HSMUN High School Model United Nations held its 3-day conference hosted by the UofA undergrads. This was the 18th annual conference with 578 students participating, from 26 schools. The 2020 conference guest speaker was former Governor Genera Madame Michelle Jean and 5370 District Governor Tracey Vavrek. Conference closing remarks were by Rotarian Brent Collingwood.
 
   
 
 
HSMUN High School Model United Nations held its 3-day conference hosted by the UofA undergrads. This is the 18th annual conference with 578 students participating, from 26 schools. The 2020 conference guest speaker was former Governor Genera Madame Michelle Jean and 5370 District Governor Tracey Vavrek. Conference closing remarks were by Rotarian Brent Collingwood.
 
Founded by Dr. Andy Knight in 2002, the High School Model United Nations (HSMUN) strives to provide students in high school with an educational opportunity to develop a sense of global citizenship and maximize their self-growth. By participating in the HSMUN conference, students gain confidence in public speaking, diplomacy, and policy creation. Through involvement in committee debates, students are able to network with other passionate and driven high school students from throughout Alberta. They also gain an appreciation for the crucial role of the United Nations in combatting real-world issues than threats.
 
Planning starts in April to be ready for October registration. The Conference is held at the University of Alberta Campus and is run entirely by University student volunteers. For some delegates, HSMUN is the first time they set foot on the UofA campus. For many, it is their first introduction to the University that they will call home during their future Undergraduate education and beyond. The UofA is an integral piece of HSMUN’s identity.
Students dig into world issues at the conference.  The conference fosters a passion for international issues and debate. Media presentations and a social media presence bring excitement to the conference.  Rotary Club Speakers included Brent Collingwood and Menasha Nikhanji Rotary Peace program recipient. 
 
The conference is a rewarding experience for students and volunteers. Brent commented he was impressed by the caliber of the resolutions and the organization of the conference.  Rotary has been involved for many years and it is amazing to see the students grow through the conference.
 
Thank you Dr. Roman Bayrock, Brent Collingwood, Dean Wood and the Riverview Rotary Club for all their support.