Congratulations YMCA Calgary staff and programs

We are so pleased to announce that YMCA Calgary received two awards today in the 1st Annual Bhayana Family Foundation Awards presented by the United Way of Calgary and Area. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by agency staff in the areas of Leadership, Innovation & Creativity and Collaboration. These awards are made possible by a generous donation from Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation. As a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, Raksha is a dedicated community volunteer and a passionate champion for the recognition of frontline workers who make a difference in the community every day.

Congratulations to Morgan Retzer-Bowman, Aboriginal Active Life Coordinator for being an award recipient in the Leadership category. The purpose of the Leadership award is to recognize and reward employees who demonstrate exemplary leadership capabilities and consistently achieve superior team-based results. These leaders play an exceptional role in helping others contribute to their organization and advance its mission. Morgan was recognized for this award for many reasons but above all else because of her dedication and passion in her work with Aboriginal children, youth and families and consistently goes above and beyond in her role.

A second congratulation to the Circle of Supports Collaborative between YMCA Calgary, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth who were one of the recipients of Collaboration Award. This award is for a collaborative between three or more organizations that commit themselves to working together on a specific issue, project or initiative to produce outcomes that one partner working alone could not achieve. Circle of Supports is a collaborative partnership intended to have a positive impact on Aboriginal youth, families, communities and systems by providing traditional Aboriginal cultural, holistic and collaborative approaches to create a replicable model for academic achievement. In working with Aboriginal youth the collaborative strives to increase educational success through targets such as school engagement and high school completion.