St. John’s Conference 2013

The St. John’s Conference
Memorial University of Newfoundland
June 12 – 14, 2013


To see details of any session, click on the green session title.

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Welcoming Remarks

Bob Lucas (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)
Danny Breen (St. John’s Municipal Council)
George Brandie (CURAC/ARUCC President)

Thursday, June 13

8:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

George Brandie (CURAC/ARUCC President)

Barbara Cox (President, Memorial University of Newfoundland Pensioners’ Association)

Bob Lucas (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)
Kent Decker (Vice-President [Administration and Finance], Memorial University)

9:20 – 10:30

How to Catch Rabbits in Wintertime

Andy Jones (Newfoundland actor, writer and storyteller)

10:30 – 11:00

Nutrition Break and Poster Session: The Development of a Newfoundland and Labrador Centre on Aging

Dr. Sharon Buehler (Hon. Research Professor, MUN Faculty of Medicine)


11:00 – Noon

Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders

Moderator: Joanne Harris (MUNPA)

Greg Malone (Actor, impersonator, writer, Gemini Award winner)


12:15 – 1:15


1:30 – 3:00

CURAC/ARUCC Annual General Meeting

concurrently with

MUNPA Annual General Meeting


3:30 – 4:30

Elder Abuse and the Nursing Home: A Critical Interface

Moderator: Edgar Williams (CURAC & MUNPA)

Dr. Roger Butler, Department of Family Medicine, Memorial University

6:30 – 7:00

No-Host Reception

7:00 – 10:00

Conference Banquet

Chair: Sandra Pyke (CURAC/ARUCC President)

The Fixed Link – or What? A Humorous Look at Retired Life

Dr. Bill Eaton (Family Medicine, Memorial University)


Friday, June 14

9:00 – 9:10

Announcement: The 2014 Annual Conference

9:10 – 10:30

The CURAC/ARUCC Tenth Anniversary Session:

The Past, Present and Future of CURAC/ARUCC

Moderator: George Brandie (Retirees’ Association of Queen’s)

Peter Russell (Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of  Toronto)

John Meyer (University of Windsor Retirees’ Association)

10:50 – Noon

How to Organize a Successful Regional Conference

Moderator: John Lennox (Co-President, York University Retirees Association)

Randy Barkhouse (Association of Retired Dalhousie Professors)

Doug Creelman (Retired Academics and Librarians Uof T)

Joan Cunnington (Ontario College Retirees Association)

12:15 – 1:45

Lunch Presentation

Chase Anderson (Business Development Advisor, Economical Select Insurance Company): “How can CURAC/ARUCC members benefit from Economical Select’s Insurance Program?

2:00 – 3:10

CURAC/ARUCC Sharing Best Practices

Moderator: Sandra Pyke (York University Retirees Association)

Barbara Cox (Memorial University Pensioners Association)

Patricia Williams Stoll (Seneca College Retirees Association)

John Meyer (University of Windsor Retirees’ Association)


3:30 – 4:00

Retiree Benefits in Canada: A National Survey

Moderator: George Brandie (Retirees’ Association of Queen’s)

Douglas Creelman (Chair, CURAC/ARUCC Benefits Committee)

4:00 – 4:30

Incomes of Seniors in Canada and their Pensions:  Where are we now and where are we likely headed?

Moderator: George Brandie (Retirees’ Association of Queen’s)

 Paul Huber (Chair, CURAC/ARUCC Pension Committee)

4:30 – 4:45

Closing Remarks

Sandra Pyke (President, CURAC/ARUCC)

Bob Lucas (Chair, Local Organizing Committee)