What’s running at St. Alban’s over the holidays?

Here is your guide to which programs are running during the holiday break from December 23 – January 3.

Aquatics

The pool will be closed as of December 21 2019. The Winter schedule for lessons and Member swims will open on January 6, 2020. Please note: Evening programs after 6pm are cancelled on January 6.

Preschool

December 2019/January 2020 Operating hours:
Monday December 23rd               8:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday December 24th               7:30 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday December 25th        CLOSED
Thursday December 26th             CLOSED
Friday December 27th                   8:00 – 6:00 pm
Monday December 30th               8:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday December 31st                7:30 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday January 1st                CLOSED
Thursday January 2nd                    8:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday January 3rd                          8:00 – 6:00 pm

Holiday Break camp for children

For children in SK – Grade 6
8:00am-6:00pm
December 23, 27, 30 2019
January 2 & 3 2020
To register and more information.

Youth Programs

Gym programs ONLY will be running from 7:00-10:00pm on:
Monday December 23rd              
Friday December 27th
Monday December 30th 
Thursday January 2nd 
Friday January 3rd

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Every Tuesday evening, youth cooking takes place at St. Alban’s. Youth not only learn kitchen etiquette but also learn about other’s cultures and the foods that come with it. Youth cooking is a great place where youth can make friends, learn how to cook and fill their stomachs!

“I want to be a chef when I grow up”

Jaylin

For some, this cooking program is something fun to do, but for youth like Jaylin J, it’s more of a prep class for his future profession. 

Hollis Langley – St. Albans resident chef and our very own Gordon Ramsey – is in charge of the program and sees first hand the benefits of the program for youth and even himself. 

“I enjoy meeting new participants and learning about different cultures and their recipes. I see the youth in the program take initiative, look for creative recipes, and divide themselves into roles. The youth don’t even know they are gaining skills not only for the kitchen, but for the future as well. ” 

Hollis Langley

Since September, the cooking program has had a steady number of participants and that number seems to increase weekly. The common thread among all the participants is that everyone loves cooking – but no one likes doing the dishes!

Please come join us Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Humber Youth visit the Power Plant

Once every session, Humber youth participants are invited to The Power Plant for a tour of the current exhibition. Last week, the youth had the opportunity to witness the works of three contemporary artists. Read more for their thoughts on the exhibits and descriptions of the artists and their work.

“Anxious Audience stood out to me the most! Seemed the most real; the way it was made … definitely resonated to me as a black youth.”

Shanniah
Rashid Johnson, Anxious Audience

Rashid Johnson – Anxious Audience
Johnson is an influential contemporary American artist whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history.

“My favourite part was the three piece Popeyes meal! But in all honesty [Vincent’s] exhibition where they were making musing using the objects around them like water bottles, beads and drums – and him performing spoken word was fascinating!”

-Kaleb
Vincent Meessen, Blues Klair

Vincent Meessen – Blues Klair
Meessen lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He represented Belgium at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Solo exhibitions include Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris (2018); BOZAR, Brussels (2017); Kunsthalle Basel (2015); KIOSK, Ghent (2013) and MUAC, Mexico City (2013–14).

“I liked learning about each individual artist. About what inspired them to make that particular piece!”

Daquane
Hajra Waheed, Hold Everything Dear

Hajra Waheed – Hold Everything Dear
Waheed lives and works in Montréal. Her works can be found in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; British Museum, London; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award and received the 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist.

“I learned that drawing one line can be worth thousands of dollars, simple art can be worth so much; it’s not about how you draw it’s how you express it.”

– Marvin
Hajra Waheed, Hold Everything Dear

Hayli and Amale are looking forward to seeing you at our Early ON program!

Hayli and Amale are the facilitators of the Early ON Child and Family Centre, and are really looking forward to meeting you and your children!

Our free EarlyON Child and Family Centre is open Monday-Friday from 9:30-12:30 and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.  It’s a great place for kids to play, sing, read and experience early learning activities, and for parents and caregivers to meet each other, and access a wealth of resources.  Some exciting enhanced activities we provide include parent/tot swimming, creative arts, music & movement, and workshops.

Hayli Nelson, RECE, has been the St. Alban’s EarlyON program facilitator for two months, and has had over six years experience working with children in many different capacities.  Hayli has been a gymnastics coach for over 6 years with children ages 18 months to 18 yrs old; and has worked in summer camps and child care with children of all ages!  Having worked casually at the St. Alban’s preschool since May 2019, and in St. Alban’s summer camp in July and August, Hayli has really had a great opportunity to get to know the children, families, and community!                                       

Amale Barrett is an Early Childhood Educator with over 10 years of experience. Her mission has been the same – to provide the kids in her care with all the ingredients of a good old-fashioned childhood.  A love for children and a passion for art, crafts and play-based learning have led Amale to co-teach kindergarten in the TDSB for over five years in addition to working in several different areas of childcare. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and considers herself an ‘urban foodie’. In addition to her professional life, Amale also volunteers with Camp Oochigeas and Camp AmeriKids who provide an enriching summer camp experience to kids who have childhood illnesses.

Hayli and Amale are both looking forward to implementing new concepts and ideas into the program, and have been enjoying building new relationships with the parents, caregivers and children in the St. Albans EarlyON program and in the community.  Come join in on all of the fun activities they have planned, and connect with them and the other families! Amale and Hayli are extremely excited to join the St. Alban’s EarlyON team and can’t wait to meet all of you!

What’s happening at Bala Avenue!

Every Monday in our after school program at Bala Avenue Community School, our mentors Davida and Matthew facilitate a weekly art project exploring a variety of media and methods. Let’s take a look at some of our beautiful artwork.

Creating unique jellyfish
Painting with toilet paper rolls
Colouring “like an adult”
Poetry writing

School closure program – we are open!

As you are aware, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that its members will take further job action on Monday, October 7, 2019.

In the event that there is a strike and the school board closes, we will be offering full day programming at St. Alban’s main clubhouse (843 Palmerston Ave.).

Program will run from 8am-6pm. The cost will be $80/day for current members. An additional membership fee will apply to all non-members. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

We encourage you to pre-register if you know that you will need the program. You will not be charged if there is no strike and the schools are open.

Please contact Ikram at Ikram@stalbansclub.ca for more information. Or front desk 416-534-8461 to register.

“I got into my dream university!”

Alyah is a recent graduate from the RBC Raise the Grade program and is now attending post-secondary at Queens University!

Mentor Lauren Ouellette (left) working with her youth Alyah Opel (right).

Raise the Grade has helped me tremendously with my homework, staying on track with my grades, and figuring out my career aspirations. I’m so thankful for a program like RBC Raise the Grade, because I know I can count on my mentors when I need help in any aspect of my life. I graduated high-school in June 2019 and just started the Kinesiology program at Queens University! I got into my dream university and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my mentors in RBC Raise the Grade. Thank you Lauren and Olivia for all your help over the last three years and St. Alban’s for providing this program for youth!

Alyah Opel

About the RBC Raise the Grade program

The RBC Raise the Grade program is an educational program of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and supported by RBC Future Launch.  You will be matched 1-on-1 with a mentor volunteer who will help you discover your own interests, work on your homework, study tips, and figure out your career path! The RBC Raise the Grade program at St. Alban’s Boys and Girl’ Club happens every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Program participants can register by contacting our Raise the Grade coordinator, Cindy Nguyen at cindy@stalbansclub.ca

INC Studio holds beat competition

Our INC Studio held a two day beat competition this August. Eight participants from INC Studio and visiting faction Loop Sessions challenged each other in a friendly display of musical innovation and beat production, with the audience choosing their winner for the final prize! We would like to especially thank Pizzaville and Loops Sessions for their partnership and support during these events!

Congratulations to Selah Beats for taking home top prize! Selah Beats is a 16 year old beatmaker based out of the west end of Toronto, who first developed a taste for beat production two years ago. Selah has a love for pop centric and out there styles which has been improved on working with Loop Sessions staff and participants. Congrats again and enjoy your new Playstation Mini.

Opening week of Camp Howland Lake!

The Youth Adventure campers and staff had the honour of being the first group to stay at the newly opened Camp Howland Lake. The only structure on the grounds is the dining hall – so we set up bunk beds and stayed there for a week from July 22-26.

There were so many great memories and experiences from the week. Here are some of the best (or most memorable!) moments from the group!

Some of my favourite moments were when we went fishing and kayaking and I like how we all did things together in a group and the most hilarious moment was when Fabian was saying the scary story – it was so much fun.

~Layla S.S.

My Favourite memory was when I went fishing

~Adam S.

My favourite thing from camping was swimming and jumping off the dock.

~Olivia D

My favourite memory was teaching the youth how to fish! I loved seeing how excited they got about fishing. I love that the girls were more excited about fishing then the boys and that everyone had a chance to catch at least one fish. The funniest moment for me was when Karol was trying to take the fish she just caught off the hook.

~Kat (youth staff)

My funniest memory was when I fell trying to climb up my bunk bed and when I pushed Fabian into the water.

~Karol

I had a blast at the first week of Camp Howland! My favourite memory was when all the staff planned a scary story walk for the campers; we went when it was pitch black. I WAS SO SCARED OUT OF MY MIND…in such a fun way.

~Savaiya

My funniest memory was when Fabian tried to push me in the water, when I was on the kayak and I tipped over into the lake.

~Sam M.