Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan (GECCO)

gecco_hori_400dpi Regional Coordinator, Emma Logue Contact:   The Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan (known as GECCO) fosters empowerment through net working, knowledge sharing, and capacity building to support sustainable local and global change. GECCO is a Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and work together on a regular basis to participate in BCCIC initiatives, programming and services. We invite you to connect with us on social media via Facebook and Twitter (@GECCOBC) Meet our Steering Committee members!

Upcoming Events

Finding the Good – Schedule now available!

Finding the Good is about bringing academics and practitioners together to share ethical international development ideas and practices. The event will make a constructive contribution to problems of how to advance social justice, inclusion and human rights in international development efforts.  With escalating challenges to fundamental human dignity and social inclusion, this project will expand the space for communities to find the ‘good’ in the current era. Sessions will help to ignite and sustain an ecosystem in which dialogue between scholarly insights and practical development work will, ultimately, improve the participation of people experiencing poverty, social marginalization, discrimination, and oppression.


  • Women, Gender and Feminism
  • Localizing the SDGs
  • Universal Values and Inclusion
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Growth and Innovation
  • International and Human Security
Register at Follow this event on Facebook Icon ! Join the Twitter conversation: #ocfindingthegood 

Past Events


Kelowna BC2030

Some 50 people turned out May 14th as part of the BC2030 and SDG Bootcamp to hear how the Global Goals relate to local efforts to address flooding, housing shortages, and social equity.  Networking with like-minded groups was also top of mind for participants.  For more information about what you and your group based in the Central Okanagan can do to help raise awareness leading up to the Fall municipal elections, contact us!

Human Flow


GECCO and Okanagan College recently screened this important film for the Central Okanagan community, sparking a conversation about the challenges faced by refugees both locally and globally.

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals represent a touchstone for humanity to address global problems, including people who flee due to famine (SDG 2), climate change (SDG 13) and war (SDG 16). Link to trailer:

World Community Film Festival

We had some great conversations at the World Community Film Festival Kelowna.   Thank you to the organizers for including us! GECCO shared ideas about networking, capacity building and raising awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Her Time to Thrive!

Thursday, March 8 GECCO celebrated International Women’s Day in Kelowna.  This year groups encouraged women and men all around world to gather, to share, stand up and be part of a global movement that will lead to “Her Time to Thrive”! Sponsored by Karis Support Society, Her International and Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

Time is Now! for Sustainable Development

February 21, 2018 BCCIC Chapter GECCO (Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan) teamed up with Global Citizen Kelowna to plan Time is Now! for Sustainable Development on February 21st 2018 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  This upbeat, inspirational evening is an opportunity to come together at the 15th annual event and take action on the Global Goals. The discussion will include local city mayors  and WFN chief who will explain how cities are addressing the challenges of the SDGs.  María Cortés Puch, Head of the National and Regional Networks’ Program for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network will speak via SKYPE.  At the event, GECCO hosted the Global Marketplace, a chance for attendees to experience the good work that local organizations are doing toward the achievement of a better world.  The speakers entertained, educated and inspired attendees to take action. 

2018 Steering Committee Call for GECCO

Are you interested in helping GECCO come up with and execute events through-out the year?  GECCO is looking for new steering committee members to join our team. If you are located in the Okanagan, motivated for global good, and have the time to effect change through GECCO’s commitments to educating the Okanagan of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we would love for you to apply. Please submit a small biography expressing your interest to and note your time availability for monthly meetings. We are looking for applicants who may have some event planning, creative writing, public engagement, and social media capabilities.

SDG Yoga Featured On Global News!

GECCO’s event Self-Care for World Care: Yoga For the Global Goals was featured the Global News on November 25 and in Kelowna Now.  To align the two aspects of sustainable development: self-care and global-care, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were each followed by a yoga pose. GECCO once again featured a countdown to the event starting 17 days in advance with posts on Facebook for each of the Goals.  The event was a success in engaging people from different backgrounds to the global goals. Our event featured a yoga mat door prize from Mantra Yoga Mat and tea and chocolates from Globally Fair .

Okanagan College International Development Day

Okanagan College welcomed 15 community groups to campus on October 25th to raise awareness about how they help to bring education, opportunity, and resilience to people in the developing world. Nearly 300 people, including OC students, local high school students and community members converged on the Kelowna campus for International Development Day on Oct. 25. Hosted by the International Development diploma program, this popular annual event celebrates the role of Okanagan individuals and organizations in creating a better world through international humanitarian actions, aid and development efforts across the globe. Sixteen non-profit organizations showcased their work through displays in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning throughout the day this year. Students from OC and KSS preparing their projects for Global Citizen’s Sustainable Development Challenge also had a chance to join drop-in talks by OC faculty and guest speakers. Find the full list of participants here. The OC Political Science Department expresses special thanks to the student volunteers and librarians who helped make it all happen.

BC2030 Roundtables

Newly formed BCCIC local Chapter GECCO [the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan] held their launch event on October 27th 2016 in Kelowna.  This event was an opportunity for GECCO to introduce themselves to the community, to talk about their mission, and to gain valuable feedback about what the community would like to see and do in the coming year. Thirty-three participants in attendance were invited to “Put Kelowna on the Map”, by adding their names, causes, and interests to a global map and a map of the Okanagan Valley.  In the lead-up to the event, GECCO counted down the days by sharing a link to one of the SDGs per day, until all 17 of the Global Goals had been featured on their Facebook page.

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