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Ticket to Wellness: A Healthy Ladies Night Out


Join us for a FREE facility wide ladies only event at the Saddletowne YMCA. This event is designed to introduce ladies in our community to the fun and healthy benefits of exercise, in a non-intimidating environment.

As this is a facility wide event, our facility will be restricted to women only during these hours.

Bring a friend or family member and join us for a fun night full of a variety of exciting activities!


Ticket to Wellness: A Healthy Ladies Night Out

Join us for a FREE facility wide ladies only event at the Saddletowne YMCA. This event is designed to introduce ladies in our community to the fun and healthy benefits of exercise, in a non-intimidating environment. As this is a facility wide event, our facility will be restricted to women only during these hours.

Bring a friend or family member and join us for a fun night full of a variety of exciting activities!


Click here for the schedule of activities!

Helene Weir, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary named a WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

YMCA Calgary’s top executive joins community of Canada’s most iconic women leaders

Calgary, Alberta (November 25, 2015) –– YMCA Calgary is pleased to announce Helene Weir, President and CEO, YMCA Calgary has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Ms. Weir, who is included in WXN 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 will be honoured during a gala celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 26.

Helene Weir joined the YMCA in 1983 and, in increasingly senior positions, has had a profound impact by helping our charity improve the lives of people in our community and fulfill a vision where every Calgarian can belong, grow, thrive and lead.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, YMCA Calgary works to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women like Ms. Weir to help them thrive and succeed within the not-for-profit community.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Helene Weir and the team she leads,” said Narmin Ismail-Teja, Chair of the Board of YMCA Calgary. “In a time of profound growth and change for our organization, Helene lives out the YMCA values of honest, respect, responsibility and caring every day.”

The Top 100 Awards serve to recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable Winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Helene Weir joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, former “Dragon” and chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather

Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

About Helene Weir

Helene Weir is in a rare group of female CEOs in the world-wide YMCA movement, currently active in over 120 countries. Ms. Weir is one of only 3 female CEOs among the largest YMCAs in Canada and is one of only 13 in the 70 largest YMCAs in North America. Under her leadership, YMCA Calgary is one of the leading voices in the country for preventative health through physical activity and wellness through community. A 2011 Women of Vision award winner here in Calgary, she also demonstrates a commitment to local community involvement through membership in the Rotary Club of Calgary which just celebrated its 100th anniversary in Calgary.

About YMCA Calgary

YMCA Calgary is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. For over 113 years, YMCA Calgary has been committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

More information and details are available at www.wxnetwork.com or www.top100women.ca.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Helene Weir or WXN founder Pamela Jeffery, please contact:

Marion Morris
Harbinger Communications
416-960-5100 ext. 260



Fitness Kickboxing is a great way to build strength & confidence while relieving stress.

I attended the Fitness Kickboxing demo class here at Saddletowne a little while ago and I found the class to be invigorating and fun. After the warm up, the instructor taught us a variety of punching techniques and combinations which we then got to practice with a partner using gloves and pads. Afterwards she led us through some kicking techniques and combinations which we practiced again. By the end of the class we put it all together in punching and kicking combinations with our partners.

I worked up a good sweat in the class and definitely felt my muscles the next day. The exercises especially helped to challenge my core strength and coordination as well as my mental focus and reflexes. I loved being able to engage in a contact sport with another person, express some playful aggression and let off  steam in a way that was safe, fun and empowering.

I definitely recommend Fitness Kickboxing as a different kind of fitness class that will produce great results, increase your confidence and challenge you in new ways.

Fitness Kickboxing is offered at the Saddletowne YMCA on Sundays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning January 11th. To register call 403-237-2393 and quote barcode # 96569.


Women’s Only Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Calling all ladies! How about some time out with the girls to be healthy and have fun in a supportive, female environment?

Saddletowne YMCA offers 9 different types of fitness classes for women only:

Belly Dance Level 1 & 2
Bellyfit Sage
Post-Natal Fitness
Prenatal Aquatic Fitness
Prenatal Fitness
Prenatal Yoga
Women’s Resistance Training
Yoga for Women

Read below for class descriptions, times & course codes:

Belly Dance Level 1 & 2 Combo
Explore the cultural and artistic components of Belly Dance by focusing on Egyptian styles, learning about music through interpretation, and choreography. This is for women who really want to dig deep into the technique and style of Belly Dance, and get personal feedback from an experienced instructor. This class combines levels 1 & 2 offering beginner progressions as well as more advanced options for returning students.
Mondays starting January 5th
6:30-7:30pm (Barcode 95525)

Bellyfit offers a full workout utilizing elements of dance, yoga and pilates. If you want a class where you can dance, sweat, breathe, and liberate yourself from the daily grind then Bellyfit is the class for you! The cardio dance portion of Bellyfit incorporates movements from belly dance, East Indian, Bollywood and African dance. The core and stretch portions are inspired by yoga and pilates.  Bellyfit is one hour of continuous movement flow without pauses in the music. Each movement in the cardio segments is broken down to give students time to get into the rhythm before moving on to the next section. There are also different layers of movement and levels of intensity, so it is up to the student how she wants to use these levels and layers to produce the intensity she desires. Bellyfit will inspire you laugh, smile, glow and feel genuinely good about yourself afterwards.
Wednesdays starting January 7th
5:30-6:30pm (Barcode 96572)

Bellyfit Sage™
From the creators of Bellyfit® comes a brand new low impact format designed for wise and mature or recovering bodies. Combining inspiration from Fitness, Belly Dance, Hula Dance, Yoga and Meditation, Bellyfit Sage is a mindful and gentle yet powerful class. Move your body with sensuality, ease and grace, and then let build stamina and serenity with a balance, core and stretch sequence using the support of a chair. Set to world-fusion music that will uplift your heart and spirit. Come join a community of women and celebrate the vibrancy and wisdom of your inner Sage!
Mondays starting January 19th
10:30-11:30am (Barcode 96573)

Post-Natal Fitness
Bring your baby to this fitness class for Moms. The class will incorporate cardio, resistance, core and stretching exercises appropriate for post-natal women. Babies aged 2-12 months are welcome. Post-natal women may attend with or without baby.
Mondays starting January 5th
12:00-1:00pm (Barcode 95680)
Thursdays starting January 8th
9:30-10:30am (Barcode 96949)

Prenatal Aquatic Fitness
Experience the benefits and relief of weightlessness in this refreshing deep water workout designed specifically with the needs of pregnant women in mind. This class will help strengthen upper body, lower body and core muscles without the impact of land-based exercise. Participants must bring a Par Med X for Pregnancy Form signed by their doctor/midwife indicating that they have clearance to participate. Participants should feel comfortable in deep water with the assistance of a flotation device.
Wednesdays starting January 7th
6:00-6:45pm (Barcode 96566)

Prenatal Fitness
Experience a fit pregnancy and meet other moms-to-be in this fun fitness class designed with the unique needs of pregnant women in mind. Pre Natal Fitness will incorporate cardio, resistance, core and stretching exercises suitable for pregnant women of all fitness levels.
Mondays starting January 5th
6:00-6:45pm (Barcode 96566)

Prenatal Yoga
Experience Hatha yoga to help with a healthy pregnancy, delivery and recovery.  This course will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit throughout your pregnancy.
Tuesdays starting January 6th
7:15-8:15pm (Barcode 96561)

Women’s Resistance Training
Learn all about the benefits of resistance training (training with weights) for women including how it can help you lose weight, reduce pain and improve physical function. In this class you will learn proper weight training form and technique with a variety of equipment types and without the intimidation factor of trying to figure things out on your own!
Mondays & Wednesdays starting January 5th
9:30-10:30am (Barcode 96945)
1:15-2:15pm (Barcode 96946)
Tuesdays starting January 6th
1:15-2:15pm (Barcode 96950)

Yoga for Women
Strengthen, lengthen, balance and release in this active yoga class for women only that will guide you to find strength, flexibility and calm from within. Release your stress and tension and leave feeling radiant, refreshed and ready for life!
Tuesdays starting January 6th
5:15-6:15pm (Barcode 96555)


Exercise and Wellness for Women with Breast Cancer

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Coming to Saddletowne YMCA September 2014!

This FREE program aims to empower women to regain control of their life through physical activity. Offered in partnership with the U of C Health & Wellness Lab, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Wings of Hope, participation includes:

  • A personalized fitness assessment
  • An individualized exercise program
  • Group exercise and healthy lifestyle education classes

Eligibility: Currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment or within three months of treatment completion
Call (403) 210-8482 to enroll
Email: wellnesslab@kin.ucalgary.ca
Web: www.thriveforcancersurvivors.com


Bring the whole family to upcoming International Women’s Day Event!

Blog written by: Deborah Wong, International Committee Volunteer

Do you know what’s going to happen on Saturday, March 8th? March 8th is not just another Saturday where people hang out and enjoy their weekend. According to The United Nations, and local agency partnerships around Calgary, March 8th is a day to celebrate the contribution to our community that are made from women all around the world and to raise awareness to different issues that women are facing nowadays.

In Canada, we are blessed with the rights and freedoms that we are enjoying right now, but often take them for granted. As a global citizen and a person living in a developed country, what can we do to contribute in our community? Or in a bigger picture, what can we do to make our world a more equal place for everyone, no matter what gender you are?

This year on March 8th, YMCA International Committee is cooperating with CIWA and Calgary Public Library to hold an event called “Beyond Present, A Woman’s Journey Through Time.” It will be held at Crowfoot, Forest Lawn, Saddletowne and Shawnessy Library at 11 am to 2 pm on March 8th. By participating in this event, you will get to know more about how women have made a change in our history and how can we help to make women more equal in other countries through games, presentation and varies activities. We are hoping to see you all there and make our world a better place together.

International Women’s Day

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem


International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s! It is now celebrated around the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan,  Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia and many more!

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. (www.internationalwomensday.com)

Today is a day that we recognize that a progressive world needs equality, including gender equality.  We acknowledge the challenges women are facing world-wide and we celebrate the many economic, political, and social achievements of women.

Join us today in celebration of gaining momentum for women’s equality.

Celebrating Women

March 8 is International Women’s day, an opportunity to both celebrate the achievements that women have made in gaining full equality in our world. At a world wide level there have been many gains for women including reductions in poverty and improvements in health care and education to learn more please follow this link from the United Nations. For more information as to how Women’s Day is being recognized in Calgary please see here for Calgary’s International Women’s Day events.

Calgary supports Women

International Women’s Day awareness activities and celebrations are coming up on Friday March 8. Join YMCA Calgary as we support full gender equality in the City of Calgary. See here for more information.