Kelowna

BGC Okanagan – Kelowna Area

General Inquires
Phone: 250.762.3914
Email: kelowna@bgco.ca

Rutland Inquires
Phone: 250.765.3345
Email: rutland@bgco.ca

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BGC Okanagan Youth
BGC Okanagan – Martin Ave
BGC Okanagan – Rutland

Ages 0-5 Programs

Infant Toddler Daycare

We provide children under the age of 3, with a safe environment designed specifically for babies and toddlers. We believe that children learn best by exploring the world, and interacting with adults and peers. We focus on the unique learning abilities of babies and toddlers and our educators plan appropriate activities ensuring lots of exploration. Creative exploration and interaction help to promote social and emotional development, language, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills.

Infant Toddler Daycare & Location Details

Infant Toddler Daycare

Our program offers quiet and active play both inside and outdoors. We pair each child a primary caregiver to promote the caring one on one relationship that helps babies thrive. Our Educators learn to respond to child’s unique temperament, needs and interests by being the one who almost always diapers, feeds, puts them to sleep and communicates with family. We follow daily routines to bond with babies, and provide cognitive stimulation through conversation, interaction and responsive relationships. Our dedicated Early Childhood Educators connect each family’s unique diverse strength, and maintain relationships based on mutual trust, openness and respect. Communication is vital and we encourage two-way dialogue between parents and educators. To support quality in our programs we invest in our educators and provide professional learning opportunities and encourage reflective practice.  

Cameron Park 2337 Richter Street Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm Infant – 5 Years of Age Contact Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow Program Manager: Carrie Otteson Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca Phone Number: 250-762-3914

 

Daycare

We believe in the importance of the whole child and create a space where children aged 3-5 years feel safe and secure. We strive to help each child reach their full potential by giving many opportunities to explore, discover, PLAY and experience meaningful activities and events in a rich, nurturing, and high quality Early Learning environment.

Daycare & Location Details

Daycare

We view all children as individuals who bring their own unique ideas, learning styles, and are competent, capable and curious.

We support all aspects of a child’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development and we strive for each child to experience a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Our dedicated Early Childhood Educators connect each family’s unique diverse strength, and maintain relationships based on mutual trust, openness and respect. Communication is vital and we encourage two-way dialogue between parents and educators.

To support quality in our programs we invest in our educators and provide professional learning opportunities and encourage reflective practise.

 

Martin Ave
1434 Graham Street
Monday – Friday
7:30am – 5:30pm
3 – 5 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Cameron Park
2337 Richter Street
Monday – Friday
7:30am – 5:30pm
3 – 5 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Rutland
355 Hartman Road
Monday – Friday
7:30am – 5:30pm
3 – 5 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345

 

Preschool

Our Preschool programs for children aged 3-5 years are designed to celebrate each child’s unique learning style. We believe in the importance of the whole child and create a space where children feel safe and secure. PLAY, exploring, discovering, and experiencing meaningful activities in a rich, nurturing, and high quality Early Learning environment are vital to support children to reach their full potential and develop confidence for life.

Preschool & Location Details

Preschool

Our program provides activities to promote all aspects of a child’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development. We strive for each child to experience a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Our dedicated Early Childhood Educators connect each family’s unique diverse strength, and maintain relationships based on mutual trust, openness and respect. Communication is vital and we encourage two-way dialogue between parents and educators.
To support quality in our programs we invest in our educators and provide professional learning opportunities and encourage reflective practise.

 

Martin Ave
1434 Graham Street
Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday
9:00am – 11:30am
3 – 5 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Little Gators Preschool
125 Glenmore Road – North
Tuesday/ Thursday
8:30am – 11:00am
11:45am – 2:15pm
3 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Little Gators Preschool
125 Glenmore Road – North
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
8:30am – 11:00am
11:45am – 2:15pm
4 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Lianna Michaylow
Program Manager: Carrie Otteson
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914

Ages 5-12 Programs

After School Programs

BGC Okanagan After School Programs are the best place for children to be after the school bell. For 60 years we have been providing programs to children and we know what kids love to do! Children will be provided time to play outside, sports, games, creative arts, a daily nutritional snack, and fun leisure activities. Our staff develop a special, caring relationship with each child, encouraging them to explore areas of interest, create new friendships, and develop their personal growth.

After School Programs & Location Details

After School Programs

After school programs emphasize a sense of belonging, help make positive choices, learn healthy behaviours and build on a child’s strengths encouraging them to reach their potential. Parents often comment that they “trust our staff in caring for their children.” We understand the importance of physical health, social and emotional development, learning, and allowing kids to be themselves in a supportive, safe place where they are encouraged to explore, try new activities, and have a lot FUN!

Martin Ave
1434 Graham St
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:30pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: Jayme Pereira
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Cedar Creek
5160 Chute Lake Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: Jayme Pereira
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
North Glenmore Elementary
125 Glenmore Road – North
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 5:30pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: Cheyenne Brooks
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-766-5277
A.S. Matheson Elementary
2090 Gordon Drive
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 5:30pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: Jayme Pereira
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914
Rutland
355 Hartman Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: David Lyttle
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345
Rutland-Pearson Road
700 Pearson Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: David Lyttle
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345
Spring Valley
470 Ziprick Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: David Lyttle
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345
South Rutland Elementary
200 Mallach Road
Monday – Friday
School Dismissal – 6:00pm
5 – 12 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Patricia Barrows
Program Manager: David Lyttle
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345

 

Recreation Programs

Recreation programs are for members aged 5 (must be in kindergarten) to 14 years of age who want to come out to the Club and take part in a wide variety of activities that are planned around BGC Canada Core programming areas. Opportunities to develop friendships, and connect with positive role models, allows children to find a place where they belong, are cared about and where they can learn new skills. Activities create a safe and fun way for kids to spend their time during the after school hours, weekends and evenings.

Recreation Programs & Location Details

Recreation Programs

Each Club location offers recreation programs to meet the community needs. Each community location will offer monthly calendars describing the specific activities that can be located on our facebook pages and at the service locations. Examples include activities such as community field trips, sports, BGC Canada clubs programs, life skills, creative arts, leadership and learning.
The Recreation program is open year round at various times based on program offerings. See service location for monthly calendars for specific times and dates.

Parents are responsible for a yearly membership and program fees. Program fees will vary dependent on the program. Financial Subsidies or Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding may be available for eligible families.

 

Rutland
355 Hartman Road
Time and Date varies quarterly and monthly
5 – 14 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Tammy Wong
Email Address: rutland@bgco.ca

 

Program Manager: Tim Ropchan
Email Address: middleyearsrec@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-765-3345

Martin Ave
1434 Graham Street
Time and Date varies quarterly and monthly
5 – 14 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Tammy Wong
Email Address: kelowna@bgco.ca

 

Program Manager: Tim Ropchan
Email Address: middleyearsrec@bgco.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914

Youth Programs

Upstream Kelowna

Upstream – Kelowna is a preventative approach to youth homelessness and school disengagement.

Upstream Kelowna

Upstream Kelowna

Upstream Kelowna is a preventative approach to youth homelessness and school disengagement. It uses a locally adapted, universal screening tool to identify school aged youth who may be flying under the radar. The confidential Student Needs Assessment identifies risk before crisis hits. The student and their family is then connected to a variety of supports based on their needs and aimed at building resilience and overall well-being.

Upstream was named one of Kelowna’s top 10 essential action plans to end homelessness (Journey Home, 2018), and is one of two pilot programs running in Canada – the other is in Newfoundland.  The BGC Okanagan was selected by the community to lead the project due to our expertise with youth homelessness. BGC Okanagan is investing efforts further upstream than the emergency shelter point with hopes to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place.

BGC Okanagan and A Way Home Kelowna joined a community of practice with A Way Home Canada, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Choices for Youth,  Newfoundland. Together, we committed to running the program in line with the National model (Upstream Canada) and participate in research practices that would allow everyone to learn how to best run the project.

Upstream Canada is an adaptation of work that originated in Australia as The Geelong Project (since renamed Upstream Australia), which has demonstrated a 40% reduction in youth homelessness and 20% reduction in school drop-out rates.

As the lead community-based organization, BGC Okanagan is responsible for convening local stakeholders and implementing this collective impact project.  Some services that are offered to youth and families include family mediation, systems navigation, mental health, addictions, and life skills.

Current local service partners allied with Upstream Kelowna:

  • BGC Okanagan
    • Arc Programs
    • The Bridge Youth and Family Services
    • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
    • The Foundry
    • School District 23
  • Upstream has the potential to have far-reaching impacts as we expand across communities and school districts. The evidence gained through this project will help our community identify gaps in services, opportunities for improvement and advocacy, as well as open doors for reducing stigma and raising awareness.For further information on the Upstream Canada Model, please visit: https://www.homelesshub.ca/UpstreamCanada

    For any inquiries on how to participate, or to learn more, please reach out to Philippa Putlitz – Upstream Program Coordinator.

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Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday – Friday
9:00am to 5:30pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Upstream Project Coordinator: Philippa Putlitz 

Email Address: pputlitz@bgco.ca

Youth Recreation

 In our after-school and evening drop-in programs, youth are emotionally and physically safe, welcomed, accepted, valued, respected and encouraged to explore new opportunities and build positive relationships with like-minded peers.

Youth Recreation

Youth Recreation

Positive adult mentors guided by the Clubs’ core values build self-esteem and encourage healthy relationships while instilling the importance of mutual respect, teamwork and being socially responsible. While youth may just need a safe and supportive place to “hang out”, we also offer recreational opportunities, games, creative arts and special events.

Our programs are accessible, affordable and address community needs. Youth can be referred to other supports within BGC Okanagan as needed.
 

Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday – Friday
3pm to 8pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Scotia Hewitt
Phone Number: 250-868-8541
Email Address: shewitt@bgco.ca

Reconnect

Reconnect Counselors work with youth ages 13 – 18 and their families. Supports available through Reconnect are adaptable; occur one-to-one, in group and by referral; on site and in the community.

Reconnect Program & Location Details

Reconnect

Reconnect Counselors work with youth ages 13 – 18 and their families. Supports available through Reconnect are adaptable; occur one-to-one, in a group and by referral; on-site and in the community. Supports range from:
Prevention work that can ‘turn off the tap’ to youth homelessness while youth are still in their home:

  • Strengthening families
  • Caregiver-teen mediation
  • Identifying risk early
  • Building resilience

Reducing risk and enhancing protective factors:

  • Developing coping skills
  • Brief Intervention Counseling
  • Navigating health systems and community resources
  • One on one support and counseling
  • Developing parent skill set
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions
  • Parent-teen mediation
  • Referrals to community supports and services
  • Parents Together parenting program

Crisis intervention and supports

  • Safety planning
  • Shelter diversion
  • Harm reduction
  • Advocacy
  • Access to housing and income support
  • Access to health interventions
  • Street outreach

While Reconnect is an excellent program to support families in crisis, it is equally important to refer families who haven’t had a breakdown yet, but are at risk of one.

 

Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday – Friday
9:00am to 5:30pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Rachelle Bowie
Phone Number: 250-868-8541
Email Address: dyc@bgco.ca

Restorative Justice

The BGC Okanagan Youth Restorative Justice Program is an approach that seeks to repair harm caused by a youth’s actions, through reconciliation with the person harmed and others affected. To achieve this, the youth must take responsibility for their actions and voluntarily agree to participate in the program.

Restorative Justice & Location Details

Restorative Justice

Through the guidance of trained volunteers; the youth, their guardian, the person(s) harmed and other supports discuss the effects of the youth’s actions and how to repair the harm done. The person harmed by crime often feels excluded from the criminal justice process, which focuses on what laws were broken, who is to blame and how the offender should be punished. The needs of the person harmed are not always addressed and their voices may never be heard. One benefit to the Restorative Justice Program is that the person harmed gets an opportunity to tell their story, express how they were harmed and address the youth. This allows the person harmed to voice their concerns and give input into the solutions. The restorative justice process allows the root cause of the offense to be addressed by providing relevant, realistic and restorative solutions to repairing the harm. These solutions are individualized and can include, participating in skill-based programming, repairing property damage, writing an apology letter, completing volunteer hours, attending counseling, etc. Referrals are received through RCMP, loss prevention, By-Law, community members and BGC Okanagan, for youth ages 12-18 years. This program serves Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland. When asked what was most helpful about the restorative justice process here is what some participants had to say: • “How caring and understanding the facilitators were towards me, especially with my feelings and emotions.” – Youth • “That they are going to get him the help he needs.” – Supporter • “The understanding and comfortable atmosphere, good facilitators.” – Guardian

 

Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
12 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Rachelle Bowie
Phone Number: 250-868-8541
Email Address: dyc@bgco.ca

Outreach Mental Health Program

The Outreach Mental Health Program is designed for youths 12-18 years old who are unable or unwilling to access traditional mental health services, and their families. Outreach Mental Health services are by referral from Child and Youth Mental Health or from an Outreach Counsellor through BGC Okanagan such as the Reconnect Counsellors or the Housing First Case Manager.

Outreach Mental Health & Location Details

Outreach Mental Health

The services are adaptable and occur one on one or in group; both on site and in the community. The service is Relationship based, Trauma Informed, Strengths based and includes Families and Natural Supports focusing on developing and enhancing coping skills and strategies. Crisis Management skills, Relationship and Communication skills, Mood Management skills and Mindfulness strategies as well as Safety Planning, Harm Reduction Education and System Navigation are also available through this program.

 

Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday – Friday
Flexible Hours
12 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Phone Number: 250-868-8541

Life Skills Program

Life Skills Program – The Power of Me! – Focusing on the age group 13-18 years, youth with special needs have the opportunity to learn vital skills associated with living alone or semi independently, preparing them for the future as an adult. This program blends daily living, personal/social and work related skills into integrated fun lessons designed to increase self-confidence. Program occurs weekly on Thursdays during the school year. Participants must be referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Life Skills Program & Location Details

Life Skills Program

Martin Avenue Community Centre (MACC)
1434 Graham Street
Monday – Friday
2:00pm to 6:00pm
13 – 18 Years of Age
Contact
Service Stream Manager: Cathy Warner
Phone Number: 250-868-8541 Ext. 219
Email Address: cwarner@bgco.ca

Reunite

BGC Okanagan are a Reunite Affiliate.

Reunite assists runaway youth to reconnect with their families across Canada. If home is not an option, we work with the youth and agencies in that city to find an alternative solution. In order to be eligible, a youth must be between 16-19 years of age and must have run away from home. After a successful reunite is made, we will conduct a one-month follow up with the family and offer any assistance needed at that time.

Reunited Program & Location Details

Reunite

In partnership with the Canadian Bus Association and Greyhound Canada, Operation Come Home is able to help runaway youth. Greyhound Canada provides 125 one way tickets per year to help these youth travel home safely to their families.
If you are or know, a homeless youth who could live with family in another part of Canada, BGC Okanagan Reconnect program can help.

 

Operation Come Home
16 – 19 Years of Age
Contact
Phone Number: 250.868.8541 x 215

Family Programs

Program for Children and Teens with Special Needs

Delivered in Clubs and in the community, BGC Okanagan programs for children and teens with special needs are designed to provide recreation and socialization experiences that promote physical, social and emotional learning, and teach life skills and independence. These programs embrace the principals of equality and inclusion, with a focus on the strengths and capabilities of the individual.

Program for Children and Teens with Special Needs & Location Details

Program for Children and Teens with Special Needs

Program Streams
The Direct Support Stream provides service to children who need more support integrating into programs with an individual worker. Depending on the needs of the children workers may work 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3.

The Club Support Stream focuses on assisting children with special needs in fully integrating into BGC Okanagan programs and assists existing staff with children who are eligible for CYSN services.

The Community Support Stream assists children with special needs in participating in extracurricular activities outside of their home or the BGC Okanagan setting. This could include: sports, after school activities (ie. Yearbook clubs, employment, etc.). Transportation is provided to and from activities.

The Life Skills Program Stream provides youth ages 13-18 the opportunity to learn vital skills associated with living alone or semi independently, preparing them for the future as an adult. The Life Skills program blends daily living, personal/social and work related skills into integrated fun lessons designed to increase self- confidence and build important community connections.

Program hours
Our programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of families. Program times and frequency can be tailored to meet the needs of each family.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the program the following criteria must be met:
• Children must be referred to the program through MCFD.
• Children referred are between the ages of 5 – 19
• Children live within the Central Okanagan
• There are no significant medical needs

For more information on our programs for children and teens with special needs contact your nearest Club location:

West Kelowna – 250-768-3049
Kelowna – 250-762-3914
Rutland – 250-765-3345

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen is a program that allows families to cook together once a month on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and prepare four meals that are healthy and nutritious for their family at a minimal cost. The goals of the program are to educate parents about basic healthy food preparation through demonstration and hands on cooking. In turn, the parents learn to prepare meals on their own that are affordable, easy to prepare and are nutritious. A facilitator coordinates all the necessary supplies and food needed to cook the meals.

Community Kitchen Details

Community Kitchen

Kelowna – Martin Ave.
1434 Graham Street
Date Varies
9:30am to 12:30pm
Age: Families
Contact
Email Address: kelowna@obgc.ca
Phone Number: 250-762-3914

Parent & Tot Programs

Our drop-in program offers a variety of early learning activities for your child (aged 0-5) to explore, create, imagine, play, and build friendships which support child healthy development. This is your time to meet other Moms, Dads, and Grandparents in the community. Nannies and caregivers welcome!

Parent and Tot Programs Details & Locations

Parent and Tot Programs

Our programs are inclusive in an environment of acceptance and allow time to strengthen parent-child connection. Some activities:

  • Running and Jumping
  • Circle, Rhymes and Story Time
  • Music and Movement
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Guest instructors

 

Kelowna – Martin Ave
1434 Graham Street
Tuesdays
0 – 5 Years of Age 
Contact
Email Address: familyresource@bgco.ca

 

Family Support Program

The Family Support Program provides help to families in need whose children may be at risk of being placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families Development. This specialized family support program provides intensive in home family support services and counseling to high need, high-risk families normally referred to the program from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). This service is flexible to the needs of the families in the community. Referrals are accepted only through MCFD.

Keeping Families Together Details & Locations

Family Support Program

Kelowna – Downtown Youth Centre
1633 Richter Street
Monday to Friday
Contact
Senior Worker: Paul Bohn
Phone Number: 250-870-0899

Foster Parent Support

BGC Okanagan Foster Parent Support program provides direct, outreach-oriented support to foster caregivers and the children/youth in their care. Foster families can expect that the support workers will work directly with the family in their home, in the community or via phone. This program is intended to be flexible in meeting the unique needs of each foster family served and can offer a variety of supports including teaching conflict resolution skills, de-escalation techniques, collaborative problem solving and using strength based and trauma informed approaches.

Foster Parent Support Details & Locations

Foster Parent Support

BGC Okanagan Foster Parent Support program provides direct, outreach-oriented support to foster caregivers and the children/youth in their care. Foster families can expect that the support workers will work directly with the family in their home, in the community or via phone. This program is intended to be flexible in meeting the unique needs of each foster family served and can offer a variety of supports including teaching conflict resolution skills, de-escalation techniques, collaborative problem solving and using strength based and trauma informed approaches.

Participants of the program have had this to say about their experience:
“The Support Worker does wonders for me, in a five minute call he can totally change my perspective on things. A Miracle worker he is.”- Foster Caregiver

 

Kelowna
Email: arossiter@bgco.ca
Phone: 250-859-4616
Contact
Program Director: April Rossiter

 

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