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an ISCO initiative

Taste of Home

Founded by local community leaders in 2003, Global Citizen Kelowna is an annual initiative celebrating the impact Kelowna’s citizens have through being involved with global humanitarian efforts.

Global Citizen Kelowna hosts events which Entertain, Educate, and Inspire Change.


February 2016

Be Entertained, Educated & Inspired

We are going to need your help! Come and volunteer with us in the 2016 Global Citizen Kelowna events.

A Heart-felt Thank You!

Global Citizen Kelowna would like to acknowledge the community-mindedness of mainstreet Centre in renting its facility at a huge discount for Global Citizen events. This allows us to offer them free to the community (although donations are always welcome!).

How Are We Doing?

The Global Citizen Kelowna team would like to know what you thought of our 2015 events.

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Taste of Home

A Taste of Home is a celebration of ethnic food and entertainment!

Tastes, smells, dance, music – those are things which remind you of home – wherever that home may have been or how different it is from where you are now! Come have a Taste of Home. Small serving sizes at very small prices help you to eat your way around the whole world!! Over 20 different foods – from appy’s to yummy desserts and everything in between. Tickets are $1 and most plates are 3 tickets or less.

Non-stop stage show keeps the festive atmosphere. Something for everyone to enjoy!! Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Special this year – in the foyer – A Living Library! You never know who you may meet!

FREE admission – although donations appreciated!

Ethnic Food and on-stage Cultural performances.

Food Vendors: In 2015 we had 24 different foods representing 19 countries! We plan to have new cultural foods, as well as past ones.

Email: for more info.

Performers: Priority is given to cultural groups.

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Global Music Fest

Global Music Fest features bands with a social conscience.

Keep checking back for upcoming details! Or see Facebook and Twitter posts.

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Global Speakers Series

Global Speakers Series – partnering with other organizations to bring in world-changing speakers.

For 2016, we are planning a Round-Table discussion for local non-profits and NGOs. Thursday, February 18th details on EventBrite

Check back in January 2017 to see what we have planned for you!

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Global Schoolhouse

Global School House local Grade Six students and teachers discover why kids can’t go to school in many areas of the world.

Registration is free but students must be pre-registered to attend this unforgettable experience. Rated “Best field-trip” in survey of participants.

The challenges facing universal primary education are simulated during school days in mid-February. Actors, builders and general helpers for set up and take down of the Global Schoolhouse. Volunteers are also needed to be tour guides for the 1800+ Grade 6 students from SD 23, private & home-schooled students participating in the Global Schoolhouse.

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Artists Eye on the World

We are looking to do some really exciting art and photography exhibits. Watch for details on how you can be involved.

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Millenium Development Challenge

Millennium Development Challenge – How would YOU spend $5,000 to make a difference in the world? Youth contest.

Looking for sponsors and/or an organization to take on this high school youth event. Will NOT be done in 2016.

Check back in January 2017 to see what we have planned for you!

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Global Childrens’ Villages

Global Childrens’ Villages – elementary & pre-school children want to learn about Cultures of other people – but mostly they just want to have fun! SO … how about cultural games, crafts and fun activities? YEAH! For 2016 we are joining in with the Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival.

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The intention behind these events, involving 500+ volunteers, and 5,000+ audience is to bring together the Kelowna community; encourage social responsibility; and inspire change – by thinking globally and acting locally.

Global Citizen Kelowna events build on the successful events of previous years and continues to expand to include even more entertaining, educational, and inspirational opportunities! We welcome a number of new partners and are especially thankful for the participation of the hundreds of volunteers needed to host Global Citizen Kelowna!

—Joyce Brinkerhoff, Executive Director of Global Citizen Kelowna.