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