United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is devoted to protecting refugees, internally displaced communities, and stateless people worldwide through assisting their repatriation and resettlement to new countries. With the current global conflicts, there has been an increase in the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes, and as a result, the organization has been brought to the spotlight and scrutinized for its ability to coordinate international action.

UNHCR is designed for beginner delegates. Though position papers are not required, they are recommended to ensure delegates feel prepared and comfortable throughout the conference. Please submit all papers to your committee director. 


Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to unhcr@wpga.ca

Meet the Dais Team

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Michelle Lin

Director: unhcr@vymun.com

A junior at West Point Grey Academy, Michelle is thrilled to be serving as the director of United Nations High Court for Refugees at VYMUN 2021! She remembers her first MUN conference to be fun and filled with educational discussions. Through MUN, Michelle established many connections with other MUN lovers like herself. Having staffed as assistant director in VYMUN 2020, Michelle is beyond excited to be directing a committee by herself and welcoming new MUNers! Aside from doing MUN, Michelle enjoys singing and sonog-writing in her free time. Please don’t hesitate to contact her for any questions! She looks forward to meeting all the delegates in October!

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Daniella Bawa


Daniella, a grade 12 at West Point Grey Academy, is delighted to serve as one of the chairs for UNHCR at VYMUN 2021. She attended her first Model UN conference in 2019, and has loved the diplomatic and fascinating discussions ever since. Through Model UN, Daniella has expanded her knowledge of international affairs and global issues, and enjoys the lively debate unique to MUN. She hopes that all delegates get the chance to enjoy this amazing experience in October. In her spare time, you can find Daniella reading, walking her dog, or spending time with her friends. Daniella can’t wait for the conference, and looks forward to meeting everyone there!

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Michella O’Brian


Michella O’Brian is thrilled to be your assistant chair for the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. She is a grade 11 student attending West Point Grey Academy who has a growing passion for MUN and loves to express her ideas through public speaking. Her previous experiences attending VYMUN as a delegate and staff member, and her participation in courses incorporating debate have been major highlights that have led her to love MUN! In her spare time, you will find Michella spending time with her friends, dancing ballet, and watching hours of Friends. She is really looking forward to meeting all the VYMUN 2021 delegates! 

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Cole Berezny

Assistant Director

Currently in Grade 11 at West Point Grey Academy, Cole is thrilled to be the Assistant Director for the UNHCR committee. Over the course of VYMUN, Cole hopes to help make the MUN experience both engaging and enjoyable for the delegates. He is also looking forward to helping create a positive and welcoming environment where delegates will feel safe expressing their views. In his free time, Cole enjoys programming, soccer, and playing video games with his friends. Cole is looking forward to October and can’t wait to see you all at VYMUN.

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John Demianczuk

Assistant Director

Currently a sophomore at St. Georges, John is delighted to serve as the UNHCR’s assistant director in VYMUN 2021. His MUN journey started in 2018 when he reluctantly joined his first MUN conference. Since then, John has been captivated and motivated by the passionate debate in every conference he has attended. He is indebted to the countless friendships and experiences MUN has cultivated and hopes to offer the same to new delegates. Outside of MUN, John can be found trying (and failing) to learn La Campanella on the piano, slaving over Latin translations and playing golf with his friends. John is excited to see what VYMUN 2021 has to offer and wishes the best of luck to all delegates.