Less Than 2 Weeks Away! Conference Update!

Nacada Cover New ColourHello Region 8,

We are less than 2 weeks away from the 2014 Region 8 Conference in Vancouver, B.C.

I wanted to touch base with all of you and give you several updates to look forward to.

First, I wanted to remind everyone about the 2014 Region 8 service project, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The DEWC exists to support and empower women and children living in extreme poverty in the DTES of Vancouver.   It provides practical support to over 300 people daily.   This support includes security, basic needs, and support to encourage women to make long-term change by identifying and removing barriers to full participation in the larger community.

There is a drop-in centre and night shelter, which include assistance such as nutritional meals, showers, personal care items, clothing, culturally specific programs, and counseling referrals, plus support, information, advocacy and education with victim assistance, mental health, HIV outreach, drug and alcohol support, literacy, basic and life skills education.

At our conference, we will be collecting physical as well as financial donations towards the work of the DEWC.  There will be a collection box at the conference where you can donate a variety of items. For a full list of items, check out our previous post on the topic.

Second, many of you may have received the latest Region 8 email calling for volunteers at the conference. There are so many ways to get involved – Volunteer shifts vary and responsibilities include:

  • Preparing conference materials
  • Escorting attendees to the keynote
  • Assisting with registration and check-in
  • Setting up and taking down at social events
  • Distributing and collecting evaluations
  • And much more!

As a volunteer, you will have ample opportunities to increase your own knowledge on NACADA topics, expand your professional network, and gain valuable event-related experience.

If you are interested in helping make this the best Region 8 Conference yet, please volunteer!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activities. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

Register for the conference!

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/YwUaUo
  2. Review the activities listed and choose the one(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy — you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Third, a couple of weeks ago I posted information on some of the awesome activites which you could participate in during your time in Vancouver. The activities included an SFU Campus Tour, the Ghosts of Gastown Walking Tour, a scrapbooking event hosted by Stampin’ Up consultant Melissa Ilagan called Unlock Your Creativity and several dinner groups. For more information on the many activities check out our earlier post.

I wanted to highlight some important information about one of these activities in particular. We have been given a special promotional rate of $20 for the Ghost of Gastown Walking Tour. There is a minimum number of participants, so if you are interested, it is important that your pre-register. To Register in advance contact our Conference Chair Nadia Williams via nadia_williams@sfu.ca. You can also sign up until 7:00pm Thursday night at the Hospitality Desk, however if the minimum number of participants have not registered it will be cancelled.  Meet at the Hospitality Desk at 7:45pm Friday to walk to Cathedral Square together, or you can be at Cathedral Square (opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral on Dunsmuir St.) for 8:00pm on your own.

Finally, if you are interested in all the happenings of the Region 8 conference, make sure to following the Twitter #NACADAR8. You will get in the moment updates from a ton of member of your Region 8 steering committee and fellow Region 8 members.

P.S. I cannot stress the importance to our US members, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!

See you all in Vancouver!

– Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator

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