District Staff Retreat is an annual time of rest, renewal, and fellowship for Pacific District licensed workers and spouses in Whistler that you won’t want to miss! We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday, November 6
4pm Check-in
7pm Evening Session
8:15pm Dessert

Tuesday, November 7
9:30am Brunch
10:45am Morning Session
12pm Enjoy Whistler
4:45pm Optional Group Dinners
7pm Evening Session

Wednesday, November 8
9:30am Brunch
10:45am Morning Session
12pm Enjoy Whistler
5:30pm Banquet Dinner & Comedy Show

Thursday, November 9
Breakfast on your own


Sandy (Alexander) Isfeld serves in leadership at Airdrie Alliance Church, a growing, young family congregation ten minutes north of Calgary where he has been Lead Pastor for 27 years, and where he and his wife Marianne have raised three adult children. Spiritual renewal, revival and Kingdom expansion are his dominant passions as he develops leaders and equips others for Kingdom ministry in their region, and hosts conferences on renewal.

Sandy completed his BTh and Masters at Ambrose. He recently graduated with his D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, with his dissertation on the raising up and releasing of Spirit-anointed leaders for the missional movement of Jesus in our world. Sandy’s other interests include exploring art, urban culture, literature, traveling, music, and sports.


Matt Falk was called “Effortlessly Funny” by the CBC. He’s performed at Just For Laughs, The Hal!fax Comedy Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. His debut album, Apple Pie & Scars, is currently being played on Sirius XM and was named one of the top 10 Comedy Albums the year of its release. Both of his comedy albums reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He’s worked with Rob Schneider, Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Coulier,  and many more. Matt is one of the writers and stars of RocKids TV and the writer of over a dozen shows including the record breaking dinner theatre play, ‘The Big BOOM Theory’. His clean stand-up comedy act has gained him many accolades including placing 2nd in The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.

ARF Pension Plan Member Counselling

We are pleased to advise that Lorna Stewart of Reuter Benefits, our district retirement consultants, will be providing individual counseling to members of the ARF Pension plan on November 7 and 8 in Whistler.

Click here for information on how Lorna can help you!

Please contact Shannon VandenHeuvel at Reuter Benefits toll-free at 1-800-666-0142 x.201 to book a time for personal counselling. Please bring your most recent Manulife Statement to your session.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to review your retirement plan!


Registration fees include all sessions, brunches, and a banquet dinner. Hotel, travel, and all other meals are not included. Hotel rooms must be booked separately (see below).

Licensed Worker – on a church staff $369
Spouse of a Licensed Worker – Licensed Worker is on a church staff $169

Licensed Worker – not on a church staff $269
Spouse of a Licensed Worker – Licensed Worker is not on a church staff $119

Emeritus Worker $269
Spouse of Emeritus Worker $119

Guest of the District – please contact the District Office

Registration deadline is October 23, 2017

Please read the Registration & Financial Policies for District Staff Retreat!

Optional Group Dinners

Interested in getting to know other workers and spouses in the District over great food? On Tuesday, November 7 we have reserved space at local restaurants for you to enjoy time together over a meal so you can get to know others in the District.

If you would like to join one of these group dinners, sign up to attend when you register! Please note that this meal is not included in the registration fee.


District Staff Retreat is held at the Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler, BC, and there are rooms set aside from November 3-12, 2017. Booking is the responsibility of each attendee and can be done by visiting the Westin hotel website or by calling 1-866-412-2864 and identifying yourself as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance District Staff Retreat 2017 group.

Please note that the hotel discount deadline was October 6, 2017 and the group rate is no longer available.


The Westin Resort and Spa offers underground parking for guests. Cars can either be self parked for $30 plus tax per day or valet parked for $34 plus tax per day.

There is also parking at the Whistler Conference Centre, located 260 metres north of the Westin Resort & Spa, for $10 per day. Please note that there are a limited number of stalls available at the Conference Centre and they are on a first come, first served basis.

The 72 hour free parking in day lots 4 and 5 in Whistler Village will not be available after November 1, 2017 as these are used for snow removal.


Please note that if you are driving on the Sea to Sky Highway from West Vancouver to Whistler you are required to have winter tires. This means that your tires must display either a ‘snowflake in mountain’ symbol or as a minimum have the ‘M + S’ symbol and a tread depth of 3.5mm.

For more information, please see the DriveBC website.