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

March 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Bernie Trudeau

Bernie Trudeau has been volunteering with the Y since 2009. He has been a major asset to our maintenance department over the years and continues to give his time and knowledge to our members and our community by keeping things running smoothly.

Bernie’s mechanical background at TELUS has been of great value over the past 6 years. He pays special attention to our fitness equipment and does his best to ensure no machine is out of order for longer than necessary. You will often find Bernie with a bag of tools out on the fitness floor making things work like new. His dedication is phenomenal! When the new fitness equipment arrived in December, Bernie worked tirelessly for a week to make sure that it was up and running as fast as possible.

We are so thankful for Bernie and all that he does. If you see him working on a machine or fixing things, be sure to stop and thank him. Without his dedication, volunteerism, and expertise our equipment would likely be down a lot longer and KFY wouldn’t be the awesome place it is.

Thanks for all that you do to keep the wheels turning, Bernie! You rock!

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.