Nominations open for Gibbard Award for Youth

Do you know of a youth or youth group who are working to make a positive change to 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 in 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)  by September 20th, 2015.  You may choose to use this document for the nomination form, although it is not obligatory: John Gibbard Nomination Form 2015  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.
  • 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

New Deadline for Gibbard Award – Sept 22

unacto1You now have more time to show us how wonderful you or your group are, until September 22!  Remember the Gibbard award is for individuals or groups, under age 25, who are making a positive difference to their community.   You can use the nomination form we have created John Gibbard Nomination Form UNAC 2 or find a more creative way to let us know what you are up to!  All nominations must be made in writing and submitted to unacvancouver(at) See Gibbard Award tab below for more information.  We look forward to hearing what you are doing to make the world a better place!

John Gibbard Award for Lower Mainland Youth Leaders

unacto1Last 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