October 24, 2006: Global Stewardship students win United Nations Award

      October 24, 2006
      Contact: Cam Sylvester
      Tel: 604.986.1911, local local 2463

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – The United Nations Association recently honoured 13 students from Capilano College’s Global Stewardship program with the John Gibbard Award. The award is given to a young person or group of young people who exhibit the values of the UN, working for humanity and a better world.

      The students were selected by the UNA for raising more than $30,000 to build a new preschool earlier this year at the Casa Guatemala orphanage located in the Rio Dulce region of Guatemala.

      “I'm glad the students were recognized for their work,” said Cam Sylvester, program director of the Global Stewardship program. “The project was all their idea from start to finish. They asked the orphanage what was needed, raised the money, and paid their own way down. They built the preschool along side local workers. In the process they learned a lot about themselves and the challenges of putting together an international project like this.”

      The UNA award was named after John Gibbard, an advocate for internationalization through the UN and member of the congregation of the Unitarian Church at 49th and Oak in Vancouver, where the award was presented on October 22. When accepting their award, the group thanked West Vancouver philanthropist, Lennox McNeely, who matched the money they raised and doubled the impact they were able to make on the orphanage.