In the mornings, Kathleen Whippler—YMCA of Regina’s senior director of funds development, marketing, and communications—greets a group of ladies on their way to an arthritis exercise class. They’ve told her how the class helps keep aches at bay for the rest of the day. In the afternoon, she sees parents drop their kids off at the Y’s special-needs program. They’ve told her that before the program, there was nowhere for their kids to go, let alone a place they were excited about. Experiences like these keep Whippler passionate about her work at YMCA of Regina. “You can see the difference you make—what I do affects the lives of other people.”
These programs reflect YMCA of Regina’s overarching mission to build healthy communities. As bustling community hubs, both locations tout dozens of programs and amenities, such as four-lane pools, cardio machines, free weights, and more than 65 weekly exercise classes. Furthermore, the centres strive to make fitness a key part of any lifestyle; personal trainers lead private sessions, fitness classes include yoga and Zumba, and the Northwest centre invites guests to scale a climbing wall.
Although physical fitness is a critical part of overall wellness, the Y’s services extend far beyond the workout room. The centres host an alternative suspension program that strives to transform school suspensions into positive, transformative experiences, and the Community Café provides youth with job training. Whippler says services like these help form tight-knit communities. “It’s just a place to belong,” she says.
The Regina Red Sox fill their roster with the country's most promising college athletes to furnish a dominant team in the Western Major Baseball League. Coming off a 29-13 record in 2010, the wood-bat summer collegiate sluggers enter the season as the reigning East Division champions, urging fans to honour the title with standing ovations, rally caps, and foam-finger interpretive dances. Fans can applaud the prospects at any of the eight remaining June home games at Currie Field, an outdoor grass diamond fashioned with general-admission seating and traditional dugouts. During nine innings of sacrifice bunts and diving catches, guest duos can tip their autographed hats to the men in red and blue or use the overhead lights to scavenge foul balls. The community-owned non-profit franchise also celebrates the family's miniature mascots by hosting birthday parties and team windups.
Dedicated to cultivating a pressure-free sales environment for their customers, the knowledgeable staff at Mattress Mattress helps patrons choose the sleep rectangle that fits their REM cycle. Within Mattress Mattress' airy showrooms, customers can test the bounciness of bouncy balls on name brands that include Serta, Sealy, and Simmons. A Restwell twin mattress ($158.88) sponges up the elusive epiphanies and grocery lists made right before falling asleep. This Groupon may be used toward larger mattress models such as the Basset Karley queen-size mattress set ($1399.99) or the Simmons Beautyrest Mismatch king-size mattress ($1299.99).
While the world showered accolades upon Charles Lindbergh for completing the first solo Trans-Atlantic flight, the Regina Flying Club’s founders began training pilots for $10 per solo hour. Starting with a fleet of just two de Havilland Moths, the club steadily grew for the next 80 years. Today it celebrates a rich history that spans training World War II pilots for the Royal Air Force and witnessing the rise of commercial aviation. In that tradition, Regina Flying Club’s instructors continue preparing pilots for all licence categories. They also charter flights for scenic tours, aerial photography, and wildlife surveys with their fleet of single-engine Cessna planes and a Piper Twin Comanche. Each plane is also available for rental, allowing experienced pilots to skywrite their resumes for potential employers.
Adam and Raina, the photographers and videographers behind Stick Productions, infuse each studio and on-location shoot with a lighthearted sense of fun, snaring professional, narrative shots of subjects in natural states of happiness. Specializing in wedding photography and videography, Adam and Raina strive to incorporate chosen on-location settings into their photos' overall composition, artfully manipulating natural light and adding a personalized signature to each candidly captured, photojournalistic image. In-studio portrait sittings allow time for clothing changes, whereas field shoots snap subjects at a favourite park, street corner, or space-shuttle launch pad.