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Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

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Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

This year, give a gift that’s really valuable to someone’s health.

Here are great ways to tell friends and family you care.

1. DROP-IN PUNCH CARDS
A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in at their convenience so they can have more time enjoying
YMCA and time for themselves. Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9-Visits!

2. GIFT CARDS
A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program. Available in any denominations and there is no expiration date.

3. CHARITABLE GIVING
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf and help kids belong, grow, thrive and lead in your community.

Visit any YMCA location to purchase these items.

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National Volunteer Week – April 12-18

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank all the volunteers in our community.

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THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you.

More than 1,200 YMCA Calgary volunteers work together with YMCA staff to provide more than 100,000 hours of time and talent each year.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at any YMCA Calgary location or view Volunteer postings on YMCACalgary.org


YMCA Spin for Strong Kids – March 3

It’s time to kick off the 2014 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! This year we’ll hold another signature cycling event to raise $1.5 million to benefit 25,000 local youth and children.

Spin for YMCA Strong Kids will be held on Monday, March 3! Sign up to ride a stationary bike for a 30-minute spot (or more) and start collecting pledges. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

Visit your YMCA branch to sign up. Don’t miss out on the fun!

 


Announcing 2013 YMCA Peace Medals Recipients

On Thursday, November 21 2013, our inspiring group of YMCA Peace Medal nominees were honoured at this year’s YMCA Peace Medal awards.  And the 2013 Peace Medal recipients are…

Community Youth – Sheliza Kassam


At age 16, Sheliza has organized international fundraisers, started her own organization, and travelled across the country inspiring others with her story.

Instead of asking for presents or a party, Sheliza celebrates her birthday by giving back to the community. Last January, Sheliza started her organization, Children’s Birthday Miracles, which provides monthly birthday parties to children living at Inn from the Cold, as well as orphans living at the Mother Theresa home in Tanzania.

Sheliza’s strives to inspire others through the work she is doing.

 

Community Individual – Dakota Eagle Woman


Dakota Eagle Woman works with the Youth Correctional Services and the Calgary Remand Centre. She is also an involved Elder with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and hosts healing circles at Berkana House.  She is an essential resource amongst all of these organizations as she offers counsel and traditional advice to Aboriginal Youth and Adults in the justice system.

Her kindness, knowledge and healing abilities are an invaluable asset that she uses to help people in the Aboriginal community meet their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs.

Dakota’s healing spirit and loving attitude is reflected throughout her work with the justice system.

 

Community Group – The Big Give Project

Adam Woodward and Dave Wilder from The Big Give

What started off as an initiative to raise money for a High School basketball team, has turned into an incredible fundraising initiative, providing opportunities for under-privileged athletes across several communities in Calgary.

The goal of The Big Give Project is to allow every student-athlete in the City of Calgary to have an equal opportunity to pursue excellence in the classroom and the sport of their choosing.

Since 2011, The Big Give Project has donated to community programs, schools and youth in need. Funds were raised to purchase uniforms, sporting equipment and training gear. The founders, Adam Woodward and Dave Wilder, have personally coached high school basketball teams and have given youth the opportunity to succeed in their dreams.

 

International Youth – Meiting Lai

Meiting has demonstrated exceptional peer leadership skills. Her passion for human rights and her desire to make a difference has inspired her to lead the Amnesty International Club at her school.

Meiting believes that we can all make a difference in the world, no matter where you live or how old you may be.  Last year, Meiting led her club through the successful Write for Rights campaign, an initiative of Amnesty international.

In her role as a leader, Meiting has supported and empowered her peers to explore different peace building initiatives and to act on a cause that is important to them. She is an inspiration to those around her!

Meiting’s dedication and commitment to global equality has seen the Amnesty International Club expand 3-fold under her leadership and explore new ways of engaging with the community.  Meiting exemplies the values of a global citizen acting locally!

 

International Individual – Tricia Elgersma


Tricia’s approach to peace building is the result of a life-long desire to give each person an opportunity to be heard equally, especially in times of conflict.  Her passion for listening to the stories of others, led her to volunteer in Israel and Palestine where she learned how complicated concepts of peace and conflict are within a community.

In 2012, Tricia volunteered in Jordan at a school for low vision or blind students.  This school allows marginalized children to feel important and valued in a community where they are often neglected.  Tricia believes that everyone has the capacity to express themselves, regardless of their physical abilities.  She led her students through visual means of communication and self-expression, which empowered them to gain confidence in themselves.

While Tricia continues to be passionate about inclusive communities in areas of conflict, Tricia says, “There is a vibrant, strong and wonderful community in Calgary.  I really believe that peace starts at a local level when we live in better relationship with each other.  It’s important as a culture that we take the time to know each other.  Our communities are healthier when we know our neighbors.”

 

International Group – Mennonite Central Committee Alberta

Abe Janzen from MCC

 

Mennonite Central Committee Alberta is an organization that is dedicated to relief, development and peace-making.  Founded in 1963, MCC’s peace work includes addressing injustice, promoting alternatives to violence, and working towards inclusion. Through long-lasting partnerships, MCC helps support programs in over 60 countries internationally and within Canada.

MCC’s incredible work is shown through programs such as Planting Peace, a cross-cultural training session that brings together delegates from 17 countries to help break down barriers and build communities. MCC has also begun using music as a means of peace-building with international partners in Guatemala and El Salvador.

 

YMCA Staff Category – Owini Dharmawardana


Owini is a YMCA Kids’ Club Program Coordinator at West Dalhousie School where she has significantly impacted her program and program participants.

Owini passionately believes in the value of building capacity in young leaders and attributes this to her own experience as a developing leader in the YMCA.

Participants in Owini’s program learn the importance of engaging with their community and working together to make their community a healthy place to be.  Owini challenges her students to practice acts of kindness on a daily basis and together they experience the joy of giving back to others in need.

Owini’s innate ability to help children feel valued, appreciated, and empowered to make a difference, has equipped many young people with the self-confidence and skills they need to be a strong leader.

Thank you Owini, for exemplifying the YMCA core values of Honest, respect, Caring, and responsibility.

 

Humanitarian – Karen Huggins


YMCA Calgary is proud to present the Humanitarian YMCA Peace Medal to Karen Huggins.

Karen Huggins is a member of the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary, the Program Director for Project Ploughshares Calgary and is also a board member for the Canadian-Congolese Foundation for Children. She is passionate about peace and believes we should all strive to build a better world for all people.

Over the past two years Karen has worked tirelessly to organize the Calgary Peace Run and Walk. As a serious walker herself, she envisioned involving Calgarians in a healthy lifestyle at the same time as promoting peace at the personal, local and international levels.

A proud mother of eight, Karen is an avid supporter of peace education and believes that a culture of peace is possible.

For all her work with local peace organizations, Karen is truly a deserving recipient of this year’s Humanitarian Peace Medal. Congratulations!


5 Tips for Teaching Kids Philanthropy

There are many enjoyments to be found in giving. It is about a sense of community and caring. Teaching children to contribute to society and become interested in other people is especially important as communities grow and we expand outward as a collective – by giving, we remain in touch and feel a part of something important.

Check out this article about teaching Philanthropy to Children on the On Parenting website:

“The key to encouraging your child to become a life-long giver is a simple equation: Your Talent + Your Passion = Your Superpower! You don’t have to be bitten by a spider to be a superhero. By encouraging each child to combine their individual talents and passions, you can make giving an integral part of their lives.”


Teaching Kids How to Give

Philanthropy is more than just giving. It is about being part of something bigger than yourself. It is about being a connected part of the community and truly caring about others.

Teaching kids how to give is vital to a well-functioning society. Check out this article by Paul Schmitz on the Huffington Post website entitled Teaching Children Philanthropy:

“To me, it is not about being charitable, but about recognizing injustices in our society and our responsibility to address them through giving, through volunteering, and through advocacy and activism. My children have been exposed to my work from a young age, and attend public schools in our city where they have been exposed to and learned about poverty and other social issues. I’ve tried to help them be aware of their relative privilege, and the responsibility we have to act on our beliefs and help others with what we have.”


Teaching Kids How to Give

Philanthropy is more than just giving. It is about being part of something bigger than yourself. It is about being a connected part of the community and truly caring about others.

Teaching kids how to give is vital to a well-functioning society. Check out this article by Paul Schmitz on the Huffington Post website entitled Teaching Children Philanthropy:

“To me, it is not about being charitable, but about recognizing injustices in our society and our responsibility to address them through giving, through volunteering, and through advocacy and activism. My children have been exposed to my work from a young age, and attend public schools in our city where they have been exposed to and learned about poverty and other social issues. I’ve tried to help them be aware of their relative privilege, and the responsibility we have to act on our beliefs and help others with what we have.”


TODAY is the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off!

2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off event is happening TODAY at all YMCA branches in Calgary!

Please join us as we celebrate the children and youth in our community! The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

Want to get involved? YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause!

It’s not too late to participate in Spin for Strong Kids! Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby today—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to see how you can participate!

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


It’s Not Too Late to Sign-Up for YMCA Spin for Strong Kids!

YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause! Please join us on March 4 for our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off and celebrate the children and youth in our community.

How do I Get Involved?

Sign-up at your YMCA branch. Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby all day long.  Members, participants, staff, volunteers and ANYONE who wants to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to sign-up for a bike and get ready to spin and have fun on March 4!

What is YMCA Strong Kids?

Did you know YMCA is a charity? Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders. The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


It’s Not Too Late to Sign-Up for YMCA Spin for Strong Kids!

YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause! Please join us on March 4 for our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off and celebrate the children and youth in our community.

How do I Get Involved?

Sign-up at your YMCA branch. Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby all day long.  Members, participants, staff, volunteers and ANYONE who wants to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to sign-up for a bike and get ready to spin and have fun on March 4!

What is YMCA Strong Kids?

Did you know YMCA is a charity? Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders. The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


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