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I am contacting you to provide an update on planning with regard to IFCW's upcoming WorldForum2006. As you know this major symposium has been scheduled to take place November 19 to 22, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This world class event, which is expected to attract several hundred delegates, will be co hosted by IFCW along with the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and the Child Welfare League of Canada.

This WorldForum provides us all with a rich opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and learn from one another. We expect that the program will have broad appeal featuring the latest in child welfare research, knowledge and practice as well as dynamic key note speakers. Please note that the 'call for papers' has been extended to April 21, 2006.   I would like to encourage all of our IFCW member organizations to submit their proposals for consideration.

A special reduced registration rate has been negotiated for IFCW members for this WorldForum. As well, exceptional hotel rates of $80.00 CAD for a single and $110 CAD for a double are available at the five star Fairmont Hotel Vancouver which is situated in the middle of downtown Vancouver where the entire event takes place. For further registration and reservation information as well as more detail on the themes and the 'call for papers' process, please go direct to the website at or through our own website at  

Plans are underway for an interesting WorkForum and an Annual General Assembly for IFCW members only. As more detail is available, I will be in touch. In the meantime, please act quickly to register for the WorldForum and make your reservations, as I expect the hotel will soon be full, given these attractive rates.

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Bruce Rivers



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