Retirees' News: September 2005

The University of Manitoba Retirees' News
Volume Nine, Issue Two
September 2005

President’s Fall Reception, Saturday October 15, 2005.

What a summer this has been for those of us in Manitoba who weathered June (wet), July (mosquitoes) and August (dry and mostly sunshine). Now it's time when we can get together and get caught up with what is happening at the University at the President’s Reception. It will be held in Marshall McLuhan Hall (formerly the Beausejour Room), University Centre on the Fort Garry Campus, on Saturday, October 15, 2005, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Anyone driving down Chancellor Matheson Road this summer cannot but be impressed by the number of new buildings going up in the area known as Smartpark. This segment of the University brings together university researchers, industry professionals and high-tech entrepreneurs to pursue innovative research opportunities. To help us better understand what is taking place, we have invited Mr. Alan Simms, Associate Vice President (Administration) and President of Smartpark, to be our guest speaker. His topic is "What is Smartpark - How has it Developed and Continues to Develop?"

Following Alan's presentation, Dr. Robert Kerr, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, will bring us up to date since we last met in April. Afterwards refreshments will be served. Don't forget to bring your spouse and invite those survivors of retirees that you know. Free parking is available in Parking Lot A between the Science buildings and St. John’s College and for a fee in the parkade just behind the Helen Glass Centre.

Please RSVP by October 7th by calling 474-9124 or e-mail Barbara Cameron at


Annual General Meeting of the University of Manitoba Retirees Association (UMRA)

UMRA, as its name suggests, is an association of retirees from the University of Manitoba. Its purpose is to act as a liaison between the retirees and the University by: (a) promoting their interests in areas such as pension and benefit plans, (b) providing a means for continuing the associations which members enjoyed as employees of the University, and (c) facilitating interaction with other retirees/seniors organizations. Membership in UMRA is open to all retirees of the University of Manitoba and their spouses/partners.

The second Annual General Meeting of your Retirees Association) will be held on October 15 starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Graduate Students Lounge, Room 217, University Centre. Items on the agenda include: a. the report of the Nominating Committee and the election of incoming members to the executive, (b) a financial report, (c) approval of membership fees, (d) presentation of by-laws, (e) a privacy policy and (f) possible activities to be undertaken by the Association. All in attendance will be able to vote on matters presented at the AGM. In future meetings, only Active (those who have paid a membership fee) Members will be able to vote.


Report of the UMRA Nominating Committee

Three current members of the Executive Committee are stepping down. They are Mr. Brent Clark, Mr. Irv Gusdal and Mr. John Markham. (Irv Gusdal will become an ex-officio member as our United Way representative.) Three persons are being nominated to be members-at-large for a two-year term to replace those who are stepping down. They are Mr. Horst Frank, Mrs. Karen Ogden and Mr. George Phillips. The proposed members of the Executive Committee for 2005-2006, as of August 31st, are Dr. Lois Brockman - President, Dr. Jay Goldstein - Vice President, Dr. Douglas MacEwan - Treasurer, and Dr. John Mundie - Past-President. The Members-at-Large are Dr. John Hamerton and Dr. Steve Stothers and three to be elected at the AGM. The person to replace Brent Clark as Secretary has yet to be named. Nominations will be received from the floor at the AGM.


UMRA Web site

Keep up to date by visiting us on the Web! You can go directly by entering or go to the University of Manitoba Home page (, click on Faculty and Staff and then in the centre column, click on University of Manitoba Retirees Association. Once there, click on several headings including a welcome message, the UMRA Constitution, Privacy Policy, the newsletter, Health Insurance for those over 75, CURAC, Links and more.


University of Manitoba Bulletin

Any retiree who currently does not receive the Bulletin and wishes to do so should contact the Editor, Mr. Dale Barbour at 474-8111 or e-mail him at Ask that your name be added to the mailing list. It is a great way to keep up to date as to what is happening at the University.


College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC)

The 2005 CURAC Conference and AGM were held in Vancouver on May 12-13. Howard Fink (Concord ia) was elected to succeed Peter Russell as President. CURAC moved closer to becoming incorporated with the approval of new bylaws replacing the constitution of the existing non-incorporated entity. Membership in CURAC now stands at 30 organizations. UMRA is a founding member.

Of interest to UMRA members is the individual healthcare insurance program negotiated by CAUT in association with Lee-Power & Associates and Manulife Financial. (see below) Also there were presentations by Canadian and American universities which have or are planning on-campus residences for university retirees. The UMRA executive will be exploring the possibility of establishing such a residence on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus.

Planning for the 2006 CURAC/ARUCC Conference and AGM is underway. It is expected that the sessions will be held on the 24th to the 26th of May, 2006 on the Guelph University campus.


Through arrangements made with CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers), there is the opportunity for persons (academic and staff) who are already retired and do not have any private health insurance coverage to obtain such coverage without medical examination or age limitation. This opportunity is for the period October 1st to November 30th, 2005. This is a one-time event and will not be repeated. The health insurance program, known as FollowMe, is offered through Manulife Financial.

In order to become eligible for the FollowMe program, you must take out an Associate Membership in CAUT at a cost of $25. This will enable you to apply for one of three levels of coverage (Premiere level is excluded) under the FollowMe program.

For those living in Winnipeg and surrounding area, CAUT associate member application and FollowMe booklet/application can be obtained by phoning 474-9438 or e-mailing John Mundie at These documents also will be available at the Annual General Meeting of UMRA and the President's Reception for Retirees on October 15th.

For those living outside of Winnipeg and surrounding area, for a CAUT application you can contact Gordon Piche, 1-613-8240-2270 or e-mail For the FollowMe booklet/application, contact Matt Power, at Lee-Power & Associates Inc., 1-613-236-9007, fax 1-613-236-0329 or e-mail Mailing address is Lee-Power & Associates, 616 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON, K1R 5J2.

To learn more about this opportunity you can go the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) website at, follow the links to CAUT and then the details of the FollowMe plan in terms of coverage and rates.

This opportunity is of particularly importance for those retirees of the University of Manitoba who are 75 years of age or older and who no longer have health benefit insurance. To anyone interested in pursuing this, remember this is a one-time event. You must act within the 60-day window, October 1 to November 30, 2005.

(It should be noted that those retirees who are currently covered under the University of Manitoba benefit program will have up to 60 days after their benefits terminate within which to obtain private health insurance without a medical examination.)


2005 United Way Campaign

Planning has begun for the 2005United Way Campaign and again retirees are an important component to the success of this event. The goal for the University has been set at $422, 545. Of this, the proportionate goal for retirees has been set at $71,200. The campaign gets underway in October. Retirees in the Winnipeg area will receive a letter and pledge card in October from Irv Gusdal who is our representative on the University United Way Committee. Please give this your earnest consideration.


Spring Reception

The Spring President's Reception for Retirees is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2006. The date will be confirmed in the next Retirees' News.

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