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McGill University Retiree Association

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



31 March, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Spring is in the air! It’s great to be back in Montreal and return to our favourite activities.

MURA has a lot to celebrate in its third year of existence. Our membership keeps growing and is now well over 350. We have an office on campus, and we are working closely with the University to enhance employees’ transition toward retirement. We are also collaborating with the University to offer part-time work to retirees and are in the final stages of signing a Statement of Principles with the University Administration that will affirm and clarify our relationship with the Institution. 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 subscription year extends to August 31st. 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. The association holds annual meetings that are open to university retirees throughout the county. This year the meeting will take place in Halifax from May 23rd to 25th. Please visit their website for further information about these and other activities and benefits:

Activities & Events:
You will find information on the numerous recent and proposed activities and events on the MURA website. In addition, as MURA members you receive regular Communiqués to keep 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 share their retirement experiences whether it is during the transition to retirement, volunteering, traveling, or reflections on life in retirement. It’s fascinating! 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 1:30 pm for MURA’S Annual General Meeting where you will have a chance to learn about our activities over the past year and help influence the activities and policies that will guide the association over the next year. In addition, Henry Mintzberg will make a presentation on the theme of his most recent book “Managing the Myths of Healthcare” – a topic that will surely generate an interesting discussion with participants. 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 contact MURA to learn how to apply.

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 that have been organized by or on behalf of MURA. In particular, please set aside, Wednesday afternoon, June 6, starting at 1:30 pm for MURA’s AGM & 3rd year Anniversary Celebration.



Ginette Lamontagne
President MURA-ARUM