Okanagan Korean Culture & Knowledge [OKCK] is a registered nonprofit society founded in 2012, based on a grassroots effort to bring cultural diversity and creativity in the Okanagan,
by cultivating cultural heritage development, collaboration and life-long learning of Korean immigrants and descendants.
(a) To preserve, discover and promote Korean culture, arts and heritage in the Okanagan
(b) To facilitate community engagement of Korean immigrants
(c) To share and develop collective community information and knowledge for successful integration of Korean newcomers to the local community and life-long learning goal achievement of Korean immigrants
(d) To provide arts, cultural, language and other educational programs for youth, Korean immigrants and other residents in the Okanagan.
Our mandates are:
Recent Program and Activity Updates
Since 2012 we have participated in various community events where we developed and shared Korean cultural heritage by doing cultural displays and activities for children and families. The multicultural community events include Canada Day Folkfest, Okanagan Asian Heritage Month events, Moon Festival, Global Children’s Village and Taste of Home by Global Citizen Kelowna, West Kelowna Music Festival, etc. We have also formed and trained local performance teams such as the Kelowna Korean Traditional Fan Dance Team and Kelowna Nanta (a modern style Korean percussion performance) Drumming Team. On December 7, 2014, we opened Korean Language School where we provide Korean language classes to children and youth and story times to young children.
Our organization is currently governed by seven Board of Directors and operated by a number of dedicated volunteers under 4 main functions and more than 30 different activities. Through our fund-raising activities and sponsorship program, we were able to create some seed money to develop the various cultural programs mentioned above.