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


We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and fun-loving volunteers who are passionate about supporting their community. From helping at outdoor walks, races and festivals to office administration or fundraising we have the opportunity for you! For more information contact Chris Holtom at 250-491-9622 ext. 303.

Volunteer of the Month

December 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Tanner Schaefer

Tanner Schaefer has been volunteering in aquatics for the YMCA since February 2013. His consistency in the swim lessons and desire to achieve is awesome.

Tanner has done his lifeguard course and first aid courses and is working at becoming a swim instructor. He hopes to become a staff member at the Y someday and share his passion for the facility where he’s grown in his swimming abilities, confidence and leadership.

We love having Tanner on the Y Aquatics Team and look forward to seeing him continue to further himself. Thank you Tanner!

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteering and random acts of kindness make us happier in life. One of the main reasons is they give us a greater sense of fulfillment.

Each volunteer has a different reason for choosing where and for what cause they devote their time and talent, but according to Statistics Canada, 93% of volunteers said that contributing to the community in which they live was the key motivating factor in their decision.


This is exactly why one young volunteer made the choice to get involved with the YMCA of Okanagan. Paul Mclellan, age 15, saw the benefits volunteering had for his sister and it sparked his interest to give back.

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