In 2017, YMCA Calgary set an ambitious agenda to connect with more Calgarians while building a larger and more solid foundation for our charity. We call our three-year impact plan “Ascent,” with a goal to increase impact and meet the needs of a growing Calgary. The plan identifies necessary priorities – to enable lifelong healthy living, advance positive child, youth & family development, cultivate social and emotional wellbeing and foster community-building.
During a year when Calgarians needed us more than ever, we were there.
Through membership, program delivery and drop-in access, our seven Centres of Community, including the recently opened Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, continues to serve. This latest partnership with the City of Calgary is changing the city an exciting and unprecedented ways. And, less visibly, but equally important, are the services and experiences we provide in community spaces, childcare centres and camps both in the city and into the Bow Valley.
In these pages you’ll learn more about our work through stories, including a profile of the Calgary Flames Grade 6 YMCA Membership which connected over 3600 youth this year to healthy activities in safe spaces. In partnership with the Calgary Flames Foundation, more than 10,000 students have already connected with each other, instead of with screens.
And as Calgary continues its economic recovery, requests for YMCA subsidy have increased to new levels. To demonstrate our accessibility, more than $4-million a year was allocated through our donor-supported annual Strong Kids Campaign and our adult subsidy to ensure all Calgarians have an opportunity to belong, grow, thrive and lead.
Looking ahead, the journey is bright and bold, yet not without challenge. The ‘new normal’ that is Calgary’s economy continues to stretch the limits of our creativity and responsiveness. Undoubtedly, our 116-year-old charity’s staff and volunteers will continue to innovate to meet changing needs, including adding a new YMCA in Seton, which will become the largest YMCA anywhere.
Through it all, one thing is exceedingly clear: Calgary needs us; and we are ready to rise to the challenge.