Come find out about the YMCA!
We want to give everyone a chance to find out about the YMCA of Saskatoon -- a great community of people and a great facility. So this summer we are offering two-week passes to people who haven't been members of the Y for the past six months. You will have access to all the facilities - from racquetball and squash to the pool, cardio centre, cycle studio and everything in between. You also have access to all the drop-in fitness classes. So try the Y for the next two weeks and find out why you will want to make it a regular part of your life!
YMCA plans to re-invest in downtown facility
The YMCA of Saskatoon is planning for a major reinvestment in its downtown facility.
After more than two years of exploring a potential partnership with the City of Saskatoon and a new facility in the core area, the YMCA announced Wednesday, May 11, 2016 that, for now, its current location is the best location to serve the community.
Renovations to the existing facility will provide additional functional spaces and enhanced facilities to meet the current and future needs of its members and clients. A request has been issued for professional consulting services for the preparation of design documents, working drawings, specifications, and contract administration necessary to complete the project.
Joint Press Release HERE
Program offers support to parents, families
The YMCA of Saskatoon and Family Service Saskatoon have partnered to provide free opportunites for parents and children through the Healthy Parents, Healthy Families project.
This fall two parenting support groups will be offered – Positive Discipline for Everyday Parenting and The Re:Membering Fatherhood Program. The sessions will be led by Family Service Saskatoon facilitators. YMCA staff will provide free child-minding for the educational portion of each session as well. After each session, parents will join their children and have opportunities to take part in family activities in the gym, classroom and in the pool.
This program is possible thanks to a Saskatoon Community Foundation 2016 Quality of Life grant, which includes support from the John Partington Loved Kids Fund.
The goals are to:
- create opportunities for parents and children to interact and play together
- provide an opportunity for parents to express their needs in relation to parent support
- provide an environment where parents can explore parenting practices
- increase the number of opportuntiies for parents and children to connect in fun and healthy ways.
Besides taking part in the educational sessions, participants in both programs will receive full YMCA family memberships and will be able to enjoy the benefits of spending leisure time together, pursuing personal physical activity, and learning new skills.
To help us make the services the most family friendly, please share your opinions with us through this survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKZ5PQD).
Feel free to share the information with your friends, family and supports.
Join the Board of Directors
The YMCA of Saskatoon is seeking candidates to join the Board of Directors for 2016-2018. Application packages are available at the Member Services desk or by downloading Nomination Form.
If you have any questions, contact Dean Dodge at: email@example.com.
Enroll your child in a YMCA Summer Day Camp!
At the YMCA, children and youth belong, grow, thrive and lead. In our safe, positive, and encouraging environment, young people learn about teamwork, making choices, social skills, responsibility, ability to take risks and realize personal limits, independence, and finding their place in the world — leading to increased self-esteem, confidence, creativity and leadership skills.
Registration for 2016 summer days camps is now open for members of the YMCA. Registration for non-members will open on April 1. If you have questions about early bird registration for members feel free to contact front desk about becoming members with the YMCA and all the benefits that come with your membership!
Give now to the Strong Kids Campaign!
We accept donations to he Strong Kids Campaign all year, and 100% of the money raised is used for subsidizing memberships, camps, classes, etc. for those who can’t afford them.
This year’s goal of $130,000 is our highest ever. Our growing community and a poverty rate in Saskatoon estimated by Stats Canada
and the City to be between 10-15% mean there are thousands of children, youth and families that need help, and the overall number is increasing.
People can make donations in person at the YMCA, over the phone (306) 652-7515, or online at ymcasaskatoon.org or www.strongkids.ca
Peace Run visits YMCA of Saskatoon
On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, an international team of runners will visit the YMCA of Saskatoon to promote peace.
The Peace Run is an international Torch Relay going through over 100 countries with major runs taking place every second year.
The theme of the run is that Peace Begins With Each Individual.
At 4 p.m. there will be a short public ceremony at the YMCA followed by a Torch Relay run with local runners. The ceremony will include words of welcome from the YMCA to the Peace Run Team.
The Team members will introduce themselves and give an explanation of the run. They will also pass around the Peace Torch so that each person can make a wish for peace as they are holding the torch.
A 30-40 minute run will begin from the YMCA, and participants will be invited to carry the Torch for a portion of the run. Runners are welcome to choose their own distance – be it 10 metres, 100 metres or the entire length of the course.
We also welcome non-running participants to show their support for peace by cheering the team at the starting line, or anywhere along the route.
Wishes for peace while holding the Peace Run torch have been made by Pope Francis, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.
Now it’s your turn.
Create your own Peace Torch out of 8.5x11" paper and join us for the ceremony.
“The Peace Run is our way of saying that world peace must begin within the heart of each of us, and that only by transcending the barriers that divide us from our better selves as well as from others, will our world be a true Oneness-Home.”