Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise

Responds to Local Needs

Rotary clubs worldwide are well-known for their contributions to local initiatives. Rotary continues the philosophy of 100% Charity fundraiser 100% volunteers.

Ever since being chartered in 1986, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise has focused on community service by responding to many of the needs within the community and by seeking to be influential in improving the quality of life for all community members.

The club’s focus is on supporting, developing and implementing literacy, educational, humanitarian, recreation, wellness and environmental programs, projects and activities that assist the community in meeting the needs of its citizens and improving the quality of life for children, youth and adults within the community. From time to time, the club partners with other Rotary clubs and organizations to respond to these needs.

The ability of the club to implement effective fundraising campaigns and events plays a large part in achieving these goals. The Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest is another fundraising event that the club has planned and is implementing to make a difference in our community.

Club members continue to provide countless hours of volunteer assistance within the community in various ways, and just in the past seven years, the club has financially invested over $250,000 in our community.

Including the date of the posting of this webpage, the club has already invested $36,300 within the community in support of various community projects and events, and community service organizations since July 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017–2018 Rotary year:

Kelowna Paddle Centre
Inn from the Cold
Kelowna Girl Guides Association
NOW Canada
The Salvation Army
Rotaract Club of Kelowna
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
Kelowna Foundry
Canadian Mental Health Services
Kelowna Women’s Shelter

Shoe Bank Canada
BC Inclusion
Sunvalley Orchards District of Girl Guides of Canada 
Lake Country Food Bank
Okanagan Boys and Girls Club
"Sharing the Kids Help Phone Message in Schools" Program
Kelowna and District Safety Council

How were the Proceeds from the 2017 

Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest 

used to support local needs?

The funds provided to the Kelowna Foundry are being used to support the expansion of the Youth Navigation Program, in particular, the funding of direct staff wages and program supplies.  The Foundry is a new integrated youth and family centre designed to provide critical mental health and substance use support for young people and their families.  Easily accessible, Foundry is a welcoming space for young people, overcoming the barriers created by stigma that prevents many from seeking help. The program connects young people to the right services at the right time. Navigators assist in building social and life skills so vulnerable youth can thrive.


Kelowna Foundry


Shoe Bank Canada’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to a decent pair of shoes.  The not-for-profit organization collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people, and then distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need across Canada through food banks and other social agencies in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs. 


Shoe Bank Canada