21st National A.A. Archives Workshop

U.S.A. and Canada

“Staying the Course”

September 28 - October 1, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Clarion Hotel & Suites, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Mission Statement for the National AA Archives Workshop

The National Archives Workshop is committed to helping Alcoholics Anonymous Archivists working within the service structure of Alcoholics Anonymous who are also bound by the spiritual principles of our Fellowship.

Statement of Purpose for the National AA Archives Workshop

The National A.A. Archives Workshop is an open, service oriented Workshop hosted on an annual basis by a Host Committee chosen through an open bidding process. The Guidelines, Agendas, and overall direction of the Workshop are determined by the group conscience of the National A.A. Archives Workshop Advisory and Guidance Committees.

The individual workshops are conducted in an A.A. Forum format, with a specific focus on the open sharing of the experience, strength and hope of Archivists, attendees and members of the National A.A. Archives Workshop Membership Body. Each Workshop intends to renew and energize our efforts and foster enhanced communications between A.A. Archivists and Archives Committee members. We share information, methods, procedures, ethics, and our enthusiasm at each Workshop as we continue to gather, grow, and serve.

Consistent with A.A.’s primary purpose, A.A. Archivists and Archives Committee Members try to help the still suffering alcoholic by preserving the integrity of both the A.A. message and the history of the Fellowship for current and future members. Registration info with payment.


Program details for the 2017 The National A.A. Archives Workshop will become available as the Workshop draws nearer. The final program will be posted a week before the Workshop. Attendees can look forward to:

  • GSO Archivist Presentation
  • Archives Code of Ethics
  • Longtimer Panel
  • Archives Basics
  • Speakers
  • Presentations
  • Group and Area Histories
  • Workshops & Panels
  • Canadian A.A. History Book


  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pre-Workshop Architecture, Spies, and Hidden Codes Tour (seperate registration)
  • 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. Registration opens
  • 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Early Bird AA Recovery Meeting
  • 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Hospitality Room (British Columbia Room)
  • 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 7:30 - 7:45 p.m. Welcome and Housekeeping (Ian R., Area 80 Panel 66 Delegate)
  • 8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Opening Talk: How Did We Get HERE? (Gail L., NAAAW Board Archivist)


  • 7:00 a.m. - 11 p.m. Hospitality Room
  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Early Bird A.A. Recovery Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Introduction to Archives – Basic Standards, Practical Preservation (Diane Haglund & Carole Boily)
  • 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. History of A.A. – A Canadian Perspective (Patricia A.)
  • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Remotes – The Canadian Story (Tina G.)
  • 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Quebec A.A. – LaVigne…A Love Story (Pierre V.)
  • 12:00 - 1:45 p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Longtimers Panel (Heather M.)
  • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. The Three Legacies – “Ethics and Archives” (Gail L.)
  • 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. An Elder Looks Back 55 Years (Art S.)
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dr. Carl Jung – The Vital Link (Don F.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Opening Remarks (Cate W., Western Canada Regional Trustee)
  • 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Special Presentation - GSO Archivist Michelle Mirza
  • 9:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social (Ticket Required)


  • 7:00 a.m. - 11 p.m. Hospitality Room
  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Early Bird A.A. Recovery Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration
  • 8:00 - 8:00 p.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. NAAAW Business Meeting & Bid Presentations (Don F.)
  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. The Story Continues: Canada 75 Book (Michael O. and Ed G.)
  • 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Software for Archivists (Bob M.)
  • 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope Across Time - Archives Basics and Displays (Laura W.)
  • 10:35 - 11:25 a.m. Role of the Intergroup Archivist (Tami S.)
  • 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. If this telephone booth could talk? (Garth D. and Jim W.)
  • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Digital Archives: Why, Why Not, and How? (Theron B.)
  • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Weathering the Storm – 65 Years Winnipeg Women’s Group (Fran N., Margaret S., Nancy M., Andrea B., Chaired by Robin F.)
  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. BC/AB/SK/MB Archives in Action (Alberta/NWT A78: John S.; BC/Yukon: A79 Drew W.; Sask A91: Ray Mc.; MB A80: Richard Mc.)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Interview with Bill W. on the Writing of the Big Book (Gail L.)
  • 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Taking an Oral History – Demonstration (Phil C. interviewed by John S.)
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Banquet (Additional ticket required)
  • 8:00 p.m. History of the World Service Meeting (Murray M.); followed by Sobriety Countdown and Candle Ceremony


  • 7:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hospitality Room
  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Early Bird A.A. Recovery Meeting
  • 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Ask an Archivist (Michelle M., Gail L., Vicki Jo B., Don F.)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Sharing Session – How Did We Do?
  • 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. “Staying the Course” (Cate W., Western Canada Regional Trustee)
  • 11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Thank you and Passing of Gavel to Chicago (Carol O.)

Hotel and Location

Clarion Hotel & Suites

Clarion Hotel & Suites
1445 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 3P4
Tel: 1-204-774-5110
Toll Free: 1-855-216-6393

The 2017 National A.A. Archives Workshop is being held at the Clarion Hotel & Suites in WInnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Located in the hub of Winnipeg’s business, shopping and entertainment district, the Clarion Hotel & Suites is a 10 minute drive from the James Richardson International Airport and 5 minute drive to the downtown center. It is steps away from Polo Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg's largest indoor mall, cinemas and numerous restaurants.

All guest rooms feature complimentary wireless internet, in-house coffee and tea and iron and ironing board. The Clarion Hotel & Suites aslo offers accessible rooms and pet-friendly rooms.

NAAAW 2017 Room Rates

  • 2 Queen $130.00 CAD
  • 1 King $140.00 CAD
  • Single/Double Suites also available
  • Reservation Code: NAAAW2017

Make reservations before August 27, 2017

Guest Services:

Guests will enjoy the following services during their stay:

  • Complimentary parking.
  • Complimentary airport shuttle. Daily from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Based on availability.
  • Complimentary access to family water park.
  • Complimentary use of on-site, full-service fitness center.
  • Complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms and common areas.
  • Complimentary use of computer at business centre located in hotel lobby.
  • Complimentary Local Calls.
  • Complimentary mini fridge and microwave.
  • Photocopy and fax services through the front desk.
  • Fireside lobby lounge.

Unique to the Clarion Hotel & Suites: Urban Oasis Mineral Spa

Clarion Hotel Website

Pre-Workshop Tour

Architecture, Spies, and Hidden Codes Tour

Tour Winnipeg, the wonderful city of trees! This tour includes the Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg's historical "meeting place", with its unique outdoor historic sites and indoor market of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Across the the Esplanade Riel, you will visit Winnipeg's French Quarter (St. Boniface) and the beautiful St. Boniface Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Western Canada. The cemetery features the grave of Louis Riel, the famous Metis leader and founder of Manitoba.

You will tour thru the Exchange District, with its exceptional collection of terra cotta, and cut stone architecture. It was the late 1800's Winnipeg was booking, buildings were sprouting up like prairie weeds, and the city boasted more millionaires per capita than New York City. Often used as a backdrop for Hollywood movie sets during the turn of the last century, the historic Exchange District is filled with some of the finest examples of the "Chicago school of architecture".

Esplanade Riel Bridge | Credit: Markmcd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Manitoba Legislative Building | Credit: M Readey [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Next, you will hear the story of Sir William Stephenson, Winnipeg's WWII famous "Intrepid". Some people believe he is the real life inspiration behind Ian Fleming's James Bond character. Following this story, you will explore and discover the Manitoba Legislative Building with a Hermetic Code Tour. The Hermetic Code Tour is part of the Signature Experience Collection through the Canadian Tourism Commission. You will learn the hidden meanings behind the architecture including sphinxes, hieroglyphics, numerological codes, and Masonic Symbols. Through the Hermetic Code Tour you will uncover the hidden meaning locked within the walls.


Thank you for registering…we now have all the registrations that we require (and can accept!)

Pick up and drop off for the tour will be at the Clarion Hotel
Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

For payment or any information regarding the tour, or any other transportation information, Please contact:

Ice Cream Social

Winnipeg…the "Ice Cream Social" Capital!

  • When: Friday, September 29
  • Where: Manitoba Room
  • Time: 9:00 pm
  • Cost: $10.00

Please buy your tickets on site, at registration tables or from "The Ice Cream Man".

Don't miss out…the evening will come to an end with some great "toppings!"

Credit: Thomas Hawk / Flickr, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0

For More Information Contact:

Position Name Email
Chairperson Jo-Anne L. naaaw2017@gmail.com
Co-Chairperson Richard Mc. naaaw2017cc@gmail.com
Registration Jim P. naaaw2017reg@gmail.com

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