ASSOCIATION OF DALHOUSIE RETIREES AND PENSIONERS
VOLUME 4 NUMBER
Welcome to the latest issue of your ADRP Newsletter. The Board keeps active, meeting monthly, with numerous committee chairs reporting on their activities for our Association. President Blanche Potter is kept busy handling many issues. Here is the most up-to-date news on the most important items right now.
The first item is that I, the Editor, and all of you, just acquired a new Associate Editor for the quarterly Newsletter, Janice (Jan) Scott. I have known Jan since 1978 when, as Head of the Department of Anesthesia, I recruited her as my Administrative Secretary. She had spent 2 years in Continuing Medical Education prior to coming to Anesthesia and retired in 2001 with 25 years service to Dalhousie. When I saw her name in a list of possible helpers, I called her right away and was delighted when she accepted, and I am pleased to be working with her again after all these years. Jan succeeds Patricia Lutley who became Associate Editor last year and we wish to thank Patricia for volunteering to help us with the Newsletter.
We wish to
remind all ADRP members that our Summer Barbeque will be held July 14th
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF CURAC.
The College and University Retirees Associations of
The agenda covered a range of issues of concern to
existing retirees. These included a wide
range of considerations of the factors which would facilitate continuing
professional life after retirement. Not
surprisingly, there was considerable thought given to the implications of the
abolition of mandatory retirement.
Continuing access to university services and the right to apply for
external research grants were also viewed as important issues. One other item was a session on ‘retirement centres’ which provide space and facilities to
retirees. These may take a variety of
forms at different institutions with some being departmentally based while
others serve the institution as a whole.
There was also a session on housing for retirees. This included a description of the ‘
The final session focused on ‘Whither CURAC’. There was broad agreement that a major role for CURAC should continue to be the assembly and distribution of information about areas important to retirees. These would include benefits, access to space and services, and policies relating to grant submissions. CURAC was encouraged to try to identify “best practices”. Secondly, it was agreed that CURAC should seek to increase the visibility nationally of college and university retirees and, in that way, to bring our concerns to public and political attention. On the other hand, there was divided opinion about the extent to which CURAC should take on a direct advocacy role. In some areas, such as lobbying national granting agencies with respect to access for retirees, CURAC could play a useful role. Provincial advocacy should probably be left to the local level. The incoming executive was encouraged to develop a longer term strategy for CURAC and to work on expanding its membership base. It should also focus on supporting and encouraging the activities of local organizations.
The following statement which was approved at this 2005 AGM in Vancouver has been posted to the CURAC website at http://www.curac.ca and is now released for as wide a distribution as possible.
1. Faculty and staff should continue to receive their health, dental and travel insurance benefits when they retire. They should continue to receive any existing subsidy of the premium for these benefits when they retire.
2. Retired faculty and staff should have a voice in the negotiation, determination and management of their benefits.
3. Improvements or additions to health, dental and travel insurance benefits that are negotiated for faculty and staff should also apply fully to retired faculty and staff.
4. Any reduction in benefits or increase in premiums agreed to by faculty and staff associations or unions should not apply to retirees unless retirees participate in the negotiating process and the changes are balanced by improvements in other benefits or pensions.
More information on the CURAC annual meeting is available on the website.
THE ADRP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Blanche Potter Past President Tarunendu Ghose
1st Vice-President Paul Huber
2nd - Vice President Man Vohra
3rd Vice-President Colin Stuttard
Secretary Hermann Wolf
Treasurer Roy George
Liaison Alasdair Sinclair
Web Master Man Vohra
Benefits Philip Welch
Members at Large William Charles Social Sid Sodhi
Diane Prosser Complaints David Lewis
Kate MacDonald Membership Blanche Potter
` Mary Simms Sub-Committees of Communications:
& Caring Barbara Prime
Editor Emerson Moffitt
Associate Editor Jan Scott
Communications Committee, Man Vohra, Chair
The first item I wish to report on is the editorship of the Newsletter. I am glad to state that Jan Scott has joined as Associate Editor, to the Editor, Emerson Moffitt. She replaces Patricia Lutley who recently resigned for personal reasons. On behalf of the Communications Committee, I thank Patricia for her hard work and contributions to the ADRP Newsletter. I am also very pleased that Jan has agreed to team with Emerson Moffitt. She is an important addition to Emerson’s team.
As Chair of this Committee, I would like to thank both of them for their dedication and hard work in bringing out quickly the present issue of the Newsletter.
I would also like to thank Barbara Prime Walker, Chair of our Sharing and Caring Sub-Committee, for contacting and visiting our members who were either sick or hospitalized for various reasons, or were coping with unexpected difficult family circumstances. I urge the membership to pass on the news about their friends and colleagues that can be shared by Barbara and other ADRP members.
The Communications Committee also helps to maintain a website for the ADRP. This website is updated frequently with new information relating to various activities taking place in the Association, either locally or with CURAC nationally. I urge the membership to visit this site often to obtain information on these activities, and provide feedback about our website, and suggestions as to how to improve it further. The ADRP website can be accessed through http//retireesandpensionersdal.ca/ (please note the change of address of our website). The CURAC website can be accessed either directly –
http://www.curac.ca – or via a link provided on the ADRP website.
Thanks for all your support!
Liaison Committee, Alasdair Sinclair, Chair
On Tuesday, June 28th, Man Vohra and I travelled to
Benefits Committee, Philip Welch, Chair
Travel Health Coverage
I would like to draw your attention to the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT). This is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1960, which provides advice to potential travellers about health risks, the geographic distribution of diseases, immunization requirements, sanitary conditions of food and water, and immunization requirements around the world.
They also maintain a network of English-speaking
physicians around the world who have agreed to treat IAMAT members in need of
medical care during their travels, for pre-arranged fees set with IAMAT. Membership in IAMAT is open to any individual
traveller without charge, though a donation is
requested to help support their work.
This seems a most useful and commendable organization. Visit their website at www.iamat.org
or write, phone or fax: IAMAT,
Those ADRP members with a CIBC Visa card may find it useful to explore the Travel Health Insurance available (through the Cooperators) at 1-800-898-0392. One of the Travel Coverage Plans offered is for 15 day repeated trips for an annual premium of $206, provided the traveller is less than 75 years of age. No medical questionnaire is required, but health problems attributable to pre-existing conditions are not covered.
General Health and Dental Plan
Members of the Canadian Automobile Association might do well to explore this plan which provides for some dental, drug, vision care and extended health care, with no age limitation or requirement for medical evidence. The individual monthly premium for those 65-69, for example, is $50-$55 (M/F).
A plan specifically designed for retirees has been
brought to our attention, offered by Retirement Management Services Ltd. The advantages of this plan are - no waiting,
premiums not based on age, no dollar limit on covered services (with 70%
coverage in the first year), and no annual deductible. Monthly premiums are $38.56 (single) and
$70.92 (couple). A detailed information
package and applications are available through the ADRP Office (494-7174). More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-484-4448, or by writing to Retirement
Management Services Ltd.,
Communication from Bob Rodger, Member at Large
“Celebrating 50 Years - “The Development of Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Cardiac Surgery at Mayo Clinic”.
It was fifty
years ago that the first successful open-heart surgery was performed (March 22,
1955), and that took place at the Mayo Clinic in
That study changed the whole career of Emerson Moffitt, who then spent his whole 15 years at the Mayo Clinic, and 19 more at Dalhousie, doing cardiac anesthesia and endless studies on those patients.
As the only survivor of the five original team members, he was invited back to that celebration to talk about those first days, and present again the results of that first study in 1956. He met with a number of his old buddies from 1956 to 1972, cardiac surgeons and anesthesiologists retired now but also talking about those early days. The Mayo Clinic is still the most famous institution for its work in open-heart surgery so Emerson had the trip of a lifetime, being honoured and recognized for what he did for them and the world.
WE HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU AT THE BARBEQUE ON JULY 14TH!
Emerson Moffitt, Editor
Jan Scott, Associate Editor