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.

December 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Paul Mier

Paul Mier joined our volunteer team back in August of 2013. Over the last year and a half Paul has consistently taught a fantastic cycle class every Thursday at noon. He brings his knowledge of outdoor cycling to our studio providing an educational and calorie burning workout week in and week out. Paul’s passion for cycle is evident in every class that he meticulously puts together. His experience as a teacher allows him to guide and educate participants to achieve their best workout—and they don’t even know it!

On top of his dedication to his regular class, Paul provides class coverage for his fellow instructors frequently. He is a great team player and always willing to help out.

Paul’s kindness, generosity, and warm personality make him easy to be around and a great volunteer. Because of these attributes he is loved by both our members and our staff. We are so grateful to him for all that he does for our community.

Thanks for everything, Paul! We appreciate all that you do for our YMCA.

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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