You can become a YMCA Volunteer and make a difference.

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 email it to Cassandra Thomas or 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

Volunteer of the Month

May 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Tonya Haines

Tonya Haines started volunteering with the Y back in February 2014, after completing the YMCA Group Fitness Instructor Courses. She started out teaching a cycle class once a week and has continued to take on more and has developed her skills ever since.

Tonya currently teaches a super awesome Intense Cyclefit class. Since completing her Group Strength certification, she regularly uses her love of cycle and strength training when covering Cycle/TRX combo classes. She brings great energy and passion to each of her classes and the participants love her. She is dedicated to kicking their butts each week, and she never disappoints them. Tonya continually gives 110% of herself to our Y by providing high energy, heart-pounding classes.

Although Tonya is only scheduled to each one class a week, she often ends up teaching 3 or 4 when needed. She is quick to lend a helping hand and is regularly the first to step up and cover classes. Whether it’s 2 weeks before class or only 2 hours, if she can help us out, she always does!

Tonya really embodies what the Y is about by providing well-rounded classes and service to our members. What sets her apart is how much she cares about the Y and her devotion to health and fitness. She provides an example to our staff, volunteers, and members of how to balance a busy life. With a career as a registered nurse and two young children, Tonya still finds time for her own workouts and then chooses to give back to her community by volunteering. Tonya is an asset to our Health & Fitness team and a true member of this Y Family and surrounding community. It is dedicated and passionate volunteers like Tonya that help the Y achieve its mission.


Volunteer Opportunities

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

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 member services greeter!

Fitness

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!

Aquatics

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

Child and Youth Programs

Run, play, laugh and encourage our youngest YMCA members to have fun every visit.

Facility Operations & Maintenance

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

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

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and fun-loving volunteers who are passionate about supporting their community.

Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence

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.