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Retired Workers Committee

Retired Workers Chapter Executive Board, from left to right: Mike Palme, Sergeant-at-Arms; Rosemary Viola, Chairperson; Liz Denesiuk, Member-at-Large; Dianne Bird, Secretary/Financial Officer; Rose Galano, Member-at-Large; and Kathy Ouellette, Member-at-Large. Missing from the photo was Nancy Clark, Vice-Chairperson.

The Retired Workers Chapter meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon in the boardroom of the Local’s Frid Street office.  For 2018, the dates are: Tuesday 30 January, Tuesday 27 February, Tuesday 27 March, Tuesday 24 April, Tuesday 29 May, Tuesday 26 June, Tuesday 31 July, Tuesday 28 August, Tuesday 25 September, Tuesday 30 October, Tuesday 27 November, and Tuesday 18 December. Interested members then meet for lunch immediately following the meeting. To let us know that you have retired, to get your name added to our Retired Workers Chapter email distribution list, or for any questions that you may have, contact


Coming up for 2018

2018 is already shaping up to be a great year, especially for retirees. The calendar of events, geared to keep our retirees informed and active, includes: a loose leaf tea tasting presented by Steeped Tea; a hands-on natural perfume making workshop by Awesym Aromatics; a medication awareness / how to talk to your doctor seminar through Unifor National; a CPP/OAS information session for retirees by a Service Canada Representative; a nutrition presentation / cooking demonstration for seniors by  a City of Hamilton Community Food Advisor; a financial assessment of everything retirement by an Investment Advisor with First Ontario Credit Union; a Let’s Take a Walk workshop including a hike by the Hamilton Council on Aging; a bus trip (location still TBA); an all about wills seminar by Community Legal Education Ontario; a workshop entitled ‘Engaging Seniors in Civic Dialogue: from Dialogue to Action’ presented by Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organizations; a chocolate making workshop by Chocolate Tales; and the annual potluck luncheon. If you are retiring this year and want to get in on the action, be sure to notify the Retired Workers Chapter of your contact email address by e-mailing Keep active, get involved!


2017 Year in Review

2017 saw the creation of Local 5555’s Retired Workers Chapter. With the passing of our founding bylaws and an online survey to help us determine what our retirees were looking for, we were off to a successful start to a busy year. We hosted seminars and workshops featuring: Kaitlyn McDermott, Volunteer Coordinator, from Volunteer Hamilton along with Mary Long, Senior Manager, Labour Community Service, United Way Halton and Hamilton speaking to us on volunteer opportunities; our Local's Health and Safety Coordinator, Jim McAndrew, spoke to us about retiree benefits and coverage and how it differs from the coverage we had as active employees; Léony deGraaf Hastings a Certified Financial Planner, Elder Planning Counselor and Retirement and Estate Planning Specialist explained probate, the role of Executor and estate expectations; and Kathryn Kimmins who led us in a session of Laughter Yoga. We participated in Hamilton's 2nd Annual International Day of Older Persons Celebration Lunch and attended the Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show at Gage Park Greenhouse. We supported our brothers and sisters in Unifor Local 112 during the Northstar plant occupation, and walked the picket line with Unifor Local 88 during the CAMI strike, and shared buses with Unifor Local 707 retirees to participate in the CLC convention in Toronto. We undertook lessons in Tai Chi and Yoga, and held a Movie Matinee screening of ‘The Help’. The Local sponsored one of our retirees, Jeanne Norris, to attend Unifor’s week long Retired Workers Council in Port Elgin.  A few of us tagged along on this year’s Recreation Committee’s annual ‘Spirits and Shopping Tour’ in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake. At our final meeting of the year, in December, we will be holding a Pot Luck luncheon. We’ve already started planning events for next year to keep our retirees active, healthy and involved. Here’s to 2018!

2018 Retired Workers Committee Calendar