The annual conference of CURAC (the Colleges and Universities Retirees Associations of Canada) will be held at Carleton University in Ottawa, from May 24-26, 2017. It will be hosted by the Carleton University Retirees Association and folks are being encouraged to come to Ottawa next year for Canada’s 150th anniversary and for the 75th anniversary of Carleton University. (The notice from CURAC fails to mention that next year is also the 50th anniversary of the Ontario community colleges but we must try to overlook this regrettable oversight in the spirit of post-secondary camaraderie).
It turns out that Ian Wilson is not the only fundraiser extraordinaire. He has raised funds for various organizations in the Kingston area and recently spearheaded a successful drive to raise $50,000 for student bursaries in time for the 50th anniversary of SLC in 2017. A recent report in the Globe and Mail offers well deserved praise for David Enns and a group of retired Cornwall faculty members. Over the past 18 years, David and his wife Sandy have hosted an annual fundraising event at their home in support of a Retired Business Faculty Award. So far the fundraising has provided 21 bursaries at $1,000 each and has built up $55,000 in a growing fund as well. Great work on the part of these retired colleagues.
Whether or not it is only a coincidence that both of these excellent fundraisers were Professors of Economics is a subject for further research - if your faithful scribe is successful in his application for funding from the Canadian Research Council.
Some 30 members of the Association attended the Nov 24 lunch at the Cataraqui Golf Club, including one who came all the way from Portland Oregon. Actually, David Schleich was travelling in the eastern part of North America, but he still make the effort of renting a car and driving down from Ottawa for our event. Here he is, holding forth with Betty, Susan, and Anne.
I consider this a challenge to our member who lives even farther away - Marilynn Yeates down in California - to find a way to come up and see us in 2017 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. As details become available, we will post and email information about any special events for retirees in 2017, so stay tuned.
More photos from the lunch are found below.
Former colleagues of Wanda are invited to join in the celebration of Wanda’s retirement, after 32 years of service!
Friday, December 2, 2016 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Davies Hall – Kingston Campus
Music, drink, and munchies!
Please, no gifts: however, Wanda would welcome contributions to the Wanda Williams College Fund to support Athletics and Student Life. Follow the link: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=209919.
If you have a picture of Wanda or a story to share please send to Terry-Lyn Spence (firstname.lastname@example.org) Administrative Assistant, Student Services (613 544 5400 ext 1364).
Retired SLC employees are now eligible for membership in the Student Health and Athletic Centre (SHAC) on the Kingston Campus. The annual membership runs from December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017 and the cost is only $30 per month. The full cost ($360) is payable when joining up, but it is also possible to join for a shorter period of time and pay the reduced amount. For example, those who are snowbirds could join as of April 1, 2017 and pay only for eight months, or a total of $240. Please note that this SHAC membership provides access only to the SLC site and not to the YMCA at Wright Crescent or the west Kingston branch of the Y on Progress Avenue. Click for Hours of operation, fitness classes & more information. For more details, contact Kyle Valpy, at extension 1747 or at email@example.com.
#1. A reminder that flu shots are now readily available from doctors and pharmacies.
#2. The much-recommended Shingles vaccine is now free of charge for those 65 and over. [Not sure if there is an upper limit on this offer, so you should check on that] It is available at the local health unit (from 9 to 11:30 am on Portsmouth Avenue, in the case of Kingston) and in drug store chains like Rexall.
#3. Seniors are also being encouraged to get a vaccine for pneumonia.
#4. Finally, and especially important, I am passing along information on how to deal with stress and to find inner peace. I followed this advice and found that it really worked. See below
This will be the Association’s last social event of 2016, so we hope you’ll make a special effort to come along and visit with SLC colleagues before winter keeps us inside more (or sends us fleeing to warmer weather). You are welcome to bring your partner to this event.
We will again be gathering in the upstairs dining room (which can be accessed by elevator as well as stairs), starting at 12 noon, with a cash bar. Food service will begin around 12:30 and will feature three choices listed below with tax and tip included. You don’t need to give your food choice until the day of the event.
(1) Sesame crusted salmon fillet meal for $25
(2) Grilled chicken caesar wrap (with choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or salad) for $20
(3) Montreal smoked meat sandwich (with same choice of sides) for $20
Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available for those who request them. Please contact me no later than Monday Nov 21 if you plan to attend this event.