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: Anna Wentzel

Anna Wentzel joined our volunteer team as a Fitness Host last fall. She is a Human Kinetics student at UBCO and is extremely passionate about fitness and wellness. Anna loves to share that passion with new exercisers. She is especially talented at working with our older adults and making people feel at ease in our facility. Anna is always willing to jump in wherever and whenever she is needed to help a member out.

We are so happy to have Anna as one of our volunteers and members love to see her bright smiling face on the fitness floor. If you need a workout buddy, have a question, or just want to thank Anna for helping out her community, be sure to stop by the fitness desk. She would love to meet you.

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Van-Ginkel

Hey! I’m Sam van Ginkel, a fourth year student studying Neuropsychology at the University of British Columbia. I sought out the YMCA because I’m passionate about setting and achieving goals, and I want to help facilitate that for whoever I can. With years of boxing competition, Muay Thai training, strength, calisthenics, and overall versatility in athletics, I’ve got the experience and breadth to accommodate anyone looking for some help with their fitness goals. And hey, not to mention, I just love working out. So let’s get to it.

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