Top 10 Things to Do During Global Citizen Kelowna Week

February 19 – 26, 2011 is Global Citizen Week in Kelowna and Josh Byron has put together a Top 10 list of things you will definitely have to check out! Inclusions include some delicious treats, an opportunity to meet one of Oprah’s O Ambassadors, sharing the experience of what it would be like to be a child hoping for eductation in a developing country, and finding out what you could spend $5000 on (that doesn’t include be-dazzling your cell phone in rhinestones).

#10 – Learn how to eat pyrogies with chopsticks!
Yes, that’s right – during the kick-off event of Global Citizen Week Kelowna you will be able to sample foods from countries around the world at the Taste of Home (February 19, 2011). Sure you can dip your sushi into soya sauce with chop sticks but have you ever dipped a pyrogi into sour cream. Here is your chance! Taste of Home celebrates the diversity of Kelowna’s citizens while eating tasty food prepared by great ethnic restaurants and cultural groups right here in Kelowna.

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#9 – Take your name dropping to a new level by meeting someone who was one of Oprah’s O Ambassadors.
Not only that, you will learn why audiences around the world are silent when this young speaker shares his life-changing story. Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier turned activist, delivers a compelling message about hope, social responsibility and change. Listen for Michel on local radio stations but then invite your friends, in-laws, co-workers, and even your pets to this engaging presentation. Tickets available at the Streaming Café, 10 000 Villages or online at

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#8 – Practice your bartering skills at a Global Market.
You’ve heard about the deals. Now, the global market is coming to you. Join us at the Speaker Series on Tuesday, Feb. 22 to see a wide range of international products displayed and sold at the Global Market. All purchases at the Global Market go to support humanitarian groups and the projects that they are undertaking around the world.

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#7 – Find out who a future Mayor of Kelowna could be.
Kelowna is filled with some of the most amazing young people who are living what it means to be a ‘Global Citizen’. Without using the word amazing one more time, join us on February 22 at the Speaker Series as we announce who this year’s Global Citizen Youth Award Winner is. The finalists have been selected.

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#6 – Get kicked out of school…
…if you are a girl in some developing country schools. This is the lesson Grade 6 students from around School District 23 will learn as they walk from classroom to classroom at Bellevue Creek Elementary. Non-profit Organizations from Kelowna have re-created class rooms from developing countries. As they go through the classrooms they will encounter the barriers to education in primary schools including poverty, gender-inequality and disease. This event is NOT open to the public.

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#5 – Show us your inner humanitarian.
That’s right…there is no shame in doing good. The citizen’s of Kelowna are building schools, feeding the poor and helping to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Challenge. Submit your photos online and we will display them at all GCK events.

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#4 – Witness a young person spend $5000 on something other than a new snowboard, unlimited pizza or a cell phone be-dazzled in rhinestones.
When young people were asked how they would spend $5000 on accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the responses were staggering. The field has been narrowed to 12 teams of Grade 10,11 and 12 students from local high schools. On February 24, 2011 teams will give their final presentations in a bid to award funds to the non-profit of their choice.

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#3 – Find out what you get when you mix some amazing Artists with humanitarianism.

The answer is HOPE. Art is [Hope] is an evening of film and music. Join Norm Strauss, Andrew Smith, Graham Ord and Kim McMechan as they bring hope through music. Local filmmaker, Martin Berthiaume showcases Hope in Liberia, South Africa and Nepal as he visits young people in developing countries who have had the opportunity to receive an education. Art is [Hope] takes place on Friday, Feb. 25 at Emmanuel Assemblies in West Kelowna.

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#2 – Re-live the National Euphoria of the Olympic’s Opening Ceremony
Spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan joins some amazing local musicians, cultural groups and non-profit organizations as they explore what it means to be Canadian and a Global Citizen. If you were among the millions who watched the opening ceremony of last years Olympics then you know Shane knows Canada. Join us at the Laurel Packinghouse – February 26.

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#1 – Get Involved
There are no ends to the opportunities for citizens of Kelowna. Whether you join an existing group or find your own niche, there are countless opportunities to what you can do to help accomplish the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Join us at Global Citizen Kelowna Week to find out more!

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