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. 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 the photos and highlights from our 2019 events and see what we have in store for 2020!
With special thanks to Dept of Canadian Heritage – for its ‘Building Community Through Arts and Heritage’ grant, and to Global Affairs Canada for their support of GECCO and BCCIC.
Please visit the Sustainable Development Challenge website for information about the 2020 Challenge.
Thanks to all supporters and participants for a wonderful 2019 Challenge!
The Sustainable Development Challenge is a team based, creative project that addresses at least one of the UN’s 17 Global Goals. It is open to all students in the Central Okanagan in grades 8-12. By partnering student teams with a locally based NGO they will create an innovative solution that addresses a problem. Top teams will compete for a $5000 prize to make their project a reality.
“More than a business venture or Dragon’s Den hopeful, more than volunteer hours, more than a social entrepreneur project, more than an essay, dramatic opportunity or social media blitz, the SDC changes lives – especially your own!”
Date: February 26
UPDATE: Be inspired and keep up to date by learning about our past winners and finalists here! Past projects include Nairobi Water Harvest, a group that brought clean water to children in Kenya, and Operation Take Two, a waste reduction initiative that later filmed on the CBC hit reality TV show Dragon’s Den!
The Global Schoolhouse is an immersive educational experience for grade six students that explores international barriers to education. Volunteers lead groups of students through detailed sets and simulated scenarios that illustrate the barriers of lack of healthcare, conflict, child labour, resource scarcity, and gender inequity. Sixteen showings are held over the course of eight days, concluding with a group debrief and call to action after each showing.
Held for 8 days to accommodate every Grade 6 student in public, private, and home schools! Students will experience barriers to getting an education in a simulated drama. It's a unique experience, creating quite the buzz in the community and questions in our minds. Kids do care about why other kids can't go to school!
Students must be pre-registered to attend this unforgettable experience.
Teachers & students— don’t stop now! Check out this brochure of local student initiatives to get involved and find inspiration!
Location, Date, Time: February 4-13, 2020
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am & 11:40am - 1:40pm
Taste of home
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. We are grateful that the 2019 event was hosted by staff and volunteers from Kelowna Community Resources, in partnership with Respect Network of the Thompson Okanagan. Follow KCR on Facebook!
Location: Main Street Centre (2041 Harvey Ave.)
Date: February 1 2020
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Admission: $1 per person; max $3 per family. Food tickets are available, with a varying number of tickets needed per item.
An artist's eye on the world
Artists are known for helping us see things differently. Using artistic mediums—including visual and spoken art, music, photography, dance, and even laughter—this event gives fresh eyes to various issues of sustainable development.
Global Citizen Events partnered with Hands in Service, with partial funding through Heritage Canada for 2019.
This year, a theatrical presentation ‘The Walk’, will deepen understanding about the human rights issues of human trafficking and exploitation. Organized in conjunction with local charities actively working to advance the cause, the project is distinct in its merging of arts and activism. The Walk will utilize the immense power of storytelling in an innovative and exciting way to shed light on an important issue affecting many communities in Canada and across the world.
Location, Date, Time and Ticketing: February 19th-23rd, February 26th-29th, 2020
Global speaker series
An inspirational speaker to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire Change.
Past speakers have included Craig & Mark Kielburger, Romeo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis, BCCIC and more. In 2018 we hosted a Mayor's Forum on Sustainability. Details of upcoming 2020 event forthcoming soon! Suggestions?
Visit our Facebook @GlobalCitizenKelowna for updates.
global children's villages
Global Children's Villages introduces younger families to arts and diversity. Ethnic artists helped by local Girl Guides will host cultural crafts, games, and unique activities; Aboriginal storytelling; and tons of music and dance. Global Children's Villages are part of the larger Lake Country Indoor Children's Festival.
Global Music Fest
in 2019 Featuring Cristian De La Luna, originally from Colombia, playing Latin rhythms with, with his four piece band, upbeat heavy neo-soul singer/songwriter Leila Neverland Trio, and more! Global minded activities and food complemented the amazing music on the theatre stage!
The Global Music 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 was produced in 2019 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.
Location, Date, Time, and Tickets: TBA
Features local not-for- profits and social enterprises which have a focus on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The ‘trade-show’ type set-up will be held in conjunction with the Global Speaker Series and/or with the youth Sustainable Development Challenge.