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Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

Give the Gift of Health
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.

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!

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.

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.



Adopt a Family 2015


Help us Bring Holiday Cheer to a Family This Year

Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.

This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2015 Adopt a Family families have been selected.


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

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Adopt a Family 2014 in Full Swing

It’s that time of year! Tis the season to celebrate the joy of giving from the heart. Bring warm holiday cheer to children and families through the Adopt a Family program.

Each winter YMCA Calgary runs an Adopt a Family program for families in our community who need a little extra help during the holidays. It is an opportunity for our staff, members, and participants to provide meaningful gifts to families in need.

Help provide much needed items to children and their families by picking up a gift or two.


How does Adopt a Family work?

The Adopt a Family displays in each YMCA Calgary location have gift tags that list the age, gender, family, and a suggested gift item.

All you need to do is:

  1. Take a tag (or two!) that describe the gift items you’d like to purchase
  2. Go shopping
  3. Bring the unwrapped gift and tag back to your YMCA location by noon on December 15
  4. YMCA staff will then wrap and deliver the presents just before Christmas

It’s that easy!


These donations bring smiles to the faces of parents and children, providing happy holiday memories. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

Thank you for your generosity!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2014 Adopt a Family families have been selected.


Christmas Tree Sales

From November 27 until December 24, Crowfoot YMCA will be selling Christmas Trees!

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Funds raised will support two of our important initiatives: YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Leaders in Training Leadership Retreat.

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides much-needed resources to support YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities to reach their full potential.

YMCA Strong Kids includes: helping a struggling family enjoy fun-filled activities regardless of their background or financial situation; helping a child learn to swim; helping a teen learn to lead, enabling a child/teen to participate in a recreation or physical activity.

The Leadership Retreat gives our young leaders and leaders-in-training a weekend in the mountains with other YMCA groups from across the prairies. This conference emphasizes community and stewardship and is the ultimate reward for their dedication to the leadership program.

Come buy your tree at Crowfoot YMCA, 8100 John Laurie Blvd. NW between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

This festive season, give someone the gift that keeps on giving!

Looking for a unique gift this year for stocking stuffers, teachers, employees, neighbors, family, friends and that hard-to-shop-for person on your list? YMCA Calgary has many options that will come in handy after indulging in the holiday season:

1. Drop-In Punch Cards

A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in, use and reload at their convenience, without having to purchase individual drop-in passes each visit, so they can enjoy more time at the Y.

Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9!

  • Adult (18Y+): $120
  • Senior (65+): $67.71
  • Student (18-25 with ID): $81.43
  • Youth (12-17): $67.71
  • Child (0-10): $40.29
  • No Expiry Date
  • GST not included

2. Gift Cards

A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program.

  • Available in any denominations
  • No expiry date

3. Charitable Giving

Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf.


Visit Member Services at your YMCA for more information on any of these gift-giving ideas.



‘Twas the Night

YMCA Calgary has been chosen as the charity of choice for ‘Twas the Night, Calgary’s largest holiday celebration and after-hours shopping event!

‘Twas the Night will be held on November 27 at the downtown shopping centre, the CORE, and all donations collected will benefit YMCA Strong Kids.

Kick off the Christmas season and enjoy a fun night of shopping filled with:

  • special deals from retailers
  • a performance from Juno nominated artist Matt Dusk and his big band
  • a walk down a red-carpet hosted by eTalk’s Tanya Kim
  • FREE parking
  • Spectacular tree-lighting with special lighting effects and pyrotechnics (including a 45-foot Christmas tree!)
When: Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where:  The CORE (TD Square/Holt Renfrew) Valet entrance at 751 3 St SW (Remember, the valet parking is FREE!)
How: RSVP at coreshopping.ca/events
What to wear: Feel free to dress holiday retro chic a la the glamorous 1960s. Prizes will be awarded for the most impressive retro-themed attire.

The event is open to all, and is free to attend, although donations are encouraged. Donations can be made online when you RSVP, or  in person at the door.

Last year ‘Twas the Night raised over $60,000 for local non-profit organizations. Let’s see if we can beat that record to help even more Calgary kids get a YMCA experience through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign!

Our Sincere Thanks

Every year YMCA Calgary participates in the Adopt a Family program. This year, once again, your generosity astounded us.

Thank you for giving your time and care to purchasing gifts from families from our membership, childcare, and wider Calgary community. Our families received an abundance of gifts to put under their trees. From mittens and hats, winter coats and snowpants to grocery and movie theatre giftcards to art supplies and e-readers – children and parents unwrapped smiles and laughter this holiday season.

Your support filled needs in our community and brought joy to adults and kids alike. Thank you for playing a part in bringing holiday cheer to our neighbours and friends.

Winter Family Fun

Yoga Nidra at Shawnessy

It’s time to distress before the holidays!

Shawnessy’s own Stacey M will be teaching a drop-in Yoga Nidra, deep meditation class on Thursday December 19th from 7:15-815pm in the studio located upstairs at the Shawnessy branch.  Please come early to make sure you get a spot!