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Spring into action!

Break out of winter and get active  –  that’s the message from YMCA Vice President Health and Wellness Shannon Doram.

And there’s plenty to look forward to! YMCA Calgary has launched its new program guides for spring and summer so now’s the time to get up, get out and get active!

Shannon says: “It is a good time of year for people to start thinking about being outside and being active. People are starting to shake off the winter indoor blues and get outside. Walking to work, cycling to work, going for a walk with colleagues – just get out and enjoy!”

If you are looking to get yourself in shape ready for summer outdoor pursuits, then look no further than the Y! There are a variety of programmes to help you get fit and get outside. The Y is also getting ready for the busy spring and summer months where children and youth can get  involved in daily, weekly activities.

As the Y gears up for summer, Healthy Kids Day, on June 3, aims to get families involved too. The nationwide event will be run from 10am-1pm and grants free access to all YMCA facilities to families. Also on June 3 Camp Chief Hector YMCA hosts its annual Family Fun Run with BBQ afterwards, where all proceeds will go towards the YMCA Strong Kids.

As for Shannon, she’s looking forward to getting her bike back out on the road. She said: “I’ll be getting my bike tuned up, cycling round the city and up into the mountains as well.”

So, why not spring into action and get out there?


From dancing at the Olympics to running around the world, meet Calgary YMCA’s chief financial officer!

Volunteer blogger Beka Sharrock has been getting to know some of personalities who make up the senior leadership team at Calgary YMCA, finding out what drives them to work for the YMCA and the person behind the job title….

Name: Sabina Lokanc

Job title: Chief Financial Officer

Job description: As my job title suggests I oversee the financial management of the organization, by overseeing  the budget process,  monthly financial statement review and analysis, , and managing capital and cash flow. I also prepare the year end financial statements and manage the financial audit. I head up our IT department, managing our current systems and processes, implementing new ones and overseeing the controls set in place to govern these.

Background: I am a Chartered Accountant. I worked for two public accounting firms, KPMG and Deloitte before taking this position at the Y. This job complements my diverse background as I was a licensed dietitian and worked as a Public Health Nutritionist before returning to school to study business. The Y is a perfect bridging and joining of my backgrounds – health and finance.

The most important part of my job is: fiscal responsibility and accountability. We have various stakeholders including our partners, Board of Directors, donors, members and users of our facilities and programs.

The most challenging part of my job is: managing the priorities and getting information in a timely manner so we can assess how we are doing. It’s challenging to not manage ‘in a bubble’.

The best part of my job is: being part of an organization that does great work and contributes  so much for the good of the community. For me, in terms of what I myself like the most, it is knowing that we are making a difference and working and collaborating with individuals throughout the organization and beyond who believe in our mission.

The best piece of advice I have been given: ‘have passion in the work that you do because then it will never really feel like work’.

Not a lot of people know that: I danced at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. I performed with my brother and sister as part of the opening ceremony, dancing an ethnic Slovenian dance, which is my heritage.

If I wasn’t working at the Y I would be: travelling! I like to run marathons and I would love to run around the world. New York, London, Rome, Boston and Prague are on my bucket list.

My weakness is: chocolate!

Five words to describe me: First, I need my coffee…

What the Y means to me: a sense of community and belonging.


Member Registration for Spring and Summer 2012 is open!

Members can now register for the Spring and Summer 2012 programs.  Members can register online, at your branch or over the phone.  There are lots of great programs available!  Register soon.


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