NCRB-UNAC Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the United Nations Association in Canada-National Capital Region Branch is made up of the President, Past President, Vice-President(s), Secretary, Treasurer, and members-at-large to a total membership of twelve. Each member of the Executive Committee is a volunteer, and, at the time of election or within ten days of his/her term of office, a member in good standing the branch. The whole Executive Committee is retired at each annual meeting, but every member shall is eligible for re-election if qualified. The position of President is normally not held by the same person for more than three consecutive years.

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:

President:
Tara Marie Andronek
Tara has been involved with UNAC for 14 years. In the fall of 2013 she lived in Cordoba, Argentina, to volunteer with the Projects Abroad organization along with local NGOs and advocates 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, volunteering at a free community legal clinic and providing topical training for other volunteers. Apart from UNAC, Tara is Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and is a long-time volunteer with Reach Canada – an organization providing free legal and educational services to persons with disabilities in the community – where she now sits on the Board of Directors.

Vice President & Treasurer:
Shane Roberts
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.

Secretary:
Catherine Ma
Catherine has been involved actively in the Branch efforts’ to support local initiatives that assist arriving Syrian refugees, as well as create a directory of NGOs that will be used for research and outreach. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, and she will pursue a Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto this fall.

MEMBERS AT LARGE:

Georgina Bencsik
Georgina has spent most of her career as an advocate and director for various organizations with particular interest in environmental sustainability, human rights, and the arts, such as serving 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. She was a delegate to the first World Forum for Democracy, serves as a Climate Leader (Champion) with former US Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and most recently elected as Director with the Canadian Organic Growers.

Amadou Sene
Amadou has contributed since the fall of 2014 to the work of NCRB-UNAC as a dedicated volunteer and prolific news article writer. 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 activities in 2011 and 2012 for various non-profit organizations in the region of Estrie (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 would help to reduce poverty in communities affected by current ongoing international socio-economic and political crises.

Alysha Pannu

Alysha has been involved with the Executive Committee for 5 years. She is attending the Common Law program at the University of Ottawa, where she is completing a Juris Doctor/Master in International Affairs.  She is also involved in a research project at the school on the concept of human rights due diligence contained in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This past year, Alysha completed an internship at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. where she acted as trade policy intern monitoring the U.S. trade agenda to identify issues that may affect Canadian trade. She followed the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and has worked on the issue of Country of Origin Labelling.

Nevena Vucetic

After joining the branch as a volunteer, Nevena fulfilled her wish to find an organization that shares her many interests related to being a well-rounded, global citizen. With her studies underway at the University of Ottawa in International Economics and Development, Nevena hopes that her work with the Branch will allow her to begin a life-long commitment towards making the world a better place.