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Tips to Keep You and Your Family Well and Safe

 

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When it comes to health and safety, some of the first things that come to most people’s minds are aspects related to the medical industry or accident prevention in the workplace.

But what does health and safety mean at YMCA Calgary? First and foremost, YMCA Calgary is committed to an incident- and injury-free environment for our members, participants, volunteers and staff and this is a high priority in our day-to-day plans and activities. And YMCA Calgary is proactive to ensure this happens.

Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunteers are required to take annual health and safety training and key personnel are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Help at the Push of a Button
Rest assured as each of our buildings are equipped with safety alarm buttons in activity areas. Should a medical or safety issue arise, immediately press the button and trained staff will respond accordingly.

Keep it Clean
On the weight floor and cardio areas, there are new cleaning products provided. When finished your workout, please take a minute to spray and wipe down the equipment you used. This simple measure is a courtesy to other users and helps prevent the spread of germs.

Lend a Hand
Proper hand washing is such an important way to stem the spread of infection and illness. Here are some great recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safety Equipment
All of our locations have automatic external defibrillators and several first aid kits in various areas. Staff and volunteers are trained to use them should an emergency arise.

Fire Alarms and Other Emergencies
In the event of a fire, please stop all activity and take direction from staff and/or volunteers. In the case of a suspected lost child scenario, please assist staff and volunteers as directed.

Health and Wellness
We invite you to consider the wide range of programming available for children, youth and adults. All are intended to support development of individuals in spirit, mind and body. Please browse our online program guides.

We also have some thoughts about using good judgment at home or work and at the Y.

  • Go easy with new exercise and activities
  • Get enough food and sleep
  • Remember to take necessary medication
  • Use the steam room wisely (be follow guidelines
  • Secure personal belongings in the locker room

As always we consider ourselves partners in your health, wellness and safety plan. Best wishes as you begin the New Year. We hope you have the best experience possible whenever you’re at our facilities.


YMCA and the Poppy

Did you know there is a relationship between YMCA and the Poppy?

In 1918, YMCA volunteer Moina Michael, inspired by Canadian John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, created the custom of wearing a poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

From Veterans Affairs Canada:

“In 1915, Guelph, Ontario native John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Artillery, recorded this phenomenon in his famous poem In Flanders Fields. Two days before the Armistice, Moina Michael, an American woman from Athens, Georgia, read the McCrae poem and was inspired to wear a poppy year-round in memory of the war dead. Then in 1920, Madame E. Guérin of France visited the United States and happened to meet Miss Michael at the YMCA at Columbia University, where the latter was a volunteer. Madame Guérin then resolved to sell handmade poppies around Armistice Day to raise money for poor children in the war-torn areas of Europe.”

 


Software Upgrade

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On Monday June 8, we are unable to process any credit card or debit payments as we implement a software upgrade to serve you better.

During this period, drop-in fees will not be charged but picture ID will be required for access. Please ask our staff about options for program registration and membership purchase.

Thank you for your patience as we work to better serve our community!


Join Us for a Birthday Celebration!

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Join us in celebration of Shawnessy YMCA’s 13th Anniversary!

Monday, April 13 at ShawnessyYMCA
7:00AM – Coffee & Muffins
5:00PM – Birthday Cake

Everyone welcome!


Join us for YMCA Megathon on Monday, March 9!

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Be a superhero for kids!

YMCA MEGATHON officially kicks-off the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at all YMCA Calgary locations! With the goal of making all Calgary kids healthier, you can have loads of fun and directly support children and youth in the community to have a YMCA experience.

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Individuals or teams can create an online website at www.ymcastrongkids.ca. Once set up, encourage family, friends and coworkers to support your effort by making a donation.
  • On March 9, dress up like a superhero and tackle a variety of exciting health and fitness activities.
  • Participants will be entered to win YMCA prizes!

Visit your branch for a schedule of the day’s events.

Did you know…

1 in 5 children and youth coming to YMCA Calgary are in need of financial assistance? YMCA MEGATHON is a great way for you to have fun and raise much needed funds for kids.

Busy that day? You can still contribute. All locations will also have their own webpage which allows anyone to donate directly!


Free Family Weekends for Flood-affected Families

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Was your family affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods?

We’re welcoming all families affected by the floods to spend a weekend at Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

Reunite with nature and enjoy a weekend outdoors with the whole family. Try fun activities like the climbing wall, high and low ropes courses, arts and crafts, cookouts and campfires.

These weekends are a gift and are provided at no cost to flood-affected families. Funding is generously provided by the Government of Alberta.

Please keep in mind you are welcome to come to any weekend that works best for your family and not just the weekend your community is listed under. These weekends are designated to encourage building strong relationships within your community.

 

Dates Available:

October 24-26                community TBD

October 31-Nov 2            community TBD

November 28-30                 community TBD

 

Weekends run from 7pm Friday to 2pm Sunday. Bus transportation to camp is available.

Call Camp Chief Hector YMCA today to register your family: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622.

Please send this blog to everyone and help us spread the word!

More information on the weekend schedule and activities, directions and what to pack can be found here.

Thank you to the Government of Alberta for providing funding to make these weekends possible.

 


Camp Chief Hector YMCA | Open House

Join us at Camp Chief Hector YMCA for our annual Open House

Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 1-3pm

This is a great opportunity to see our site with your campers, family or friends. The Camp Director and senior staff team will be available to answer questions.

Site tours leave regularly from Bowfort Lodge. Have a look inside a tipi. See our high and low ropes courses, climbing tower, horse corrals and more. Try canoeing, arts & crafts, archery and pony petting.

RSVP not required. Directions to Camp Chief Hector YMCA.

   


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