The Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal 18th Annual Conference, titled Health & Wellness: Beating The Odds held on Saturday October 26, 2019, at Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa was well attended and an overwhelming success.
CBAC Executive Director Katrina Nurse, CBAC Administrative Assistant Junora Etienne
The Council’s target was 110 attendees. The final tally was 129 persons; 16 males and 113 females. The speakers were knowledgeable and engaging, the audience receptive and question periods lively. People couldn’t stop talking about how great and nutritious the food was.
The feedback was positive and amazing. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the conference, saying it was informative, interactive, and captivating. Quite a few persons signed up and/or paid money on the spot to be members of CBAC. Many persons said they were looking forward to the 2020 Conference.
To facilitate attendees residing in LaSalle, CBAC provided a shuttle bus to bring them to and from Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa. 31 persons took the bus.
For easy of access upon arrival, everyone taking the bus was preregistered. CBAC President N Oji Mzilikazi carried out the preregistration.
All attendees and speakers received a gift bag. In keeping with the theme of the Conference, each bag contained a step counter, a small calendar notebook, the Conference program and an evaluation form.
Since exercise is integral to good health, the step counter is to monitor movements/walking or running. The calendar notebook is to document the steps daily.
Speakers received a different color gift bag with the aforementioned items and a pen.
Volunteers are integral to the success of any event. Sharon Pilgrim, Desiree Robinson & Johanne Lanciaux, took care of the registration and giving out the gift bags. Antonia Harewood and Meagan McLoughin handled the coat check. McLoughin also assisted in other ways.
Antonia Harewood & Meagan McLoughin
Desiree Robinson & Sharon Pilgrim
It’s been years since CBAC had vendors at a conference. Vendors were targeted for this year conference. Five (5) answered the call: Health Support Products, Dignity Memorial, Seniors Discovery Tours, Industriel Alliance and Urgel Bourgie. Vendors came with loads of free samples.
Dignity Memorial gave away a burial package and a contribution of 450$ to go towards the package when a CBAC member signs up with them.