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Global Citizen Events Receives Federal Arts and Heritage Funding

Posted on January 23, 2018

January 23, 2018          Kelowna, British Columbia               Canadian Heritage

Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $22,800 in funding for Global Citizen Events through the federal government’s Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program was created to help communities across Canada celebrate its past and its present. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers.

Founded as ‘Global Citizen Kelowna’ by local community leaders in 2003, Global Citizen Events is an annual initiative celebrating the role  Central Okanagan citizens play in contributing to global  and local humanitarian efforts. Through a series of activities organized by local non-profit and humanitarian groups, Global Citizen Events highlight the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through events which Entertain, Educate, and Inspire Change.


“The grant from Canadian Heritage enables Global Citizen Events to provide honorariums for local artists and artisans as they entertain, educate and inspire our community. Together we address global challenges inherent in the SDGs,  promote what is being done and encourage  greater community involvement.      

 -Joyce Brinkerhoff, Executive Director, Global Citizen Events

“Whether it’s Taste of Home, the Sustainable Development Challenge, or the Global Children’s Villages at the Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival, our federal government welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations like Global Citizen Kelowna to commemorate our local history and heritage.  I wish to thank and acknowledge the efforts of Global Citizen’s volunteer Executive Director, Joyce Brinkerhoff , and  the 300+ volunteers and community partners who work year round to bring together the Central Okanagan community, encourage social responsibility, and inspire change by thinking globally and acting locally.”

– Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country

Contact: Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP 250 470-5075


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