NCRB-UNAC Executive Committee
The Executive Committee meets monthly to coordinate the activities/initiatives of the branch, including the development of a regular newsletter for members of the branch.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Tara Marie Andronek
Tara has been involved with UNAC for 16 years. In September of 2013 she lived in Cordoba, Argentina, to volunteer with local NGOs, advocates and lawyers to promote and protect human rights. As a human-rights advocate, her goal was to help strengthen the development of democratic institutions in Argentina since the fall of the last military dictatorship. Her work included observing the current war-crimes trial, human-rights monitoring with a homeless foundation, working at a free legal clinic and providing topical training for other volunteers. Apart from UNAC, Tara is Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada at the Canada Border Services Agency, and is a legal mentor to students with the University of Ottawa’s Women’s Legal Mentorship Program. Tara is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for Reach Canada – an organization providing free legal and educational services to persons with disabilities in the community and believes that human rights advocacy includes fostering equality in justice.
President Vice President & Treasurer:
Shane started as a volunteer with the Branch 30 years ago and has since served continuously on its Executive and several times on the UNA’s National Board. In his careers as a futurist and intelligence analyst (over the same period), he has watched the UN from many angles and through many crises. All of it has led him to believe that public education and grass-roots activism, such as the UNA fosters, are important to building a better world.
Amadou has been a dedicated volunteer and prolific news article contributor for the Branch. Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Management with a specialization in local management and international development from the University of Sherbrooke, Amadou has participated in economic development since 2011 for various non-profit organizations in Québec. His previous involvement in international activities includes the Canadian Council for International Cooperation conference: Canadian leadership for a better world. Amadou strongly believes that improved North-South cooperation on all fronts will help to reduce poverty in communities affected by current ongoing international socio-economic and political crises.
After joining the Branch as a volunteer, Nevena fulfilled her wish to find an organization that shares many of her interests related to being a well-rounded global citizen. In May 2016 Nevena spent time in Nairobi, Kenya conducting field research on women’s empowerment through microfinance and she spent this past summer in Tamale, Ghana on an internship through Uniterra working with a local NGO. With her studies almost completed in International Economics and Development at the University of Ottawa, Nevena hopes that her work with the Branch will allow her to begin a life-long commitment towards making the world a better place for all.
MEMBERS AT LARGE:
Georgina has spent most of her career as an advocate and director for various organizations with particular interest in environmental sustainability and human rights. She’s served as Co-Chair, to the Standing Committee on Multiculturalism, Director of Canadian Friends of Haifa University, Trans Lobby Group, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada), Ontario Cabinet for the Friends of Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and as delegate to the first World Forum for Democracy. She has been actively involved with UNAC since 2009 and has been a director of the local branch for 6 years. Georgina is also currently a Director with the Canadian Organic Growers, International Service / Global Affairs and World Community Service Chair of the Southern Ontario Western New York Rotary International Club, serves as a Climate Leader (Champion) with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and member of Canada’s new Climate Reality Hub (Ottawa), and has recently joined Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada.
I live a double life as a Web Designer and Digital Strategist by night and a Senior Analyst in the Canadian Federal Government (Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship) by day. While my two careers may seem very different on the surface, both benefit from my strategic thinking and analysis skills, strong client service focus and drive to excel at everything I do. I started my web design business, Honey Lane Creative, several years ago as a creative hobby and have turned it into a thriving side hustle. I am most proud of the volunteer work I have done with the United Nations Association in Canada (National Capital Region Branch), allowing me to apply my web design/development skill set to my passion for supporting international causes and helping refugees.