Originally built in 1990 and renovated in 2006, the Jamie Platz Family YMCA offers programs and services that strengthen the lives families, children, youth, adults and seniors.
Jamie Platz was born April 15th 1975. At 18 months old the doctors discovered he had a spinal tumor. Nevertheless, he was a brave young boy with an uncanny wisdom who lived a lifetime in a few short years. Jamie was a lover of all animals, the Edmonton Oilers, a good joke or a trick and had a great compassion for children in less fortunate countries.
He spent much time in the hospital until age 5. At age 6 he attended regular school and enjoyed the outdoors. He was fond of his motor trike, camping, and fishing and especially enjoyed getting muddy. Jamie had a dog named Sandy who was adopted at the S.P.C.A. The two were soul mates. Sandy would lean into Jamie to give him balance and eventually became Jamie’s crutch and eyes when he became blind.
In 1985, Jamie required treatment which could only come from a hospital in Mexico. This procedure along with the expense of flights, accommodation and meals would be quite costly. Eddie Keen a journalist for the Edmonton Sun heard about Jamie and was so impressed by Jamie’s courage and positive nature, he wrote an article revealing the seriousness of his illness, how he had endured 68 operations by the age of 10, and how he required this hopeful treatment that could possibly extend his life. There were many people who donated $5000.00 towards this great cause from reading this article. Peter Pocklington the owner of the Edmonton Oilers read this article and was so touched that he said he would donate whatever money was required that wasn’t covered by the $5000.00 donation. He also heard that Jamie was a huge Oiler fan so he gave the Platz family tickets to the Edmonton/Chicago Stanley Cup playoff game and invited Jamie into the dressing room. Jamie was so excited and nervous to meet the team. After building up enough courage he finally went into the dressing room to meet the team and especially his idol Wayne Gretzky. When it was time for the team to go out onto the ice Jamie gave them a word of encouragement “Pull up your skirts and start skating”. The team cheered, went out and won the game. They proceeded to win the Stanley cup. Jamie became close friends with the Oilers team especially with Gretzky who visited Jamie often.
Everyone was always amazed at the determination and courage Jamie showed while living with his life threatening medical problems, some of which were experimental and very painful. During his short life, Jamie endured 72 operations for the spinal cancer which lead to a tumor behind his eye and eventually a brain tumor. Through all of this Jamie would still smile, and with the help of many individuals was able to encourage and touch the hearts of many people. Jamie’s life ended on May 10th 1987 (Mother’s Day). He was 12 years old. His dog Sandy passed away six years later on the exact same day.
When fund raising began to build a YMCA facility in the West end of Edmonton, one of the donors was Peter Pocklington who contributed 1 million dollars. Because of his large contribution he was asked if he would like to name the building. Peter accepted this with great honor and took the opportunity to recognize his young friend, hence the name “Jamie Platz YMCA”. Jamie Platz is a symbolic example of the YMCA values.
YMCA MEMBERSHIP CARD
As a YMCA member, you are expected to present your membership card for identification each time you enter the YMCA facility. This process ensures security and accurate statistics regarding facility usage. Should you forget your card, you may continue to use the facility with presentation of picture ID or phone number at the YMCA Experience desk. Lost cards can be replaced at the YMCA Experience desk.
MEMBER GUEST PRIVILEGES
Members are allowed to bring an unlimited number of guests to the YMCA. All guests are limited to three visits per calendar year at the guest rate and must be signed in at the YMCA Experience desk upon each visit.
Plus Members can bring their children into the Membership Plus locker room on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holidays. Children must have an active membership, be supervised at all times, and be under the age of 18 years.
As a shared experience for everyone to enjoy, our members, volunteers and staff all pledge to treat one another with respect and dignity. The YMCA of Northern Alberta is committed to practicing, demonstrating and upholding the YMCA character values of Caring, Respect, Honesty, Social Inclusion, Responsibility, and Diversity.
CHILD MINDING (PLAY CARE)
This pre-booked service is FREE for members (child requires membership) and offers parents the chance to utilize the facility while their children enjoy a safe, interactive and fun environment. A monthly theme and Active Start Physical Literacy are part of the Play Care Program.
Come play with your children in our indoor playground, which has a variety of equipment suitable for children walking to six years. No food or drink is allowed in the playground for children and parents. Socks must be worn at all times, and active adult supervision is required. *Not available at all locations.
ACCESS TO OTHER YMCAS
YMCA Membership includes full membership access to all YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centres in Edmonton, as well as guest privileges to members at any other YMCA across Canada.
PLACING YOUR MEMBERSHIP ON HOLD
Going on holidays or just need a break? You can place your membership on hold at no cost! Provide written notice (at least five business days prior to your next scheduled payment) to place your membership on hold for one to six months. After your hold, your membership will be reinstated and your account billed unless we receive notification of a change (at least five business days prior to the end of your hold). Placing a membership on hold suspends all member privileges, including advanced registration.
Member Consultation and Feedback
The YMCA values the input of our members and provides the following opportunities for feedback:
- Comment Cards
- Online Feedback through OpenLine
- Member Advisory Committees
- Annual Satisfaction Surveys
For more information, please speak to a YMCA Staff Member.
Did you know over 800 volunteers work together with the YMCA staff to provide more than 24,000 hours of community program support each year? Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities that exist within our YMCA and the benefits of volunteering.
MEMBER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Volunteer Member Advisory Committee plays a key role in direction of your Centre. Its purpose is to give advice and feedback on operations of the branch from a member/participant perspective and to communicate branch information with other members. If you are interested in becoming a part of this group, please speak with the Membership Director for details.
Facility Rentals / PARTY BOOKINGS
Host your birthday party/celebration at the YMCA! You bring the food, decorations and party supplies, while we provide the facility! Party bookings include the use of either the indoor playground or the pool for up to 15 children/youth.
Please contact the front desk to make your booking.