Spencer Newton, Ashlee Rolheiser, Sejal Tiwari, Josef Scaber, Hilton Wong and Brynna Robinson at the Ancient City Wall of X’ian during the NMUN China Conference from November 18 to 24.

Distinguished delegation returns from China

December 6, 2018 | Society
Ashlee Rolheiser was shaking as she clasped hands with her teammate Brynna Robinson during the closing ceremonies of the National Model United Nations (NMUN) China Conference waiting to hear which of the 50 teams competing would come out ahead of the pack.

When the announcement came that the six members of her team would be recognized as the conference’s Distinguished Delegation for representing the United Arab Emirates, she was thrilled – and a little relieved – to be continuing their club’s excellent track record. (MacEwan has received Outstanding and Distinguished Delegation awards 20 of the 25 years it has competed in the NMUN in New York alone.)

“To stand out among 50 other delegations meant we all worked hard enough to be noticed within the three committees we took part in,” says Ashlee, the club’s secretary-general. “We train hard all year – we had been preparing for this competition since April – and it was such an honour to be recognized and to see that work pay off.”

Chaldeans Mensah, associate professor, political science, and president of the NMUN board of directors, has been taking MacEwan students to United Nations simulations for all of those 25 years. This particular delegation, he says, impressed him not just for maintaining that record of excellence, but also for the way they handled their role as ambassadors of the university.

It’s a responsibility the team took seriously, doing their research and even connecting with a fellow MacEwan club, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, to prepare for the trip.

“NMUN isn’t just a political science thing,” says Ashlee. “Our members are from across the university and our success speaks to the talent of the students at MacEwan and the diversity of extracurricular interests we have.”

MacEwan’s Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science is teaming up with the MacEwan UN Club to host a Model United Nations Conference on nuclear disarmament in March 2019.

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