John Gibbard Memorial Award

The Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC-V-V)

John Gibbard Memorial Award

Do you know of a youth or youth group 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-V-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 UN 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, he became an active member of the UN Association in Canada. He was dedicated to involving youth in the creation of a better world for all. The Award is given to youth up to 25 years of age in recognition of their dedication and commitment to working for humanity and a better world locally or internationally.

General Criteria:

Nominees or candidates: must be residents of the Metro Vancouver area may be individuals or groups cannot self-nominate must be nominated by a non-relative must be under 25 years old should exemplify the values of good citizenship and personal qualities of a humanitarian Candidates should have taken actions of both or either local and international nature Nominations must be made in writing and emailed to UNAC-V at unacvancouver@gmail.com. Provide an explanation of why the person or group deserves the award. The award winner is expected to be present at a ceremony to be held at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver – 949 49th Avenue, Vancouver – on Sunday which is the closest to October 24th, United Nations Day.

2017: Akanksha Thakur

Previous winner

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

2016: Gurikan Mann

Previous winner

Gurkiran 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.

2015: Anjali Katta

Previous winner

Anjali Katta She is a gender equality activist and 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.

2014: Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Previous winner

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