“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives…”
RBC is investing $250,000 in YMCA Swim to Survive, a proven and effective drowning prevention program delivered at YMCA Calgary. As part of the establishment of the RBC Active for Life Fund, RBC’s gift will enable Saddletowne YMCA in the Genesis Centre for Community Wellness to teach more children in Calgary’s diverse northeast neighbourhoods fundamental, water-based skills to survive if they fall into water.
YMCA Calgary has recognized RBC for this commitment to community safety by naming the leisure pool at the Saddletowne YMCA as the RBC Leisure Pool.
Helene Weir, YMCA Calgary’s President and CEO, says RBC’s gift demonstrates a shared commitment to keeping children safe, especially those from new Canadian families who may be less familiar with deep water. “This gift could literally save lives,“ Weir says. “RBC is showing tremendous leadership in enabling the YMCA to help a generation of kids understand the importance of water safety.”
RBC’s donation will also allow YMCA to invest in support, training and programming around physical literacy for children.
“People, especially kids, deserve every opportunity to live healthy and active lives, and we believe that physical literacy is an important part of achieving that,” says Jeff Boyd, Regional President, RBC. “We’re humbled to have the opportunity to support Active for Life and help kids build the confidence they need to enjoy sports safely.”
Brigitte Edwards, General Manager, Saddletowne YMCA, sees an opportunity to affect thousands of Calgary kids positively. “If we can help kids learn these skills when they are young, there’s a much better chance they will remain physically active throughout their lives,” she explains.
“Thank you to RBC for trusting in the YMCA to deliver on our promise to the community,” says Ian Dundas, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way towards engaging more young people, helping them reach their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”
Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!
YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.
Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids
Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.
Learn about YMCA Strong Kids
Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.
Can’t make any of these events?
You can still support kids and youth by donating online.
In a significant boost to its Power of Potential Campaign, YMCA Calgary has received a $1-million donation from Melcor Developments Ltd. celebrating the strong relationship between the YMCA, Melcor and its founding family, the Meltons. In recognition of this substantial and meaningful gift, YMCA Calgary has renamed its Crowfoot YMCA facility in northwest Calgary as the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot. A YMCA member and champion for decades, Andy Melton says the fit between Melcor and the YMCA is a perfect match. “We are builders of communities at Melcor. But, like our company, the YMCA isn’t only about bricks and mortar; it’s about providing value to the community.”
“The Y humbly and quietly goes about its business, making a real impact,” Melton says. “We hope this investment will inspire others to consider YMCA Calgary as worthy of support and investment as it raises $30-million to make a healthier more connected Calgary.”
YMCA Calgary President and CEO Helene Weir says Andy Melton’s – and Melcor’s – commitment demonstrates a match in values. “The words honesty, caring, responsibility and respect hang prominently inside the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot,” she says. “Andy and the team at Melcor embody those values and put them to good use creating communities and investing in the success of kids, families and everyone who lives and works within them.”
“Through this contribution to the YMCA campaign, Melcor has shown tremendous leadership.” says Evan Hazell, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential Campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way in engaging more people of all ages and abilities in reaching their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”
Brian Baker, President and CEO of Melcor Developments adds, “we are proud to have the Melcor name associated with an organization focused so selflessly on the health of children, youth and adults, building leaders and creating great community opportunities for wellness. ”
View more photos from today’s event.
This year, support Crowfoot YMCA youth leadership programs with your Christmas tree purchase!
Trees cost $5/foot. All trees are Douglas Fir and come from Jaffray B.C
Location: Crowfoot YMCA 8100 John Laurie Blvd. NW
Time: Monday-Friday (5:30AM-10:30PM) and Saturday, Sunday & Holidays (7:00AM-8:30PM)
We will be selling trees until the 20th of December or until sold out.
Proceeds allow Leaders and LIT’s to attend the Western Canada Leadership Conference and fund the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Our YMCA Calgary community is standing in support of those affected by the earthquake disaster in Nepal. We encourage you to consider making a donation to the relief efforts through YMCA Calgary.
Please visit the front desk of any branch to make your donation. Any donation over $20.00 will be eligible for a tax receipt.
Donations through this YMCA will be sent to an international relief effort for YMCA Nepal coordinated through the World Alliance of YMCAs.
You can also send country-wide aid electronically through the Canadian Red Cross at redcross.ca
The 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign goal of raising $1.6 million will financially help over 20,000 children and youth access YMCA Calgary programming. This represents 1 in 5 children and youth served by YMCA Calgary.
Kids can help create strong communities for today and for the future, but only if they have the chance to reach their full potential. Your donation will ensure kids can participate in programs to live healthier, happier lives now, but also to grow into productive adults.
The economic impact of keeping our kids healthy and active is proven and documented.
$100 enables a family peace of mind as their child attends Camp Riveredge in a fun, nurturing and safe environment.
$500 can change a child’s life at our residential camp, Camp Chief Hector YMCA.
$1,000 ensures a whole family can enjoy the lasting benefits of regular physical activity at YMCA Calgary for a full year.
$5,000 can teach over 70 children how to swim, ensuring they learn life skills and stay safe.
$10,000 would provide funds for a basketball program to run for a full year, helping children and youth lead a healthy life and make new friends
Gifts of $1,000 or more includes entry into our Chairman’s Round Table program and annual recognition within YMCA Calgary.
YMCA programs vary from community to community but one thing is constant: Every kid deserves a chance and everyone is welcome.
Our goal is only achievable with your generous support. Learn about the ways to donate.
Century Swim for Strong Kids
March 22, 2015 7-11am
Y Swim 100x100m? 4StrongKids!
Join the Century Swim for Strong Kids team in support of the launch of the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign.
Swimmers can choose 30/50/70/100 repeats of 100m + we will have a kids4strongkids category.
To join the team, click http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=589348&langPref=en-CA
From our Team Page, click on the ‘Join My Team’ button to register and help us fund raise.
We ask that you provide a donation as your registration fee.
Be Strong for Strong Kids!
Our $2,500 fundraising goal needs your support!
If you can’t join us in the pool, please support Strong Kids by donating online to ‘Century Swim Supporter’ in the link provided above.
Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Fan Wu at 403-781-1683
The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary recently held their award ceremony on September 25, 2014.
YMCA Calgary was honoured with the Inclusive Community Award in recognition of our efforts to engage, include and support people with developmental disabilities whether it be through membership, programs, services or employment and volunteer positions.
Fan Wu, Eau Claire YMCA Program Manager and Molly Green, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator attended the event and accepted the award on our behalf.
A lovely picture handed in this morning at Eau Claire YMCA by two of our younger members, able to access the YMCA through our Strong Kids Campaign.
Thank you to everyone who supports Strong Kids for helping to impact the lives of these two wonderful boys.
The emergency response fundraisers for YMCA Ukraine hosted by Analu and Carla at the end of February were very successful. Almost $2000 was raised through their efforts, all of which will go to support YMCA Ukraine. The YMCA plans on using the funds in two different ways. The first will be to partner with other organizations to support the families of the victims of the violence that led to the change in government. The second will be to deliver new YMCA programming.
While YMCA volunteers across Ukraine continue to deliver their regular child and youth programming, they have recognized a need to deliver new programming to address some of the underlying issues in the country. These programs will be focused on helping to build awareness around democracy, tolerance and the building of a peaceful society.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our partners.
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