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GECCO and Global Citizen Events Updates!

GECCO is Looking for a Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Challenge!

The Sustainable Development Challenge is looking for a new coordinator/leadership team to continue the work of this program. Educators, student leaders and community members like you who care about youth and want to help them have a voice on important issues that matter to them are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

Agenda 2030 calls on all citizens to work towards a more sustainable and just world for everyone. The clock is ticking and this is a chance to play a pivotal role in leading change.

       Since 2007, The Sustainable Development Challenge, a locally sponsored event, has given youth in the Central Okanagan a support system to create solutions to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our donor funds have given local youth over $50,000 to make their project ideas a reality. In today’s world where sustainable solutions are not only a buzz word but must be at the forefront of everything we do as a society to ensure our own future and our planet’s. Our youth are ready to lead this call to action. Our Challenge has engaged hundreds of local students and provided incredible skill and learning opportunities beyond the scope of classroom learning.  Go to our website and see their work HERE.  Hear from former participants HERE.

      Global Citizen Events can provide the platform essentials to ensure success: a well-developed website, 2 social media platforms, a well-recognized logo and trophy, a collection of marketing and organization material, along with potential start-up financial support for the first year. The SDC has many connections for local mentors and donors who are committed to supporting youth who want to enter the Challenge. We also offer support from the former coordinator to help with connections and logistics.

Get Involved!

GECCO is searching for Steering Committee members!


GECCO (Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan) is looking for volunteers to help raise awareness of the Global Goals in the Okanagan Valley!

GECCO organizes or assists with approximately 8-10 events  throughout the year, particularly assisting Global Citizen Events with their suite of activities that occurs  regularly every February. Events include Taste of Home, Sustainable Development Challenge, Global MusicFest, and many more. Steering Committee members are volunteers who meet approximately once per month, with an overall time commitment of 2-10 hours per month, depending on the number of activities taking place. Often, Steering Committee members are active as members of other organizations, however the SC is not composed of those organizations, and SC members must be paid individual members of BCCIC.

If you have organizing, planning, writing, technology, marketing or financial skills, we want you! Contact: or visit for details.

GECCO has been super excited to be a (small) part of the Kelowna VLR report.  The report got some coverage in our local Kelowna Daily Courier, and has also brought forth important work through the Tamarack Institute, SDSN Canada, and CityStudio London. Check out the Guide to Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in your Community, featuring the Kelowna VLR as a case study. Bravo to Kus Wijesekera for driving this project forward!

Create Sustainability – GECCO and Global Citizen Events to Watch!

2021 Highlights:

  • #HeART SPEAK (Artists’ Eye on the World)
  • Arts for Social Change and Plan B Videos – Exhibition at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Sustainable Development Challenge Finale 
  • Taste of Home
  • Learn More and Signup

#TasteofHome2021 video performances are now premiering on Youtube!

  • For the 15th Anniversary of Taste of Home, we’re going virtual! Watch the first release now, starting with
  • Trail Warrior – Abalone Eagle – #WestbankFirstNation.
  • Other videos in this lineup: 
  • Highland Fire Dance Academy – Sword Dance
  • OCCA Communities Association – Fan Dance
  • Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers Junior B Poltava
  • Somos Colombia Dance Group Kelowna – Bullerengue
  • Ruach Israeli Folk Dancers – Od Lo Ahavati Dai
  • Okanagan Mexican Folklore Dance Group – El Jarabe Tapatio
  • Kelowna Bhangra Academy – Level 4 Girls
  • Look for Taste of Home Kelowna on Youtube