Yacht club celebrates National Volunteer Week

From April 10 to 16, Volunteer Canada and Kelowna Yacht Club celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week. This year marks the 13th year Volunteer Canada has delivered the campaign in partnership with Investors Group, a longstanding supporter of the week and Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition.

The Kelowna Yacht Club has been a fixture on the Kelowna waterfront since 1945, with a strong tradition of community involvement. Water safety begins at an early age, and thousands of children and young adults alike have learned to sail through lessons open to the public and priced to be as inclusive as possible. Each year, about 60 adults complete our learn-to-sail courses, where classroom training is put to practice on the water by members who donate their boats and time to support the program. The Disabled Sailing Association maintains a small fleet of specially equipped craft, and the club hosts an annual regatta to raise funds for this worthy organization.

Volunteers are the heart of two of the largest community events Kelowna Yacht Club holds each year.  The Boat for Hope event in conjunction with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Variety gives kids with physical and developmental challenges – and their families – a delightful day of pirates and booty on the water and land. The Boat Show is a free community event that involves 300 volunteers. All profits from exhibitors entry fees are returned to the community through the provision and on-going maintenance of the public mooring buoys to provide safe haven between the bridge and Caesar’s Landing.

Thanks again to all the amazing volunteers at Kelowna Yacht Club. You are our roots.

Volunteer Canada (www.volunteer.ca) is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, Volunteer Canada has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation. Volunteer Canada collaborates closely with volunteer centres, local organizations and national corporations to promote and broaden volunteering. Volunteer Canada’s programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives provide leadership on issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape.