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March 20 – Vancouver Island Conference Centre Selected to Host the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ Aboriginal Youth Conference

(Nanaimo, British Columbia) – Youth and Elders connecting under one roof as the Vancouver Island Conference Centre will play host to The 10th Annual BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ Aboriginal Youth Conference scheduled March 20th through March 23rd 2012. The award-winning Nanaimo conference venue is expected to welcome over 1400 delegates, VICC’s largest conference to date bringing in over $2,200,000 in economic benefit to the Nanaimo region.

“This highly anticipated conference is delivering well for Nanaimo as the interest and guarantee numbers keep climbing. Knowing that every accommodation provider is feeling the benefit of this city-wide whether sold out or nearing it, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase Nanaimo with the 2nd largest conference for First Nations peoples. With a stellar value of economic benefit and a landmark attendance level for the VICC, Nanaimo is sure to feel a positive impact in hosting these non-resident delegates from all over BC. This four-day conference will incorporate facets of education, language, health, sports, environment, culture and employment through a multitude of workshops, tradeshow component, entertainment, sport and recreational activities. This year’s theme ‘A Generation on the Move’ whether out in the community, inside the VICC, over at the Coast Bastion Hotel and or the Port Theatre delegates will immerse themselves and explore Nanaimo while stakeholders work together to depict the harmony of how Nanaimo has set the stage to welcome these visitors from outside the region to the traditional territory of the First Nation Snuneymuxw people.” said Denise Tacon, General Manager, Vancouver Island Conference Center.

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is located in the historic downtown area of Nanaimo B.C. steps away from the Nanaimo Harbour front and seaside walkway. A recipient of the MPI Silver Service Award, the VICC boasts 38,000 sq. feet of customizable convention and Nanaimo trade show space capable of accommodating up to 1,300 guests. Nine multi-purpose rooms with large windows and scenic views offers guests some of the most advanced audio/visual and control systems in western Canada. The VICC is also equipped with a 2,000 sq. ft. kitchen and extensive catering menus that ensure that high quality food is served promptly and at the perfect temperature.

Amenities at the VICC include full 100MB high-speed wireless Internet, VOIP phone system, digital way-finding and global broadcast capabilities. VICC’s clients have access to a dedicated team of Nanaimo audio/video professionals who work with the latest technology to create perfectly executed presentations, multi-microphone discussions, videoconferences and press conferences.

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About the Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Located on Vancouver Island in the beautiful harbour city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, the Vancouver Island Conference Centre is one of Canada’s finest offerings in the convention and conference industry. The Centre is conveniently situated in historic downtown Nanaimo, just steps from the Nanaimo harbour front, seaside walkway and the old-city charm of downtown Nanaimo. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre supports groups of up to 1300 within the 38,000 square feet of flexible, functional convention and meeting space. The Vancouver Island Conference Centre provides one of the most advanced audio, video and control systems in all of Western Canada and has nine multipurpose meeting rooms with full audio/visual capabilities and large windows for natural light and beautiful scenic views. For more information on meeting in Nanaimo please visit our new website at

For more information please contact Denise Tacon

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