January 29, 2019, Kelowna, British Columbia
Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $25,700 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 to bring together the Central Okanagan community, encourage social responsibility, and inspire change by thinking globally and acting locally. 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. For a list of events visit Global Citizen Events at http://www.globalcitizenevents.com.
‘Through the financial assistance of this Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage grant, Global Citizen Events have been able to add to community cohesiveness and connection-both locally and globally. The government grant enables us to utilize non-profit volunteers and local actors to create events which entertain, educate and inspire to action. We also acknowledge the support of many local organizations especially the Global Empowerment Committee of the Central Okanagan (GECCO) and the over 300 volunteers.’
Joyce Brinkerhoff, coordinator 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