News & Updates​

GECCO featured in Canada's Voluntary National Review

We are beyond stoked to be featured in the Government of Canada’s Voluntary National Review report for 2023! Achieving progress on the Sustainable Development Goals is an all-of-society project – and we feel very privileged to have been supported by BCCIC in preparing Kelowna’s Voluntary Local Review report.  This Report has proven to be ground-breaking, with several other communities following suit and connecting through webinars, talks, and blogs to share their learning.  This Report has demonstrated that positive change can come from a well-informed in-depth analysis based on indicators.  Thanks and congratulations to Kusum Wijesekera, whose endless energy and commitment have made this project a huge success.

Sustainability Summer - Save The Dates For Next Year!

Teachers – Enjoy the Summer!  Get Ready for an Exciting Year of Sustainability

Read the Full Update in our Summer Email

Group of Okanagan College and Sustainable Development Challenge Students Meet for a mentor session.

Global Citizen Events was  proud to present the Grand Finale of the 2023 Sustainable Development Challenge on Thursday February 23rd.

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a better world by 2030. This event will highlight solutions in the form of projects presented by local youth in Grades 8 -12, partnered with local charities and social enterprises, working towards clean water, clean energy, healthy communities, and zero waste, to build a better future for the Okanagan and everyone. This year, the teams are working on a variety of exciting projects – from bike transportation to homelessness to solar energy!

Sustainable Development Challenge student teams on stage at the 2022 Finale in Kelowna.

Read about the latest upcoming events organized by GECCO and partners in the Okanagan – climate action, SDG youth teams and their Finale night, and the Great Okanagan Waste Reduction Challenge.

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GECCO and Global Citizen Events Updates!

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
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#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