Skip to main content

News and Stories

Show me news for
A man with glasses and a grey goatee is standing in front of the Kelowna Family Y and smiling at the camera. He’s wearing a white shirt that says ‘I love my Y’.

Bob's Story

Since 2004, I have experienced 3 heart attacks, triple bypass surgery, bladder cancer, ventricular tachycardia, and just recently an ischemic stroke. My wife says that I’m on my 7th life and I have both the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and the YMCA of Southern Interior BC to thank for making it to lucky number 7. 
Continue Reading
Two women are standing side by side and smiling at the camera. Allyson Graf is on the left with mid length blonde hair and a cream jacket, Sharon Peterson is on the right with shoulder length auburn hair and a grey sweater.

Allyson’s Y is Evolution

For the last 25 years Allyson Graf has been a trailblazer at the Y, leading start up projects which have now evolved into entire departments and overseeing many exciting firsts for the charity. It’s surprising just how many current programs our new President & CEO had her hands in at the beginning, and how deep her roots are within the organization.
Continue Reading
Dream home in the background with bubbles showing a child smiling in a hospital bed and another bubble with a man playing wheelchair basketball in a gym

Lake Life Lottery to launch with a splash in Southern Interior

Lottery to support community health and wellness  Media are invited to attend the launch of the inaugural Lake Like Lottery – the first lottery in the Interior of B.C. that gives residents the chance to win luxurious prizes while supporting physical, mental and social health initiatives and services in the Southern Interior.
Continue Reading
15 community members of all ages from senior to child, holding hands in a pool and looking up at the camera. Their bodies are forming the shape of a heart.

Same Y, New Name

Our local YMCA changes name to the YMCA of Southern Interior BC Our local YMCA is growing, and with it comes some exciting plans along with a new name — The YMCA of Okanagan is now officially the YMCA of Southern Interior BC.  This change was made to better reflect the communities the charity currently serves, and those it plans to serve, outside the Okanagan. 
Continue Reading
Everyone has a story to tell.

We want to hear yours! Share how the Y has made a positive difference in your life by emailing

Impact Video

We are a local charity determined to build a healthy and thriving community. Whether it’s homework help for vulnerable kids, mindfulness strategies for youth, or heart health programs for seniors, see the range of who and how we are helping individuals at all ages and stages.