Past Events

Thank you to OLI-Works for a great workshop on project management in international development.  This event was a 3-hour workshop held on March 22nd and facilitated by Meg Barker and Anne Gillies of OLI-works. This workshop was on the topic of Project Management, specifically, Results-Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

Read more on OLI-works blog here.

The workshop was through a videoconference link to include one of the facilitators and experts, Anne Gillies. Visit the Facebook event page here.


Magical Night of Laughter

We hope you enjoyed the Magical Night of Laughter – an evening of sparkling charity entertainment at the Kelowna Regional Library featuring award winning performers comedian Dan Taylor and magician Leif David, a silent auction, cash bar and live music!  

This event helped to fund the Hands in Service Living Salads project and is one of the ways they support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with Global Citizen Events.  More than 300 low income, health and mobility challenged adults and children who are not receiving enough nutritious food will receive the indoor/outdoor planters containing all they need to grow their own salads from May to October!

We hope everyone really enjoyed this event!  Watch for an email survey in your inboxes, help us to improve these events and keep them coming in the future.

Global Music Fest

Featuring Cristian De La Luna, originally from Columbia, playing Latin rhythms with his four piece band, upbeat heavy neo-soul group Leila Neverland’s Mountain Sound, and more! Global minded activities and food will complement the amazing music on the theatre stage!

The fest is part of the month long Global Citizen events in Kelowna and Lake Country, whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire to action. Global Music Fest is a fun way for our community to engage with the United Nations Sustainability Goals and foster community locally around global challenges. We will have a dance area in front of the stage, we recommend buying tickets in rows A-D if you plan to dance!

Global Music Fest is produced by Creative Okanagan for Global Citizen Events Society. ​This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the District of Lake Country.

More about Cristian at ​ ​and​ ​Leila Neverland’s Mountain Sound at​.

Facebook Event Page

Sustainable Development Challenge

JCI Kelowna and Global Citizen Events presents The Sustainable Development Challenge Pitch Competition.

The Sustainable Development Challenge brings together youth who are passionate about making the world a better place.

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as their guide, these talented student teams develop project ideas to combat some of the world’s most complex challenges. With sustainability at the core, students will pitch their ideas to expert judges in creative and dynamic ways, all for the chance to win $5000 to fund their project.

Think Dragon’s Den competition for sustainability!

Having already gone through a rigorous vetting process, the top 6 teams will compete live at the Mary Irwin Theatre from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Then, the final winning team will present their project at ChangeUp, the following evening in partnership with Purppl.

Join us! Show your support for these youth teams, be inspired by the next generation of leaders and watch the top team win $5000 to make their ideas and passions a reality!

JCI Kelowna is honoured to provide this year’s $5,000 prize, as we are young active citizens dedicated to creating positive change.

Taste of Home

GECCO thanks everyone who worked hard for Taste of Home 2019!  It was a wonderful night for the approximately 1300 people who attended!

Taste of Home – A Celebration of Culture, People and Food
Taste authentic flavours. See colourful costumes. Experience traditions in song and dance. Meet people from around the world and learn about the culture and crafts of their homeland. Feast on delicacies from food booths while enjoying the showcase of performances. It’s a night not to be missed.  vent Partners: KCR – Immigrant Services, Central Okanagan LIP, Global Citizen Kelowna, GECCO Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan and the Respect Network.

See photos  and videos from this year’s event on our Facebook Event page.

Sustainable Development Challenge Mentor Night

GECCO RC Keneisha Charles introduces the students and mentors

On 28th November in Kelowna, students and mentors gathered to work on project ideas for the Sustainable Development Challenge.  The Sustainable Development Challenge is a months-long project for youth to develop a project around the SDGs, work with community mentors and groups to research and refine their idea, and then present it at an event extravaganza in February for the community.  The winning project earns a $5000 prize to assist their group in getting their project off the ground.  The SD Challenge was organized to do more than just create awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It helps participants see where their own passions and world concerns are connected to the Goals. The Sustainable Development Challenge helps youth and the community around them get involved in actually addressing these urgent needs from a local perspective!  The Challenge is a collaboration among GECCO, JCI Kelowna, and Global Citizen Events.

2018 Okanagan College International Development Day

GECCO joined 15 other groups on October 24 for Okanagan College’s annual International Development Day event.  Put together by the faculty of the College’s International Development Diploma program, it was a great opportunity to showcase the work being done locally and globally to achieve the Global Goals.

Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair

BCCIC’s Central Okanagan Chapter had a great day at the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair held on September 15th. GECCO joined 70 nonprofit organizations recruiting volunteers, and was able to have face-to-face conversations with dozens of people about the activities and opportunities available with GECCO and Global Citizen, including planned events for International Development Week.  Visit  for details on volunteer opportunities.

Building on Progress brings global perspective locally

Building on ProgressOn Sept. 13 and 14 residents of Kelowna and Penticton had a chance to gain insight into global climate initiatives thanks to the Building on Progress: Climate Action event. The event, held at the Kelowna and Penticton campuses of Okanagan College, showcased Okanagan projects with a focus on climate action, especially healthy energy systems and sustainable communities, as an affiliate event to the Global Climate Action Summit that was held during the same time in San Francisco, California. “The event is designed to build momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which calls on the world to communicate, educate, improve policies and strengthen resilience efforts,” says Dr. Rosalind Warner, OC political science faculty member. “We are at a critical juncture in terms of adopting and implementing necessary policies to effect change.” The event engaged students, staff and community experts and also included an expo with exhibits from local businesses and organizations in the sustainability field.  The event was organized in collaboration with GECCO, the Central Okanagan Chapter of BCCIC. Click here to read about the event or watch a video from Castanet.

Finding the Good brought academics and practitioners together to share ethical international development ideas and practices. For two intensive days participants grappled with the abiding questions of how to realize universal values like human dignity, equality of opportunity, mutual respect and sustainability.  We heard from experienced professionals on a range of topics from gender, to peace, to corporate social responsibility. Finding the Good social vid from Rosalind Warner on Vimeo. Find the Conference Proceedings from Finding the Good here. View an image gallery from Finding the Good here. For more information, visit Join the Twitter conversation: #ocfindingthegood 

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. 

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 .

2017 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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