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June 23, 2000
City Hall News Conference and Flag-raising Will Mark the Start of Toronto's Largest Convention Ever
  
A news conference in the Members' Lounge of Toronto City Hall on Monday, June
26 will announce the start of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Session in
Toronto. Mayor Mel Lastman and Pastor Jan Paulsen, world president of the 11
million-member Seventh-day Adventist Church, will conduct the news conference.

Other participants in the news conference will be Gino Giancola, vice
president, convention sales, Tourism Toronto, who will answer questions about
the tourism impact of the Adventist World Session, and Pastor Orville
Parchment, president of the Adventist Church in Canada.

Following the news conference, a flag-raising ceremony welcoming the more than
60,000 Adventists arriving in Toronto for the Adventist World Session (June 29
- July 8 at the SkyDome and Metro Toronto Convention Centre) will take place.
Both Mayor Lastman and Pastor Paulsen will speak at the ceremony, during which
the Adventist flag will be raised. A choir, especially assembled for the
Adventist World Session, will also perform.

With more than 11 million members in 205 countries, the Adventist Church is one
of the fastest growing Christian denominations today. This will be the 57th
Adventist World Session, bringing together representatives and observers from
more than 150 countries and generating associated events across the
city.

News Conference:
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2000
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Members' Lounge
3rd Floor, Toronto City Hall

Flag-raising Ceremony:
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2000
Time: noon
Location: Podium Roof, Toronto City Hall


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