Gibbard Award

Do you know of a youth or youth group who are working to make a positive change in our world?  Nominate them today for the John Gibbard Award.

This is an annual award given by UNAC-Vancouver on the occasion of United Nations Day to celebrate the United Nations and its 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 to working for humanity and a better world.


  • Nominees must be individuals or groups of individuals under 25 years of age.
  • Candidates cannot self-nominate
  • Nominations must be made in writing and sent to UNAC Vancouver at unacvancouver(at) You may also choose to find a creative way to tell us why the person or group deserve the award; however, it must be submitted by email. Calls for 2018 nominations will be made in the upcoming months.
  • Nominees must be residents of the Metro Vancouver area.
  • 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


2017: Akanksha Thakur

L to R: George Somerwill (Co-President), Akanksha Thakur (John Gibbard Award Recipient), Rev. Epperson, Greg Neumann (Co-President)

2016: Gurkiran Mann, 4th year behavioural neuroscience and physiology major at UBC. She  is the founder of Youth Transforming Society (YTS), a registered non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness of global issues and encourage volunteerism among young people. To see Kiran’s full acceptance speech click here:

2015: Anjali Katta, 18 years old, is a gender equality activist. She is the CEO of Girls Co, founded Bombay Pads to help deliver sanitary pads and sexual education to schools and orphanages in India. Anjali was also a Top 20 under 20 award winner.

IMG_12182014: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 13 year old Ta’Kaiya has fought tirelessly for indigenous rights and environmental.  You can see her speech here:  You may also visit her website here:

2013: Saskia Vaisey, UBC student and environmental leader  Read her acceptance speech here: Saskia’s UNAC Speech

2012: AmneIMGP8497sty Urgent Action Network, Rockridge Secondary, West Vancouver School District

2011: Student Leadership group from  Edmonds Community School, Burnaby School District – see photo below, and local news here.


2010: UN Connections Club from Burnaby School District

2009    Youth Action Committee – Cariboo Hill Secondary School, Burnaby

2008    YMCA Youth Peace Network

2007    Whiterock Elementary Fine Arts Department. Whiterock

2006    Capilano College Global Stewardship Program, North Vancouver

2005    Society for Children and Youth of B.C.

2004    Global Connections Club – Magee Secondary School, Vancouver

2003    Global Perspectives 12 – Richmond Secondary School, Richmond

2002    H. Dawn Davis

2001    Olivia Sophie Bornik

1997    Multicultural Club – John Oliver Secondary School, Vancouver

1996    Ecole Cleveland Elementary School. Vancouver

1995    United People Unitarian Church of Vancouver

1994    Jeremy Dyck – Environment Youth Alliance

1993    Severn Cullis-Suzuki C.E.O.

1992    Karen Snowshoe – Tetlit-Gwich’in Nation

1991    Jeff Gibbs – Environmental Youth Alliance


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