Jim Siemens, a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association in Vancouver died on the 15th of Feb after a brief illness. Those of us who have known him and worked with him are saddened by his departure.
In addition to being a volunteer with UNAC, Jim was for many years involved with the Neighbourhood House movement, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers, United Way and International Council On Social Welfare. He was a businessman for years and then later in life, he found his real calling advocating for refugees from around the world while employed at the Immigration Settlement Services of BC.
Jim was a compassionate human being, offering caring support to orphaned youth through the Provincial Foster Care programme. His business network came in handy whenever he wanted to support refugees to find employment and ongoing guidance to help them settle in our communities.
Jim’s interest in the UN took him to several UN sponsored conferences over the years. He remained keen on current affairs and global issues until the end. UNA Vancouver is grateful for his contribution and his association with us. We will continue to remember him and cherish his memory. His quiet endurance and passion for world peace will guide our work. We wish him eternal peace.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2 pm at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House located at 800 E. Broadway in Vancouver.On behalf of the Board of Directors, Patsy George