Volunteers sought for WHO conference

An open house next Tuesday (Oct. 16) will be a good opportunity for district residents to volunteer and get involved with the World Health Organization’s conference here in May.
“It’s a huge event and we want to get the whole community involved,” event co-ordinator Jeannette Cawston enthused.
The open house, which will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the WHO office (414 Scott St.), not only will give people more information about the conference but a choice of the many committees seeking volunteers.
These include committees for communication, finance/sponsorship, youth pre-conference, programming, registration, district tours, logistics, and ambassador/host, said Cawston.
“We also need volunteers to drive vans around the district, act as chaperones for youth delegates, do set-up, decorations, signage, press releases, typing, manning the phones,” she continued.
“There’s always something to do.”
Cawston also said several delegates have asked to be billeted and the committee is now seeking people willing to host them in their homes.
“One of the neat things about this conference is that many of the delegates hope to be billeted to gain a firsthand experience of the way people live in a different country,” she noted.
The open house also will be a chance for participants to drop by and pick up their Safe Communities Incentive Plan (SCIP) rebate cheque.
Cawston stressed the rebate–totalling about $208,000 altogether–is for members for 2000, not 2001.
The 11th-annual WHO International Conference on Safe Communities will take place May 7-9, 2002. Up to 500 delegates from around the world are expected to attend to discuss health and safety issues, and experience the district, which is considered a “Safe Community” by WHO.
In fact, registrations already have arrived from Pakistan, South Africa, and the two Koreas.
Conference chairman Doug Anderson said more than 40 people have asked to make presentations, including David Skeet of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga.
The fifth-annual Canadian Safe Communities conference also will be held here in conjunction with the WHO one.