Our Board holds monthly council meetings to have the the opportunity to share ideas and news, plan for future events, and ensure we meet our yearly goals. Although UNAC-Calgary members don’t typically attend these meetings, the result of our work is visible through the various member engagement opportunities we promote throughout the year.
Rosalinda Hernandez- President
Rosalinda Hernandez is a communications professional with several years of experience working in various writing capacities within the oil and gas sector. She also spent five years as the Programs Manager for the Society for Technical Communication, setting up networking opportunities for technical communication professionals in Alberta.
Having immigrated to Canada during the Salvadoran civil war with only her mom and sister, Rosalinda grew up surrounded by influential women who shaped her values for the equality, education, and empowerment of women. These values are prevalent in her work today, mentoring women who are entering the communications field. Rosalinda hopes to lead her team through hard work, honesty, and integrity during her term as President.
Melanie Anne Bonnar – Past President
Mélanie-Anne Bonnar is a passionate supporter of the United Nations. She holds a BA in International Relations, a MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and has worked directly with the United Nations through an internship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has spent 5 years working in Calgary’s non-profit sector and is currently developing a Supplier Diversity & Local Participation Program for TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
Mélanie served as President of UNAC-Calgary from 2012-2016, and also previously held the positions of Vice-President and Secretary on the board of directors.
Mehreen Kapadia – Secretary
Mehreen Kapadia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the University of Calgary. Her degree led her to an internship opportunity in Rajasthan, India. During her internship, she researched indigenous methods of rain water harvesting and its impact on the lives of women in terms of empowerment. Upon returning back to Calgary, Mehreen started working within Calgary’s non-profit sector.
Currently, Mehreen is dabbling in the entrepreneurial realm. Mehreen has proudly served as Secretary on the UNAC-Calgary board of directors over the past 4 years and has contributed to a variety of internal volunteer projects, events and committees. Mehreen is looking forward to continuing her work with UNAC-Calgary next year.
Juan Salazar – Treasurer
Juan Salazar is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Calgary. Currently, he is the Finance Lead for Community & Neighbourhood Services at the City of Calgary. Through his work in the municipal government, Juan has established strong rapport with many community agencies, associations, sports and culture groups, which helped him gain in-depth experience with non-for-profit organizations’ financial reporting.
Since he was very young, Juan has been passionate about cross-cultural engagement and awareness, which led him to volunteer in international programs for children and youth, and later in his adult life, he facilitated educational programs for children, always promoting the values he holds very close to his heart. Juan is passionate about world cultures, ethnic foods and traditions, and takes every opportunity to experience different regions of the world.
Timothy Kenny – Director of Communications
Timothy Kenny is a third-year communication student at Mount Royal University, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Indigenous Studies.
Tim brings a diverse background and skill set to his role as Communications Director for UNAC Calgary including: writing and editing for various formats, communicating and relationship building within Indigenous communities, facilitation experience, stakeholder engagement and consultation, media relations, social media content management, research, and communications planning and implementation.
Tim has travelled alone to parts of Southeast Asia and India where he volunteered with Mother Theresa’s Mission of Hope and Tibet Charity.
With special concerns and interests in human rights both abroad and in Canada, Tim hopes to continue with graduate level studies in International and Intercultural Communication in hopes of bringing his passions and life experiences to NGOs or International human rights organizations.
Rana Van Tuyl – Community Investment Coordinator
Rana Van Tuyl is a first generation Canadian with a deep appreciation for international relations, cultural diversity and gender equality. Her relationship with UNAC Calgary began when she joined the branch’s communications committee in 2013. Rana recently concluded a one year term as our Director of Events, and she is delighted to continue supporting Calgarians through community investment projects.
Rana holds a Bachelor of Management degree from Athabasca University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Communication with Royal Roads University. Rana is a Canada Graduate Scholarships Masters Award recipient through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada and is conducting a research project on safety cultures and non-reporting practices within the oil and gas sector.
Rana currently works for Jacobs Engineering Group, supporting business development objectives for their Canadian operations.
Christina Gomes – Director of Event Planning
Christina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, and is an administrative professional in the finance industry. She is continuing her studies with the Canadian Securities Institute to further her knowledge of the investment and wealth management industry. She was born in the developing country of Bangladesh, which has influenced her to get involved with organizations that bring awareness of poverty, education, and gender equality. Christina also volunteers with Inn from the Cold and the Canadian Immigrant Women’s Association.
Jason Wahl – Director of External Partnerships
Jason is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Athenian Group and Veteran Staffing Canada. These Alberta based employment agencies providing recruitment, placement and payrolling services to Canadian companies looking to hire Technical Personnel & Veterans.
Jason’s involvement with the United Nations began over 20 years ago with his deployment with the Canadian Armed Forces as a UN Peacekeeper to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jason joins UNAC Calgary at a time when the government of Canada has announced its refocused commitment to Peacekeeping Operations and a desire to be a more active member of the United Nations as a whole.
Jason is excited to be working with our external partners to help promote the United Nations Global Initiatives and raise awareness through the programs we support
Harlene Mann – Director of Fund Development
Harlene Mann is a reasearch and communications professional with diverse industry experience including financial, legal, telecommunications and energy. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from McMaster University, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Royal Roads University. Currently, Harlene is working in higher education at SAIT Polytechnic. Harlene’s research and advocacy focuses on increasing access to education, equality, security and empowerment for women around the world.
Bronson Ha – Director of Professional Development
Bronson Ha has experiences with both a pen and a rifle and his diverse background has landed him in various roles including working with the emergency response during the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood. Mr. Ha is the brainchild behind UNAC- Calgary’s Academic Journal: International Blue and is dedicated to expanding the international profile for Calgary.
He holds a Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Political Science from Mount Royal University. Bronson has also studied internationally in various locations including the Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Hungary. He has worked with UNDP Bangladesh and advised on increasing processes during elections and projects that promoted democratic governance.
Right after Bangladesh, Bronson presented two environmental research topics at the East-West Center in Hawaii. Bronson has also presented research on peace prospects for the Rohingya’s statelessness status at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Victoria. He is currently a board member for the Asian Heritage Foundation and a volunteer for Kiwani’s International. As well, he coordinated the 2016 Kiwani’s Youth Diversity Cup that provided 800 underprivileged children the oppourtunity to participate in a two-day soccer tournament.
Bronson has been nominated in the past two years for Alumni Awards recognizing his outstanding achievements as a Mount Royal University alumnus early in his career.