EC&C-DCON-2024

Kiwanians pack your bags!!

Make your way to Jamaica and come experience DCON vibes in our tropical paradise at the 2024 Kiwanis Eastern Canada & Caribbean District Convention in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from May 16-18, 2024. A fun-filled, informative adventure awaits you at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. You don’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity, so register early and give yourself a chance to win a prize, reserve your room and make your travel plans. We look forward to hosting you. Stay tuned to this website for information or developments on the Convention.

Take a look at the Montego Bay Convention Centre

Convention Accommodation

The main convention hotel is the Holiday Inn. The overflow hotel is the Hilton Hotel (picture of hotels). Hotel reservations open December 1, 2023 and additional hotel information will be posted as soon as they become available.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service between hotels and the Convention Centre will be provided free of cost to all registered Kiwanians.

For DCON2024 Participants arriving in Kingston and require ground transportation to Montego Bay, we recommend that you contact the Knutsford Express directly to make your ground travel arrangements:

Tel: 876-940-0064
Email: info@knutsfordexpress.com
Website: www.knutsfordexpress.com

Registration Policy

  • No Refunds After April 15, 2024: Please note that we will not be able to offer refunds for cancellations after this date.
  • Name Changes Permitted: Attendees can update the name on their registration up until the start of the Convention.
  • Service Charge for Late Refunds: A $25 service charge will be applied to all refunds processed after April 15, 2024.

Hotel Registration Options

Holiday Inn Rates
• Single Occupancy US$173/night
• Double Occupancy US$233/night
• (hotel booking form goes up to triple and quad – be guided)
Click here for hotel directions

Book with Holiday Inn

Hilton Hotel (overflow)
• Single Occupancy US$353/night
• Double Occupancy US$392/night
Click here for hotel directions

Book with Hilton Hotel


Greetings fellow Kiwanians.


I am so pleased to be able to welcome you to this, the 2024 Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District convention.
The convention planning committee has done a fantastic job in order to welcome you here to beautiful Montego Bay
Jamaica and my congratulations go out to the team. Click Read MoreI feel privileged and very proud to be serving as your Governor
this year and will continue to do my very best to support what I believe is the best and most diverse district in
Kiwanis. So, please enjoy all that this convention has to offer, the fellowship, the learning opportunities, the
networking, Kiwanis business, and of course, the FUN. I hope your convention experience is a great one and please,
when you see me, stop me and say hello, I really want to meet you.

Yours in Kiwanis Service,

John Chave

Governor 2023 -2024

MINISTER OF TOURISM, HON. EDMUND BARTLETT

On behalf of the Government and hospitable people of Jamaica, it is indeed my pleasure to welcome the Kiwanians of Eastern Canada and the Caribbean (EC&C) to the number one visitor destination in the region. Jamaica is ideally suited for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions for the business traveller as much as it is a paradise for those looking for a wide range of events and attractions to enjoy at leisure.Click Read More If I’ve interpreted your convention theme, “One Luv, One Vybz, One Passion” correctly, your decision to choose Jamaica as the venue for this important event was deliberate. This, I am convinced, is because more than anywhere else, this land of Bob Marley, Usain Bolt and National Hero The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, not to mention the host of other Jamaican heroes, offers all that and more, with its cultural diversity, vibrant entertainment industry, historical assets and scenic attractions. With Kiwanis Jamaica hosting the 2024 Kiwanis EC&C District Convention in Montego Bay from May 16 to 18, I expect that you will use the occasion to conduct an appraisal of the great work your members have been doing collectively through their clubs, and individually in their communities. As you assess how far you’ve come, no doubt you will use this event to renew your commitment to the children of the world because more than ever before, in this time there is a clear need for the social intervention offered by Kiwanians to help rescue our children from the very negative influences to which they are being subjected. As you review and chart the way forward, I implore you to give special consideration to using your combined skills and knowledge in developing programmes that will, among other things, help to boost our children’s awareness of the various threats they face in our world today. I am aware that for many years Kiwanis International has focused on: “Serving the children of the world.” You have in fact been doing so for several decades. It shouldn’t be any secret that I am exposed to the work of Kiwanis almost daily through the committed involvement of key ministry personnel, so I do know that you take your work seriously and relentlessly pursue fulfilment of your mission of improving the world one child and one community at a time. They also play key roles in helping to grow Jamaica’s tourism sector and so you can be assured that they will do everything to make sure the red carpet is rolled out for the roughly 600 delegates expected for the convention from some 19 countries, spanning the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. I personally invite you all to join the 44 percent of visitors to Jamaica who having realized that they can’t get enough in just one visit, have been coming back year after year for more. I offer you best wishes for a memorable convention and continued success in the years to come.

Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP
Minister of Tourism

HIS WORSHIP, THE MAYOR OF MONTEGO BAY & CHAIRMAN OF THE ST. JAMES MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, COUNCILLOR LEEROY WILLIAMS

As Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, it is with immense pleasure that I welcome all Kiwanians in the USA, Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District to Montego Bay, the Friendly City and the tourist mecca of the Caribbean.Click Read More I am sure that Convention 2024 under the theme “One Luv, One Vybz, One Passion” and through its mantra “Serving The Children of the World” will be the most enjoyable because of the great hospitality of our people as well as gratifying for the hardworking and dedicated Kiwanians. As Mayor, I extend special welcome to delegates from the USA, Eastern Canada, Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, Suriname, French Guyana, Martinique, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and of course Jamaica. Montego Bay in particular and Jamaica in general appreciate the work being done by members of Kiwanis International. Kiwanians are the modern-day Mother Theresa as they continue to serve everyone with one goal which is to make the lives of our citizens better. I join you all in looking forward to the outcomes from the dialogue during this convention as ideas are shared among members and the mandate of the organization fulfilled. As Mayor of Montego Bay, I can attest to the work and worth of the Kiwanis Clubs in our parish and I must say how extremely proud we are to be hosting this meeting of some of the world’s hardest working volunteers and leaders. Let me affirm that across the Kiwanis communities worldwide, Jamaica continues to be the flag bearer and the pace setter in bringing vibrancy, prominence and strength in this District and at the international level. Again, I extend a warm welcome to you all for this convention and on behalf of the City of Montego Bay, I wish you all tremendous success.

Councillor Leeroy Williams, OD, JP
Mayor of Montego Bay & Chairman
St. James Municipal Corporation

Welcome to Jamdown one and all!

It is my esteemed pleasure to extend warmest greetings as you attend Convention 2024 in sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica. I am delighted that you are here to enjoy the magic of Jamaica, the ideal location for a fun-filled convention and vacation in one. I encourage you to immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings and feel the warmth and friendliness of our people. Enjoy the pulsating reggae beats and authentic Jamaican cuisine as you capture the creativity of nature in this little island.Click Read More Be adventurous and make it a memorable stay by adding a tour to one of the many attractions. Whether you are a first timer or frequent attendee to conventions, there will be educational forums you won’t want to miss. Take them all in as you make new friends and reunite with old ones. Once again welcome to Jamaica, where it’s one luv, one vybz, one passion. Yea mon!

Pam Rodney-White
Governor Elect

Welcome from Chair Edwin Thompson

On behalf our District Convention Committee, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm greeting to all of you, fellow Kiwanians guests and friends, to our Eastern Canada & Caribbean District Convention in Montego Bay, Jamaica, themed "One Luv, One Vybz, One Passion." I am happy to inform you that this convention is expected to be engaging and educational, as you will have access to an invaluable forum. Our informative speakers will inspire you, and our forums and workshops offer opportunities. Click Read More Spend some time admiring the beautiful island and the hospitable and kind people. We hope you have an amazing time and create a priceless, enduring memory. As we renew long-standing connections and establish new ones, let this be a grand Kiwanis family get-together.
Welcome!

Edwin C. Thompson
Chairman: District Convention Committee

Fellow Kiwanians, Guests and Friends:

As Host Country Chair I feel very proud, privileged, yet humbled, to welcome you all to our EC&C District Convention 2024 and to our beautiful island -Jamaica. The warm and friendly City of Montego Bay – the tourism mecca of the Caribbean, is ready to receive you! Montego Bay – Jamaica, is known for its warm hospitality and is a city where business and pleasure can be wrapped up in one great package. Click Read More A special welcome also, on behalf of the Host Team, who has been working tirelessly to ensure that you have an unmatched convention experience! We have a great packaged lined up for you through the educational forums and inspiring speakers. Great attractions/tours organized just for you – visit our EC&C website for details. Targeted events to foster camaraderie – Opening Ceremony, K-Family Lunch, Host Night Party and Gala. Convention 2024 is the place to be May 16-18, to make new friends, re-kindle friendships and exchange ideas with your peers. A great event for networking. The Host Team and I look forward to welcoming you all to Jamaica and to the City of Montego Bay – where you will be enchanted by the music and feel the love and warmth of “island people”. Come for the fellowship, fun, food, and the sun-kissed beaches. Again, we welcome you and hope you will have your best experience ever!

Sheila J Heaven
Host Country Chair – EC&C DCON2024

Explore Jamaica

Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun: Discover
Jamaica's Irresistible Vibe!

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Incredible Beaches

Jamaica has some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. From the Seven Mile Beach in Negril to the Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, visitors have endless opportunities to soak up the sun, swim in crystal clear waters, and indulge in the sandy terrain.

Friendly Locals

Jamaicans are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness. They are always willing to lend a helping hand, and their infectious laughter and positive energy create an inviting atmosphere that makes visitors feel right at home.

Delicious Food

Jamaica's cuisine is a unique fusion of African, Spanish, and British influences, resulting in a diverse range of flavors and spices. From the world-famous jerk chicken to the mouth-watering seafood dishes, your taste buds will be delighted with the authentic Jamaican cuisine.

Cultural Richness

Jamaica has a rich cultural heritage that is visible in its art, music, and dance. The island is the birthplace of reggae music, and its pulsating beats can be heard and felt throughout the island. Visitors can also explore museums, art galleries, and historical sites to gain a deeper understanding of Jamaica's unique culture.

Adventure Activities

Jamaica offers a wide range of adventure activities for visitors, such as hiking lush mountains, visiting waterfalls, zip-lining through the forest, and exploring underground caves. There is something for everyone!

Perfect Climate

Jamaica has a tropical climate that is pleasant throughout the year. Visitors can expect warm temperatures, refreshing breezes, and plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal destination for those who want to escape the cold.

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Go for adventure activities

60%

Go for cultural activities

70%

Go for cuisine

90%

Go for beaches

WhyDCON 2024

Why should you attend
District Convention 2024 in Montego Bay Jamaica

Networking

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other Kiwanis members from across the region, exchange ideas, and build relationships.

Inspiration

Attendees will hear from inspiring guest speakers who will share their stories and motivate them towards greater personal and collective success.

Professional development

Attendees will have access to resources, tools, and training sessions that can help them advance their careers and make a difference in their communities.

Activities

The convention will offer a range of activities and events, including keynote speaker presentations, workshops, social gatherings, and community service projects, allowing members to connect and engage further.

Personal growth

The convention provides an opportunity for attendees to reflect, learn and grow as individuals by interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

FUN

Lastly, the Kiwanis district convention is a time when attendees can have a great time with colleagues, enjoying the camaraderie, laughter, and great Jamaican cuisine. It is an experience not to be missed!

Schedule Listing


CONVENTION DAY 1

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024
  • 7:30 a.m. Registration, Credentials. & District office opens - Convention Centre
  • 8:00 a.m. First Timers Reception - Convention Centre
  • 9:00 a.m. Partners & Guest Tourism Information Desk Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Convention Forums/Workshops - Convention Centre
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Convention Forums/Workshops - Convention Centre
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Grand Opening Ceremony- Convention Centre

CONVENTION DAY 2

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024
  • 7:30 a.m. Registration, Credentials. & District office opens
  • 9:00 am Partners & Guest Tourism Information Desk Open
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Convention Forums/Workshops - Convention Centre.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon – Convention Centre
  • 2:30 p.m. EC&C District PLG Meeting - Convention Centre
  • 3:30 p.m. EC&C District Past Governor’s Meeting - Holiday Inn
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner Individual Host Hotels - All Inclusive
  • 8:00 p.m. Host Country Party Extraordinaire - Harmony Beach Park

CONVENTION DAY 3

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024
  • 8:00 a.m. Registration, Credentials. & District office opens
  • 8:00 a.m. Partners & Guest Tourism Information Desk Opens
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:45a.m. Divisional Caucus Meetings - Convention Centre
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30p.m. Plenary Session - Convention Centre
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30pm Awards presentation by IPG Anthony Haile
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 pm Lunch at Individual Host Hotels
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Governor’s Reception at Convention Centre (by invitation only) Governor Designate’ s Reception at Convention Centre (invitation only)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pre Gala-Reception (with Cash Bar)
  • 7:00 p.m. Members’ Grand Gala banquet

Contact Us

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info at eccdcon2024 dot com

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