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Best Practices or What We Do John R. Meyer ( WUFA ) CURAC 11TH CONFERENCE & AGM MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY RETIREES ASSOCIATION, JUNE 12-14, 2013.

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1 Best Practices or What We Do John R. Meyer ( WUFA ) CURAC 11TH CONFERENCE & AGM MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY RETIREES ASSOCIATION, JUNE 12-14, 2013

2 Priorities of Member Associations 1. Social Connections 2.Educational/Mindful 3. Outreach: institution, community 4. Advocacy: local, national, internat.

3 1. Social Connections • Faculty/Department notification and invitation to events (social & professional) ; list serve; lists; websites • Newsletters ( hard to electronic copy) Awards  Annual University Retirement Awards/Dinner & other awards  Retirement village ( UBC ) or Retirees' centres (U.Toronto)

4 2. Educational  Association invitational lectures/seminars  Co-sponsored pre-retirement information sessions (HR, Fac. Assoc.,)  Life long learning courses; ( Eldercollege )

5 EDUC. MINDFULLNESS (cont.) * Research opportunities- local, national, & international grant agencies. * Historical/archival participation (St.Clair College) ; anniversary publications ( York, W.L.U., Windsor) ( 50 th Anniversary, University of Windsor: 72 authors ; bookstore.uwindsor.ca ) BACK IN THE DAY to 2013: THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR AS WE KNEW IT Part One: Foundations - Part Two: Vignettes - Part Three: New Directions - Part Four: Portraits 72 contributors

6 50 th Anniversary, U. Windsor (72 authors) T he University of Windsor’s Prior Assumption Stanley Cunningham Dr. F. A. DeMarco and Essex College George A. McMahon, Sr. Physics in the 1970s and ‘80s: The Golden Years William Baylis and William McConkey Quality Endures: Fifty Years of Evolution of Nursing Education Sharon McMahon We Are the Music-MakersE. Gregory Butler, Edward Kovarik and David Palmer The School of Visual Arts Remembered Susan Gold Smith Social Work--A Tradition of Innovation Rosemary D. Cassano The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Gerald Booth Transitions, Transitions, and More: Teachers’ College to Faculty of Education John Meyer PUBLISHER: BLACK MOSS PRESS, WINDSOR, ON. & PURCHASE: University of Windsor, Bookstore

7 3. Outreach  Local, regional, national, international voluntary and leadership roles (voluntarism)  Public relations: experts, mentors, writers  Services in governance & administration of the institution; ENCORE

8 Outreach ( cont. ) *Institutional Participation, committees, tutoring students in writing, etc. skills * Scholarships, memorial funds, institutional advancement ( 50% of members ) [ Regina, Windsor,

9 4. Advocacy  Internal faculty and administrative consultative and committee participation  External advocacy through media and appropriate agencies  Protection of limited entitlements and benefits  Partnerships and liaison with those of similar interests ( CARP, CAUT, AUCC, SENIOR SEC.)

10 ADDED VALUE CONNECTIONS * Modest funding for professional activities * Improving representational relationships * User friendly and informative WEBSITE * Data base and transparent mechanism for temporary employment in the institution * Data base for being ambassadors to Alumni & Development Offices

11 If one wishes to make a Positive Difference & Where  Declining energy but increased wisdom  Busy life needs prioritizing and satisfaction  Smell the roses & accept the challenges

12 Special thanks and gratitude to: - the Memorial University Retirees Association Organizing Committee, -the University of Windsor Faculty Association and to the Retirees Association - the challenge and benefit of serving CURAC as a Director and Officer for the past 10 years!

13 “We chase phantoms half the days of our lives. It is well if we learn wisdom even then and save the other half.”(1868)

14 There are 185 listed notables in wikipedia and even then some are missing. (directness) "Not every article in every magazine or newspaper is meant to be a valentine card addressed to every reader's self-esteem." Rex Murphy (CBC) "It is better to be honest and sincere in one language than a twister, a trickster and a twit in two." (referring to his own unilingualism and Trudeau's biligualism) John Crosbie (politician)


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