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New Logo Unveiling Marks New Era for CEFPI

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(Scottsdale, AZ, USA) - The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the world leader in improving educational facilities planning and design, will mark the beginning of a new era in its history with the unveiling of a new logo at the Council's 84th Annual International Conference, Oct. 6-9, 2007 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Council is shedding its 42-year-old catch phrase, "CEFPI, The School Building Association," in favor of, "CEFPI, Where great schools begin" to better reflect its position as an international educational facility planning association.

"CEFPI is about more than just bricks and mortar and for some time now we've been considering reestablishing our brand to reflect more of what CEFPI has evolved into," said CEFPI International Board President Roy J. Sprague. "We are a close-knit organization even though we've grown in size and stature. We want to establish a new group identity while respecting the individuality of our regions. That is the spirit of this whole endeavor."

The Board invited all members to submit their visual interpretations of how "CEFPI, Where great schools begin" should look. Besides supporting the new tagline, logo submissions had to reflect CEFPI's standing as an international organization. The competition attracted 150 submissions that were reviewed and evaluated by a committee.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be veteran Canadian diplomat Stephen Lewis. The United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Lewis is also a commissioner for the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Lewis led the Ontario New Democratic Party for eight years, during which time he became the leader of the Official Opposition. He also served as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and as the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF in New York. Lewis will address the opening general session on Sunday, October 7.

Former award-winning educator and author Brian Thwaits will address the closing general session on Tuesday, October 9. Thwaits is the author of The Big Learn: Smart Ways to Use Your Brain. Known as the "brain trainer," Thwaits is regarded as an engaging, provocative entertaining speaker who engages the hearts and minds of his audiences.
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