Annual Events

In addition to our special events and annual fundraiser, 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 (September)

The Rosemary Brown Award is a memorial to the life and work of the late Honourable Rosemary Brown, a champion of equality for women everywhere.  Each year the award is presented to a woman or women’s group who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the seven theme areas championed by Rosemary Brown.  This event is sponsored by the Rosemary Brown Award partners: UNA-Vancouver, BCFED, University Women’s Club, National Congress of Black Women, Society for Children and Youth of BC, BC Association of Social Workers.

  • Dr. Richard Splane Lecture (November)

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

  • John Gibbard Memorial Award (October)

The John Gibbard Memorial Award is presented 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 has been founded.  When the United Nations was formed after the Second World War, John Gibbard became 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 (December)

In partnership with the Community Legal Assistance Society we celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every year on December 10th (International Human Rights Day).  Each year we present an award to an individual who is making a difference in both local and global human rights issues.  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.