Global Citizen events - success 2019!


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.


Thanks to all supporters and participants for a wonderful 2019 Challenge!

Please visit the Sustainable Development Challenge website for information about the 2020 Challenge.

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!

For All Participants:

  • Manual now available - download now!

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals, are universal, and are set to complete by 2030.  Therein lies the challenge!

  • Last year, 34 teams signed up for the Sustainable Development Challenge. They worked with mentors, volunteered with charities, and prepared project proposals.

For Students:

For Locally-Based Charities:

  • Click here to read through the Information for NGOs.

  • Click here for the more detailed Instructions for NGOs.

For Educators:

For Community Members interested in being Mentors to keen youth:

Open to students in Grades 8 to 12.

One team will win $5000, which will go to the charity of their choice.

Here is what participants had to say about last year's experience.

More to come, keep checking back or visit us on Facebook @GlobalCitizenKelowna! Join The Feed on Facebook!

global schoolhouse

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.

See photos from previous Global Schoolhouse events.

Teachers & students— don’t stop now! Check out this brochure of local student initiatives to get involved and find inspiration!

Location: Main Street Centre (2041 Harvey Ave.)

Date: Tuesday, Feb 5 - Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

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 this year’s event is hosted by staff and volunteers from Kelowna Community Resources, in partnership with Respect Network of the Thompson Okanagan. Follow KCR on Facebook!

See photos from previous Taste of Home events.

Facebook Event Page


Location: Main Street Centre (2041 Harvey Ave.)

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

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 is partnering with Hands in Service, with partial funding through Heritage Canada as we together support and represent a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

March 1st 6:30 PM is 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!  $30 tickets include appies and are available online or call 250 861-5465.

This event will 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!

Location: Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna Branch at 1380 Ellis St

Date: March 1st, 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Tickets: $30


See photos from previous An Artist's Eye on the World events.


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 the 2019 event will be posted soon!  Suggestions?

Visit our Facebook @GlobalCitizenKelowna for updates.

See pictures from previous Global Speaker Series events.

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.

Would you like to showcase an activity from your cultural background? Let us know!

Location: Lake Country Community Gym (9950 Main St.)

Date: TBA

Time: 11am - 3pm

Global Music Fest

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 will complement the amazing music on the theatre stage!

The #GMFKelowna2019 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

Facebook Event Page


Location: Creekside Theatre in Lake Country

Date: February 23rd, 2019

Time: Foyer activities at 6:30, show at 7:15 - 10 pm

Tickets: $26 ($3 ticket charge, $1.5 CIF, GST ) Link.

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Global Marketplace

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.

Location: TBA

Date: mid-February