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CAAT Pension Plan Podcast: Contributors

In October 2021, the CAAT Pension Plan launched a podcast called Contributors. Leaders of Canadian organizations are interviewed about how their companies not only focus on their bottom lines but also on the well-being of their employees and Canada’s economic future. According to Derek Dobson, CEO and Plan Manager, “My favourite part about working at the CAAT Pension Plan is speaking to—and learning from—top Canadian leaders across the country, every day.”

Episodes to date include interviews with leaders about innovation, investment, financial wellness, and employee engagement.

Of particular interest to OCRA members is Episode 8, “The power of pensions—How retirement security can (and will!) transform Canada”. In this episode the focus is on Derek Dobson and the CAAT Pension Plan and how CAAT is transforming retirement savings and defined-benefit pension plans.

New OCRA Director Barb Watts

OCRA is pleased to announce that Barb Watts (Georgian College retiree) has joined the OCRA Board as a director. Barb was a faculty member and Dean at Georgian College.  She is currently the Vice President of the Georgian College Retirees’ Club and has experience working with OCASA (Ontario College Administrators Network). Welcome aboard Barb!

Sun Life Group Benefits Information for 2022

Ontario College retirees who are enrolled in Sun Life’s group retiree benefits should have received information from their college’s Human Resources department about Sun Life’s adjusted monthly premium for life insurance, extended health care, and/or dental coverage for 2022. The new premium comes into effect February 1, 2022. Questions regarding the new premium should be directed to the member’s college HR department.

OCRA’s First Webinar a Success

After many weeks of preparation, OCRA conducted its first live Zoom webinar. It was quite a learning experience for OCRA’s directors and there was a collective sigh of relief when the webinar ran smoothly.

Many thanks to the OCRA members who registered and attended. There was representation from 18 of the 24 Ontario Colleges. Members who attended the webinar are encouraged to provide feedback to . For members who missed the webinar, a summary will be made available in the upcoming OCRA newsletter (February 2022).

OCRA’s First Informational Webinar

On Thursday October 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, join us for OCRA’s inaugural Zoom webinar. This short presentation by OCRA’s President and Vice President will update members on OCRA’s latest activities and future plans.

The webinar is open to all OCRA members in good standing. Instructions on how to register for the webinar will be sent to members via email or Canada Post in the week of October 4, 2021. The deadline for registration is Sunday October 17, 2021.

CAAT Annual Survey 2021

OCRA members belonging to the CAAT Pension Plan should have received a postcard in the mail or email requesting them to complete the annual survey of retired members. The survey is available online [Update: this link is no longer available]. The required passcode for the survey is shown in the postcard/email. The survey closes August 31, 2021.

Sun Life Delisted Providers List June 2021

OCRA members who receive their health benefits through Sun Life should note that Sun Life has published an updated list of delisted providers as of June 10, 2021. In the document, Sun Life states that it will not provide reimbursement for healthcare services or supplies from these providers. Sun Life goes on to recommend reviewing the list before making an appointment with a provider just to be sure. This private and confidential PDF document is available to Sun Life members by signing in to their “My Sun Life” portal and clicking on “Coverage information”.

Opportunity to Serve on the 2021 OCRA Board

OCRA (Ontario Colleges Retirees’ Association) is currently looking for two retirees to serve two-year appointments on its Board. OCRA is an organization that advocates for its members on issues of concern to community college retirees and to retirees of associations served by the CAAT Pension Plan. Visit the website for more information.

As a member of the Board, there will be opportunities to work on projects to provide information and assistance to OCRA members.

To serve on the Board, the retiree must be a paid-up member of OCRA and be interested in learning about the CAAT Pension Plan and college system benefits. A candidate should be able to communicate by email and have basic computer skills. The typical time commitment for a Board member without a portfolio is a few hours most months of the year.

Board meetings are held online via Zoom with an option to phone in to the meeting. General Meetings are open to all OCRA members and usually held once a year at an Ontario community college.

For more information, please contact Linda Choptiany, OCRA President, at .

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