Retirees' News: March 1998

The University of Manitoba Retirees' News
Volume Two, Issue One
March 1998

Our Next Reception

It looks as though Spring will be early this year, certainly if the weather stays as warm as it has been this past few weeks. And warmer weather makes it that much easier to get out and about. One event you will want to attend is the next reception for retirees.

In planning for the event, we had to think about what happens as the temperature rises. Usually it means our weekends become busier. This being so we thought holding our reception on a Friday afternoon would be preferable. This way you can meet with other retirees and still have your weekend free to do other things; a win - win situation. So mark your calendar for Friday, April 17, 3:00 to 4:40 pm at The University Club, formerly the Faculty Club), Pembina Hall, 26 Maclean Crescent, Fort Garry Campus.

The Task Force on Strategic Planning has released its final report and President. Szathmáry will present highlights of that report at the reception.

Classes will be over and students will be writing exams. This means it will be easier to park. For those attending the reception from 3:00 on, arrangements have been made for you to use Parking Lot F, which are located around the Power Plant, behind the agriculture complex. Stop at the Information Centre if you are unsure of how to get there.

For those who want to stay after the reception, the University Club will be holding one of its Friday afternoon jazz sessions, starting at 5:00 pm. Members and non-members are welcome.

RSVP by April 13 to 474-8346 or e-mail to

The final report of the Task Force is now available.

The final report of the Task Force on Strategic Planning, called Building on Strengths, is now available for anyone who would like to receive a copy. Copies can be either picked up at the Information Centre, 423 University Crescent, or will be mailed on request by Public Affairs at (204) 474-8346 or e-mail to

You wanted to know about financial and estate planning.

A number of respondents to our questionnaire indicated an interest in learning more about financial and estate planning. The Planned Giving Committee of the University Development Council has developed a seminar on financial and estate planning, and to date they have held one session with faculty and staff and alumni of the Faculty of Arts. The volunteer members of the planning giving committee are: Wynn Sweatman, Sweatman Insurance and Retirement Services (chair), Serena Kraayeveld, managing partner, Coopers & Lybrand; Frank Lavitt, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson; David Kraemer, David Kraemer Financial Services; Justice Sydney Schwartz, Court of Queen's Bench, and Tim Taylor, Deely, Fabbri Sellen.

For those who are interested in learning more about such matters, here is your opportunity.

The seminar will be right before the reception on April 17, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the University Club. (Please not that if you are attending the seminar and staying for the reception, parking is available in D or R residence parking lots - note that for this event the 24-hour permit zone has been relaxed)

Speakers will either be members of the planned giving committee or volunteers recruited by the committee. There is no cost or obligation to attend the seminar.

We would like to know how many will be in attendance. So when you call up to let's us know about coming to the reception, indicates if you will come early for the seminar.

Have you obtained your Retiree Identification Card?

A number of retirees have picked up their card at the ID Centre. It is really very attractive. If you haven't, why not make arrangements to do so when you come to the reception. The Centre is located in Room 400 (Student Records Office) in the University Centre. Just give them a call at (204) 474-9428. Of course, you can do it at any other time during regular office hours (8:30 to 4:30).

Retirees' really showed they care

Your response to the 1997 United Way Campaign was exceptional. Retirees contributed $44,259 this year compared with $33,486 in 1996. Our target was $35,000. The number of contributors was 219, which is the highest ever, up 20% from last year. The average contribution was $202. Because of you, the University of Manitoba met its overall goal and those less fortunate than ourselves will receive the support which will make their lives that much better.

Thanks to the volunteers who participated in the phone call phase of the campaign. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

You wanted to help

Here are three opportunities for volunteers.

Oral History of the University of Manitoba

A history of the University has not been written since Dr. W. L. Morton's One University was published in 1955. With the University celebrating its 125th anniversary in the year 2002, it has been proposed that an oral history be undertaken. This history would seek to record the experiences of those who worked in all sectors of the University, from members of the Board of Governors to senior administrators, to academic staff and support workers. Not only will it record what forms part of the official documented history it will include the personal experiences and insights which can only be captured from interviews with those who were there at the time.

Organizations, which have undertaken the development of an oral history, such as the CBC, found retirees provided a rich source of talent to undertake the various tasks needed. Because of their involvement far more information was gathered from a much larger number of interviewees than was originally planned. For the retirees it was a personally rewarding experience. We want to duplicate this outcome at our University by having your help.

Mike Mooseberger, acting head of the department of archives and special collections, Libraries, with the encouragement of Carolynne Presser, Director of Libraries, currently is seeking funding for the project. If funds are secured, volunteers will be needed: to gather background information regarding people who should be interviewed, to undertake interviews of colleagues, and to give interviews. Training will be provided and any expenses reimbursed.

Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters on how you can get involved.

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

With the closing of the Crafts Guild of Manitoba Inc.'s retail outlet, work space and office at 181 Kennedy Street, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library was formed as a committee of the Manitoba Crafts Council. The committee is looking for volunteers to assist it in undertaking the variety of tasks associated with setting up a museum and library. If you are interested in helping, please phone the Manitoba Crafts Council at 947-0340 or Margaret Gaunt at 947-1844 (work) or 269-3119 (home) for more details.

Students and Seniors Together

Creative Retirement Manitoba and Winnipeg School Division No. 1 offer a program, which enables older adults to share their skills, knowledge and experience with children in schools. Known as Students and Seniors Together, it provides a wide range of opportunities to retirees, including: reading with children, developing skills in math and other subjects, working on special events, helping with arts and crafts, being a mentor, and participating in an intergenerational club. Volunteers can serve on a regular or casual basis. Regular volunteers provide a minimum of two hours per week, with the day and time determined by the volunteer and the teacher. Opportunities exist to work with any grade level, from nursery to grade 12.

If you are interested, please contact Linda Grant, Manager of Schools Program, Creative Retirement Manitoba, at 949-2557.

Members sought for Senior Bureau, Chamber of Commerce

The Senior Bureau of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is looking for new members. Any retiree from the University of Manitoba is eligible to become a member with full Chamber Club privileges, and more. The "more" includes low cost tours, social events, speakers, networking and opportunities to be involved in Chamber and community committees. Annual membership fees are $64.20. For further information please contact Joyce Breckman at the Chamber of commerce at 942-3011, ext. 218; or Fred Kaita at 661-6243.

What are the staff benefits for retirees?

The Staff Benefits Office of the University has prepared and mailed a folder which provides a summary of the benefits available to retirees. The letter accompanying the folder indicates the specific benefits for the individual retiree. If you did not receive the folder, please write to Staff Benefits Office, 180 Continuing Education Complex, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 or phone (204) 474-7428.

A committee of retirees has been formed to look at the benefit programs of the University from a retiree's perspectives. It will be considering possible changes to the programs and will make presentations on behalf of retirees to the appropriate committees of the University. If you have any matters which you would like the committee to consider, please contact John Mundie through the Staff Benefits Office or phone (204) 256-8245.

Keeping in Touch

If you are not receiving The Bulletin and would like to do so, please phone or write to Julie Mikuska. If you have a computer, you can read about your University on the University of Manitoba Web site. The address is:

If there is anything you would like to see in an upcoming newsletter, please send your suggestions to Julie Mikuska.


Julie Mikuska, Assistant to the Executive Director, University Relations Division, University of Manitoba, 208 Administration Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2, phone: (204) 474-8198, fax: (204) 275-1160, e-mail:
John Mundie, phone: (204) 256-8245.

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