News & Updates​

#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

Welcome to 2021!  


Read about #HeARTSpeak2021, #sustainabledevelopmentchallenge2021, and much more!

Previous Campaigns:

Read about our Annual Report, new Global Citizen Website, Fall Climate Workshop and the Sustainable Development Challenge for 2021!

#NowistheTime to Connect, Discover and Engage this February!

Read the latest from GECCO:  Sustainable Development Challenge Finale night, Sustainability Fair, The Walk Play, and more!

Entertain, Educate and Inspire to Action! February is here!

Read about the latest from GECCO on the Sustainable Development Challenge, “NowistheTime” Sustainability Fair, Finale Night, The Play “The Walk” and so much more to enjoy this February!

GECCO is Getting Ready for a Great New Year of Events!

Check out our latest newsletter for details on the #NowistheTime Sustainability Fair and many more upcoming events.

Operation Take Two Wins Big on Dragon’s Den!

Big news for the Sustainable Development Challenge team Operation Take Two. Youth in #Kelowna working toward #SDG12 have now reached a nationwide stage!  Congratulations!

Students work together to build a better future for Kelowna and across the world!

Visit for details.

Sustainable Development Challenge wins National awards!

Junior Chamber International or JCI as you know them, held their national convention in Vernon this past weekend. They have awarded the SDC with Best Local Global Goals project in Canada and won 2018 Best Opportunity in Canada award. Our student’s projects and impact are being recognized in a big way! Thank you JCI Kelowna for working with the Sustainable Development Challenge as a financial supporter and promoter of our event. Photos and more to follow soon!

More about the SDC: Video and story on Castanet.

Volunteer Fair Focused on the SDGs

GECCO was very pleased to partner with KCR Community Resources and Global Citizen Events on the 22nd Annual Volunteer Fair, held on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Over 70 local non-profit organizations participate each year, and this year the Sustainable Development Goals were front and centre, with the theme What’s Your Number?  At a pre-event Workshop, some 30 groups were encouraged to identify which Goals they were working on, and then their table displays showed the Goals they had been matched with!  In the Fair Magazine, a feature article explained the background of the Goals and highlighted the Movement Map.  In addition, the Fair focused on a different Goal and matching organization in their social media campaign leading up to the event.  This was an absolutely amazing year, and a huge opportunity for BCCIC and GECCO to raise their impact with the community and to let people know how they can get involved and make a difference. The Fair also marked the launch of the Sustainable Development Challenge for 2020!

GECCO Annual Report

GECCO has had a busy year, so we thought we’d write it all down and share with the world!  Check out our GECCO Annual Report 2018-19, and stay tuned for great upcoming partner projects, including the new website for the Sustainable Development Challenge!

Global Citizen Events 2019 – Success!

Global Citizen Events is an annual initiative that promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals and celebrates the impact Okanagan citizens have in global and local humanitarian efforts.

Global Citizen Events are organized by a network of local humanitarian nonprofit allies, GECCO being a leading partner. The overall objective is to create dialogue about specific goals, their relevance to our lives and to create a linkage between the general public and local and regional humanitarian organizations.

Throughout the month of February, we coordinated five successful events exploring cultural diversity (Taste of Home), international education barriers (Global Schoolhouse), immigration (Global Music Fest), youth leadership (Sustainable Development Challenge), and food access for mobility challenged individuals (Magical Night of Laughter).

Thank you to everyone who helped to make these events a success! Check out our “Past Events” page to see photos and highlights from the events and join us next year! 

With special thanks to Dept of Canadian Heritage – for its ‘Building Community Through Arts and Heritage’ grant.