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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



Thanksgiving Monday

Happy Thanksgiving!

All YMCA locations will be following holiday hours today.
  • Crowfoot YMCA: 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:  7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saddletowne YMCA: 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • Shawnessy YMCA: 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • South Health Campus YMCA: 7:00 am – 8:30 pm


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.


Now Booking 2015 Corporate Holiday Parties

2015 Corporate Holiday Packages

Thinking of having your Christmas party away from the city in the Rockies? We are now accepting 2015 bookings for corporate Holiday Parties! 


Imagine an evening in the Rockies, relaxing with friends and colleagues at our 1000 acre site. We have created a package that will allow just that for your 2015 corporate holiday party or a family holiday getaway!

Package includes holiday buffet meal, rustic bunkhouse accommodation and complimentary breakfast.

We have a unique venue in the stunning Rockies for any festive event. We have everything you need to have a great holiday party that everyone will remember. Fully licensed bar services and DJ rentals are available.

More Information

> Request a Quote Today!



National Volunteer Week – April 12-18

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


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.

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

Meet the Saddletowne YMCA’s Youth and Day Camps Director!

Adam Luciuk aka Splinter

Youth, Climbing and Day Camp Director


With so many Summer Day Camps offered throughout the city, why should families choose YMCA Saddletowne Day Camps?

We offer fun, adventurous and safe summer experiences for children of all ages in our vibrant community. They can explore swimming, climbing, off-site day trips, gym activities, arts and crafts, the great outdoors and much more. Very few other camps offer as many different activities within their regular day camps as we do. Let your children discover a new passion with us!

What are you most excited about this summer?

I am very excited about our NEW Sport Development Camps. Our skilled sports coach will help young athletes of any ability to achieve their potential this summer. Whether your child is passionate about soccer or basketball, or wants to try something new and excited this summer, this camp is for them.


When you’re not leading our Day Camps this summer, what will you be doing?

When I’m not at work, I’ll be spending time in the great outdoors, camping and exploring new places. When I’m not spending time in the outdoors, I’ll be working on a project: planning what experience I will embark on next or looking for a creative way to share my knowledge with others.

Thinking back to last summer, what did our Day Campers teach you the most?

That life should be fun!

Have you heard about Camp Chief Hector YMCA summer camp from a friend? Do you have questions for us before you sign up your child?

Have you heard about Camp Chief Hector YMCA summer camp from a friend? Do you have questions for us before you sign up your child?

Camp Chief Hector YMCA information sessions will be held during the week of Feb 23-27.

We have many summer camps available for 7-17 year olds. There are 6-day, 13-day and 27-day overnight adventures for both boys and girls. Camp activities include archery, low and high ropes courses, horseback riding, climbing tower, challenge course, canoeing, arts and crafts, hiking and much more.

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For un-registered but interested families. Parents and children welcome.

All sessions run from 7:00-7:45pm.

  • Mon Feb 23 | Saddletowne YMCA | Multipurpose rooms 1&2
  • Wed Feb 25 | Crowfoot YMCA | Multipurpose rooms 1&2
  • Wed Feb 25 | South Health Campus YMCA | Multipurpose room 1
  • Thur Feb 26 | Eau Claire YMCA | Studio A/B

RSVP not required.

We hope to see you there!

Y Survive Kick Off at the Saddletowne YMCA

What is Y SURVIVE?

 Y Survive is a friendly team competition which will challenge the minds, bodies and spirits of participants. Participants will join a tribe and compete to collect points through logging physical activities and challenges through Fitlinxx. Scores will be posted throughout, and the tribe with the highest score will win the challenge!

Y Survive officially kicks off Monday, February 2nd.  However, the Saddletowne YMCA we will be hosting a kick-off event Sunday, February 1st from 10:00-11:30 AM.

This event will take place in Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2, and we invite all Saddletowne YMCA Survive participants to come for the following-

  • Pick up your shirt, meet your tribe and your tribe’s captain.
  • Learn about using Fitlinxx to track your activities and earn points.
  • Participate in a 30 minute workout- make sure you bring your workout clothes!
  • All participants to the kick-off will earn extra points for their team!

There is still time to register- for only $10 you can participate in this exciting, month-long event.  See Member Services for more details or call 403-237-2393.