We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

2014 – Keynote Speaker for the “United Nations Model Conference” for  Toronto High Schools held at Bayview Glen

On January 18, Bayview Glen hosted its second BVGMUN, a Model United Nations (MUN) Conference, which was attended by over 70 students from schools across Toronto.

For the previous two months, Bayview Glen’s MUN student organizers had worked tirelessly planning out the conference and putting that plan into action. One crucial decision that involved much agonizing deliberation was selecting delegate committees; we wanted to have diverse, innovative committees that would appeal to delegates, while still keeping the MUN traditions intact. Weeks later we decided on five committees: United Nations Security Council, United Nations Human Rights Council, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, World Health Organization, and the Union of European Football Associations. Each committee was paired with two carefully chosen topics ranging from LBGT rights to the Arctic Territorial Sovereignty Dispute. Finally our conference was ready to go, carefully designed to challenge every student’s public speaking skills and political knowledge while opening their eyes to the challenges that confront our generation.

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The day before the conference was hectic to say the least – a group of 10 students and Mr. Chapman stayed at the school until 10:00 p.m. moving chairs, desks and podiums from one end of the school to the other. Opening ceremonies began with a few words from Mr. Auld followed by an inspiring speech from our keynote speaker, Lavender Morantz. Delegates spent their day debating the world’s most pressing issues and attempting to design resolutions to these key problems. By the end of the day everyone was exhausted but ecstatic, the conference went exactly as planned. Visiting students and teachers alike commented that Bayview Glen’s Model United Nations was among the most stimulating and best organized in memory.

With 27 volunteers and 76 delegates, it was a hectic day but none of it could be accomplished without the amazing Bayview Glen students who have been working on the conference since September. First and foremost thank you to all of the volunteers for dedicating their Saturday to the conference, it truly wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you to the students who competed. I hope it was worth it in the end. Thank you to the student organizers: D. Puri, P. Belesiotis, A. Vyas, J. Herrmann, A. Cooke, G. Ahmad, B. Kachroo, S. Borsatti, S. Abar, B. Monavari and B. Nguyen. All of these students did an amazing job; the success of the conference was due to the commitment, passion and dedication they all put in. Thank you also to C. Medeiros (Class of 2012) for his expert advice and support. Finally, thank you to Mr. Chapman and Mr. Auld for putting up with the endless questions and forms that landed on your desks.

by K. Northrup, Grade 12 (Secretary General, Model United Nations 2014) – See more at: http://www.bayviewglen.ca/news-details.php?news_id=201#sthash.iPDyPIqq.dpuf

Bayview Glen Upper School Hosts Model United Nations 2014


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