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Tell us about your YMCA Experience!


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Your Opinions Matter. Tell us about your YMCA.

We are excited to launch YMCA Calgary’s Annual Impact Survey. Feedback on your experience at the YMCA will help identify ways that we can better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us.

Because everyone’s opinion is very important to us, both members and the general public can participate. If you are a YMCA Calgary member or participant, or have a connection to YMCA Calgary: we’d love to hear from you!

The fun part of launching this survey is the associated contest. All survey participants also have chances to win some cool YMCA prizes! Spend 5 to 20 minutes to provide feedback and get the link to enter the contest. Survey ends December 7.

ACCESS THE SURVEY

Thank you for telling us about your YMCA experience to help us improve our programs and services!

 


Tell us about your YMCA Experience!

Your Opinions Matter. Tell us about your YMCA.

We are excited to launch YMCA Calgary’s Annual Impact Survey. Feedback on your experience at the YMCA will help identify ways that we can better meet the needs and expectations of all the people who are connected with us.

Because everyone’s opinion is very important to us, both members and the general public can participate. If you are a YMCA Calgary member or participant, or have a connection to YMCA Calgary: we’d love to hear from you!

The fun part of launching this survey is the associated contest. All survey participants also have chances to win some cool YMCA prizes! Spend 5 to 20 minutes to provide feedback and get the link to enter the contest. Survey ends December 7.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

 


Create a positive Child Minding experience for you and your child

When the needs of a child guide parents and caregivers in their actions, it helps children to have positive experiences that support them in their growth and development.

YMCA Calgary aims to provide your child with a safe, caring and stimulating environment – one filled with lots of opportunities for them to explore and learn as they play.

We know that it is very important to have open, positive relationships between parents and caregivers so communication is effective. This allows children to make connections between their home and the broader community while gaining an understanding that the adults in their life are working together… for them!

YMCA Child Minding areas are places children become very familiar with as they gain confidence for being away from their parent. In the Child Minding area they develop relationships of their own with other children as well as the staff and volunteer caregivers. As a values based organization we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for children to learn about, and practice behaviours of, respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. In the child minding areas you can see this –

  • When children observe caregivers and parents warmly greeting and calmly speaking with one another
  • When check in and sign out processes are smooth and worry free for children, parents and caregivers
  • When children clean up the toy or piece of equipment they were playing with prior to leaving the area
  • When caregivers let the phone go to voice mail while they play and engage with children. Messages can be picked up in a few moments, a wonderful play moment shouldn’t be interrupted
  • When a parent or caregiver voices a concern to the other adult and they hear each other out prior to determining how they can best work together to support the child

YMCA staff and volunteers want all children to feel comfortable and happy within the Child Minding area. They truly enjoy working with the children and are committed to providing them with the care and attention they need.

For more information about YMCA Child Minding areas visit our website at http://www.ymcacalgary.org/childminding/

 

Reminder: Child Minding Block Booking for winter 2016 Session (Jan 4 – Mar 20, 2016)

YMCA Members     Book beginning Monday, November 23, 2015

Non-Members       Book beginning Monday, December 7, 2015

 

 

 

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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.

 


YMCA Calgary Day Camps – tell us about your experience!

Have you filled out the Day Camp survey?

If your child attended a YMCA Summer Day Camp, we’d love to hear back from you about the experience.  If more than one child attended a YMCA Summer Day Camp or one
child attended more than one such camp, we’d like your total impressions based
on all the experiences.

Click the following survey URL to start: http://bit.ly/CalgaryYDayCamps

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your opinions are important, and will directly influence day camp operations in your YMCA. Individual answers are completely confidential and are reported in aggregate only.


YMCA Calgary Day Camps – tell us about your experience!

Have you filled out the Day Camp survey?

If your child attended a YMCA Summer Day Camp, we’d love to hear back from you about the experience.  If more than one child attended a YMCA Summer Day Camp or one
child attended more than one such camp, we’d like your total impressions based
on all the experiences.

Click the following survey URL to start: http://bit.ly/CalgaryYDayCamps

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your opinions are important, and will directly influence day camp operations in your YMCA. Individual answers are completely confidential and are reported in aggregate only.


Ukraine trip update

Hello from beautiful Lutsk!

After ten fantastic days at camp on Lake Svityaz, Analu and I are enjoying some R&R time at Ivanna’s house. Although we were tired from working long days at camp, it was sad to say farewell to kids that we had become quite close to. In the end, I can honestly say that the language ‘barrier’ didn’t prove problematic in these circumstances. Somehow, we were able to build strong relationships and communicate with the kids in many other ways.

Throughout the last few days of camp, I think that everyone would agree that the ‘family’ dynamic grew even stronger. Judging some very entertaining evening competitions, leading s’mores-making workshops, and playing some Canadian style camp games were a few of many highlights for Analu and I. We also managed to pick up on some local traditions, and learned a bit about how to become proper Ukrainian ladies. Between making vareneki (perogies), getting my hair done in a typical plisteeh (braid), and learning some Ukrainian dance moves, I felt happy to be very immersed in the culture.

After saying a few emotional goodbyes to camp participants, and having a peaceful evening at Ivanna’s, we met Volyn leaders at the Lutsk YMCA to debrief camp. I have really enjoyed exchanging ideas with these dedicated leaders and developing a deeper understanding of how their association works. They are very open and eager to get feedback from us, and I feel like as a team we are able to come up with some very strong ideas. The Volyn leaders and us Canadians exchanged very positive feedback with each other, which was a nice way to wrap things up. Their kindness truly made our experience unforgettable. On one hand it was sad to say goodbye, however I have a feeling that through the YMCA we will manage to stay in touch, which makes the goodbyes a bit easier.

Today we spent the day exploring Lutsk with the help of a few local tour guides/YMCA leaders. In addition to seeing a few sights, we had the opportunity to cheer on a fellow YMCA leader at his university graduation ceremony. Igor from Lutsk was getting his Masters in Physics, and we decided it would be fun to experience a graduation, Ukrainian style. Despite incorporating a few more cultural traditions, it was actually quite similar to a Canadian ceremony. This experience, as well as exploring the quaint city of Lutsk, made for a truly great day.

Tomorrow we will travel to L’viv with a few of the Lutsk leaders. We found out that L’viv’s local association will be holding a special event – a concert in a hospital that specializes in treating kids with cancer. We will also visit several other YMCA programs there, and of course make a bit of time for exploring what is meant to be one of the most beautiful places in Ukraine.

I hope all is well in Calgary, we will write again soon! Dopo bochnia/see you later!

Carla


Ukraine Camp Update

Dobre- den! I would like to apologize in advance for any
English errors I may make in this blog entry – although many of the kids speak
English, my attempts to speak very broken Ukrainian have made my language
skills a bit hazy! Otherwise, life at camp in Ukraine is duzhe class-nah,
chuvak (very cool, dude). We arrived at Lake Swityaz last Friday and were
immediately impressed with how the camp has grown. Analu and I are staying in a
brand new building, there are nearly 70 kids participating (compared to 25 when
Analu was here in 2009), and counsellors are doing an amazing job of leading
the camp. Overall, I would say that a typical day doesn’t look a lot different
than a day at camp in Canada; however, with less tangible resources than we
have at home, I have been impressed by how Ukrainian leaders use their
creativity to consistently keep things fun, entertaining and engaging for
participants.

I have also been blown away by Ivanna, the president of
YMCA Volyn, and the presence and influence she has at this camp. Ivanna wakes
up an hour early to take the kids running and swimming. Considering she goes to
bed just as late as us counsellors, and works hard all day as well, it is fair
to say she is quite the impressive lady. She leads discussions with the kids,
and deals with problems in a very calm way that naturally attracts respect. She
embodies the concept of “leading by example”, which has clearly been
invaluable in the development of the Volyn association.

The lake here is beautiful and great for swimming,
however we have been getting lots of rain lately so we have had to be flexible
and adapt to constantly changing weather. Yesterday was Canada day, so Analu
and I had planned many activities. In addition to playing Canadian games and
singing some classic camp songs, we held workshops focusing on diversity and
multiculturalism, as well as First Nations culture in Canada. Despite having to
adjust our plans slightly based on the rain, I think our workshops were fun and
educational for the kids.

Other highlights of camp include a ‘Mr. And Mrs. Camp’
competition, amazing dance workshops (Ukrainian boys are the most impressive
dancers – who knew!) and many laughs over language mixups. Above all, I have
thoroughly enjoyed building relationships with the children and youth here. It
is a great example of how language is not the only means of communication, and
strong relationships can be built despite cultural differences. I notice many
similarities between YMCA Calgary and YMCA Ukraine participants, and how they
feel about being a part of the YMCA. Words such as family, caring, team, and
positivity are frequently used when kids describe the way they feel at about
camp. Many participants have told me that being a part of the YMCA gives them a
unique sense of community that they have never felt. Such remarks make me truly
believe that YMCA values really do transcend borders.

This afternoon Analu and I will teach a workshop about
health, focusing on oral hygiene. I also will teach some yoga for fun! With
only a few days of camp left, I am realizing it is not going to be easy to say
goodbye to the amazing children, youth and leaders we have met. That said, I
wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I hope everyone is doing well in
Calgary amongst the flooding, we are thinking of you!

Carla


Youth Travel Opportunity

YMCA Europe Festival

Two YMCA Calgary youth aged 17-25 will have the opportunity this summer to fly to Europe and participate in the YMCA Europe Festival, August 4-10 in Prague, Czech Republic. 

What is the Festival?

YMCA Europe Festival 2013 in Prague is a week-long international event that will bring together thousands of young people from YMCAs across Europe and all around the world.  For more information about YMCA Europe Festival 2013, visit www.yefestival.com  

Specific mandates for delegates include…

  • Represent YMCA Calgary as a courteous and professional guest;
  • Help with pre- and post-trip tasks for the delegation (meetings, team-building, fundraisers, trip preparations, training, and awareness-building presentations).
  • Expanding your perspective of the global YMCA movement and be willing to share with YMCA Calgary upon your return. 

To apply, you must…

  • Be an active YMCA Calgary member, program participant, staff, or volunteer aged 17-25
  • Make a firm commitment to plan and attend fundraising activities, attend regular team meetings, travel to Europe for 12-14 days this summer, and share your experiences with YMCA Calgary afterwards;
  • Have (or be willing to immediately obtain) a current, valid passport;
  • Purchase Emergency Travel insurance (included with YMCA Calgary benefits for full-time staff).  

Criteria that will be used in selecting participants are:

  • Understanding and demonstrated practice of the YMCA core values.  You will act as an ambassador for YMCA Calgary in Europe
  • Strong Interpersonal skills.  You will be expected to build lasting relationships with other festival delegates
  • Proven interest in global issues and/or the International YMCA movement
  • Additional skills, certifications, or talents.  For example, language skills, cross-cultural experience, etc.
  • Team dynamics. The selection process will consider not simply individual strengths, but also diversity and balance within the delegation team (including age, experience, gender, etc.) 

Financial considerations:

  • Festival registration, basic meals, and lodging will be paid by YMCA Calgary.
  • Flights to Europe, including all taxes & insurance, are expected to total around $2400.  The delegation will have the opportunity to fundraise as a group towards these costs; however, these costs are not covered by YMCA Calgary and are therefore the responsibility of the participants.
  • Spending money and costs associated with passports & immunizations are the responsibility of each participant.
  • Delegates are responsible for ensuring they have enough time off for the Festival. Staff are expected to use vacation time if they are chosen to go.  
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To Apply, please submit the following 4 documents by November 15, 2012:

  1. Cover letter (1-2 pages) expressing…
    °  Why you feel you are a suitable candidate (please address the criteria listed above, providing specific examples where relevant).
    °  How others in your YMCA and your community may benefit if you are chosen.
  2. Resume which includes work, volunteer, leadership, school and/or travel experience, as well as address and phone number
  3. An email or letter of support from your direct supervisor at YMCA Calgary (if applicable)
  4. References – contact information for two additional people who can speak about your qualifications 

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.  Part of the interview process will include confirmation that you are within the age requirements as outlined above.  Selections will be completed with the assistance of a selection committee. Candidates will be informed by November 30th

For more information or to apply contact: 

Jason Lidberg
Assistant General Manager Community Branch
(403) 537-1716  |  jlidberg@calgary.ymca.ca


Have You Thought About Taking Your Work-out Outside?

Contributed by Cathi Molson, Fitness Director at Saddletowne YMCA.

Join Our YMCA Outdoor Bootcamp!

Outdoor Boot Camp is a popular method of fitness training in a natural open air environment. It is a great way to build strength and endurance, enhance fat burning and relieve stress.

Boot camps are an efficient fun way of achieving overall health, designed for all fitness levels, modifications for the first timer are readily available. Whatever level of athlete, you will be personally challenged by the terrain and natural surroundings. The hour long session consists of mostly interval training using a mixture of walking ,running and sprinting. Plyometrics such as squats, jump squats and lunges are a big favorite! All this with a mixture of balancing and core exercises to even out the workout.

Parking lot lines, Trees, bleachers, benches, sidewalks and curbs are all useful tools; no need to bring equipment with you. Whether you are in a field, on a hill, or on a set of stairs you can run, hop, squat, jump, speed skate and much more.

You will be guaranteed to turn an everyday workout into a fun, energizing experience that you will get to share with others, feel that sense of accomplishment that you will talk about for days!

Contact Member Services at your YMCA Calgary location for times and dates.


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