Category: YMCA News

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.


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.

Change for Strong Kids Starts September 1

Pick up a water bottle starting September 1st at your  YMCA Calgary Member Services Desk* and collect change for YMCA Strong Kids.

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What is Change for Strong Kids?

Change for Strong Kids is a fun fundraising event where members and participants save spare change in a Change for Strong Kids bottle provided by YMCA Calgary to raise money for our annual Strong Kids Campaign. This year YMCA Calgary’s goal is $1.5 million, all money raised goes towards providing children and youth with great experiences such as swimming lessons or going to camp.

How can you participate?

Stop by the member services desk at your YMCA Calgary to pick up your bottle. Bottles are limited so visit soon!

Place your Change for Strong Kids Bottle in a convenient location at home or your office where family members or co-workers can deposit spare change over the next few months. No donation is considered too small.

When your Change for Strong Kids Bottle is full (or by November 15th), please return it to the member services desk. We will graciously take your donation and give back your bottle for personal use. You can also fill it as many times as you’d like!

*Participating YMCA branches include Shawnessy, Crowfoot, South Health Campus and Saddletowne.



Photos from our Stampede Parade Float

In case you missed it, YMCA Calgary had a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade!


Our float team was made up of YMCA staff, volunteers, and youth leadership students.  We took turns pushing the float, walking and dancing alongside it, and representing YMCA Calgary at one of the most exciting events in Calgary!

We were very happy the audience was extremely engaging with us as we danced to the Y-M-C-A and passed basketballs and volleyballs back and forth.

Everyone had an absolute amazing time and it was an experience we will truly never forget.


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Do you have any photos of us from the Parade route? Please send it to us at



The Saddletowne YMCA Hopes You Have a Rootin’ Tootin’ Calgary Stampede

Yee Haw!  Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors who stopped by the Saddletowne YMCA Monday, July 7th to help us celebrate the Calgary Stampede.

Bret "The Taxman" Ross

Bret “The Taxman” Ross


The Outrageous Outlaw O'Briens

The Outrageous Outlaw O’Briens

"Rawhide" Rosy Rayani

“Rawhide” Rosy Rayani

Kelly "Two Gun" Colson

Kelly “Rapid Fire” Colson

Puja "Prairie Fire" Suri, Nada "Danada" Rustom, and Linda "Two Step" Sakyi-Akameah.

Puja “Prairie Fire” Suri, Nada “Danada” Rustom, and Linda “Two Step” Sakyi-Akameah.

Priscilla "Princess of the Prairies" Lee

Priscilla “Princess of the Prairies” Lee

Danijela "No Hat" Latinovic

Danijela “No Hat” Latinovic

Tanya "Two Horn" Connelly, Joseph "Lone Justice" Peralta and Noshy "Night Rider" Karbani.

Tanya “Two Horn” Connelly, Joseph “Lone Justice” Peralta and Noshy “Night Rider” Karbani.

Adam "The Black Hat Advantage" Luciuk

Adam “The Black Hat Advantage” Luciuk

Steve "The Rattlesnake" Elliot

Steve “The Rattlesnake” Elliot

Ixchel "Wildcat" and Kaia "Kickin' Horse" Kjar

Ixchel “Wildcat” and Kaia “Kickin’ Horse” Kjar

Not pictured- Saddletowne’s most wanted, Brigitte “Bad Apple” Edwards.

Click here to see more Stampede photos, including those from our Wild West Photo Booth, from the Saddletowne YMCA!

Stampede Float Team!

We’re Having a Parade Float!

For the first time in a very long time, YMCA Calgary has entered a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade!

It’s being professionally built, is fun and colourful, and of course, will be playing a very recognizable song!


Our Parade Float Team

Our float team this year is made up of YMCA staff, volunteers, and youth leadership students. These folks will be pushing our float, walking and dancing alongside it, and representing YMCA Calgary at one of the most exciting events on Calgary’s calendar!

Say hello when you see us on the route.

Meet some of your 2014 Stampede Parade Float team:

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Poppy, Staff, Shawnessy YMCA Mamta, YMAP Student Ric, Staff, Community YMCA
 Tessa-float Sarah-float tracy-float
Tessa, Staff & Volunteer, Saddletowne YMCA Sarah, Staff, Crowfoot YMCA Tracy, Staff, South Health Campus YMCA
Leonie-float carlie-float trisha-float
Leonie, Staff, Saddletowne YMCA Carlie,Volunteer, Shawnessy YMCA Trisha, Staff, Association Services
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Brandy, Staff, Community YMCA Veronica, Staff, Crowfoot YMCA Joy, Staff, Crowfoot & Eau Claire YMCA
Jena-float float Annie carollynefloat
Jena, Volunteer, Shawnessy Y Annie, Volunteer, Camp Chief Hector YMCA Carollyne, Staff, YMCA Association Services
candice-float Nancy sarena
Candice, Staff, YMCA Association Services Nancy, Community YMCA Sarena, Community YMCA
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Jennie, Staff, Eau Claire YMCA Ian, Staff, Eau Claire YMCA Lana, Staff, YMCA Association Services
Oscar, Staff, YMCA Association Services  Ken, Staff, YMCA Association Services   Fahim, Staff, YMCA Association Services


The Stampede Parade

The Calgary Stampede Parade kicks off the annual celebration on the first Friday of Stampede. This year’s parade is on Friday, July 4 and begins at 8:55am.

The parade route starts at 6 Ave & 3 St SE and travels west. It turns south at 10 St SW and comes back east on 9 Ave to finish at 4 St SE.

Come join the fun, see some great floats, marching bands, and of course wave to us as our YMCA Calgary float dances past!


One Year Later

Flood 2013 YMCA Helps Donations

As the one year anniversary of the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood comes up, we at YMCA Calgary cannot help but remember how it impacted us and our community.

Eau Claire YMCA was evacuated and closed from June 20-June 27. Amazingly, there was no damage to our building.

As a gesture of goodwill and support, Westside Recreation Centre welcomed our Eau Claire members to use their facility free of charge and we welcomed members of the Talisman Centre and the Glencoe Club into our facilities.

Shawnessy YMCA was closed June 22-June 24 and used as a City of Calgary Evacuation Site for 300 long-term care seniors who had been displaced by the floods.

Premier Alison Redford and Minister of Health Fred Horn toured the Shawnessy YMCA and South Fish Creek Recreation Centre Evacuation site and with YMCA CalgaryAlison-Helene CEO Helene Weir and COO Kelly Smith, visited with seniors and nurses and thanked people for their patience and incredible demonstrations of resiliency during such a time of crisis.

Sadly, programming and a number of special events were cancelled, including our Annual Aboriginal Youth Hoops Basketball tournament, the Aboriginal Awareness Week Family Day Event, YMAP Grad, Saddletowne YMCA’s Preschool Party, and even the golf portion of our Annual YMCA Strong Kids Golf Tournament fundraiser.

The disruption to events and programs was unfortunate. The disruption to the lives of so many members of our community was immense and we are so proud to have been witness to the incredible volunteerism, community support, and care demonstrated by so many Calgarians.

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We teamed with local agencies to accept relief donations for First Nations communities who were affected by the flooding, and were overwhelmed with the tremendous support from our city.

Thank you

Thank you again, Calgary, for being such amazing neighbours. We are so glad to be a part of a community that demonstrates amazing community engagement.


Aquatics Info and Job Fair

Aquatics hiring Event Display

Come and discover the path to a rewarding aquatics career and learn how to develop your aquatics leadership skills. With many different career and volunteer opportunities to chose from, there’s something for everybody!

Develop new skills  |  Find a job  |  Meet new friends!

Friday May 23  |  2:00-7:00 PM


At the following YMCA locations:

Crowfoot YMCA –  8100 John Laurie Blvd NW

Eau Claire YMCA- 101 3 Street SW

Saddletowne YMCA-  180, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

Shawnessy YMCA-  400, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE





Did You Receive a 2012 Receipt from YMCA Calgary?

Due to an administrative error, a small batch of 2012 program receipts were sent out to specific YMCA facility users. These receipts were only sent to the email address that the purchaser provided. Please disregard the receipt communication if you received it. Please note, all privacy and security of personal and confidential information remains intact. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.