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Register for Camp Glenburn

Howdy 2024 Campers,

With summer approaching we couldn’t be more excited to welcome new and returning campers!

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable season of adventure, friendship, and fun. Our camps are designed to create lasting memories and provide enriching experiences that will stay with you long after the summer ends.

Spaces are filling up quickly, as always, so we encourage you to secure your spot soon to ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred camp sessions. If your desired camp is already full, don’t worry! Simply join the waitlist, and we’ll notify you as soon as a spot becomes available.

To register and explore our diverse range of camp programs and learn more about what Camp Glenburn has to offer this summer, click [HERE].

February 29th, 2024|

YMCA Member Experience Survey

YMCA Member Experience Survey

At the YMCA, we want everyone who comes to our centres of community to find the support and spaces they need to meet their health and well-being goals. To better understand if our YMCA is meeting the needs and expectations of our members, we are conducting a YMCA Member Experience Survey.

This short survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback will ensure our YMCA continues to have the greatest impact possible on the health and wellness of our members and our community.

You can complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/YMCAGSJ_Member

Thank you for being a valued part of our YMCA and for your time in completing our survey!

October 30th, 2023|

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you!

Hello!

Can you help us improve the services and facilities offered at The Regional YMCA? If so, we invite you to complete our 5-10 min survey to tell us about what’s bringing you to us or stopping you from doing so.

Please CLICK HERE to access the survey.

The survey is completely anonymous. Note, you must be 19 or older to participate.

Thank you in advance for your contribution! Feel free to forward the link to your family and friends as well.

The aim of this evaluation is to contribute both to the development and improvement of the Saint John Regional YMCA by specifically examining factors influencing membership and facility usage.

The main questions to be explored include: 1) what factors help increase individuals’ to access fitness facilities at the local YMCA (motivators)? 2) What factors help decrease access to fitness facilities at the local YMCA (barriers)? Secondary questions include:

July 5th, 2023|

Tết – the Celebration of new beginnings

Tết – The Celebration of New Beginnings

Vietnamese Lunar New Year, or the Tết holiday, short for Tết Nguyên Đán holiday, is the biggest annual celebration of Vietnam. Following the Vietnamese zodiac, Tết 2023 is the year of the Cat. Tết usually comes around in the coldest month of the year with the drizzling rain and layered puffer jackets. But just like a fantasy, Tết is also the taste of happiness, the smell of delicious traditional food, the sight of abundance, and the touch of jiggling faces, where we reunite and celebrate.

The week before Tết is usually the busiest time when everyone spends days cleaning the house, shopping, and preparing Mâm ngũ quả (five-fruit trays). Every Lunar New Year, on the family altar of every Vietnamese family, there is a five-fruit tray as an offering to the ancestors. The five–fruit trays represent the five elements metal, wood, water, fire, and

January 22nd, 2023|

What are Transferable Skills?

If we were meant to stay in one place; we would have roots instead of feet!

When you’re looking for a new job, employers often look for specific transferable skills in your application. Including transferable skills in your resume and cover letter is essential for any position to serve you well, regardless of whether your new role is in the same industry or one you have never worked in before.

In this article, we’re going to outline transferable abilities, offer numerous examples of transferable skills and explain a way to encompass them in your resume and cover letter.

What are transferable skills?

Transferable skills are abilities or talents relevant to all professions and facets of life. They include skills such as teamwork, time management, communication, adaptability and critical thinking, among others. On many occasions, they determine success in the workplace and, as a result, also determine who gets hired. They’re also called “portable

November 18th, 2022|

Kali Puja – Diwali Celebrations in Kolkata

Kali Puja: Diwali celebrations in Kolkata

The Puja Vacation is one of the fondest memories of my school days in Kolkata, India. As a child, every year looked forward to this month-long vacation that started with Durga Puja around late September or early October and continued until Diwali and Bhai Phota. This was a period of festivals, celebrations, meeting friends, mouth-watering food, new clothes, happiness and endless fun. Millions of people in India put aside the struggles and woes of their lives and came together to celebrate these days of the year. Festivities brought people from all walks of life very close to each other and created an amazing social and cultural mosaic that defied the boundaries of religion, caste, and creed.

In Bengal, Durga Puja (the worship of Goddess Durga) is celebrated from the sixth day (Shashthi) to the tenth day (Dashami) of the Hindu lunar calendar in the month

October 24th, 2022|

Eid al-Adha: the celebration of generosity and gratitude

Eid al-Adha: the celebration of generosity and gratitude

Eid al-Adha (pronounced “EED al UDD-ha”), considered the holiest of the two Eids, the other being Eid al-Fitr which commemorates the end of Ramadan, is a time to reflect and spend time with family, relatives and friends. Eid al-Adha celebrations last for three to four days, unlike Eid al-Fitr; however, the ways to celebrate may be similar, wishing for good fortune, praying for the lost ones, and meeting family and friends.   

Unlike Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha is more related to the culmination of the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, which every adult Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime. The hajj is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions, known as the Five Pillars of

July 8th, 2022|

Nowruz: Celebrating the start of spring

Nowruz: Celebrating the start of spring 

(This article was written with the help of Ana Mehdizadegan, Soheila Dianat, and Fariba Yousefian, newcomers from Iran; Guldana Sauranova, a newcomer from Kazakhstan; and Mohammad Rauf Akbari, a newcomer from Afghanistan.) 

 

Nowruz (also spelt Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz), literally ‘new day’ in Persian, marks the start of a New Year in various Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian countries. This day is celebrated by more than 300 million people on the astronomical vernal equinox i.e. when the sun crosses the equator, which was on March 20th this year. The first day of spring calls for a grand celebration, especially after long winter months, and methods of celebration vary with region. 

During Nowruz, Iranians celebrate with 13 days of festivities. People celebrate on the

March 22nd, 2022|

Chinese New Year in my childhood

Chinese New Year is considered the most important traditional festival for the Chinese people with its roots tracing back 3,500 years ago. Chinese New Year is usually depicted with the color red, which symbolizes positive energy, happiness and good luck. People usually wear a red hat, a red scarf, red clothes or a red bracelet to attract positivity in the new year. My mother used to tell me multiple legends of dragons and monsters to describe the importance of this day and why we value every individual Chinese New Year tradition.

In my childhood when I lived in North-West China, my mother used to start the Chinese New Year preparations months in advance. As New Year’s Eve approached, she would start cleaning every nook and cranny of the house to make sure everything was in its best condition.

February 4th, 2022|

Karen Kane: 35 Years in Child Care

Karen Kane: 35 Years in Child Care

“How has it been thirty-five years?”

That’s Karen Kane’s reaction when looking back on 35 years  working at the YMCA of Greater Saint John in Child Care.

Working at six different Child Care locations, Karen remembers early on, while working as an on call babysitter, a supervisor saw something special in her, and gave her a shot.

Karen very quickly realized that Early Childhood Education (ECE) was something she was meant for, and soon after working full time, she began night classes twice a week to complete her ECE Certificate. Ever since then Karen has continued to primarily work with the three to four year olds, and for a short time working with five year olds.

“I love to be creative,” says Karen as she reflects on why she has stuck with that age group.

For Karen, the three to four year olds come with a

January 1st, 2022|
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