2016 Fall Forum

Please join us for the 2016 Fall Forum on November 10.  Come early to visit with fellow retirees … refreshments will be available at 1:15 pm followed by our program from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Thursday,  Nov. 10, 2016,  2 to 4 p.m.
Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph

Brain Health

What research tells us about how to maintain brain health; the impact of physiological changes in the aging brain; safe and appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medications; and community services and supports available for seniors experiencing a range of issues that may include mood changes, dementia, depression and/or anxiety.

Beth Kaufman
Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator
Prime Care Pharmacy, Arboretum

Jane McKinnon Wilson
Geriatric System Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association –  Waterloo Wellington

Kim Wilson
Assistant Professor, Adult Development & Aging,
Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,  University of Guelph

The Forum is free for UGRA members (retirees and partners).  Other guests are welcome but we ask for an $8.00 contribution towards hospitality costs.

Contributions to your 2016 membership can be made at the registration table.

Retirees supporting GWD United Way

Most UoG Retirees should have received a letter from the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin (GWD) United Way highlighting the needs of over 92 social service programs in the community and asking for your donation.

Last year, the UoG Retiree community contributed over $64,000 – over 10% of the University’s Goal. I’m sure we can exceed that generosity this year.  We have already 50% of last year’s contributions.  If you have donated – Thank You; otherwise, visit Guelph United Way and consider a donation with your pledge form.

As you know, the University campaign included quite a number of campus events.  You can monitor the progress of the campaign and find events to participate in on the University UW campaign website.

Annual Retirees’ Social

NOTE:    change of start time  – 2:00pm  Program begins at 2:30pm

Retirees’ Social
The Marketplace, Macdonald Hall
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   2:00pm-4:00pm

Click here to view Retiree’s Invitation.

Again this year, the UoG President’s Office is hosting a Retirees Social. This event provides an opportunity for UoG Retirees to stay connected with the university and learn about what is new and changing on campus. The event typically includes a welcome from the President or a member of the senior administration team followed by a tour of a new facility or research presentation by a faculty member. This year the College of Business and Economics and the newly renovated Macdonald Hall will be the featured tour.

  • Come early – any time after 2:00pm – to chat with former colleagues and friends.
  • Human Resources representatives will be on hand to answer any pension or benefit questions
  • The formal program starts at 2:30pm with greetings from the UoG and a short presentation on the campus master plan and the new home of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) followed by a tour of the newly-renovated Macdonald Hall and a reception with the light refreshments.

Unfortunately, President Vaccarino has other commitments and will not be at the Social. Don O’Leary, VP Admin., and Julia Christensen Hughes, CBE Dean, will welcome us.

To assist planning of refreshments and tour, please register online at 2016UGRetirees. Free parking will be provided.

For more information contact Claire Alexander at 519-824-4120 x53098 or c.alexander@exec.uoguelph.ca.

2016 Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 16  at 10:00 am
Arboretum Centre

As usual, in addition to the business meeting we will begin with a speaker from the University Administration. This year Martha Harley, Associate Vice-President Human Resources will be our guest. Human Resources looks after most of our ongoing contact with the university, including Benefits, Privileges and Pension matters so this will be an opportunity to find out about any possible changes to these that may affect us or future retirees and to pose any  general questions about these areas that you may have.

Luncheon following the AGM

We are also going to try something new this year. UGRA retirees (and their  partners if they wish) remain for a light lunch following the AGM. It is a nice venue and we hope that people will take advantage of this to socialize in a relaxed setting. The cost is $20 per person and pre-payment  is required.
Because the Food must be ordered in advance, Registration for the Luncheon is now closed.

“Your Money Matters” – UGRA Spring Forum

Please mark the afternoon of Apr. 14th on your calendars and plan to attend the UGRA spring forum at the U of G Arboretum Centre.  There will be refreshments and an opportunity to socialize beginning at 1:15, followed by a panel presentation on a range of financial literacy topics beginning at 2:00. Continue reading “Your Money Matters” – UGRA Spring Forum

Grand River Cruise?

UGRA is making tentative plans for a special activity, a dinner cruise on the Grand River from Caledonia to Brantford and return (total of about 40 Km and taking about 3.5 hours.
The cost for the cruise and dinner would be about $50.00 per person (cash bar available). If there is enough interest, UGRA will also arrange bus transport from Guelph to Caledonia and back at a modest extra cost. UGRA is thinking that a talk on the Six-Nations history and recent issues would be educational during the cruise and possibly some music, too. For information on Grand River Cruises please look at www.grandrivercruises.ca.
The UGRA executive would like an expression of interest (no obligation, of course) so please let us know with a return message to grandtour@ugra.ca.


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Very successful Fall Forum 2015

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