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 this event. Photos and more to follow soon!


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!

Okanagan College’s Fascinating Intellectual Topics series gets underway with a big focus on the #GlobalGoals.

Topics covered in the FIT series range from timely local concerns such as homelessness and urbanization in the Kelowna area to broader discussions on the impacts of climate change and diversity and inclusion. will bring a global focus. The 11 courses in the series were developed by professors and community experts, who partnered with the College with the goal of creating healthy dialogue and making a difference in the community.

“We want to bring important conversations to our community in a way that offers new perspectives to interested learners,” explains Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, Director of Continuing Studies at Okanagan College. “While society seems to be experiencing a hardening of perspectives, we want to create space for individuals to learn more about timely topics and share their views.”

To see the full lineup of course offerings, dates and times, and to register, visit okanagan.bc.ca/fit. Find out more on KelownaNow here.