The University of Manitoba Retirees Association (UMRA) gained its official recognition by the University of Manitoba May 14, 2003.
UMRA is a founding member of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) and its purpose is to act as a liaison between the U of M retirees and the University, to encourage and promote a spirit of collegiality among members of the association and organize and promote activities for its members, and to facilitate interaction with other retiree/senior organizations.
University of Manitoba Retirees Association
Annual General Meeting, October 13, 2012
I'm pleased to report that UMRA has achieved a new benefit for retirees. The University has accepted UMRA's proposal that retirees and their immediate family members be eligible for the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Although the decision to extend EAP coverage to retirees occurred last December UMRA had to delay our announcement until the University had finalized the details with the program's provider. Please see the September, 2012, issue of the Retirees' News for information about the EAP's confidential services and how to access them, or go to www.umanitoba.ca/admin/human_resources/eap/index.htm and follow the links under “Related Info.”
In January I sent our membership a notice about the changes to our membership categories approved at last year's AGM, and other developments, including the creation of the status of Associate Retiree of the University of Manitoba for our lifetime Members who are ineligible for Retired Staff status. A link to the Associate Retiree application form now is on the homepage of UMRA's website, and the application is being given to all new retirees by Staff Benefits. So far in 2012 two Members have applied to become Associate Retirees and both applications have been approved by Human Resources.
In May the Executive Committee adopted a new by-law (By-Law 6: Travel Policy) which details expenses for travel which the Association will reimburse. Many thanks to Marjorie Doyle, UMRA Treasurer, for suggesting the need for a travel policy and for drafting the guidelines which were the basis for the by-law.
For the past several years UMRA has had a representative on the Advisory Committee of Extended Education's Lifelong Learning (LLL) program. We also have publicized their activities via our website, email lists, and the Retirees' News. In August LLL proposed that our organizations formally affiliate. Their proposal included: 1) reciprocal committee memberships, 2) reciprocal use of logos on websites and promotional materials, and 3) consultation to avoid duplication of programs. After carefully considering the proposal the Executive Committee voted to maintain our present relationship with LLL rather than to affiliate.
In conclusion, I want to thank the members of the Executive Committee and the members of our standing and ad hoc committees for their work this year. As always I welcome your suggestions about initiatives the Association might undertake on behalf of our membership.
Jay Goldstein, President