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National Convention Bulletin

It is time to mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 1998 Convention of the NFB:AE to be held in Vancouver, B.C. February 26-28, 1998. We are pleased to be holding the convention at the elegant Hotel Vancouver. This grand hotel offers five hundred and fifty oversized rooms and suites. It is a four diamond hotel as rated by the Canadian/American Automobile Association. The hotel has just completed the final stage of a $60 million restoration.

The Hotel Vancouver is a dedicated heritage building and a historic city landmark located in the heart of downtown Vancouver close to shopping, cultural, and business centres. Just moments away are the attractions that make Vancouver a popular tourist destination including: GM Place Stadium, Ford Centre Theatre, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island Market, and many others.

In 1928 construction began on the third and present Hotel Vancouver. This hotel was designed by architects John S. Archibald and John Schofield; built at a cost of $12 million and took almost ten years to complete. Within days of opening its doors on May 28, 1939, the hotel's guests included their majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their first royal visit to Canada. The fourteenth floor of the hotel houses the historic five-bedroom Royal Suite.

The hotel has two fine restaurants and a lounge all located on the main lobby level. Within a block are dozens of restaurants ranging from the trendy Planet Hollywood to McDonalds. Recreational facilities include a glass-covered indoor pool with Jacuzzi and wading pool. Health club facilities include an exercise room designed for cardiovascular fitness, massage room, tanning bed and saunas.

Convention room rate is $125 single/double per night plus 7% GST and 10% provincial hotel tax. (The 7% GST is refundable to non-residents of Canada). Through the Hotel Vancouver, pre- and post-convention stays can be booked at other Canadian Pacific Hotels at preferred rates including The Empress in Victoria, and Chateau Whistler in Whistler/Blackcomb.

Convention sessions begin Thursday morning, February 26. There will be sessions Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning. The banquet-which is always the high point of any NFB Convention-will take place Friday evening. Saturday afternoon will be set aside for tours and exhibits. Convention registration will take place Wednesday evening, before the convention session on Thursday morning, and at other specified times throughout the weekend. At $10, registration is truly a bargain. We will not be pre-registering. Arrangements are in progress for children's activities for blind children, their siblings, and the children of blind parents.

So, come to Vancouver. The hotel is elegant, the city is exciting, but the big news is that the convention is the coming together of blind Canadians to formulate policy and plan the actions we will take to improve our lives.

Contact the Hotel Vancouver directly to book your reservation. The NFB:AE name should be given to ensure convention rates. 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Telephone: (604) 684-3131 Toll Free: 1-800-441-1414 (Canada/USA) Fax: (604) 662-1907 Website: www.cphotels.ca.

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