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The YMCA of Okanagan has launched a series of online services to continue to support community members with their health and wellness goals. For over 38 years they have been here for Okanagan residents and they are not quitting now. 

“At the YMCA, we pride ourselves on always being there for the communities we serve,” says YMCA of Okanagan CEO, Sharon Peterson. “We are committed to supporting individuals with their health goals, which include providing resources for their mental, physical and emotional health during this pandemic. We are all trying to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and it has not been easy for most. Our commitment to you, is that we will continue to provide opportunities for you and your family to stay connected and active throughout this difficult time.” 

The Y’s virtual services include a suite of online fitness classes created in collaboration with other YMCA’s across Canada. This virtual offering, called Y Thrive Home, includes a variety of options for all ages. 

“This is an excellent free online platform to help keep all of us healthy and active,” says Peterson. “Everyone is welcome and workouts are tailored for all levels and audiences including adults, families, kids and seniors.”

In addition, the YMCA of Okanagan has also launched live fitness classes on Facebook and Instagram as an alternative option and way for community members to stay connected. 

“Our first Facebook Live class saw nearly 80 people in attendance,” exclaims Peterson. “Facebook and Instagram Live classes provide a great virtual alternative for those who enjoy the ‘group participation’ and ‘community feeling’ that our regular group fitness classes provide. We will be offering a few regular classes to start, with a goal of adding more options to our virtual fitness class schedule as demand grows. Between our live classes and YThrive Home videos we have something for every age and ability.”

All of these classes can be found at ymcaokanagan.ca/YThrive.

In addition, to health and fitness resources, the Y has also launched a YMCA Early Years Community group on Facebook which will feature educational resources and live interactive sessions for families with children ages 0-6 years old. Live sessions will include live story times, songs, crafts and other fun activities for families to participate in from the comfort of their homes. 

And the Y’s Career Development Services have also gone virtual. Free online group learning and individual support services through phone, email and video conferencing will provide young adults, ages 16-30, who are facing uncertainty in their job search, with tools to enhance their personal development, education and employment opportunities.

The YMCA has been serving the Okanagan Valley as a trusted charity for nearly 40 years. During these unprecedented times, the Y needs your help more than ever to be able to support those most in need in our community. Donations will continue to be accepted while their health, fitness and aquatics facilities are closed. Visit ymcaokanagan.ca/give to make your gift today. 

The YMCA of Okanagan is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body with a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

Visit ymcaokanagan.ca/COVID19 for details and updates on all local YMCA services during this time.