Last month, the United Nations recognized International Youth Day. Here at UNAC-Vancouver, we fully believe in the power of youth to make a difference. We have seen it recently in the work of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl whose personal trauma and continued brave fight for girls’ education has rallied people throughout the world. In July, Malala spoke at the United Nations and called on world leaders to promote education for all. Her campaign has been so effective that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called July 12, “Malala Day”.
However, we do not need to look only to other countries to see examples of youth making a difference. Lower mainland youth are out there volunteering, raising awareness in their schools, raising money for those in need, and inspiring others to do the same. UNAC-Vancouver gives out an annual award called the John Gibbard Award to youth leaders empowered to make a difference on a global and/or community level. Past award winners include the Amnesty Urgent Action Network from West Vancouver, the Student Leadership Group from Edmonds School in Burnaby, and the Capilano College Global Stewardship Program from Capilano College. Behind each of these groups are keen young people making a difference and inspiring others to do so.
Just as the United Nations in New York recognized the potential of youth this year, we would like to do the same. Should you know of a group or individual who is under the age of 25, from the Lower Mainland, and striving to uphold the ideals of the United Nations by making a difference globally and in their community, please nominate them for the John Gibbard Award.
Note: Deadline is September 15th. See page link above or click this link for more information: John Gibbard Award