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Alec's Story

Alec's Story

This past school year, I had a hard time keeping my grades up and was failing a few classes. My confidence was lacking, and I struggled to cope with everything happening in my life. Unfortunately, I had experienced trauma that was causing me anxiety.
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Mavis' Story

Twenty-five years ago, I was happily working full-time as a nurse when I was suddenly diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease. The pain had become so intense that I couldn’t work and had to go on medical disability. 
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Kethra's Story

I'm 44 and in the best shape of my life thanks to the opportunities I’ve had, and the community support I have received. It's all about mindset and what you want to achieve. I wasn’t going to let my age stop me from reaching my goals, living my healthiest self, and being the best role model I could be for my daughter.
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A young man with short dark hair, jeans, sun glasses and a black t shirt is sitting cross legged looking out at a beach. The photo is taken behind him and he is looking out at the water, with a bridge full of cars crossing the lake in the distance.

Isaac's Story

After being fired from my first job, I enrolled in a free Y employment program in Kelowna to try and get back on my feet. At the time, I was easily overwhelmed, a bit of a mess, and didn’t really care what I was doing with my life. My stress was building up internally and making me feel crazy.
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Barb's Story

After undergoing a major accident, numerous surgeries, and extensive rehab, I have earned a new name- Barb 2.0 as I am essentially a rebuild!
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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. 
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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.