Inaugural ChangeUp is all about social change


KELOWNA — A documentary about a girl living with Tourette’s syndrome; a card game with a positive message; these were just two of ideas at the first ever ChangeUp event in Kelowna Thursday night.

Hundreds at the Rotary Centre for the Arts watched as 12 contestants pitched their ideas all for $20,000 in prizes.

It’s the first contest in the Okanagan to give socially-minded leaders the chance to pitch their ideas and vision to create a stronger healthier and more vibrant region.

“The purpose is to invoke positive change,” said Trina Speiser, of Okanagan Changemakers. “Okanagan Changemakers started a year ago and its 100% volunteer organization and were trying to be the conduit to people that want to make change in community.”

Audience members voted for the best ideas in four categories: For-Profit, non-Profit, Established Registered Charity or Youth-Led Initiative.


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