2020 SECRETARIAT TEAM
Due to social distancing measures, we have not been able to take official Secretariat photos. Thank you to Michelle Li for making these amazing artistic renditions!
Ethan Jasny is delighted and honoured to be serving as your Secretary-General at VYMUN 2020. Since attending his first VYMUN in 2015, he has become intrigued by the world of international relations and politics and has made many of his closest friends along the way. He learned and continues to learn how MUN has the ability to empower delegates and staff to speak with more confidence, listen with more empathy, and think with more reflection. Although he probably will not have the chance to meet everyone at the conference he is confident that you will all make new friends, consider the world from a new viewpoint, and fully engage with everything that VYMUN has to offer. In his free time, Ethan enjoys debating, playing the bass guitar, and watching the latest Netflix comedy special. Please feel free to contact him should you have any questions! He is looking forward to meeting you in Whistler.
Betty Pan is honoured and thrilled to be serving as your Director-General for VYMUN 2020. Since her days as a shy and quiet beginner delegate, she has grown to love the fast-paced debate and collaborative environment of Model UN. She urges each and every VYMUN delegate, veteran or novice, to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world of diplomacy and debate. Model United Nations has brought Betty a wealth of new experiences, friendships, and knowledge that she believes her personal character development would be incomplete without. When not meticulously studying backgrounders, Betty can be found enthusing about her love of grapes, baking mass amounts of banana bread, and taking “quirky” disposable film photos of her friends. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her should you have any questions or concerns, and she looks forward to seeing you all in October!
CHIEF OF STAFF
Jeremy Fang is currently a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy and is excited and honoured to be your Chief of Staff for VYMUN 2020. Ever since wandering into his first VYMUN in 2015 and speaking a total of three times, he has become captivated and intrigued by international relations, debate, and collaboration that comes from Model United Nations. Over the course of the conference he hopes all delegates have a rewarding educational experience, but most of all, to enjoy their time at VYMUN. Other than the educational side of Model UN, he enjoys the social aspects through model UN he has been able to make new friends and connections. Aside from Model United Nations, you can find Jeremy playing basketball and baseball, debating, or frantically trying to figure out how to pull his grades up. He is looking forward to seeing you in October!
Lily Douglas is in Grade 12 at West Point Grey Academy and is both delighted and honoured to serve as Chargé D’Affaires for VYMUN 2020! Her Model UN journey began at VYMUN years ago, where through collaboration, negotiation, and debate she sparked appreciation for current events and political affairs that continuously interests her in her daily life and encourages her to become more engaged in global and humanitarian matters. Outside of MUN, you can find her scoping out new restaurants, taking long walks on the beach with her dog, or spending endless amounts of time with friends. She hopes that each and every delegate enjoys and gains something from this experience, whether it be a newfound love of international relations, increased confidence in their public speaking, or better yet a new friendship. Please don’t hesitate to contact her should you have any questions or concerns. She looks forward to meeting you all in October!
USG OF COMMITTEES
A Grade 12 student attending West Point Grey Academy, Justin is overjoyed to serve as your USG of Committees at VYMUN 2020! Attending his first conference in Grade 8, Justin has found the world of Model United Nations fascinating and educational to learn about international affairs. Aside from writing mediocre MUN biographies and trying to reserve seats at restaurants during MUN’s, Justin can be seen taking countless photos of the sky, playing Minecraft, and journaling. On top of the countless friendships you will make, Justin hopes that this year’s iteration of VYMUN will be an amazing and rewarding experience for everyone attending. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to him! He can’t wait to see you all in the fall!
USG OF COMMITTEES
Currently a grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy, Emma is thrilled to serve as your USG of Committees. She fell in love with the pragmatic debate and diplomatic nature of Model United Nations in 2016 and has since seized every opportunity to get involved. MUN has not only allowed her to gain knowledge about complex global issues but also has introduced her to an incredible community of intelligent, outspoken people, some of whom are her closest friends. In her spare time, Emma enjoys making iced tea and composing jazz. Please don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions. She looks forward to meeting all of you in October!
USG OF COMMITTEES
Adam Dawood is a Grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy and is honoured to serve as one of your USG of Committees this year! Even since his first MUN conference in Grade 7, he has grown to love the intense discussion and debate present in each committee session. Through MUN, Adam has fostered his love for international relations and politics. Over the course of the conference, Adam hopes that all delegates broaden their horizons about current affairs, improve their public speaking skills, and have an overall rewarding experience participating in the committee sessions. Outside of MUN, you can find him snacking on chocolate bars, participating in a debate tournament, or sleeping until noon. Adam is looking forward to meeting all of you in October!
USG OF DELEGATE AFFAIRS
Entering her final year in both high school and MUN, Natassia is both excited and honoured to be serving as Under-Secretary-General of Delegate Affairs. Stumbling into MUN as a timid grade 8, she found herself captivated in the diplomacy, collaboration and frenzy of the committee room. Whether you’re a MUN veteran or beginner, Natassia encourages all delegates to participate to the best of their ability and to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. She understands that Model UN can be difficult or overwhelming and hopes to make your VYMUN experience as easy and stress-free as possible. Outside of MUN, you can find Natassia avoiding her homework, playing guitar, and drinking unhealthy amounts of bubble tea. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact her! She is happy to help and looks forward to meeting you all at the conference!
USG OF DELEGATE AFFAIRS
Hannah Is currently a grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy and is both excited and honoured to be your Under-Secretary-General of Delegate Affairs. Hannah Began her MUN journey back in grade 7 and has loved it ever since. She knows that MUN can be quite stressful, but hopes that everyone has an amazing, fun and low stress experience at VYMUN 2020. Hannah hopes to help with organization, involvement and positivity throughout the conference and that everyone walks away with at least one amazing memory. In Hannah’s spare time you can find her playing with her dog, bingeing the latest Netflix show and talking endlessly with her friends. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. She is looking forward to meeting all of you in October!!
USG OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Tina Qu is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy who is honoured to serve as your USG of Special Events for VYMUN 2020! Having started her MUN journey in grade 9, Tina has attended every single VYMUN since 2017 and is ecstatic to be concluding her high school MUN journey as part of the Secretariat team of the conference that began it all. Tina has high hopes that the MUN experience will be as fun as well as fulfilling for you as it was for her. Speaking in front of large audiences may seem scary at first, but she promises that it’s an excellent opportunity for personal growth! Outside of MUN, Tina enjoys travelling, volunteering with children, and spending time with her friends and family. Feel free to contact her anytime to chat, and she looks forward to meeting everyone in October!
USG OF CRISIS DEVELOPMENT
A grade 10 student at West Point Grey Academy, Annushka Agarwal is beyond overjoyed to be serving as one of the USGs of crisis committees for this iteration of VYMUN. While crisis may be an unfamiliar experience for many delegates, it is nevertheless a rewarding one that encourages quick thinking and compromise. Given the profound impact the Model United Nations community has had on her own high school career, Annushka is committed to making this year’s crisis committees both inclusive and exciting for all delegates. When not struggling to find new adjectives for her secretariat biography, Annushka can be found paying close attention to her Zoom classes, watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, or experimenting with breakfast food recipes (and occasionally doing all three simultaneously). If you have any questions, queries, or quagmires, don’t hesitate to contact her before or during the conference. She looks forward to seeing the delegates in October and helping make VYMUN 2020 the best one yet!
USG OF CRISIS DEVELOPMENT
As a junior at West Point Grey Academy, Vincent Gao is beyond excited to serve as the USG of Crisis at VYMUN 2020. Having attended his first official Model UN a few years back, Vincent has never regretted discussing policy in committee sessions ever since. Model United Nations has given Vincent a platform to voice his opinions, and a community in which he has fostered many friendships. Aside from Model UN; you can find Vincent Gao eating (at home), overheating profusely in business attire while debating competitively (online), and having a laugh with some of his closest friends (online). Overall, Vincent is looking forward to an eventful weekend, packed with productive debate. He hopes to meet as many people as he can!
USG OF IT AND MEDIA
Connor Leung is currently a junior at West Point Grey Academy and he is delighted and honoured to be your USG of IT and Media. Ever since participating in his first MUN conference in grade 7, he has enjoyed meeting passionate individuals, having intense debates, and tackling crises. MUN has opened Connor to international relations and global affairs. Over the course of the conference, Connor hopes that delegates get outside of their comfort zone, meet new friends, and have an overall good time. Apart from MUN, you can find Connor practicing coding, competing on the tennis court, or sipping bubble tea. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him. Connor looks forward to meeting all of you in October!