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  • Tim Hortons delivers over 29,000 smiles for YMCA Kids!

    Local Tim Hortons locations raised over $29,000 from their Smile Cookie campaign for the YMCA of Okanagan Healthy Snacks Program. These funds will help the Y serve nutritious snacks to all children in their care, including the 1 in 3 children whose families struggle to afford any snacks at all.

  • Single mother able to pursue her education and establish new home in Kelowna thanks to local charity

    Ali Fraser and her three daughters left a dysfunctional home in hopes of building a better life for themselves in Kelowna. Though they loved their home on the reserve, it took bravery for Fraser to uproot her family and move away from an unstable environment.

  • YMCA of Okanagan and The University of British Columbia partner to launch preventative research program downtown Kelowna

    While the YMCA of Okanagan and The University of British Columbia share many goals in common, one in particular — building community — will be recognized this week at the launch of the Small Steps for Big Changes program offered at the Kelowna Downtown YMCA. 

  • Valley First gives teen mothers a healthy start

    The Valley First Community Endowment fund recently infused $10,900 into the YMCA’s Young Parent Program, providing food, baby supplies and training opportunities for up to 10 at-risk young parents who are attending Kelowna Senior Secondary School while raising their babies.

  • Local winery creates opportunity for Okanagan kids

    More children in the Okanagan will have opportunities to reach their full potential thanks to Arrowleaf Cellars. Each year the local winery graciously donates their proceeds from wine tasting fees to local causes, and this year the YMCA of Okanagan was one of their charities of choice. 

  • Tim Hortons is making smiles for YMCA kids

    Helping a child in need is as easy as giving a smile! Running from September 11 to 17, Tim Hortons guests can purchase a freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie for $1 at participating restaurants throughout the Central Okanagan, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Healthy Snack Program. 

  • Experience the Downtown Y at Grand Opening Event

    The Kelowna Downtown YMCA is hosting a Grand Opening event on September 13. The facility will be free to the public all day, with cake, food and refreshments, giveaways and a chance to win a one-year membership. 

  • Swing for a cause

    The 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club (KGCC) will benefit the YMCA of Okanagan’s Strong Kids Campaign until 2019. Funds were contributed through sponsorships, donations of prizing, a raffle for a wall of 100 bottles of VQA award winning wines, four live auction items, and a portion of the golfers’ entry fee, resulting in over $60,000 raised with proceeds donated to the YMCA.

  • Nine-year-old saves toddler from drowning

    A parent’s worst nightmare turned into a happy celebration earlier this month when nine year old, Alexis Edall, rescued a toddler who fell into the pool. Alexis’ mother is extremely proud of her daughter who was quick to act, demonstrating the life-saving skills she had recently learned in a YMCA spring break aquatic seal camp.

  • Big Jack Gives Back!

    Jack Newton presented the YMCA of Okanagan with a cheque for $3,400 to benefit local children and youth who need a helping hand to access Y child care, employment, health, fitness, aquatics and leadership programs.