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BCIT Retirees' Association

Phone: (604) 451-6716 | 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 | Email: info@bcitra.ca

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Membership Has Its Privileges

 

There are many advantages to becoming a member of the BCIT Retirees’ Association, and perhaps the greatest of these is the opportunity to maintain a rewarding connection with people you have known and worked with for many years. People who, like you, have also retired.

As we graduate into our retirement years, we face a very different dynamic in our lives; one that is unfamiliar, is without the structure of an established work week, and without exposure to the familiar faces we have seen on a day-to-day basis during our working careers.

Here we find ourselves now, with free time to do whatever we choose, and we know that we are very fortunate. We appreciate our retirement, but often find ourselves at loose ends, missing the productivity that our jobs afforded us, and missing the connection with friends we have made at work. The transition to retirement can be a difficult experience, and at the very least it will take some time to settle into this new way of life.

The BCIT Retirees’ Association exists to provide members with an avenue to maintain those connections that were interrupted by retirement. We remain integrated with BCIT through our work with the BCIT Foundation and the ongoing growth of the BCITRA Endowment Fund. We are invited to BCIT events, such as the BOG Christmas Reception, Open House, Presentation Idol, and Convocation. Your cherished ties to BCIT do not have to end because you have retired, our Association is recognized and welcomed by BCIT Administration in as many ways possible.

Our Association is undergoing its own revitalization, and our membership is growing. We are in regular communication with our members through a process we call ‘e-blasts’, providing newsletters, information on upcoming events and workshops, offering opportunities to volunteer in the community, and extending information on a wide variety of pertinent topics. We have a vibrant and current website that provides answers to questions and links to other helpful sites.

We want you to join us, and whether it is to just read the Newsletters and e- blasts that go out, or to become actively involved in the events and workshops that we organize, there is no doubt that you will enjoy feeling connected once again.

Here are some perks that might peak your interest:

  • When you join the BCITRA, the calendar year in which you join is free. In January of the following year, you will be asked to pay an annual membership fee. The fee is very low, and supports the Endowment Fund that is established through the BCIT Foundation. Our Endowment Fund provides bursary assistance to BCIT students.
  • Through our e-blast program, you will receive three seasonal Newsletters each year. The Newsletters are filled with stories, notifications, pictures, invitations, and details about upcoming events, workshops and outings. We also invite stories from you to share with other members.
  • Our Association is affiliated with COSCO BC (Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization of BC). COSCO is a powerhouse of an organization, and is actively involved in advocating for Seniors living in the province. COSCO provides members of the BCITRA with low and no cost workshops on a regular basis; members can enjoy between 4 and 6 workshops per year. Examples of past workshops include, Wills and Estates; Living with Diabetes; Chair Yoga; Emergency Preparedness.
  • We’re retired, right? So we want to have FUN! Our Social Committee is working overtime to organize exciting and inspiring things to do. We strive to have an outing planned for every season, for example, we have oragnized a trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island in October, 2017. This will be a Storm Watching Adventure, and promises to be an exhilarating esperience. This exciting adventure Sold Out! In addition, we enjoy our annual ‘Spring Fling' and ‘Christmas Cheer’ events.
  • We provide a wealth of information to questions that our members ask. ‘Where do I find a good plumber?’, ‘My doctor has retired, now what do I do?’, ‘I’m downsizing from a house to an apartment - HELP!’ Well, we are here to HELP! Our membership is a diverse group of intelligent individuals; if we don’t know the answer, there is someone out there within e-blast reach who will. This is what we mean by being ‘connected’.
  • Our Association has an affiliation with Johnson Insurance. You will have access to group pricing for your medical, household and travel insurance that is competitive and will meet your needs.
  • The BCITRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in March of each year, and we encourage all members to attend. This is an opportunity to hear reports from your Board Directors regarding the activity that has taken place over the past year, as well as anticipated priorities going forward. You will hear speakers discuss topics pertinent to the membership, and representatives from BCIT Administration who will provide highlights and directions regarding BCIT activity. You will also vote for your new Board of Directors who will steer the ship, with your help and input, over the next year.
  • When you join the BCITRA, you will receive a membership card. Your membership card is your ‘key’ that will help access opportunities that are available to BCIT retirees.

    These opportunities include:

    • BCIT Retiree ID Card available from the Safety and Security Office. The BCIT Retiree ID Card will enable you to access the BCIT Library and services; BCIT fitness facilities and services; 24-hour Security escorts through the Safer Walk program; and entry to events that require proof of a BCIT Retiree ID Card.
    • Your Retiree ID Card will enable you to enrol in BCIT courses that are offered through part-time studies. Your enrolment will be as an ‘audit’ learner, and will be dependent on whether the class fills prior to term start.
    • Present your BCITRA membership card at the Safety and Security Office to receive a Retirees’ parking permit (renewed yearly). The Retirees’ parking permit will allow you to park in any staff lot on the Burnaby campus (the permit does not allow parking in visitor’s lots).

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