Join us for a Celebration of UN Sunday and the opportunity to meet and hear from this year’s John Gibbard Award winner. “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” We still affirm this principle and extend our support for the vision and effective work of the UN.
Shawna Narayan http://shawnanarayan.ca/ is this year’s Gibbard Award winner and will speak this Sunday during the Sunday service.
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.
2019 John Gibbard Award Winner Shawna Narayan is a 23-year-old Founder and Executive Director of
“Empower The Future
,” a non-profit that aims to support inner-city high school students with the transition
from high school to post-secondary life through mentorship. She also works to motivate more females to
enter in STEM fields via her “Women in STEM Project.” Due to her work in these and other projects, as
well as academic excellence, she is the youngest recipient of the Medal of Good Citizenship from the
Government of British Columbia.