Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence

Volunteer Opportunities

As the place for better health and development for all, we turn no one away from a membership or service because of financial hardship. We are able to do this in part by the generous time and skills of our volunteers.

It is from the help of volunteers and donors that we are able to subsidize memberships and offer much needed health programs for the community today and tomorrow.

Four easy steps to become a Y Volunteer:

  1. Find the right fit for you by reviewing the volunteer positions below. if you cannot find a role that fits, we will help you to create a customized role that feels right.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application Form and drop it off in person at a Y Branch
  3. Come in for an interview with a volunteer coordinator
  4. Complete a current RCMP Records Check

The following opportunities are available at specific locations. Please read description for available locations.

Volunteer Advisory Committee

Volunteers represent our community and can share unique ideas, perspectives and input on how to better improve our volunteer program. Join the discussion. Located at the Kelowna Family Y.
Contact Ryan Adams radams@ymcaokanagan.ca for more information.

Member Services & Administration

Gain great customer service experience and meet new people in your community. If you love to smile and go the extra mile, join our team as a membership desk host, a tour guide, or program assistant.

Administration | Member Services Greeter | Employment Resource Area Assistant


Share your passion for fitness and give back to your community through a number of positions at the YMCA. Support a new-exerciser as a Fitness Host, become a Group Fitness Instructor (training provided), encourage active older adults as a Walk & Talk for 50+ Host, or even work with multiple people on our new training circuit as a Training Circuit Host. Check out the links below for more info on what each unique opportunity has to offer!

Fitness Host (NEW Description!) | Group Fitness Instructor


Work towards becoming a certified lifeguard/instructor and help our members develop a passion for swimming and to feel safe in the water.

Swimming Instructor Assistant | Junior Lifeguard

Child and Family Programs

Run, play, laugh and encourage our youngest YMCA members to have fun every visit by volunteering in children’s programs. From volunteering in child minding to mentoring our teens to assisting with family events/programs – you can make a difference.

NEW!“Girls Only” Program Leader
Summer Adventure Club Volunteer
After School Care Leader | Childminding | Child Program Leader | Junior Leader
Little Scholars Play Partner/Literacy Assistant/Art Specialist
Little Scholars Le Petit Tennis Activity Instructor

Youth and Young Adult Programs

Gymnasium Volunteer | Youth Program Leader

Facility Operations & Maintenance

Help us show our best face by helping to keep the facility clean and safe.

Conditioning Room Cleaner | Maintenance

Silver Lake Kids Camp

Love the outdoors? Help the Y at Silver Lake Kids Camp give children and youth a great camping experience while instilling strong leadership skills and values. We also have volunteer opportunities for youth at Silver Lake, with our Leaders In Training program – for more information contact Rhonda Zakala rzakala@ymcaokanagan.ca


Philanthropy is the glue that keeps the YMCA able to build healthy communities. We are looking for volunteers to fund raise with our fund development department, supporting the Strong Kids Campaign and other initiatives. For more information contact Pamela Murkin at pmurkin@ymcaokanagan.ca 
or at 250-764-9621 ext 306.

July 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Valerie Robinson

Val has been volunteering with us since January despite her busy and ever-changing schedule. She is always willing to come in and cover a shift, even if she has already worked that same day. Her dedication to helping people drives her and her commitment to the YMCA shows in her work and passion every day.

Val’s hard work and flexibility are legendary and all the staff really appreciate everything she does to make the YMCA a success.

Thanks and congratulations Val, you are July’s Volunteer of the Month.

Volunteer Spotlight

Tess' Story

Sometimes there are experiences that transform you. The Kelowna Family Y has been life-altering for me. A year ago I was eating my way through frustration in Vancouver and then I moved back to Kelowna and joined the Y.

Tess (right) and Brittany (left)

Initially, I was resistant to the concept of “joining a gym” so I started small; a couple of water aerobics classes a week, then three, then six classes broken up by pool walking three days a week. Pounds started to melt away and I was encouraged to try out the gym upstairs. Working out in the weightless environment of the deep pool was one thing, but donning my sole pair of sweat pants was not a concept I immediately embraced…so I checked to see if they would let me work out in the gym in a skirt and heels…for safety reasons the answer was no.

Continue reading…

At the Y, we never met a kid whose potential we couldn't see. Visit ymcapotential.ca.