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Grade 6’s Blew the Roof Off!

AllGymEau Claire was BOOMING this past Friday as our Grade 6’s congregated on the third floor to celebrate the past 10 months we’ve spent together.

What a truly amazing year we’ve had! Between impromptu gaga ball face-offs, nutrition workshops, tournaments, dance parties, Lego sessions, and cooking classes, it seems we have done it all at the YMCA! This past Friday, we got all of our branches together for our Grade 6 Year End Celebration, and it was incredible! Even though we were rained out of our Riveredge site, we still managed to collect a whopping total of 122 grade 6 students under the Eau Claire roof!

After enjoying some pizza and veggies, we split off into groups and participated in a variety of different stations. All our grade sixes got to HarveyStudiotry a little bit of everything; from Lego, to Kin ball and team building, to the first ever YMCA dance-rap-karaoke party!

We even got to meet Harvey the Hound and former Flames defenceman, Rhett Warrener!

The best part was having all of our members come together and experience something new with their fellow branches. All of us were excited to be a part of something so different – and we ensured that everyone in the building knew it! We are the first cohort of Calgary YMCA’s Grade 6 members, Flamesand we made sure to sign this school year off with a bang!

Summer is just around the corner and we are all bustling with the exciting opportunities that await us! To find out more information on what your branch is doing this summer, take a look at our Activity Page or contact your Youth Coordinator!

Thanks again to all of our lovely grade 6 members who have made this year at the YMCA one of our most memorable! And thank you to all of our incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers as well as the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life for making this year happen! Without all of us – staff, members, and supporters alike – this year’s success would not have been possible!


Grade 6 Year End Event

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Calling all Grade 6 Members!!

Join us on June 12th from 5:00-8:00pm for a free year end celebration at YMCA Camp Riveredge! We will be offering free food, games, and activities for all of our grade 6 members to celebrate the end of their grade 6 year.

All are welcome to attend this fun, free event! Each branch will be offering transportation to and from Riveredge on the day of the event. We will be meeting at Eau Claire at 4:30 for the bus.

Registration is required; please be sure to fill out and return the Eau Claire Registration Form! If you are from another branch, forms will be posted to our Grade 6 Activity Page within the week.

Activities for our celebration will include:

  • Archery
  • Gaga Ball
  • Meet and Greet with Harvey the Hound
  • BBQ Dinner
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Challenge Course
  • Wide Games

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton at 403-781-1685. We hope to see you all there!

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A Celebration in Honour of Jim Gray

What a SPLASH!

On February 27, we hosted a pool party celebration in honour of long-time YMCA supporter and philanthropist Jim Gray. In a steadfast commitment to his own wellness, Jim completed over 300,000 lengths during 23 years to reach his goal of swimming across Canada!

This was a fun, energetic and unforgettable celebration of an extraordinary personal accomplishment by our friend, Jim Gray. In attendance were numerous strong supporters of Jim Gray including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Premier Jim Prentice and Rick Hansen, the Man in Motion. In addition, well-known business executive types jumped in the pool to commemorate Jim’s swim!

At this inspiring event, a special announcement was made. YMCA Calgary’s downtown facility will soon have a new name as the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA to celebrate his commitment to the community through his ongoing support of YMCA Calgary.

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At the event, we officially launched a very important fundraising campaign to raise $3-million in Jim Gray’s honour. Together with his family, Jim is stepping forward in this way to help the YMCA grow our impact across the city. This growth will include three new centres of community being brought to life through the YMCA’s $30-million campaign, Power of Potential.

If you wish to contribute to the Power of Potential campaign, please click here. Your support is incredibly meaningful to Jim Gray, YMCA Calgary and the larger community.

 

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Be Well This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, when goodies begin showing up everywhere we look; the staff room at work, festive coffees, holiday parties, and gifts of decadent nature start arriving.  It’s easy to indulge bit by bit, and with the added disruption from our wellness routine celebrating with loved ones, suddenly the fear of facing the January scale is staring us in the face once again.

So what is one to do? Avoidance isn’t always feasible, we all want to get a little bit festive this time of year.  Try some of these tips and tricks to minimize the damage and make the transition back to your usual routine that much easier.

1. Choose a Smaller Plate. We will tend to fill our plate at least 3/4 full, no matter what the size. Choosing a smaller plate right at the beginning will help to reduce the number of unintended calories from unintentionally landing on our bodies.  If you’re hosting, offer smaller plates to your guests.

2. Make Time to Move. It might not be at your Y, it might not be at home, but find the time and space to get a workout in on a regular basis.  As your routine changes for these few weeks, keeping your level of conditioning in a maintenance pattern can make a huge difference.  Don’t park yourself in a comfy seat, be social and keep moving.  Dance, dance, dance at your holiday parties!

3. Live The One-Bite Rule. When grazing on assorted goodies, decide if it’s worth it. If it’s not, don’t just eat it because you took it!  As a wise friend once said to me, it’s either going in the waste or on the waist.  Choose wisely, and don’t be afraid to discard.

4. Go Green. Whether its at the holiday party buffet or an assortment of snacks at a friend or family members, load up at least half of your plate with salads, fruits, and veggies.  This may just keep you away from those decadent treats.  As a holiday party host, try to offer more healthy options as part of your spread!  Try serving items that you don’t necessarily care for yourself, it will help you stay away from some not-so-healthy offerings.

5. Try To Keep the Holiday “Cheer” to a Minimum. Alcohol actually has a significantly high number of calories; 7cal/gram to be exact.  To put that into context, both Carbohydrates and Protein offer 4cal/gram, and Fat is 9cal/gram.  Be aware, and please drink responsibly – for so many reasons.
For more information, visit www.madd.ca

6. Relax. One of the nicest parts of the holidays is that we usually have a little bit more opportunity to catch up on sleep.  This is actually quite important to our stress reduction and overall wellness.  Go to bed early, sleep in, and Enjoy!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

 


Be Well This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, when goodies begin showing up everywhere we look; the staff room at work, festive coffees, holiday parties, and gifts of decadent nature start arriving.  It’s easy to indulge bit by bit, and with the added disruption from our wellness routine celebrating with loved ones, suddenly the fear of facing the January scale is staring us in the face once again.

So what is one to do? Avoidance isn’t always feasible, we all want to get a little bit festive this time of year.  Try some of these tips and tricks to minimize the damage and make the transition back to your usual routine that much easier.

1. Choose a Smaller Plate. We will tend to fill our plate at least 3/4 full, no matter what the size. Choosing a smaller plate right at the beginning will help to reduce the number of unintended calories from unintentionally landing on our bodies.  If you’re hosting, offer smaller plates to your guests.

2. Make Time to Move. It might not be at your Y, it might not be at home, but find the time and space to get a workout in on a regular basis.  As your routine changes for these few weeks, keeping your level of conditioning in a maintenance pattern can make a huge difference.  Don’t park yourself in a comfy seat, be social and keep moving.  Dance, dance, dance at your holiday parties!

3. Live The One-Bite Rule. When grazing on assorted goodies, decide if it’s worth it. If it’s not, don’t just eat it because you took it!  As a wise friend once said to me, it’s either going in the waste or on the waist.  Choose wisely, and don’t be afraid to discard.

4. Go Green. Whether its at the holiday party buffet or an assortment of snacks at a friend or family members, load up at least half of your plate with salads, fruits, and veggies.  This may just keep you away from those decadent treats.  As a holiday party host, try to offer more healthy options as part of your spread!  Try serving items that you don’t necessarily care for yourself, it will help you stay away from some not-so-healthy offerings.

5. Try To Keep the Holiday “Cheer” to a Minimum. Alcohol actually has a significantly high number of calories; 7cal/gram to be exact.  To put that into context, both Carbohydrates and Protein offer 4cal/gram, and Fat is 9cal/gram.  Be aware, and please drink responsibly – for so many reasons.
For more information, visit www.madd.ca

6. Relax. One of the nicest parts of the holidays is that we usually have a little bit more opportunity to catch up on sleep.  This is actually quite important to our stress reduction and overall wellness.  Go to bed early, sleep in, and Enjoy!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

 


Eau Claire YMCA Celebrates 25 Year Birthday!

This fall marks twenty five years since Eau Claire YMCA opened its doors, and we are looking forward to celebrate it in style. Join us for two spectacular events!

Sunday 22nd September 12noon – 3pm: Family Carnival


Carnival games, jugglers, magicians and much, much more. We will have variety of activity stations around the building, with a special surprise in the gym! Collect a stamp at each station and win a mystery prize! And don’t forget to pick up a piece of our Birthday Cake.

Wednesday 25th September 11.45am – 1.15pm: An 80’s Revival!


An 80’s DJ will be pumping out tunes to accompany a special 80’s themed retro circuit class. Dig out your leg warmers and fluorescent sweatbands! Breakdance, special guests and more – all topped off with a piece of Birthday Cake.

We are also creating unique T-shirts to mark the occasion. Stay tuned for more information.

Put the dates in you planners, and get ready to have some fun celebrating 25 years of this wonderful building!


South Health Campus YMCA 1st Anniversary

Join us for a day of FREE fun in celebration of South Health Campus’ first anniversary. YMCA in partnership with Alberta Health Services, has a list of exciting activities to enjoy:

  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Spin Class
  • Cross Training
  • Open Climbing
  • TRX Suspension Demo
  • Personal Training Info Session
  • Olympic Weight Lifting
  • Preschool Programs/Activities
  • Healthy Cooking Demo
  • Healthy Living Info Session

More info at (403) 956-3900 | shc@ymcacalgary.org.

 


A Generous Legacy Gift

A very generous legacy gift of $117,000,000 was made to The Calgary Foundation today by Mr. Daryl “Doc” Seaman.

This is an amazing, almost incomprehensible gift, that truly will create a legacy for generations to come in our great city.

I attended the celebration luncheon to recognize, celebrate, and announce this gift. What amazed me even more was how little people talked about the money.  Speaker after speaker spoke about Doc’s character, his legendary handshake, his Saskatchewan roots, his care for others, his desire to “leave everything as good as you found it, if not better.”

Legacy is a powerful word—and today, I saw and heard first-hand—just how much of a legacy Doc has already created and just how much more will be created because of his character.

While we may not all have $117 million dollars, we all have character.

And character, does indeed, determine each of our legacies.

Thank you, Doc–for inspiring us all to think about how we will leave everything better than we found it.

Read more about Doc and his Legacy gift.


Sandra Crazy Bull Receives Women of Vision Award

The recipients of the Woman of Vision awards for the last two years were recognized on March 6th at an event hosted by Linda Olsen of Global TV, who is very passionate about women’s leadership.

Sandra Crazy Bull, YMCA leader for Aboriginal Drum and Dance, received her award at the Woman of Vision celebration event.

Sandra was nominated by YMCA staff person Brigitte Edwards. Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary’s President and CEO was also a past recipient.

Learn more about Women of Vision.


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