Volunteer Webmaster Position

JOB DESCRIPTION: UN Assoc in Cda: Vcr Br – Webmaster

The United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch is looking for a qualified volunteer who can support our website for a period of 6 months, with the possibility of extension. You will be supporting an organization which is passionate about global issues and public education.

  • Detail-oriented and design-minded
  • Comfortable with WordPress, plug-ins and any necessary coding
  • Capable to work within a chosen WordPress theme
  • Experience with photo editing apps and techniques
  • Willingness to meet with board executive (monthly board meetings) and back-end developer (at times)
  • Timely action to add or update content on an ongoing basis
  • Ability to provide tech maintenance for website functionality (helpful)

Anticipated time demands: Total time demand will vary between approximately 10-20 hours a month

Please e-mail Jocelyn Pittel at jqpfac052@yahoo.com with a copy of your resume and a cover letter in which you explain why you want to take on this opportunity and how you would be a good fit. The position will be advertised until it is filled.  

All UN Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch events and activities are made possible through donations from the public, membership fees and fundraising events. The Vancouver Branch is run strictly by volunteers.

Virtual 2020 Gibbard Award Presentation

The 2020 John Gibbard Award virtual presentation allowed us to get creative in telling the story of this year’s very deserving winner. The Unitarian Church of Vancouver partnered with UNAC-V to deliver a wonderful tribute on Sunday, October 25th (to honour United Nations Day – October 24th) to the achievements of the Douglas College Nursing Students’ Homeless Outreach Project. Their work in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) has been timely given the opioid crisis and the pandemic striking hard at this part of our community.

Douglas College Nursing Students’ Homeless Outreach Project
George Somerwill, Past President providing remarks


Come to DOXA: ‘The Cleaners’

Screen Shot 2018-05-09 at 12.56.22 PMIn 1998, Vancouver gained DOXA, a non-profit society dedicated to presenting innovative documentaries to local audiences. The Vancouver branch of the UN Association in Canada (UNAC_V) is proud to have sponsored films for the Justice Forum category of this festival since 2012.

This year, UNAC-V has chosen, “The Cleaners” to support. A film about social media and its hidden secrets, it is especially relevant to global issues when considering recent news about the impact of disinformation and subsequent national, even international events. The film will be screened Wednesday, May 9th at 6pm. The location is 149 West Hastings Street in the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Please visit representatives of UNAC-V at their table located on the 3rd floor near the entrance of theatre! We would love to see you there. We are always looking for supporters to join which would assist us financially in supporting important local events such as DOXA.

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Invitation to AGM 2018


AGM_poster_3The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada (UNAC-V) welcomes all members of the local branch to attend the Annual General Meeting taking place Monday, April 9th from 7pm until 8pm with refreshments at 7pm. The meeting will convene at the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC) building located at 2610 Victoria Drive in Vancouver near the Broadway Skytrain Station.

We believe that the work of UNAC-V is very important: ensuring Canadians understand and support the goals and ideals of the United Nations. Please continue to support our work in sharing UN goals and achievements with Canadians of all ages.

Day of the Girl Child Events

As a result of a world that is characterized by increasing access to personal technology devices and the overwhelming onslaught of mass media, today’s adolescents face new and unprecedented challenges that prevent them from realizing their ability to effect change. Constant exposure to media through increased access to technology has exponentially augmented the propagation of narrow, unrealistic gender ideals and behaviours. These structure development and limit the full potential of girls and boys, which consequently restricts advancement on human rights, justice and gender equality. So, for the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, which is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique political, social and economic challenges they face around the world; we hosted two events for parents and youth to learn more about harmful gender stereotypes and facilitate collaborative discussion on how to improve the situation.

Held in collaboration with the Burnaby School Board and AJC Media Group at the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School, “Helping Kids Stay True to Themselves in a Hyper World” for parents on October 4th and “Staying True to You in a Hyper World” for student on October 12th were both outstanding successes. 35 parents and 60 students from across the Burnaby School District attended the two events.

girl-panel_11From watching segments of the documentaries “Miss Representation” and “The Mask You Live In”, attendees gained insight on the extensive negative effects of the unachievable hypersexualized and hypermasculine ideals that girls and boys respectively are taught to strive for. This was followed by small group discussions, where attendees discovered that though the challenges and experiences each person had were unique, they shared many of the same observations and concerns. Youth expressed the personal struggles they have encountered in meeting the specific expectations that the media helps spread; while parents conveyed anxiety about the very different surroundings their children are growing up with today. Both groups of attendees were eager to learn more about how they could counter the exacerbating effects the media has in propagating harmful gender norms.

Our illustrated and accomplished panelists provided valuable and applicable advice in response. These panel members, who brought together a diverse range of experiences from education to counselling to youth engagement, were: Susan Murakami, Dr. Randy Paterson, Peggy Chen, Jordan Pickell, Barry MacDonald and Serene Mitchell. Key strategies to empower youth included equipping youth with media literacy skills (the ability to critically analyze media messaging), which can be developed in every day life simply by having open conversations on the media content they absorb. Panelists also pointed out that the larger problem behind the media is the typical societal understanding of gender as a binary rather than a spectrum, where biologically female girls are expected to act as females, and likewise for boys. It is important to understand gender as a continuum so that individuals are not limited to expressing themselves within set boxes, but instead can express a range of various femininities and masculinities. We extend our gratitude to them for sharing their expertise as well as Greg Neuman and Dawn Black, who acted as moderators.