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  • New lease on life after incredible weight loss

    Since beginning his fitness journey in April 2017, Austin Nicholls successfully lost 70 pounds by frequenting the Y-operated H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre. Thanks to YMCA Financial Assistance, he was able to become a YMCA of Okanagan member. YMCA Financial Assistance is available to any individual, family or child who is unable to pay the full membership or program fee due to their financial circumstance.

  • Adopting healthier habits can prevent chronic illness

    Hospitalization in late 2017 left Trish Boileau with difficulty even getting out of bed, she learned firsthand the benefits physical activity can have. Since pursuing a healthier, more active lifestyle, Trish’s balance has improved, muscles have limbered up and she experiences much less pain from her arthritis. 

  • Swim lessons can prevent accidental drownings

    Kolton Johnson became water safe this summer after taking swim lessons with his instructor, Robert Goldberg. Swim lessons are included in every child membership, because the YMCA believes it is critical for everyone to learn about water safety and take preventative measures when near water. This is just one of the many ways the Y is working to drown-proof the Okanagan.

  • YMCA Open to all Wildfire Evacuees

    All YMCAs are opening their doors to people impacted by the wildfires burning across the province of BC.  The YMCA has 12 locations in Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria, Kelowna and the Lower Mainland.

  • Cherry Blossom Triathletes exercise their hearts in many ways

    Malindi Elmore, along with her niece Lucy Deshon and son Charlie Hood, present the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign with a $1,700 donation from proceeds from the 2018 Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon. 

  • Looking back with Big Jack

    Jack Newton with children from the YMCA’s Summer Day Camp program Jack as he presented the YMCA of Okanagan with a cheque for $5,000 to benefit local children and youth who are living in financial need within our community.

  • $60,000 raised at 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will support local children and families in need

    The 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Committee are proud after helping to raise $60,000 for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

  • Courage to swim across the lake at any age

    Amelia-Ahn Lou, 9, will be participating in this year’s Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim on July 14, 2018. Her swim instructor, Emalie Schueler, has been training her for the 2.1-kilometre swim across Okanagan Lake. The Across the Lake Swim Society generously donates event proceeds to make the YMCA Okanagan Swims Program possible, giving every third and fourth grader in School District #23 free swimming lessons in their commitment to drown-proof children living in the Okanagan.  

  • Local Tom Harris Cellular stores raise $5K to send kids to camp

    The Tom Harris Cellular Team present the YMCA of Okanagan with a $5,000 donation to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, which will give local children in need the opportunity to attend a Y summer camp. 

  • Gibson Contracting cares for local families

    Gibson Contracting, the Wyant Group and Valens GroWorks presented the YMCA of Okanagan with $7,217.17 raised at their client appreciation event and fundraiser in support of YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. This donation ensures more local underprivileged children, youth and families can access YMCA programs and services.