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. A.A. Recovery Meeting
  • 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Welcome and introductions - Ian R., Panel 66 Area 80 Delegate
  • 8:00 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 - 8:00 p.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Preservation Workshop
  • Workshops and Presentations throughout the day to be confirmed
    • Digital Archives and Cataloging
    • 3 Legacies: Ethics & Archives - Gail L.
    • Longtimers Panel
  • 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. GSO Archivist Michelle Mirza
  • 9:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social


  • 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 Board Meeting & Bid Presentations
  • Workshops and Presentations throughout the day to be confirmed
    • History of La Vigne : Quebec A.A.
    • Winnipeg Women's Group - 64+ Years: "Weathering the Storm"
    • History of Remote: The Canadian Story
    • Dr. Carl Jung: the Vital Link - Don F.
    • Western Canada A.A.
    • An Interview with Bill W.
    • History of the World Service Meeting - Murray Mc.
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Banquet (Additional ticket required)
  • Evening program to be confirmed


  • 7:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hospitality Room
  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Early Bird A.A. Recovery Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. GSO and Area Archives Exhibits (no personal collections please)
  • Morning Presentation to be determined
  • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Closing Talk: Staying the Course - Greg T., General Manager, G.S.O.
  • Passing of the Gavel

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.

Cost All Inclusive

  • $42.00 CAD
  • $35.00 US

Please make cheque or money order payable to: NAAAW2017.
Please include "tour" in the memo line.
Mail cheque or money order to:

Attn: Archives Workshop
c/o Manitoba Central Office
1856 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3J 0G9

There must be a minimum of 30 registrations submitted before September 1, 2017 for the tour to proceed, so please register early!

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" Capitol!

  • 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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