Nominations Open for the 2013 John Gibbard Youth Award

   unacto1On the occasion of United Nations Day, October 24th, the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch presents every year the John Gibbard Youth Award to celebrate the United Nations and their work towards peace, justice and security.

The John Gibbard Memorial Award is presented annually by the Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada in recognition and memory of John Gibbard who was a supporter of the League of Nations from its creation in 1919, in the wake of the First World War.  When the League ceased to exist, John Gibbard continued to support the ideals upon which the League had been founded.  When the United Nations was formed after the Second World War, John Gibbard became an active member of the United Nations Association in Canada.  He was dedicated to involving youth in the creation of a better world for all.  The Award is given to a young student or group of students in recognition of their dedication and commitment in working for humanity and a better world.


–       Nominees must be individuals or groups of individuals under 25 years of age.

–       Nominations must be made in writing and sent to UNAC Vancouver at or c/o 2305-867 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V6B 6B7 by September 15th.  You may choose to use this document for the nomination form, although it is not obligatory: John Gibbard Nomination Form UNAC

–       Nominees must be residents of the Metro Vancouver area.

–       Invitations to nominate will be posted on the UNAC website and will be sent to all School Board Administrations of the Metro Vancouver municipalities for posting and to the local media in the form of a press release by June 30th.

–       A committee of 3 or 5 UNAC Board Members will be struck and will include the Chair of the committee who is entitled to vote.

–       Selection of the winner(s) will be made by September 30th.

–       All nominees and nominators will be notified at the beginning of October.

–       Press releases will be sent to the local media.

–       The Award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Oak and Granville Streets, on the Sunday which is the closest to October 24th, United Nations Day.


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