International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
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34th World Vegetarian Congress
Toronto, Canada, July 10th to 16th 2000

Date: Mon, 17 July 2000 19:19:15 -0400
From: Upperworld -
Subject: A new council for IVU

For immediate release.


Kevin Pickard
Ph: 416-544-9800 (Toronto vegetarian association)
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A new council for the International Vegetarian Union was elected at the recent world Vegetarian Congress, The Toronto Vegetarian Congress. The Toronto Vegetarian Association president Mr. Kevin Pickard was elected chairman. Ms. Tina Fox, of the Vegetarian Society of the UK was appointed deputy chair. Mr. Saurabh Dalal of the Vegetarian Society of Washington DC was elected secretary. Other council members include: Dr. Mitsuru Kakimoto, president of the Japan Vegetarian Society; Mr Jashu Shah, president of the Asian Vegetarian Union, Mr. Paul Turner, president of Food For Life Global; Dr. Claude Pasquini, president of the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Luxembourg; Mrs. Gerry Coffey, founder and co-director of Healthy Alternatives: Disease-Free-Living Through Nutrition and Fitness, of the US; Mr Robert Fraser, president of the Vegetarian Society of Western Australia; Mr. Richard Dimech, president of the Vegetarian Network of Victoria, Australia; and Mr. David Pye of the UK.

"The theme for the 34th World Vegetarian Congress, 'Sharing the Vision', is self explanatory." according to the new chairman, Kevin Pickard. "I am very honored to be elected as the new chairman and I feel my past experience with spreading vegetarianism in Toronto, regarded by many as the 'multi-cultural capital of the world', will help tremendously in my new role."

More than 1000 people from 20 countries attended the 34th World Vegetarian Congress at the Toronto Colony Hotel from July 10 to 16. It was the first time in its 92-year history that the congress was held in Canada. Each congress is under the auspices of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU), a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote vegetarianism worldwide through its member societies.

The congress boasted more than 70 international speakers providing information on health, plant-based nutrition, ethics, animal issues, spirituality, global issues, food preparation and vegetarian activism. Attendees were treated to a culinary extravaganza of vegetarian meals prepared by Gold Medal Award winning chefs, Ron Pickarski and Ken Bergeron.

From The Upperworld Redaction:

All the major speakers of the congress where taped by the Upperworld NewsCrew. Most of the 60 hours that we recorded will be available on our website. Information should be free, and so it will be. Also we showcase a slideshow featuring all the Veggie council members mentioned above (see our latest news). I for one appreciated my experience at the congress, and The Upperworld Society expects to be one of the major players at WVC2002.

Pascal Pilon
Head Redaction
The Upperworld Society / La société Upperworld