Chairpersons Message

Time is closing in on us as we prepare for our third biannual Canadian Eastern Regional Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly. It is with great pleasure that Area 81 has the distinction of hosting this very special event in Moncton, New Brunswick, February 24-26, 2017. We welcome all A.A. members from each of the ten areas within our Eastern Canada Region to gather as one body to engage in discussions concerning the current topics pertinent to A.A. as a whole and our future.
Our main focus will include presentations, panels and workshops in keeping with the 67th General Service Conference theme "Supporting Our Future." This will be an opportunity for our Fellowship to become better acquainted with each other and the actual Agenda items that will be presented at the Conference in New York April 23-29. More importantly, it will give all A.A. members a chance to become part of the process by having your voice heard through discussions, questions and answers. After-all, we the members are Alcoholics Anonymous. Translation services will be provided throughout the weekend in all the main ballroom events. There will also be separate French and English workshops and panels.
The C.E.R.A.A.S.A. 2017 committee is dedicated to being as inclusive as possible at all levels of the A.A. service structure. To support this commitment, we urge all who register to indicate your area number, service position and most importantly, if you are willing to participate in any of the presentations in some capacity such as presenter, reader or moderator. This is your event and we will need your involvement for it to be a success.
At the local level, it will be our intention to bring the Atlantic experience to our visiting guests. We will be featuring lobster for the banquet. There will be, however, other menu options available, so please indicate your preference on the registration form when you submit it. Of course, no A.A. event is complete without an ice-cream social. New for this year, we will spotlight a flag ceremony to recognize all of our provinces, areas and territories in unity within our region.
As Bill W. wrote in November 1951: "By our Twelve Steps we have recovered, by our Twelve Traditions we have unified and through our Third Legacy - Service - we shall carry the A.A. message down through the corridors of time to come." (Language of the Heart - Services Make us Tick page 134) So we graciously invite you to join us in the Fellowship of the Spirit to enjoy our Atlantic hospitality and celebrate our Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service while "Supporting Our Future."
Thank you and God bless.
CERAASA 2017 Chairperson