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The Four Core Values in Fitness

Weight-Room etiquette is basically the same at every gym or club.  At the YMCA we like to base our etiquette on four core values displayed prominently in every location across Calgary and Canada alike.  Following the basic idea of these core values both personally and within the facility allows all members to show one another the kindness of these core values in our workout areas.

Honesty – Personal – Listen to your body and acknowledge what your limits are; push yourself to those limits.  Hitting below won’t give you the results you desire, and above may lead to injury.  Facility – There isn’t a sign-up for our cardio machines as there once was, but we do ask that members honor the 30-minute maximum during busy or peak times when someone could be waiting.

CaringPersonal – Care for yourself by eating well, sleeping well, and creating a wellness balance in your life.  Facility –  allow others to work-in between your sets.  Working together can help build new relationships and friendships within our YMCA community.

RespectPersonal – Acknowledge that you are being the best version of yourself and stop comparing yourself to others.  Cherish the uniqueness that is you!  Facility – wipe down equipment after use, no one wants to use equipment that hasn’t been cleaned!  The staff and volunteer team has a cleaning list that covers all equipment in the gym and we do our best to keep things are clean as possible for member use.

ResponsibilityPersonal – Hold yourself accountable, don’t blame external forces if you stumble.  It happens to everyone; own it and move past it.  Facility – Clean up after yourself; put weights away, cable attachments back to where they belong, and take pride in being part of our YMCA community.

The YMCA prides itself on delivering four core values in our every day engagements.  As a member of the YMCA, we hope that you feel those core values every time you are in our facilities, as well as paying it forward to one another.

Be Well

 


2015 YMCA International Conference

More than 300 YMCA delegates from Canada, Mexico, the USA and beyond will gather to explore and innovate how we develop our leadership to integrate global insight and perspective. The 2015 YMCA International Conference is dedicated to this vital task. A collaborative initiative of YMCA Canada, YMCA Mexico and YMCA of the USA, this all-important gathering is hosted by YMCA Calgary on behalf of YMCA Canada.

The goal? To strengthen our collective ability to develop leaders with a global perspective by:

  • Building knowledge about the characteristics and behaviours of leaders who hold a global outlook;
  • Sharing best practices in global strategies and education programs that engage our diverse communities in meaningful ways;
  • Connecting with colleagues from around the world to enhance collaborative initiatives that are mutually beneficial.

 


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!


YMCA featured on Undercover Boss Canada TONIGHT!

Don’t forget to tune in tonight at 7PM to watch Canadian YMCAs, including Eau Claire YMCA in Calgary, featured in season 4 of the successful TV show Undercover Boss Canada, one of the W Network’s top rated series. The show follows executives as they leave the comfort of their offices to go undercover as employees on the frontline. Be sure to check out Scott Haldane, YMCA Canada’s President and CEO, as he goes undercover at Ys across the country!

Scott Haldane, President and CEO of YMCA Canada went undercover at 4 locations in 3 YMCA Member Association in Canada. As registered charities themselves, each YMCA Member Association has a CEO but they are known well and easily recognized within their own Association. An opportunity was created to have Scott go undercover and learn on behalf of local Member Association CEOs and the broader Canadian YMCA Federation.

The episode featuring the YMCA will be broadcast tonight at 7PM on the W Network! Be sure to watch!


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We’re featured on Undercover Boss Canada!

On October 17 at 7PM, Canadian YMCAs, including Eau Claire YMCA in Calgary, will be featured in season 4 of the successful TV show Undercover Boss Canada, one of the W Network’s top rated series. The show follows executives as they leave the comfort of their offices to go undercover as employees on the frontline. Be sure to check out Scott Haldane, YMCA Canada’s President and CEO, as he goes undercover at Ys across the country!

About the Show

Each episode features an executive of a major Canadian organization who is transformed into a frontline worker with a covert disguise and a convincing back story. Working alongside the employees, each “undercover boss” takes an often emotional journey, discovering the effects their decisions have on others, the perception of the company, and who the unsung heroes of their workforce are. Most importantly, they learn how to apply what they have gained from the experience – both for their company/organization and for themselves.

Who went Undercover?

Scott Haldane, President and CEO of YMCA Canada went undercover at 4 locations in 3 YMCA Member Association in Canada. As registered charities themselves, each YMCA Member Association has a CEO but they are known well and easily recognized within their own Association. An opportunity was created to have Scott go undercover and learn on behalf of local Member Association CEOs and the broader Canadian YMCA Federation.

YMCA Locations Featured

• Robert Lee YMCA, YMCA of Greater Vancouver
• YMCA Silver Lake Camp, YMCA of Okanagan
• YMCA After School Care, YMCA of Greater Vancouver
• Eau Claire YMCA, YMCA of Calgary

To Watch

The episode featuring the YMCA will be broadcast on October 17 7PM on the W Network! Be sure to watch!


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The YMCA Europe General Assembly

The YMCA Europe General Assembly in Manchester, England is happening right now! Our very own Shannon Doram, VP of Health and Wellness and Helene Weir, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary are in attendance representing YMCA Canada. Shown in the photo, they are with Viktor, the General Secretary of YMCA Ukraine one of YMCA Calgary’s international partners.

The General Assembly theme is “Healthy Living” and Shannon just presented a session on YMCA Calgary’s approach to promoting healthy lifestyle programs. There are 48 member countries that comprise YMCA Europe. It is a great opportunity to connect with our YMCA colleagues, both volunteers and staff from Europe. There are YMCA national organizations here the are very newly formed to YMCA England where the YMCA originated 168 years ago in London.

YMCA Calgary is part of a global movement of YMCAs in more than 125 countries. Through our International department, we gain a global perspective and participation withing the world community.


Change Agents Selected

Congratulations to Danielle Phillips and Selena Gignac, YMCA Calgary staff who have been selected as Canadian delegates for the Global Change Agent initiative.

The Global Change Agent initiative brings together a group of more than 200 young leaders from around the world to learn together, to lead together, and to work together on a worldwide effort coordinated by the World Alliance of YMCAs to empower young people and build strong communities worldwide. Through this program, Change Agents will receive specially‐designed leadership training and directly experience the global YMCA in action by attending two significant global events the YMCA Europe Festival in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2014 World Council in Estes Park, Colorado.


YMCA Young Leaders Initiative [VIDEO]

Find out more about the YMCA Young Leaders Initiative, why it is such an exciting movement, and how to get involved. The majority of this footage was shot during the YMCA Diamond Jubilee Young Leaders Forum and YMCA Canada’s AGM, May 2012.

With thanks to The Students Commission, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement.

For more information about the YMCA in Canada: www.ymca.ca

 


Aboriginal Department heads to Ottawa

CEO's and Youth Delegates at AFN in Ottawa

YMCA Calgary’s Aboriginal Department was part of an exciting meeting in Ottawa, held at the Assembly of First Nations.  YMCA Canada, YWCA, Pathways to Education, Inuit Taperiit, and AFN were all represented along with their  youth delegates  The meeting was designed to pinpoint an area that all organizations could effectively collaborate on. What an exciting opportunity to have a voice represented at the Assembly of First Nations!


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