Annual Events

UNA-Vancouver produces a series of annual signature events to support our mandate of engaging and educating citizens in Metro Vancouver.  The following provides a brief overview of our annual events.

  • Rosemary Brown Award & Conference 

The Rosemary Brown Award celebrates the life and work of the late Honourable Rosemary Brown, a champion of equality for women.  This annual award is presented to a BC-based woman or women’s group who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the areas championed by Rosemary Brown.  Rosemary Brown Award partners include the SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, UNAC Vancouver, BC Federation of Labour, University Women’s Club of Vancouver, National Congress of Black Women, Society for Children and Youth of BC, and BC Association of Social Workers.

  • Dr. Richard Splane Lecture

The Dr. Richard Splane Lecture on Social Policy is an annual public lecture featuring a variety of well-respected researchers from across Canada and beyond.  Each year a relevant and timely social policy topic such as housing, child welfare and social welfare systems is discussed. The event takes place at UBC and is a celebration of the noted accomplishments of Dr. Richard Splane, former Director of the School of Social Work at UBC and UNA-Canada patron.

  • John Gibbard Memorial Award

The John Gibbard Memorial Award is presented in recognition and memory of John Gibbard, 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 went on to become an active member of the United Nations Association of Canada.  He was dedicated to involving youth in the creation of a better world for all. The Award is given annually to a young citizen or group of citizens in recognition of their dedication, and commitment in working for humanity and a better world.

  • Renate Shearer Memorial Award

To celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we present an award to an individual who is making a difference in both local and global human rights issues every year for International Human Rights Day (December 10).  The event provides an opportunity for those working in the human rights arena to come together and celebrate accomplishments.  This award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all. We are pleased to be able to partner with the Community Legal Assistance Society for this award.