Central Fraser Valley


Branch general meeting — Dec. 8

Members of the Central Fraser Valley Branch,

Due to the success of our virtual meetings, the board has decided to hold its last virtual general meeting for 2021 on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. As it was for the previous meetings, you will be required you to register in with Zoom before the meeting.

Registration Information:  Around Dec. 1, you should receive an email with the agenda and other documents. The email will include a link to register for the meeting. If you do not receive this email by Dec. 5, please contact Duncan Palmer at (778) 344-6499 or by email at centralfraservalley@federalretirees.ca

You must register with Zoom in advance! If you have not done so before and need assistance, please contact Duncan. Zoom will send you an email with a confirmation link and directions on joining the meeting.

Please note: The email and link should not be shared with others as it is unique to you. You will need to retain the confirmation email with the joining link in order to join the meeting on Dec. 8.

For those new to Zoom, you will need a webcam and microphone to fully participate. You can use a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet. Once you have registered, Zoom will send you a confirmation message. Please retain that for the meeting date as you will need it in order to join the meeting.

If you wish to join the meeting via telephone instead, please contact Duncan as soon as possible.  He will provide you with the necessary information to join the meeting by phone.

On the meeting day, Dec. 8, it is suggested you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. If you encounter difficulties logging on, please contact our director Randie Scott on his cell at (778) 808-4861, where he as our technical advisor and may be able to assist you in the logging on process.

Guest presentation:
We will be joined by Shawn McCord, a senior consultant from Johnson Insurance head office in Ottawa, Ontario. Shawn will cover some of the changes to the MEDOC travel insurance plan and talk about home insurance available through Johnson Insurance. It will be approximately a one hour presentation, with time for questions.

After the presentation we will have a short health break followed by a very short business meeting, ending with a draw for several gift cards! In fact, as this will be our year-end event, we will have 10 gift card draws in lieu of the usual prizes awarded at our past Christmas luncheons.

Please register as soon as you can. Please contact Duncan or Randie if you have questions or difficulty with registering.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Duncan Palmer
President, Central Fraser Valley Branch

BC01 Branch President, Duncan Palmer

Welcome to the Central Fraser Valley Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees. In addition to our regular events, from time to time you'll find information here on Association advocacy events as well as national events.

We invite you to explore our branch website, and to check out your Association's advocacy priorities. Also, please be sure to like and follow  Federal Retirees on Facebook.  

We update our site regularly, so check back often for the latest news and upcoming events.

Duncan Palmer,

All in person branch meetings and social functions have been cancelled for the remainder of 2021.

The board is planning a full schedule for 2022, using a combination of both in person and Zoom virtual meetings. The 2022 schedule should be out with the winter addition of Sage, and will be posted on this webpage.

Future in person meeting will, of course, be held in compliance with both British Columbia COVID-19 Public Health orders as well as any direction received from the Federal Retirees national office. Please check back here as the board will post any scheduling updates as soon as they are available.

There is a wealth of information available online for seniors, including health, financial and fraud prevention, as well as many other resources. The links below are for BC and federal governments and related agencies, as well as non profit organizations: 



New links:

River Forecast Centre

Emergency Management BC

Enhanced Road Assessment:

ICBC information portal

Gov't information portal

Senior Drivers information

Learn to drive smart - your guide to driving safely

Tuning up for drivers - getting you ready for your road test

Financial information:

Changes to your taxes when you retire or turn 65

ICBC Enhanced care - savings and refunds

On-line Home Owner Grant application

Property tax deferral

Public pensions

Income tax information:

Indexation adjustment for personal income tax and benefit amounts

Medical expenses

Pension income splitting

Income tax clinics (free)

Healthcare/safety/seniors/social services information:

Government of British Columbia: 

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

BC Services Card mobile app.

BC Vaccine Card

COVID-19 vaccine registration (get vaccinated)

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 - BC's response

COVID-19 support app and self-assessment tool

Emergency Info BC

Emergency Management BC

Family and Social Support links

Fraser Health

Health gateway (accessing your health information)


Health Links (links to Provincial Government health care information):

ImmunizeBC (information on all vaccines)


Medical Services Plan (MSP)

River Forecast Centre

Wildfire Service

Government of Canada:

Benefits Finder

COVID-19 Information Portal

Health Services and Information

Programs and Services for Seniors

Seniors Health

Travel Information

Non profit organizations:

British Columbia: 

BC211 (links to community, government and social services)

BC Senior's Advocate

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - BC Division

Council of Senior Citizen's Organizations of BC (COSCO)

Family Caregivers of BC

FireSmart BC

Seniors First BC


Active life choices for older adults (ALCOA)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Pension and benefit information for federal retirees:

2022 pension indexing Rate (2.4%)

Canadian Armed Forces Pension Information

Pension and benefits email notification system

Pension survivor benefits

Pensioners Dental Services Plan (PDSP)

Public Service Group Insurance Benefit Plans

Public Service Health Care Plan

RCMP Pension Information

Treasury Board - Retired Members of the Public Service Pension Informationmation

Personal planning (will, power of attorney, representation agreement):

Incapacity planning

Nidus resource centre

Substitute decision making and incapacity planning

Wills and estate planning



Philips CPAP/BiPAP recall/registration Information


Safety, fraud and scam information:

Better Business Bureau - Scams

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Competition Bureau Canada - Preventing Fraud

Consumer Protection BC

CRA scam info

RCMP - Senior Safety

Seniors First BC Frauds and Scams Resource List

Last updated 21/12/01
Central Fraser Valley Branch (BC01)

PO Box 2202 Station A
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 3X8


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