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Overcoming Obstacles

The theme of this report, “Obstacles”, illuminates the dedication of the Y team to promoting equity and helping individuals overcome hurdles and enhance their well-being. Read our annual impact report to learn how we removed obstacles to affordable child care, health and fitness, family supports, mental health supports, drop-out prevention, and more in 2023.

2023 Highlights

In 2023, our collective efforts brought positive change as we:

  • Opened 3 new child care facilities, and supported 36 people to enter the child care sector as Early Childhood Educators, increasing access to quality, affordable, child care for hundreds of local families.
  • Provided nearly 1,300 wildfire evacuees displaced by the fires with free access to our fitness and aquatics centres, offering households and families a sense of escape, connection, and wellness during very a challenging time.
  • Partnered with the KGH Foundation to offer free emergency child care services to Interior Health staff displaced or impacted by the wildfires, ensuring our emergency rooms remained staffed throughout the crisis.
  • Hosted the first YMCA Child Care Leadership Conference in Kelowna, providing Y leaders across BC with developmental skills training to prepare for growth within the sector and explore solutions on emerging issues.
  • Invested in the development of our own young leaders, and sent our youth leads to the YMCA Youth Summit of the Americas in Bogota to build collaborations and partnerships with international YMCAs.
  • Partnered with Central Okanagan School District to host our very first Newcomer Event that welcomed those new to Canada into our centres to build connections and access healthy resources for free.
  • Collaborated with Ys across Canada to plan the roll out of a new national brand ‘Shine On’.

youth learned to cope with stress and anxieties
new child care centres opened, creating 283 more spaces
newcomers to Canada provided with free access to the Y

Financial Statements

View 2023 Financial Statements (PDF)

Thank you to everyone who donated in 2023.

Over $1.04m was raised by 876 community supporters, and we are so grateful. The following individuals, organizations and businesses donated over $500.

11 Anonymous Donors

A1 Machine & Welding

Across the Lake Swim Society

Scott Amis

Armada Steel Corp.

Adria August

August Luxury Motorcars

Brock Aynsley

Brenton Bartel

BC Community Gaming Grants Branch

Harry Bensler

Jessie Billey

Duncan, Missy & Tim Blackburn

BMO Financial Group

BMW Kelowna

Dave Bond

Rick and Debbie Boyd

Jennifer Bridarolli

Brenda Briggs

Joyce and John Brinkerhoff

Bronag Contracting Ltd.

Eugenia Burns

Calgary Foundation

Callow & Associates Management Consultants Inc.

Betty Cameron

Canadian Tire #353

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Caron Capozzi

Carver Construction Ltd.

Central Okanagan Foundation

CFUW Kelowna

Charitable Impact Foundation (Canada

Randy Christian

CIBC Children’s Foundation

Clearwater Wealth Management

Michelle Clearwater Wealth Management

Crowe MacKay LLP

CTQ Consultants Ltd.

Gino Dal Ponte

George Davis

Delcourt Advisory Group

Paul Demay

Denim on the Diamond

DKL Financial Group

John Duff

Maria and Patrick D’Vaz

Thomas Dyck

Allan Earl

Dr. Susan Ellard

Joyce Epp

Faction Projects

Falcon Foundation

Family Insurance

Darlene Finnigan

First West Foundation

Fresh Air Experience / Concept

Clayton Gall

Gardiner Family Foundation

Genesis Kelowna

Gentek Building Products

Rodney Gibbings

Jessica Glen

Gail Goreski

Christopher Gorman

The Graf Family

Grant Thornton LLP

Shelley Grombach

Hamber Foundation

Jennifer and Terry Hanson

Harmony Honda

Jenny Harshenin

Chuck and Denise Henderson

Shelley Holitzki

Home Trust Company

IG Wealth Management

Intact Insurance

Interior Savings Credit Union

Kerry Irons

Erika Jarvis

JDG Construction Management Ltd

Jaxon Jurome

Jurome Real Estate Group

Kal West Mechanical

Keldon Electric

Kelowna Downtown Marina

Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club

Kelowna Toyota

KF Aerospace

Nicole Kleemaier

Melaney Kothlow

Lake Okanagan Insurance Members Society

Pamela & Kevin Leco

Ledcor Industries Inc.

James Leskosek

LTA Consultants

Kyla Magee

Mara Lumber

Brent Marshall

The Marshall Family

Dawn Martin

McColman and Sons Demolition Ltd.

McIntosh Properties Ltd.

Ryan McIntyre

Alli McNeill

Millard Dawes & Associates

Emma Miller

Danielle Miranda

Mission Group Enterprises Ltd.

Missionwood Retirement Resort

Montgomery Miles & Stone Law Firm

Mountain Shadows Foundation

Lori Mullin

Hans Neumann

New Leaf Physiothearpy

Leanne Nicholson

Nicola Wealth Management

Nolita Developments

Northbridge Financial Corporation

Derek and Kristie Nyrose

Allison O’Donnell

Okanagan Fire Protection Services Ltd.

Okanagan Restoration Services Ltd.

Okanagan Sundeck Centre

Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc.

Paul Lee Family Foundation

Steve and Chantel Pavelich


Tracey-Lynne Pedlar

Marshall Peters

Victoria Pollock

Popeye’s Supplements

Patrick Priestner

Property Source Group Ltd.

Doug and Lorna Pumphrey

Purely Pools

Pushor Mitchell LLP

Ramco Floor & Tile

RBC Foundation

Darryl Reuter

Michael and Janet Riley

Beverley Risso

Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside

Rotary Club of Lake Country

Rutland Pet Hospital


Sentes Automotive

ShelfGenie of Vancouver & Okanagan

Barb Simpson

Lily Simpson

Sonrise Foundation

Southern Insurance Services

Specialty Program Group

Karen & Ron Stewardson

Stober Family Foundation

Ginny and James Strachan

Erin Strong

Barry and Leigh-Ann Sullivan

Summerland Rental Centre

Supplement King Kelowna

Maria Tana

Alistair Taylor

Deanne Taylor

Kelley Taylor

Ron Taylor

TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

Cassandra Thomas

Thomas Alan Budd Foundation

Tim Hortons

Tom Harris Fund for Families

Total Okanagan Real Estate Group

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company

Unison HM Commercial Realty

Urban Systems Kelowna

Valley First Credit Union, a division of First West Credit Union

Venture Commercial Real Estate

Lloyd & Alyson Vinish

Bruce Walker

Walmart Canada (Penticton)

Chris Ward

Nicole Watson

Dr. John Weisbeck

Wildstone Construction

William Wright Commercial

Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (Kelowna) Inc.

Wiltech Developments Inc.