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McGill University Retirees' Association

Association des retraité(e)s de l'Université McGill 




May 5, 2017


Dear Colleagues,

Happy Spring!  Welcome back to Montreal for those who took a break from winter.  I expect that many of you will be eager to return to your gardens and favourite summer outdoor activities. 

MURA will be celebrating its 2nd Anniversary on June 1st.  I am pleased to report that there are now nearly three hundred full members of our association.  Further, we have concluded ongoing partnership agreements with the three major McGill employee associations and unions, as well as a one-year renewable partnership with MAUT. These agreements greatly facilitate a close relationship between active and retired employees.  Moreover, the University has agreed to provide MURA a space to set up roots on campus. There will be a further announcement on this new development when the new office is open for business.


Thank you for renewing your membership for 2016-17.  We encourage colleagues who have not done so yet, to renew as soon as possible as the year extends to August 31st.  We also invite colleagues who have not joined up to take up their membership. 

Many of you will not have to pay the $25 annual fee as MURA has signed partnership agreements with MUNACA, MUNASA, and SEU Local 800-Trades. Members of these organizations at the time of retirement can become full members of MURA without paying the annual membership fee.  Furthermore, MURA and MAUT-RS have also renewed their partnership agreement for another year.  Discussions will get underway this year with the other SEU Locals to explore the possibility of signing similar agreements with these organizations.

For those who are not covered by the above Partnership Agreements, the annual fee to join MURA-ARUM has been set at $25 payable via PayPal online or by cheque sent to MURA-ARUM, c/o MUNASA, 3495 Peel Street, Suite 203, Montreal H3A 1W7.  Your partner/significant other can join at no cost and will become a non-voting member. The new membership form may be readily accessed by clicking here.


The members of MURA’s Executive Committee will attend the 2017 Annual Conference of the Canadian Colleges and Universities Retirees Association (CURAC), which will be held at Carleton University in Ottawa, May 24-26.  CURAC is a nation-wide association that plays an advocacy role for over fifteen thousand members across Canada. Please visit the website to find out what other benefits are offered:

Activities & Events: 

Here are the highlights of activities offered by MURA this Spring. For more detailed information and reservation, please consult the Events and Activities pages or the Newsletter page on this website. 

Campus Café & Concert

Over 40 MURA members gathered at the Schulich School of Music for its Annual Campus Café & Concert on Tuesday, on March 28.  Gili Loftus and Hank Knox played a remarkable four-handed harpsichord rendition of works by Bach, Handel and Mozart.  Following the concert we shared a delicious luncheon, catered by young chef, Emma Cerulli.  This was a most welcome opportunity to get together and chat with colleagues.

*** Important Event:  June 1st from 2:00 – 5:00 pm ***

MURA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)  Join us on Thursday, June 1st from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm in the Ballroom of Carrefour Sherbrooke, 475 Sherbrooke West, for MURA’S AGM.  This is a chance to learn all about the activities of your organization, exercise your right to vote, and participate in discussions about upcoming projects. 

Presentation by Yves Beauchamp   Following the AGM, McGill’s new Vice-Principal (Administration & Finance) will give a fascinating talk on the challenges currently facing McGill and the bold projects for the campus. 

2nd Anniversary Celebration  From 4:00 to 5:00 pm we will celebrate MURA’s 2nd Year Anniversary.  There will be food, drink, merriment and a chance to renew acquaintances with old friends and colleagues. 


Old Montreal Walking tour and visit to the Centre d'histoire de Montréal
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 @ 2 p.m.

MURA is cordinally invitating you for a guided a walking tour in Old Montreal, entitled "A Place Where History is Told: Place d'Youville." The tour will be 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the weather. It will be followed by a visit of about 1.5 hours to the Centre d'histoire de Montréal where you will discover Montréal’s history through depictions of the daily lives of Montrealers and their life stories.   (This is a second opportunity for those who were not able to attend a similar event on May 10th that was fully subscribed.)

Book Club 

The Book Club continues to meet the first Monday of each month.  The group has selected a series of Canadian authors for this current year.  As the Club meets in each other member’s home, it is presently at full capacity.  If you are interested in starting another branch of the Book Club either in Montreal, on the South Shore or on the West Island, please contact MURA.

Cycling Day Trips

From Spring to Fall, a group cycles every other Tuesday on bicycle paths in the region, including the Soulange Canal, Iles des Boucherville, Lachine Canal, Lasalle’s riverside, as well as the Seaway and Southshore paths etc.  If you are interested in joining the group, contact MURA

McGill Athletics & Fitness

McGill Athletics offers access to the Sports and Athletics facility to MURA members for 50% of the current staff monthly rate.  In addition, MURA members are welcome to sign up for the lunchtime fitness courses and activities that are offered to employees as part of the Staff Fitness Program, depending on the availability of space in each course.  If you are interested, please click here for information.

Other Activities

Please communicate with Kate Maguire, Vice-President (Internal), if you have additional activities you would like to suggest by sending an email to:   MURA will encourage all activities that have a critical mass of participants.

Promoting the Interests of Retirees: MURA offered two Information & Feedback Sessions on the McGill Benefits package last year that were moderated by Kathy Mayhew. The session speaker, Nick Acheson, covered basic information on different aspects of the package, new developments in the offering, variations that may occur with any change in the service provider, as well as critical issues to be addressed. The full reports are posted on the Web under Documents .

MURA Executive & Board

For your information, your colleagues on the Executive and Board are identified on the website.  I encourage you to communicate directly with them if you have any issues or comments you wish to bring up. 

I would like to thank our numerous colleagues for their contributions to MURA and all of you for your enthusiastic support for the Association.

I look forward to seeing you at the various activities and events.  In particular on June 1st to attend our Annual General Meeting, hear Vice-Principal Beauchamp’s presentation on current challenges and projects, and participate in MURA’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration. 



Ginette Lamontagne
President MURA-ARUM