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  • YMCA of Okanagan joins the Y Mind Initiative to help youth with anxiety in BC

    The YMCA of British Columbia’s Y Mind Initiative is expanding to Kelowna to help young adults manage stress and anxiety issues. The free program, offered by the YMCA of Okanagan to 18-30-year old’s, will explore coping strategies and management tools in a supportive and accepting environment.


  • Sharing the Wealth to help local children

    The YMCA of Okanagan was presented with a generous $6,500 cheque from the Delcourt Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod Wealth Management over the holidays.

  • Missionwood holiday feast supports local YMCA kids and families with $4,900 donation

    Missionwood Retirement Staff presented YMCA Little Scholars children and teachers with a $4,900 cheque to support the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A full 100 per cent of proceeds from their annual Gift of Giving luncheon was donated to enable local underprivileged families to participate in Y programs.

  • 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.