Lutheran Church Canada
11th Synodical Convention
Delegate Convention Bulletin 3
We are looking forward to our time together in Kitchener. The following information will help you as you plan for your arrival.
- Flying into Toronto
If you indicated you required airport transportation on your registration, you will have a reservation on Airways Transit shuttle service.
- Thursday, October 12. Greeters are not on duty but you have a reservation with Airways Transit. Follow the directions below to catch the shuttle.
- Friday, October 13, look for convention volunteer greeters in sapphire blue t-shirts. They will help direct you to your transportation. If you don’t see the greeter go directly to the Airways Transit desk in your arrival terminal.
- Terminal 1 – Air Canada
After exiting the baggage claim security doors turn right and proceed to the escalator near POST E. Take the escalator down to the Ground Transportation Level. The Out of Town Van Services Desk is on your left at the bottom of the escalator. http://airwaystransit.com/terminal_one.shtml
- Terminal 3 – Westjet
After exiting the baggage claim security doors turn right and proceed to Out of Town Van Services Desk located on the Arrivals Level between doors C & D. http://airwaystransit.com/terminal_three.shtml
- Flying into Kitchener/Waterloo Regional Airport
If you are flying into the Kitchener area your transportation to the convention is booked on Airways Transit. A volunteer greeter will be on hand for arrivals on Thursday, October 12 only. Look for the sapphire blue t-shirt.
Passengers should meet the driver curbside at the Terminal main exit. Airways Transit vans are white with the company name in red and black.
Recent construction of an LRT track in downtown Kitchener and in front of the hotel has changed turns and routes. You can no longer turn left from King Street and access the hotel’s front arrival area on Benton St. If you are arriving from the 401/Hwy 8 there may still be construction closing King Street. If so, follow the detours turning right onto Montgomery then left onto Weber to Ottawa Street. Turn left onto Ottawa, past King St. and then turn right onto Charles and proceed to Benton Street where you will turn right. The hotel entrance will be on your right. If there is no construction continue up King to Ottawa and turn left, then right at Charles.
Parking is free for the convention. Hotel guests will receive a parking tag with in and out privileges. If you are a day visitor, take a parking ticket at the entrance dispenser and bring it to the Information Desk and exchange it for an exit pass.
- Return to airports
The convention is providing Airways Transit shuttle service to those leaving on October 15 and early October 16. Two coaches will take the balance of the attendees to Toronto leaving at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, October 16.
Departures from Kitchener will also have a coach service leaving at 5:45 p.m., Monday October 16.
If you are not departing until October 17 or later, Airways Transit will provide your transportation from the hotel. We will post a list of suggested departure times based on the flight departure time and the airport you provided on your registration.
- Hotel Check-In
The Crowne Plaza has a reservation for each person who requested accommodation. Balancing arrival and departure dates we have done our best to honour roommate requests and special needs. Although check-in time is 3 p.m. the hotel will try to accommodate earlier check-ins depending on room availability.
The hotel will ask for ID and a credit card against which to charge incidentals. We strongly urge you not to charge anything to your room. If because of flight times you are checking in Thursday, October 12 or leaving October 17 you will be responsible for meals not included in the convention. A $30 travel meal allowance is included on the Convention Expense Voucher which you can download HERE or receive upon registration.
- Convention Registration
Registration for the convention opens at 1 p.m. Friday, October 13 on the second floor of the hotel tower. Follow the signs. You will receive a nametag, tote bag, convention information and the latest edition of The Daily Nail convention newsletter and the most recent Today’s Business.
- Resolution Committee Hearings
The three convention Resolution Committees will hold open meetings beginning at 1 p.m. in the Kitchener rooms on the second floor adjacent to the Registration area:
- Committee 1 Synodical Structure Kitchener 1
- Committee 2 Parish Services/Higher Education/Church Relations Kitchener 2
- Committee 3 Finance and Administration Kitchener 3
- Opening Divine Service
Following the first business session at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. we will gather at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the convention Opening Divine Service. The church is a five-minute walk from the hotel. A mini-van will transport those who have identified mobility issues on their registration. It will leave from the hotel main entrance at 6:45 p.m.
You are encouraged to bring an umbrella in case of rain.
- Emergency Contact
The Convention Office telephone number is 204-797-6032.
The hotel telephone number is: 1-519-744-4141
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marlene Mohr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 204-895-3433/1-800-588-4226 ext 210.