January is National Mentoring Month

 

Sage, our quarterly magazine, is brimming with engaging and informative articles about issues that matter to members.

This time of year can be busy. If you thought you didn’t have time, you now have two more weeks to submit a nomination! The final deadline for the Volunteer Recognition Awards nominations has been extended to Monday March 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm EST.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is looking for hard-working, passionate former public servants who want to make a difference by helping public servants get their pay issues resolved more quickly.

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The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates.
Gerry Leahy of the Avalon-Burin Peninsula Branch took home the survey’s grand prize.

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We would like to look ahead to Nov. 11, Remembrance Day, and recognize the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of Canada’s veterans as well as those who continue to serve our country.

 

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the National Association of Federal Retirees with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1.

The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2020, is two per cent.

On February 27, 2015, the law firm Gowling Henderson Lafleur LLP filed a Notice of Application in the Federal Court of Canada on behalf of the National Association of Federal Retirees and some of its members.

Thank you! A total of 16,604 members—including 338 volunteers— completed our Membership Survey last November. We have a very high level of confidence that this sample is reflective of the overall membership population.

The National Association of Federal Retirees (Federal Retirees) is proud to be sponsoring the Association of Public Service Executives’ (APEX) 2018 Career Contribution Award.

National Seniors Day

October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons and is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate the profound contributions of seniors in our homes, communitie

Be sure to take the time to check in with yourself and care for your mental health.

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The federal government has undertaken some new initiatives in the face of COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty that has befallen many Canadians.

Still paying for your Federal Retirees membership annually by cheque or credit card? There is a better way!

Federal Retirees’ CEO, Simon Coakeley, addressed the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities by videoconference on May 25.
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Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière (rignt) is pictured here thanking the director of the Moncton Pay Centre, Renée Leger, for her hard work and that of her team.

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” 

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Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week at the Claude Edwards Building in Ottawa in memory of the passing of Federal Retirees members.

 

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Michael Walters, President of the Hamilton & District Branch (left) and Federal Retirees' President Jean-Guy Soulière
From left to right: Andrew McGillivary, Director of Communications and Marketing; Jean-Guy Soulière, President; Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada; Simon Coakeley, CEO.
 

To all those working on the front lines of this pandemic, thank you for being there for us.

Federal Retirees has joined forces with Preferred Partner Tradex and HealthPartners to deliver a pre-retirement course aimed at demystifying retirement for public servants and filling in the gap left by the cancellation of the D001 “Planning for Retirement” course offered by the Canada School of Public Service until 2015.
Federal Retirees’ virtual town hall events with Seniors Minister Deb Schulte and her parliamentary secretary brought members’ questions forward for answers in real time.

We are looking for 150 retired members who are willing to share their time, knowledge and experience on their terms.

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Brenda Powell (left), president of Charlottetown Branch, is pictured here presenting the grand prize to a very lucky member of her branch, Anna Anderson.

Congratulations to Anna Anderson of the Association’s Charlottetown Br

Mr. Gary Oberg announced his resignation as President of the Association at the June 2015 Annual Meeting of Members, effective July 10, 2015.

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Federal Retirees' CEO Simon Coakeley (left) and President Jean-Guy Soulière (right) caught up with award recipient Steve Verheul (middle) at this year’s Federal Retirees Volunteer Recognition Dinner on June 20.  

 

On Monday, October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began a series of rotating nationwide strikes.

On April 7, members of the National Association of Federal Retirees will receive a special call from Canada’s federal seniors minister, the Honourable Deb Schulte.

 

Last Thursday, the National Association of Federal Retirees welcomed 120 volunteers for a tour of the recently rededicated Claude Edwards building, named for Claude A. Edwards, who served as president of the Federal Superannuates National Association from 1989 to 1998.

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year.

 

Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière has something he’d like to say to current and retired public servants – thank you, thank you!

January is National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recognize the value of mentorship and to celebrate the hardworking mentors in our homes, offices and communities. Mentoring is much more than a simple transfer of knowledge and has reciprocal benefits for both the mentor and mentee.

We want to hear from you! You can make a big difference to our advocacy work and win amazing prizes just by sharing your opinion

Ms. Sylvia Ceacero has resigned from her position as CEO of the National Association of Federal Retirees, effective July 31, 2015.

We asked our National Preferred Partner Arbor Memorial to respond to our members in light of some high profile, adverse media coverage of their company last week. Here is what they told us:

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

 

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board provides the Association with information on the pension indexing increase that is effective on January 1st.

The pension indexation rate effective January 1, 2019, is 2.2%.

Even during this time of COVID-19, our amazing volunteers are reaching out to members, offering support and making a difference.


National Volunteer Week takes place from April 19 to 25, 2020.

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Does your retirement future look bright?
 

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week in memory Federal Retirees members who have passed away.

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If these first few months have been any indication, 2018 is poised to be a busy year for Federal Retirees as we continue our

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others

October 1st is National Seniors Day, an occasion for all Canadians to pay tribute to the seniors who enrich our communities. Our Association is a proud testament to the accomplishments of our nation’s seniors and speaks to the generosity and passion of Canada’s federal retirees.

The Federal Retirees community came together on the morning of March 29th, 2017 to dedicate 865 Shefford Road in Ottawa as the Claude Edwards Building. The ceremony honoured the life of Claude A.

 

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will hold its National Memorial Service at the RCMP Academy, "Depot" Division, in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates that will come into effect April 1, 2019.

“It saddens me deeply to pass along the sincere condolences of all members of the National Association of Federal Retirees, to everyone touched by the senseless violence in Nova Scotia this weekend,” said national president Jean-Guy Soulière.

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We are deeply saddened by the news of the aggressive wildfires devastating British Columbia and our thoughts are with all evacuees and affected communities.
 

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered illness as a result of their work.

Canada's birthday will be celebrated virtually this year. Be sure to check out what your favourite Canadian museums, galleries and performers have planned for July 1!
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The hearing was held on April 10 and 11 in response to the Association’s application to declare unlawful the Government of Canada’s actions in relation to unilaterally changing the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) cost-sharing formula for federal public sector retirees.

On Remembrance Day, the National Association of Federal Retirees recognizes the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of Canada’s veterans and those who continue to serve. We also honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping citizens of other nations.

Joe Sanderson

With heavy hearts, the President a

We’re pleased to announce that WestJet, in addition to Air Canada and Porter Airlines, will be accepting the Federal Retirees Canadian Armed Forces veteran membership card as identification for their military baggage policy as of September 17, 2018. 

Robert Giroux, Ottawa branch president thanks Sherry Romanado, M.P. and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors for delivering opening remarks at the Branch AGM on April 30 on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi.  We are also grateful to Ms.

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered illness as a result of their work.

RCMP (now retired S/Sgt) Greg Williams works the Parliament Hill security detail on Canada Day 2003 with his daughter (currently Cpl) Sandra Weppler.

Julie Payette

The announcement by the

Canada’s national flag flying at half-mast during National Public Service Week at the Claude Edwards Building in Ottawa honouring the contributions of Canadian public servants who have passed away.

 

Bill 175 would make sweeping changes to the way home and community care services are coordinated and delivered in Ontario.

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Dyane Dufresne.

 

The Public Service Health Care Plan (PSCHP) is governed by an Administrative Authority and Partners’ Committee, representing Federal Retirees, active employees and the employer.

Association president Jean-Guy Soulière (right) is pictured here with Seniors Minister Deb Schulte for

The Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) legal action,

Federal Retirees’ mentorship partnership with the Treasury Board Secretariat is set for a “soft launch” on April 28, 2017 as part of the New Directors Program at the Canada School of Public Service. An official launch event will take place in the coming months.

Armistice Day celebrations in 1918, Bay and King Streets, Toronto.

Every year, November 5 to 11 is Veterans’ Week, an opportunity for Canadians to honour the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of our veterans.

 

Federal Retirees wishes to extend its heartfelt sympathies to the families, loved ones and shipmates of those members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy who were killed tragically in the crash of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter from HMCS Fredericton on Wednesday, April 29,

Beginning July 19, for all flights to the U.S., the U.S.

 

Bill 175 must be stopped – and we need your help to make that happen.

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Jacques Lambert

 

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year – our successes, our challenges, and most of all, what we’re grateful for.

National Volunteer Week, April 23 - 29, is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work our volunteers do for our members, our branches, the Association and our communities. 

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The Treasury Board has released its Report on the Public Service Pension Plan for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2019, which was tabled April 11, 2020, in Parliament.

Louise Bergeron

It is with a heavy heart that w

From left, Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière, APEX chair Michael Whittaker, Communications Security Establishment (CSE) chief Shelly Bruce, APEX Career Contribution Award

Deadline for Nominations is 4:00 PM EST, Friday, February 27, 2015

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer” 

Author Unknown.

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Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

On September 18, 2018 the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa will begin hearings in the matter of the National Association of Federal Retirees and its named applicants who are challenging the decision by the Treasury Board of Canada to increase the health care premiums of retirees from

Stay informed and be wary of scammers who will use this public health crisis to try to take advantage of others.

 

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have fallen ill as a result of their work.

 

Email phishing scams try to trick you into opening attachments or giving up personal information.

 

March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual campaign that seeks to help Canadians recognize fraudulent behaviour and learn how to protect themselves from it.

 

Please note that important updates have been made to this article since it was originally published. It was last updated on May 19, 2020.

Earlier this month, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the matter of the National Association of Federal Retirees and its named applicants who were challenging the decision by the Treasury Board of Canada to increase the health care premiums of retirees from 25% to 50% under the

 

Please note that this event will be carried out in English. Subsequent sessions in French may be offered if demand warrants.

We've completely revamped our membership packages including cards for 2015 to reflect our new brand. And, in addition to being part of a more informative membership package, our new membership cards are made of a thicker, more durable plastic that will last for years to come.

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Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, recently delivered the 25th Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

 

Federal Retirees president Jean-Guy Soulière is still hard at work but minding his social distance.

Deadline for Nominations is 4:00 PM EST, Friday, February 26, 2016
 

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer”
- Author Unknown.

The National Association of Federal Retirees is troubled by the widespread flooding this spring in B.C., Ontario and Quebec and the devastating impacts on those who are affected.

 

 

National Seniors Day

October 1 of each year is National Seniors Day, which coi

The Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) provides a forum for key Association volunteers to make decisions that will affect all members. Under normal circumstances, the National Association of Federal Retirees is required to conduct its AMM within six months of the end of its fiscal year.

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Each year, October 1st is set aside to recognize the important contributions of Canadian seniors.

 

This time of year can be busy. If you thought you didn’t have time, you now have two more weeks to submit a nomination! The final deadline for the Volunteer Recognition Awards nominations has been extended to Monday March 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm EST.

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A Holiday Message from the President

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If you haven’t had your hearing tested, now is a great time to start. 1 in 5 Canadians have hearing loss and 47% of Canadians with hearing loss are 60 years of age or older.