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.
For general inquiries, contact [email protected].
Raj Dhaliwal- President
Raj Dhaliwal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, and is currently pursuing graduate studies to develop a greater understanding of how policy and practice, data and technology, and urban systems act as a whole mechanism for sustainable development. Along side academics Raj has been active in bringing youth voices to city shaping conversations. He has held President and Vice President roles with the Urban Calgary Students Association, The Sustainable Development Goals Alliance, and is also involved in innovation labs to advance ideas that will build resilient cities. While developing his entrepreneurial career, Raj is constantly generating creative ideas with an intention to better the quality of life of individuals, groups, and the greater population.
In order to create social and economic prosperity for all, regenerate the environment, and manage resources efficiently, Raj believes taking a collective impact approach is crucial. As a generational shift occurs along side climate change, he believes it is important for the three sectors of society to tailor measurable plans to fit communities,
without compromising communities structures to fit existing programs.
As President, Raj is focused on leading new partnerships, educational initiatives, and new engagement strategies to inspire local actions towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Anush Margaryan – Vice President
Anush Margaryan is an internationally trained human rights lawyer, with extensive experience in human rights advocacy, shaping public policies, implementing rights-based social programs in the European region. Anush was the adviser of the Human Rights Commissioner of Armenia on vulnerable groups and led large-scale projects in a non-profit sector on promoting anti-discrimination and religious tolerance. Her specific areas of expertise include UN human rights system, anti-discrimination, freedom of religion or belief, rights of women, children, youth, minorities, refugees, asylum seekers, persons with disabilities, combating hate crimes. Anush holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization.
Anush is passionate about developing and implementing rights-based policies and programs through regular advocacy efforts, building partnerships and empowering communities.
Blair McCormick – Treasurer
Blair McCormick is a senior non-profit leader with a breadth of experience in governance, strategic planning, finance, government relations membership services, and business operations. Blair has a strong passion for professional development and is currently working on completing his Master of Science in Management and Leadership at Western Governors University. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Information Technology from SAIT and an Organizational Leadership Certificate from the University of Central Missouri.
Having a passion for serving the greater community Blair enjoys giving his time in supporting non-profit organizations. Blair is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and enjoys volunteering to promote child passenger safety through public education and advocacy.
Blair is looking forward to contributing his skillset to UNAC-Calgary and supporting the great work they are doing.
Michelle Crossland, APR – Director, Communications
Michelle is an accredited communicator with over a decade of experience. She’s worked with clients spanning all sectors including government, not-for-profit, corporate and agency. During the day, Michelle is a senior communications specialist at the University of Calgary where she works with the institution’s sustainability team. Outside of work, she is the proud owner of Preservation PR, where she consults with clients on a variety of communications needs including strategy, content development, social media and media relations, to name a few. She has a passion for sustainability and her goal is to advise companies dedicated to sustainable practices.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Applied Communication – Public Relations from Mount Royal University and is accredited through the Canadian Public Relations Society. She is also a certified social media specialist and completed training through the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). In college, Michelle was the recipient of 19 scholarships and was named a 2006 Calgary Herald Class Act. She is also part of the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education judging panel and sits on the board of directors for the United Nations Association of Canada – Calgary Chapter.
Michelle is an avid traveler and is often spotted walking her cat.
Patrick Jones – External Relations Director
Patrick Jones has recently completed a combined Political Science and Russian Honours degree at University of Calgary. Patrick has been extremely involved in a wide range of student clubs – holding leadership positions such as a Director of External Relations for the University of Calgary Model United Nations Team (UCMUNT), a Sustainability Ambassador for the University of Calgary Office of Sustainability, and as President of the Russian Literacy Club.
Patrick has taken a strong interest in international issues, particularly those related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This passion led him to reach out and mobilize student clubs, university offices, and community organizations to form the Sustainable Development Goals Alliance (SDGA); the first alliance for the SDGs of its kind at any educational institution in Canada.
In addition, Patrick spent two years working as a French Language Monitor at the University of Calgary French Centre where he assisted students and members of the Calgary community improve their oral and written language skills. He has spoken on panels alongside members of government, industry, and non-profit organizations where he expressed hope for his vision of youth empowerment in the implementation of the SDGs.
Patrick hopes to continue working with UNAC-Calgary to increase student participation in the organization and engage a wider range of youth in the Calgary area.
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.
Rosalinda Hernandez – Past-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.
This year, Rosalinda will have completed her maximum term with UNAC-Calgary. To help with transitioning, she will be co-President until October 2019, upon such time she will take the role of Past President.