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Raising $10K in 3 hours?

GLOBAL CITIZEN KELOWNA Week continues with the 2013 Speakers Series.

Global Citizen Kelowna week continues with the Speakers Series. Hosted by local leadership group JCI Okanagan and presented with support from SunFM and UBC-Okanagan, ‘Transforming Lives Through Education’ this Wednesday February 20, 2013, will be an event which showcases two speakers who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Taylor Conroy is the Keynote Speaker and founder of Change Heroes. Hear the remarkable story of how Conroy was inspired to create a way for any ordinary person to raise $10,000 in 3 hours. The idea has led to partnerships with Free the Children and Room to Read to build schools and libraries in developing nations and has changed thousands of lives. A Kelowna high school grad, Conroy has had a remarkable career and has a host of Tedx talks and international speaking experiences under his belt.

Opening presenter and founder of Month of Love, Rhonda Draper, is a music teacher from Kelowna who has inspired her students to give up one thing in their lives for one month to improve the lives of hundreds of others. Their first campaign raised $13,000 and led to the creation of the Glenmore Elementary Book Mobile which delivers books to impoverished schools in and around Kampala, Uganda.

The event will also feature the Global Marketplace, open before and after the presentations, where local NGOs will be on hand to showcase how local groups are supporting the UN Millennium Development goals in their own unique ways.

Global Citizen Kelowna Week is an opportunity for all citizens to celebrate the local actions that make an impact towards a better world. To highlight the actions that many take to inspire change around the world, Tickets for this event at $15 (or 10 for $100) and are available for purchase at 10,000 Villages or online at


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Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

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