This year we have three coffee meetings with UNAC-V board members to be given away!
Free tickets will be provided at registration
Coffee with George Somerwill, Former President, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
George is as Canadian former United Nations staff member who worked for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in a number of peacekeeping and other UN operational areas from 1996-2011. His work took him to Angola, Iraq (the Oil-for-Food Program), Pakistan (with UNICEF), Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Liberia.
George has a MA in Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in York U, UK.
George started his career in the BBC Africa service and the CBC (As it Happens). As a Journalist and producer, he travelled frequently to some of the world’s worst trouble spots, including Ethiopia and Somalia. He also worked for CIDA and CARE Canada in Ottawa and Africa (Kenia and Zimbabwe) in communications and fundraising programming. Currently is Board member UNAC-V (Past President) and Board deputy chair MOSAIC (Vancouver).
Coffee with Rosio Godomar – UN Association in Canada– Vancouver Branch
Rosio worked with the United Nations World Food Program for more than 20 years in humanitarian and emergency programs in Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia and Liberia) and the Middle East (Iraq) as well as South Asia (Pakistan and Afghanistan). In 2013 she started the “Educate Girls Network”(EGN) initiative to sponsor girl students from underprivileged rural families in Liberia, West Africa to complete their higher education and become educators. Currently volunteer mentor with MOSAIC (Vancouver) Workplace Connections Program, and Volunteer Board member UNAC – Vancouver.
Coffee with Patsy George – UN Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch
Patsy George is a retired public servant, a Canadian born in Kerala, India. Past President of UNAC Vancouver, she represented Canada as a delegate at several UN Forums. Holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and two Honorary Doctorates. Served as the Director of Multiculturalism and Immigrant Settlement services for the Province, and as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Founding Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Recipient of the Order of B.C. Order of Canada and the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award.