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Launch Okanagan
Launch Financial Education Society (Launch Okanagan) helps people move forward in life by providing them with the financial knowledge, confidence and community support to take t...
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Values: Empowerment: We create opportunities for our participants to gain control of their lives, become more confident and embrace their dignity. Collaboration: People are important to us. We strive to collaborate and build strong partnerships. Education: We believe that engaged learning is key to personal and community transformation. Transparency: We believe in the clear disclosure of our polices, practices and fiduciary standards and are accountable to our participants, volunteers, funders
PO Box 29010 RPO OKM
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4A7
Causes we care about

  • Education

  • Poverty

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
We believe in communities that foster people's inherent strengths and creates opportunities for financial empowerment.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Central Okanagan Foundation
Karis Support Society
Interior Savings
Metro Community
YMCA of Southern Interior BC
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
PLAN Okanagan
Volunteer opportunities
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Social Media ManagerPerformed RemotelyFlexible schedule
Help Launch support more people by getting our financial literacy messages out to our community through social media.
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Volunteer EducatorKelownaFlexible schedule
An opportunity to support individuals in our community through financial education, mentorship and collaboration.
9 / 10 spots filled
Stories of our community involvement
Was your New Year’s resolution to get your finances back on track? Did you blow the budget over the holidays? You are not alone. Good news! Launch Okanagan in partnership with Crowe MacKay LLP presents Dollars and Sense – a free, eight- week condensed money management for anyone wanting to better understand everyday financial matters.

The course begins January 24 and covers budgeting, saving and investing, credit and debit management, consumerism, and your relationship with money. Classes run on Tuesday evenings on Zoom, and participation is open to any individual needing money management mentorship.

“The Dollars and Sense program is suited for anyone that wants to improve their financial situation and learn strategies on how to manage their money more effectively,” says Jennifer Robins, Executive Director of Launch Okanagan.

Experienced professionals teach the course, including certified financial planners, providing participants with the tools to build financial stability. Program accessibility for participants is a priority of Launch Okanagan. They do this by allowing registrants to sign-up anonymously, removing the stigma from money matters.

Read the entire media release:

The next Dollars and Sense program begins on January 24, 2023, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Everyone and anyone is welcome who is interested in improving their money management skills and planning for a more secure financial future.
To register, visit, or contact Launch Okanagan at
On November 8th, Launch Okanagan celebrated Financial Literacy Month with 150+ guests from the finance, non-profit and business community. Guests were treated to a wonderful breakfast at the Coast Capri Hotel and learned more about the work of Launch Okanagan and the importance of finance literacy in our community.

Due to inclement weather, Kelley Keehn was unable to fly in from Edmonton so she joined virtually and delivered her wise and witty presentation: The Prosperity Factor. Kelley is a best-selling author, personal finance expert and national media personality. We were lucky to have her join us despite mother nature’s interruptions! Follow Kelley Keehn on social media or visit

Thanks again to gold sponsors BMO Private Wealth and CIBC, silver sponsors KPMG, Bronze sponsors Canadian Western Bank, Coast Capri Hotel, Mike Wright & Associates, Petraroia Langford Lawyers, and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.

Special thanks to media partners Global Okanagan, AM 1150 and Kelowna’s Move and Castanet for promotional support.

The breakfast fundraiser offered guests an opportunity to join our 50/50 draw or double your donation. Congrats to Connie Proctor for winning the 50/50 draw as well as five lucky winners of Kelley Keehn's best-selling book "Talk Money to Me". The morning was a great success and raised vital funding for Launch Okanagan programs and participants.

To view the Global Okanagan news coverage or see the photo album, visit:
Launch Okanagan welcomes national media personality and personal finance expert Kelley Keehn on November 8, 2022 as the keynote speaker at a breakfast fundraiser supporting access to financial literacy programs in our community. The inaugural fundraiser will see hundreds of local business and financial services community members gathering at the Coast Capri Hotel for a sit-down breakfast to celebrate Financial Literacy Month and learn more about the importance of financial education.

Kelley Keehn is the best-selling author of eleven books including her last two titles, Talk Money to Me and Rich Girl, Broke Girl. She’s the financial authority on The Marilyn Denis show, The Morning Show on Global National, Breakfast television, and previously hosted Burn My Mortgage on the W Network. Kelley has made thousands of radio and TV appearances around the globe and travels across the country, speaking to some of Canada’s largest corporations. More info on Kelley at:

The fundraiser will feature an online 50/50 raffle as well as “double your donation”, thanks to an anonymous local donor. The fundraiser will support the maintenance and expansion of Launch Okanagan programs in our community.

Last year, the non-profit delivered 25 programs to 275 participants. Launch Okanagan also partners with other local charities and community organizations to supplement their program delivery. The majority of participants are youth, single moms and dads, families, and other individuals who develop crucial money management and budgeting skills in the programs.

Special thanks to all our sponsors especially gold and silver sponsors BMO Private Wealth, CIBC and KPMG!

More info plus event and 50/50 tickets available at:
*Must be 19 years old and a BC resident to participate in the 50/50 draw. Attendance at the event is not required. Draw will be made November 10, 2022.

Community Event

Launch Okanagan presents Kelley Keehn

Kelowna - Nov 8th from 7 to 9am UTC

Join Launch Okanagan on Tuesday, November 8th from 7-9 am at the Coast Capri Hotel for a fundraiser supporting financial literacy programs in our community. For over 10 years...

Launch Okanagan is hosting a community event Nov 8, 7 - 9am: Launch Okanagan presents Kelley Keehn
Launch Financial Education Society (Launch Okanagan) recently received a very generous grant from First West Foundation . We are so grateful to have such incredible support from a local corporate partner! We simply can’t operate without this kind of sustainable support. Thank you First West Foundation!

These funds will be used to provide program partners, clients and participants with free access to our programs. You are helping build a brighter future for single parents, struggling families or those participants choosing to go back to school.

This grant proudly provided by First West Foundation through the Valley First Community Endowment.

For more info on the Valley First Community Endowment, visit:
Launch Financial Education Society (Launch Okanagan) recently worked with another great community partner, Freedom's Door in Kelowna! We’ve been delivering Dollars and Sense workshops twice a week for the last 3 weeks and the clients soaked it up with enthusiasm.

We love working with this amazing group of people!!

Freedom’s Door Kelowna is a non-profit addiction recovery home dedicated to helping men find freedom from addiction in a safe and secure environment. They’ve been transforming lives since 2002 and helped over 1600 men to date. More info at:

Launch Okanagan is a non-profit organization that helps people move forward in life by providing them with the financial knowledge, confidence and community support to take the next step towards greater independence and sustainable positive change. Our programs increase participants’ understanding of their personal finances while also helping them to save their money, start a business, embark on post-secondary education or increase their skills in a trade.

By providing people with financial education, mentorship and collaboration we aim to strengthen the independence and resiliency of our participants. Launch foundational programs are free and delivered via zoom so anyone can join thanks to local donors and corporate partners who provide the means to keep our programs running. More info and program registration at

Shown in the photo: Clients and staff from Freedom's Door with Launch Okanagan Executive Director, Jennifer Robins (far right).
Launch Financial Education Society - Launch Okanagan recently completed another 8 week Dollars and Sense program and would like to take this opportunity to thank Crowe MacKay LLP for sponsoring it and enabling us to provide this program to the recent graduates!

Next Dollars and Sense class begins in September. We run this program on Zoom and it’s open to anyone to join. Check out the inspiring feedback from several new graduates and register now!
Launch Okanagan is excited to partner with Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union on their Matched Saving program – a year-long program that educates, mentors, and equips individuals with financial literacy to transform their lives.

Valley First has been a long-time supporter of Launch’s Matched Savings program, providing banking services and financial advice to many of the program’s participants.

“Financial literacy has always been an important need in the community, but even more so over the past couple of years as we’ve seen living costs increasing and budgets tightening,” says Sheila Ehlert, Board Director at Launch. “When like-minded local organizations come together, great things happen— and we see this first-hand with the Valley First and Launch partnership resulting in a Matched Savings’ program filling a huge need in the community.”

Ehlert also works as the Director of Retail Banking at Valley First which has given her deeper insight into the impact a program such as this has on the community.

The Matched Savings Program started over 10 years ago to not only equip lower-income individuals in our community with vital financial management skills, but also give them opportunities to reach their personal goals through incentivized savings. The result is over 100 graduates and lives impacted to date leading to empowered, confident, and financially independent graduates. Program demand has increased substantially over the last year, so corporate sponsors, like Valley First, are needed more than ever to keep launching lives in our community.

A recent graduate explains how this program impacted her life. “This program created hope for me. I have a lot more control over my finances now. I’ve never saved before, but I just saved $600 and realized that it wasn’t that hard. Even after graduating I have continued to save! This program gave me confidence and I know I can accomplish things. I have taken control back in my financial life and I’m forever grateful for that.”

To learn more, go to:

In the attached photo from left to right: Dustin Read, Branch Manager Downtown Kelowna Branch; Jason Garrett, Branch Manager Rutland Branch; Jennifer Robins, Executive Director Launch Okanagan; Kylaina Dermedy, Branch Manager Guisachan Branch.
Launch Okanagan would like to thank Crowe MacKay LLP for sponsoring our recent Dollars and Sense program. We couldn't have run this program without their support. Dollars and Sense teaches money management skills to anyone in our community that wants to improve their financial literacy and take financial steps forward in their life. We cover financial topics such as your relationship with money, budgeting, consumerism, saving and investing, credit reporting and debt management. We appreciate that Crowe MacKay values the importance of having a financial education. With their sponsorship, they have ensured that more individuals in our community have the knowledge and confidence to build a bright financial future.

In this photo left to right: Jennifer Robins, Executive Director Launch Okanagan; Rohan Jacobs, Senior Manager Crowe MacKay; Lorraine Kelunick, Facilitator Launch Okanagan; Dave Gautier, Managing Director Crowe MacKay.
Thank you CFA Society for your incredible donation to Launch Okanagan! With your support, Launch will be able to provide additional financial education programs in our community. We appreciate that the CFA Society Okanagan values the importance of having a financial education. We agree that financial literacy skills are crucial for living your best life.
In this photo left to right: Kwame Boateng, Associate Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with Odlum Brown; Michael Wendland, Board Chair of Launch Okanagan; Evan Turner, Financial Advisor with Nicola Wealth; Jennifer Robins, Executive Director of Launch Okanagan.
PO Box 29010 RPO OKM
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 4A7
Causes we care about

  • Education

  • Poverty

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us