program areas.

Details:

  • The map of the effected area can be found here: http://www.calgary.ca/Documents/Downtown_map530am.pdf
  • Photo ID (for over 16) is required for access
  • For free access, individuals must provide proof of residence from with the green “power outage” zone on the map above. All others will be required to pay regular drop-in fee.
  • Access is to the General Locker Room change area, towels are not provided.
  • This applies to the Eau Claire YMCA only.
  • As the City adjusts the map when areas of power are reconnected, we will use the most up to date information from www.calgary.ca
  • This is not an Evacuation Centre, or a place to sleep. We are simply providing support to our Downtown community.

Any questions: please contact Eau Claire YMCA at 403-269-6701 and our staff will be happy to assist you.


Camp Chief Hector – Summer 2015 Registration Dates

Registration dates for Summer Camp 2015 are as follows:

RETURNING CAMPERS – How to register

Thursday, November 20 | Leadership I | Online or by telephone | LDI Registration Tips
Tuesday, November 25 | August Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Thursday, November 27 | July Camps | By telephone and In-person (see below)
Friday, November 28 | 6-day Family Camps and Day Camps | By telephone ONLY

NEW CAMPERS – How to register

All ages, all camps (including Day Camps and Family Camps)
Monday, December 1 | YMCA Calgary Members | By telephone ONLY
Wednesday, December 3 | Non-members | By telephone and In-person (see below)

  • In-person at YMCA Calgary branches (numbers are handed out at 5:30am when the facilities open – registration begins at 8:30am)
  • By telephone, 8:30am – 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Summer Camp Session dates and prices.

For more information on how to register and our new cancellation policy, click here.

Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for program descriptions and barcodes. Having the camp barcode at the ready will make your registration faster.

Call us at 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622 or email us with any questions.


New YMCA in Quarry Park Named Remington YMCA

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Calgary AB – A $2 million investment to support wellness by Remington Development Corporation means the new City of Calgary-built recreation facility currently under construction in Quarry Park is getting a new name. It will be called the Remington YMCA*. The Remington YMCA is one of three new City-owned, YMCA-operated facilities currently in development. It will provide opportunities for recreation, leisure and learning through aquatics, fitness, and sports facilities, as well as multi-purpose spaces, licensed childcare, and a full-service Calgary Public Library branch.

“Remington Development Corporation’s vision has always been to have a live/work/play community and this new facility is rounding out this vision.” said Cody Clayton, President, Remington Development Corporation.

“A huge thank you to Remington for this remarkable investment in our community,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It is about building community ties, and that is what the Y does every day.”

“We can look at Quarry Park and see the changing face of the southeast,” said Shane Keating, City Councillor for Ward 12.

“Remington’s vision and commitment to this part of town and this community is amazing,” said Helene Weir, President and CEO, YMCA Calgary. “We’re grateful for this generous gift and are thrilled to be partners in this to make a difference in the lives of Calgarians.”

Slated to open in 2016, the 100,000 square foot facility will provide health and wellness resources for families in Quarry Park and the surrounding southeast Calgary communities.

About Remington Development Corporation
Since their first project in 1994, Remington Development Corporation has emerged as a true industry leader in all aspects of commercial and residential development. They have earned a reputation for professionalism, integrity and thoroughness. Visit www.remingtoncorp.com/ for more information.

For More Information:

Kelly Smith | Chief Operating Officer, YMCA Calgary
Office: (403) 781-1671 | Mobile: (403) 816-5100 | kelly.smith@calgary.ymca.ca

Gillian Lawrence | General Manager – Land Development, Remington Development Corporation
Office: (403) 255-7003 | glawrence@remingtoncorp.com

*Note: subject to a lease/operating agreement being signed between the YMCA and The City


Free Grade 6 Memberships

Hey, Grade Sixers!

Did you know that just by being in Grade Six, you get a FREE YMCA membership? That means that you can go to any YMCA in the city, and get in for free. This membership lasts for an entire year! It started on September 1st, and can be used by you until August 31st – that’s about 1 week before you start grade 7. 1297609000845

With your membership, you can go to any Y and use the pool and gymnasium. Each branch is different, but some of the extras that you can use include: squash courts, rock climbing walls, dance studios and youth rooms. Also, you will be able to come to any of our “Flames Fridays” and participate in the activities we have running there.

At Eau Claire, our Flames Fridays run from 2:00-10:00 PM every Friday. These Fridays are kind of like Teen Nights, but they are much longer and are open to all youth – not just teens. This means that you can come with your friends and drop in on any of our activities. At Eau Claire, you can expect to find things like:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Take a look at SHINE
  • Ping-pong
  • Youth in the Arts (5:00-6:00)
  • Hip Hop and Latin Freestyle Dancing (6:30-7:30)

Flames Fridays are a really great way to connect with other kids your age, and learn about all of the things you can do at your branch.

 

On top of all of that, there are some Free Grade Six programs that have been made just for you! Here at Eau Claire, we have some drop-in things like:

  • Quidditch
  • Theatre and Vlogging (where you can practice your acting and then use our props and cameras to make your own videos)
  • Open Gym Games (where you can learn lots of new activities)
  • Board Game Café (to play things like Magic the Gathering and other games)

 

We also have some registered programs which mean you have to either talk to somebody in the branch (front desk) or go online to say you would like be a part of the program. Our free programs that grade sixes can do are:

  • Active Y Kids (up to age 11)
  • Adventurers (Leadership for grades 5 and 6)
  • SHINE (Working out your body)
  • Youth Running Club

If any of these things sound interesting you, you should drop by the branch to register for your membership. You need to make sure you bring a parent or guardian with you. They will have to sign some papers that say they are ok with you having a membership. All you need to do is go to the front desk with your guardian and proof that you are in grade 6. Most families use their Grade 5 report cards, but if you don’t have that, you can always get a letter from your teacher, or use something else like a Patrol Card. You can really use anything, as long as it says:

  1. Your Name (i.e. John Short)
  2. Your grade (i.e. Grade 6)
  3. The School Year (i.e. 2014-2015)

 

Again, this is all FREE!! And it’s super easy to sign up for! We’ll see you at the Y!!


How do you help your community?

“How do you help your community?” 

 

This past Saturday, at the North of McKnight Family Fun Fair, we asked families how they help their community as an act of peace. At YMCA Calgary, we believe in the power of peace through the everyday actions of community members.  Six year old Shanah proudly helps her community of Falconridge by picking up litter on the ground when she goes to the park. Her mother supports the community by providing child care for her neighbours.

Many people choose to advance peace through their selfless acts of kindness, courage and understanding. Whether they work locally or abroad, alone or in groups, they make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.

Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone for their dedication to peace. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved. Recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week.

Get started today! The nomination categories are:

  • Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Group
  • International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
  • Humanitarian Peace Initiative
  • YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative

Submit your nomination for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients by October 15, 2014! https://www.ymcacalgary.org/blog/nominate-an-outstanding-calgarian/

 “Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationship among nations. We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us. The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities.”

~ YMCA Statement on Peace


A Successful Calgary Flames Grade 6 Membership Launch! [PHOTOS]

Thank you to everyone who attended the Grade 6 Membership Launch!

1297609000845Every YMCA location in Calgary held an event on Saturday, September 20 to celebrate and welcome our new grade 6 members. We even had a special visit from Harvey the Hound and Calgary Flames Center, Mikael Backlund.

Thanks to an amazing partnership with the Flames Foundation for Life, every grade 6 student in Calgary can receive a free YMCA membership!

Learn more about this initiative and how you can get your grade 6 student involved at the YMCA.

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Camp Chief Hector’s Free Flood Relief Weekends are Back for the Fall!

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.

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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.

Dates Available:

October 24-26       

October 31-Nov 2          (canceled)   

November 28-30                

You are welcome to come to any weekend for your family but may only attend once. These weekends are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

Call 403-269-6156 to register.


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