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McGill University Retiree Association

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



January 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

My very best wishes for a 2018 – may it be a year that is filled with rewarding projects, great adventures, and fun with family and friends.

I hope that those of you who are in Montreal are able to enjoy winter activities and those who are spending time in warmer climates are taking full advantage of the sun and the sea.

MURA has a lot to celebrate in its third year of existence. Our membership keeps growing and is now well over 300. We have an office on campus, and we are working closely with the University to enhance employees’ transition toward retirement. Further, we have concluded ongoing partnership agreements with the four major McGill employee associations and unions.These agreements greatly facilitate a close relationship between active and retired employees.

Thank you for renewing your membership for 2017-18.We encourage members, who have not yet done so, to renew as soon as possible as the year extends to August 31. We also invite colleagues who have not joined to become members.

Many of you will not have to pay the $25 annual fee as MURA has entered into partnership agreements with MUNACA, MUNASA, MAUT, 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. 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 has been set at $25 payable via PayPal online or by cheque sent to MURA-ARUM, 515 Pine Avenue West, Room 101, Montreal, H2W 1S4, QC. Your partner and/or significant other can join free of charge as a non-voting member. The membership form is readily accessible in the side menu of this website.

MURA is the official McGill member of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC), a nation-wide association that plays an advocacy role for over fifteen thousand members across Canada. CURAC’s mandate is to promote the interests of retirees, communication between members, share best practices and offer competitive rates for group insurance and other services. Please visit the website to find out what other benefits are offered:

Activities & Events
You will find information on the numerous recent and proposed activities and events on the MURA website. In addition, MURA members receive regular Communiqués to keep them up to date on the latest news.

I am delighted to report that our editor Joan Wolforth has developed a new concept for the MURA Newsletter. She corralled several MURA members to write about their retirement experiences whether it is during the transition to retirement, volunteering, traveling, or reflections on life in retirement. The full Newsletter is available on this website. Please offer any feedback that you think would make the Newsletter even more interesting in the future.

MURA’s 3rd Year Celebration
Please join us on Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 pm for MURA’S Annual General Meeting and a presentation by Henry Mintzberg about his most recent book “Managing the Myths of Healthcare.” Prof Mintzberg’s talk will be followed by a festive 3rd Year Celebration of MURA. There will be food, drink, merriment and a chance to renew acquaintances with old friends and colleagues. Details will follow in a Communiqué closer to the event.

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, if spaces are available. If you are interested, please view information here.

Other Activities

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

McGill Benefits
I am pleased to report that Kathy Mayhew is MURA’s representative on the Staff Benefits Advisory Committee and provides a voice in the discussions regarding optimum coverage for active employees and retirees. If you have comments concerning the health care coverage please contact Kathy at the following email address:

MURA Executive & Board
For your information, your colleagues of the Executive and Board are featured 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 offer special thanks to the many colleagues who contribute in a variety of ways to the development and ongoing vitality of MURA, and to all of you for your enthusiastic support for our Association.

I look forward to seeing you at the various activities and events. In particular, please enter in your agenda, Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 am for Campus Café & Concert and Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 pm for MURA’s AGM 3rd year Anniversary Celebration.


Ginette Lamontagne
President MURA-ARUM