VMUN Promises to Challenge Delegates

As Samantha Millar, a previous humanitarian officer at UNICEF, once said as the keynote at a local Model UN conference, “Model UN is worthwhile and life-changing. Dania Shaeeb, a grade 12 student at Burnaby Central Secondary School would agree. “Before I joined Model UN,…I was this insecure and unhappy person…Now 2 years later I found…

Science Experts Visit Burnaby Central

The Science Trailblazers Speaker Series at Burnaby Central Secondary School has been organized to inspire students to learn about areas of science they may never have thought about before. Students can register to participate in the series, each concerned with a different aspect of science. From microscopic DNA to rocketing outwards to the moon’s surface…

Welcoming the UN to Burnaby North

You may agree with newly-appointed Secretary-General that the world is, “facing very challenging times”. His stated belief is that, “only global solutions can address global problems and the UN is the cornerstone of that multilateral approach.” Recently, former UN Refugee Agency Chief Antonio Guterres was sworn in as the 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations….

Check Out the Beyond Business Case Competition

contributed by Beyond Business Marketing Executive Janny Kim Beyond is a non-profit business organization that strives to provide a competitive environment for high school students to learn and develop practical business skills outside of the classroom through challenges and interaction with college business students and industry experts. The Chief Executive Director, Christine Lin, worked alongside…

Rights Talk 2016

“Be different. Make a difference.” These were just five of the many powerful and wise words that Grand Chief Stewart Phillip emphasized at the annual BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) conference for youth. Grand Chief Phillip has served the Penticton Indian Band as Chief for almost 16 years. He addressed the crowded room on why…

Day of the Girl and Boy, in Burnaby

The Day of the Girl proved to be a day of inspiration for parents and teenagers, men and women, and boys and girls. Two after-school events in the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School provided a forum for discussion among those concerned at the extreme gender stereotypes influencing young people today and professionals…

Looking Back at 2015-16

The 2016-17 school year was a resounding success, in global terms! Global Learning Programs (GLP) finished off the year on a forward note, with the support of the first district-wide and student-led Coding Conference in Burnaby. On the heels of the BC Premier’s announcement that school-based computer coding classes would be a province-wide phenomenom, Lighthouse…

Looking Over the Legacy

The Canadian International Model United Nations is now done. The student delegation from Burnaby School District has been returned home. What was accomplished? New Friendships! With over 600 delegates from Canada and the United States, and up to100 students participating in each committee session, it is difficult not to meet new people with similar interests…

The New-ish Paradigm: Model UN

As students entered the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Secondary, there was an air of formality and a buzz of excitement that allowed only a hint of trepidation to show for what was about to happen. They were about to start a Model United Nations committee session, which meant that public speaking, debating, critical…

Coding Workshop Invitation

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) found that in 2015 over 80% of Canadians believed that ensuring young people graduate with computer coding skills would likely increase the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. A Burnaby team of students, with grade 12 student James Kan at the helm, have made this their mission, organizing a fantastic…

A Photo is Worth…

Saturday, April 16th represented the second Burnaby Model United Nations conference ever. Entirely student-organized and student-run, BMUN is an accessible opportunity for many students because it is one-day event with an affordable registration fee designed simply to cover costs. Without such conferences, students are left to extend their Model UN experiences at 3-day hotel conferences,…

The World for our Students

Kianna Rodriguez Morvai recently participated in the Global Experts Speaker Series offered at Ecole Alpha Secondary School – the four sessions hosting real-world UN officials boosted awareness of current global issues and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Kianna learned directly from the Director of the New York office of the…