Global Fo­rum on Health Pro­mo­tion com­ing to P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

Meet­ings & Con­ven­tions Prince Ed­ward Is­land has an­nounced that the sixth Global Fo­rum on Health Pro­mo­tion has cho­sen Prince Ed­ward Is­land as its 2016 global con­ven­tion lo­ca­tion.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land was an­nounced as next year’s lo­ca­tion at the 2015 con­fer­ence held re­cently in Geneva, Switzer­land. The video pre­sen­ta­tion, cre­ated by MCPEI, was suc­cess­ful in get­ting del­e­gates ex­cited about at­tend­ing in 2016, and the pre­sen­ta­tion was sup­ported with MCPEI “Imag­ine You Here” post­cards and bags of COWS choco­late cov­ered potato chips for ev­ery del­e­gate.

This pres­ti­gious gath­er­ing of over 300 health pro­fes­sion­als from around the world, set for Oct. 14-18, will have a tremen­dous pos­i­tive im­pact on tourism and the P.E.I. com­mu­nity as a whole.

“Con­ven­tion del­e­gates leave a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact of di­rect spend­ing and in­duced spin off that drives eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in our com­mu­ni­ties’’ says Ann Worth, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with Meet­ings & Con­ven­tions Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“The credit for land­ing this val­ued con­ven­tion lies with the many in­dus­try part­ners and sup­pli­ers we work with ev­ery day to sell Prince Ed­ward Is­land as a fan­tas­tic place to live, work and play.”

The lo­cal bid com­mit­tee, led by Patsy Beat­tie-Hug­gan, Laura-Lee Noo­nan and Dr. David Saba­p­a­thy, worked with the MCPEI team and mem­bers to de­liver the pro­posal that show­cased Prince Ed­ward Is­land as a great desti­na­tion for a con­ven­tion. The vast ma­jor­ity of th­ese con­ven­tion del­e­gates have never been to Canada.

The man­date of the Al­liance for Health Pro­mo­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion host for this im­por­tant gath­er­ing is to im­prove the health and de­vel­op­ment of all peo­ple by build­ing a col­lec­tive NGO voice and strength­en­ing ad­vo­cacy, pol­icy and ac­tion in the pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of health.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th an­niver­sary of the Ottawa Char­ter in 2016, the al­liance is hold­ing its sixth Global Fo­rum on Health Pro­mo­tion in Canada with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Cana­dian part­ners.

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