Chapter 25

Active Retired Members


Renfrew/Upper Canada


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Chapter 25 has a variety of activities for its members. These activities include breakfast meetings and newsletters. (For dates and times of events in 2008-2009 click on calendar)

Breakfast/Luncheon Meetings

Our breakfast meetings are held in October, December, February, May and June. They are usually held on the second Thursday of the month. However, the dates, from time to time, need to change due to circumstances. For 2008-2009, click on the calendar tab to see the planned dates. Should there be a need to change the date(s) the changes will be advised on both the website and in the newsletter(s). (click on image for larger picture of map to Local Heroes)

Our breakfast meetings are held at the Local Heroes Restaurant in the Bleeker Mall. The Bleeker Mall is located at the corner of Merivale and Clyde Avenues opposite CJOH.

Our luncheon meetings in December and June are held at the National Defence Headquarters Army Officers Mess. The Mess is located at 149 Somerset Street West between Elgin and Cartier. There is a dress code for the Mess. Both men and women are expected to appear in business dress (pretend you are going for a job interview). (click on image for larger picture of map to the officers mess)

Mr. I. Farber LLB

Left to Right

Mr. I. Farber;

Ambassador Samad;

Hon. John Manley;

Senator Jim Munson

All of our meetings feature a speaker dealing with topics seldomly related to education. We have been fortunate to attract some very prominent people to speak to us at our meetings. These include Omar Samad the Afghan ambassador to Canada; Mrs. Amit Gil-Bayaz, Deputy Head of Mission and Charge d’Affairs from the Israeli embassy; Rod Bryden when he was one of the owners of the Ottawa Senators; Gord Hunter, Ottawa-Carleton city councilor; Wendy Showler, case manager, with the Carleton Community Access Centre; Mark Kosmos, Ottawa Roughriders; General W. Carr, a much decorated veteran of World War II; the Honourable John Manley; Senator Jim Munson; Mr. I Farber LLB deals with legal issues affecting seniors.

The objective of our meetings is to allow our members to leave more knowledgeable about the activities governing our lives--past, present and future.


In the months when we do not have meetings, we issue a newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to keep our members current with developments in the chapter. There is usually a summary of what happened at the previous month’s breakfast or luncheon meeting.

We bring members current information as it affects our pension plans (which includes both the Teachers Pension Plan and OMERS).

Each newsletter will inform members about next month’s breakfast or luncheon meeting. This will include information about the speaker. Members will be advised of any changes in the date, time or location of the meeting.

Each newsletter includes at least one article relating to ensuring the continued good health of our members.

Midnight Boat Cruise

On August 20 Chapter 25 held its first summer activity. This was a midnight boat cruise on the Ottawa River. The following is a description of the activity from Peter Norman:

Sixty five Chapter 25 ARM members with spouses and friends set sail from Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, to enjoy an evening of cruising and dancing on the Ottawa River. Our riverboat was part of the fleet of tour boats operated by Paul’s Boat Lines, and members of the crew were our genial hosts for the evening. During the first hour of the cruise, we were given a tourist’s view of Ottawa and Gatineau as seen from the river. Our knowledgeable tour guide provided interesting background about the many spectacular landmarks along the way, including the Parliament Buildings with its illuminated Library, the sensuous curving lines of the Museum of Civilization, and the residence of the Prime Minister. Those who were familiar with the landmarks from shore visits, found that the view from the river provided a very different and fascinating perspective. As we cruised east of the downtown shoreline, leaving the major landmarks behind, a disc jockey turned up the music and the party began. Lots of ‘golden oldies’ and more contemporary music got the crowd on their feet, first for some slow dancing and soon after with some fast moves to a persistent beat. There was dance music for every taste and requests were cheerfully honoured. Dancing continued until the boat pulled up to the dock at Jacques Cartier Park at 12:30 a.m. After a number of door prizes were awarded to lucky ticket-holders, we ambled across the gangplank and back to our cars. It was a most enjoyable evening.

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June 23, 2009 Charity Golf Tournament

On June 23 Chapter 25 of OSSTF's Active Retired Members held its first Annual
Charity Golf Tournament supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
With the incredible support of the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP),
we were able to donate $600 to the cause on July 8 at the OSSTF District 25
Office. Shown in the picture at the presentation (left to right): Clare Noon
(Chapter 25 Treasurer), Anita Chamblerland (TIP), Robin MacDonald (OTIP),
Marie-Josee Barrette (CBCF), Norma Sharkey (Chapter 25 Executive),
Evelyn Macdonald (OSSTF District 25 Office), Marcelle Ghantous
(OSSTF District 25 Office), Jennifer Haight (Office Manager, District 25 Office).



Chapter 25 helps to coordinate workshops for retirees and those planning their retirement. Once a year, OTIP (Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan) comes to our area to update current retirees who are enrolled in the ARM Health Plan about any changes in the plan.

Another workshop at which Chapter 25 assists is when OTIP and OTG (Ontario Teachers Group) have full day presentations on the health plan and investments for those planning their retirement.

Another workshop sponsored by Chapter 25 is a panel discussion on retirement. At this workshop ARM retirees at various stages of their retirement (anywhere from two years to fifteen years or more) give an outline of how the life of a retiree differs from those still working. There is no presentation on health insurance or investments just a general discussion and question and answer.

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