Past Events​


Women Helping Women: Building Community through Maternal Health in Rural Honduras

Description: Learn about how groups on the ground in Honduras are helping to empower people to manage their own affairs. The focus is on including women in decision making around families, health, finances, and planning. This meet and greet will be of interest to students, practitioners, funders, and educators, and any members of the general public who want to learn more about Canada’s international efforts to support women’s health.
Speaker Bio: Since 2009, Edwin Escoto, the Director of Vecinos Honduras, has helped build Vecinos Honduras into a leading NGO. He has also been appointed the new Regional Coordinator for Latin  America and the Caribbean for Groundswell International, a non-profit organization with a mission of strengthening rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from
the ground up. 

In 2020 Featuring DANNY MICHEL

Danny Michel is an award-winning Canadian multi-instrumentalist of significant talent. After all, it takes some musician to earn praise from David Bowie. Event was held February 20th at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Demystifying Partnerships with Global Affairs Canada

BCCIC, in partnership with GECCO, the Okanagan Chapter, was pleased to offer a unique opportunity for 14 participants to attend an in-person information session with Vaughn Lantz of Global Affairs Canada’s Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch. Held on January 24th, the Workshop explored the nuts and bolts of partnering with GAC and applying for GAC funding.  The event provided information and insight into questions that are frequently asked by Global Affairs Canada’s partners.

Volunteer Fair 2019

GECCO was very pleased to participate in KCR Community Resources 2019 Volunteer Fair at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, on September 21st.

Over 70 local non-profit organizations participate each year to share their impact with the community and to let people know how they can get involved and make a difference. Students, seniors, and caring citizens from all walks of life come together to discuss causes, services, and opportunities. This year we are highlighting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with the theme What’s Your Number?  and highlighting the Sustainable Development Challenge for 2020!

Also, be sure to check out past founding Steering Committee Tamara McClellan’s project in partnership with BCCIC Yoga for the Global Goals.

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!

Sustainable Development Challenge

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 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!  JCI Kelowna was honoured to provide 2019’s $5,000 prize, as we are young active citizens dedicated to creating positive change.

In 2019 the Sustainable Development Challenge won JCI’s national award. Junior Chamber International or JCI as you know them, 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. More about the SDC: Video and story on Castanet.

In 2018 the Sustainable Development Challenge team Operation Take Two appeared on Dragons’ Den on national television!

Sustainable Development Challenge Mentor Night

On 28th November in Kelowna, students and mentors gathered to work on project ideas for the Sustainable Development Challenge.  In 2019, the Challenge was a collaboration among GECCO, JCI Kelowna, and Global Citizen Events.

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!

See photos  and videos from 2019’s event on our Facebook Event page.

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.

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!

Building on Progress brings global perspective locally

In 2018 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. Watch a video from Castanet.

Finding the Good Conference

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 VimeoFind the Conference Proceedings from Finding the Good here. View an image gallery from Finding the Good here.  Join the Twitter conversation: #ocfindingthegood 


Kelowna BC2030


Some 50 people turned out May 14th 2019 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:

Time is Now! for Sustainable Development

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.