CONVENTIONS
2008 - 2017








Convention 2017, 10/02/17
Convention 2016, 09/26/16
Convention 2015, 09/28/15 (our 30th anniversary)
Convention 2014, 09/29/14
Convention 2013, 09/30/13
Convention 2012, 09/17/12
Convention 2011, 09/26/11
Convention 2010, 09/20/10 (our 25th anniversary)
Convention 2009, 09/21/09

Convention 2008, 09/22/08




Convention 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
DoubleTree Hilton (formerly Holiday Inn Harbourview)
 Lake City Ballroom

Dartmouth, NS




FULL  HOUSE  !!!



Agenda Items

jason maclean

Report from the NSGEU
Jason MacLean
Newly elected President of NSGEU

jim vaillancourt

Report from Group Medical Services
Jim Vaillancourt
Area Director for Group Medical Services

david lawand

Report on our Dental Plan
  David Lawand
Financial Security Advisor with Employees Benefits Plus

angus campbell

Presentation from Caregivers NS Association
Angus Campbell
Executive Director
(Together with Ernestine Gouthro, NSGREA Benefits Rep)
michelle everson

Presentation on Scams
Michelle Everson
Halifax Police Department


dave peters

Report on our Pension
David Peters

PSSP Trustee Inc Board Member



Prize Presentations

phcu

Darlene Brunt  of
Provincial Government Employees Credit Union

presenting a Gift Basket to
Stephen Conrad
  of Region 3

johnson

Donna      (Right) of
Johnson Insurance

presenting a $100 VISA Gift Card to
  Mavis Bellefontaine  of Region 3
gms

David Lawand  of
Employees Benefit Plus

presenting a $100 VISA Gift Card to
Anthony Hominick
  of Region 8

gms

David Lawand  of
Employees Benefit Plus

presenting a $100 VISA Gift Card to Pauline Hominick
   Spouse of Region 8 member Anthony Hominick





Region 6 Past President Norm Matheson

Now a member of the 90+ Club !!!
Recognized by NSGREA Past President
Steve MacDonald




On behalf of NSGREA, FIVE $50 Wal-Mart gift cards were drawn for and presented to
Region 3 member Christina CHUI
Region 6 member Ernest WILSON
Region 9 member Paul ZANN
Region 6 member Jack KAULBACK 
  Guest Linda POTTIE


As well, TEN 2018 NSGREA $25 membership dues were paid for current members
Region 3 member Brian KASOUFF
Region 3 member Neila MACDONALD
Region 3 member Jean BARTHOLOMEW
Region 3 member Peggy MACCORMACK
Region 3 member Judie EDGAR
Region 3 member May LUI
Region 7 member Joe BOARDWAY
Region 3 member Margaret REID
Region 3 member Bonnie HALLIDAY
Region 2 member  Sheila WILNEFF









Convention 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS

Agenda Items



Report from the NSGEU
Jason MacLean
Newly elected President of NSGEU



Presentation from CARP
Ian MacDonald
Chair of NS Chapter



Report from Group Medical Services
Jim Vaillancourt
Area Director for GMS



Report on our Dental Plan
  David Lawand
Financial Security Advisor with Employees Benefits Plus



Presentation on Fire Prevention
John O'Reilly
President of NS CrimeStoppers Association



Report on our Pension
David Peters

Trustee Board Member


Prize Presentations





David Lawand on behalf of
Group Medical Services
presenting a travel blanket & coffee mugs to

Lynn Strang of Region 3




David Lawand on behalf of
Group Medical Services
presenting a $100 VISA gift card to

Helen Hendry of Region 6




David Lawand on behalf of
Group Medical Services
presenting a $100 VISA gift card to

  Ken McKenzie of Region 3




Darlene Brunt of
Provincial Government Employees Credit Union

presenting a Fruit Basket to
Ritchie Boyd of Region 3


A gift card of 1,000 Air Miles was presented to
Donald White of Region 8
on behalf of Johnson Insurance by
employee Trish Harkin







Convention 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS



Registration Desk



Mary Misener  Marge MacDonald  Marie Hayward  Marian Langille
Registration Desk


Agenda Items

Changes to the Constitution / By-Laws




Report from Group Medical Services
on our Dental & Travel Benefits

Jim Vaillancourt (Regional Sales Leader)
David Lawand (Financial Security Advisor)




Report from the NSGEU
Jason MacLean (1st Vice President)



Presentation on Elder Abuse
Julian Young (Auxillary Constable with the
Halifax District RCMP)




Presentation by the Deputy Minister of Seniors
Simon D'Entremont


Report on the State of our Pension
Dave Peters (Board Trustee)


redvers cainey

Tribute to the late President Emeritus
Redvers Cainey
NSGREA Founding President
1985 - 1994

Region 3 President Ernest Pass





Sponsors




Darlene Brunt
Provincial Government Employees Credit Union



Trish Harkin
Johnson Insurance



  Prize Recipients




David Lawand on behalf of
Group Medical Services
presenting a Tablet to

Barbara Burton of Region 3



Darlene Brunt of
Provincial Government Employees Credit Union

presenting a Fruit Basket to
Deborah O'Brien of Region 3


Jack Murphy of Region 8
receiving 1,000 Air Miles from Trish Harkin of

Johnson Insurance








Convention  2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS

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Topics Discussed / Presented at Convention

Constitutional Amendment
Provincial Executive Reports
Treasurer's Report
Report on Dental Plan and other GMS Benefits
Presentation from Department of Seniors
Provincial Executive Nominations and Elections
Presentation from the Provincial Ombudsman's Office
Presentation concerning the Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc.
Presentation from the NS Crime Stoppers



CONVENTION DELEGATES (158 in attendance)



PRESENTATIONS

David Lawand
Employee Benefits Plus

Jim Vaillancourt
Group Medical Services


John O'Reilly
NS Crime Stoppers


Jaime Reynolds
NS Ombudsman's Office

Faizal Nanji
NS Department of Seniors


Dave Peters
Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc



SPONSORS


Johnson Insurance


Darlene Brunt
Provincial Government Employees Credit Union



PRIZES

Perry Bishop (Region 6) with Sharon Braine
Prize offered by Group Medical Services

Dan Cashen (Region 3) with Sharon Braine
Prize offered by Group Medical Services



Steve MacDonald (Region 3) with Darlene Brunt
Prize offered by Provincial Government Employees Credit Union



Joan Churchill (Region 6)
Prize offered by Johnson Insurance

Dave Hebert (Region 1)
Prize offered by Johnson Insurance








Convention  2013

Monday, September 30, 2013
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS


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Convention Topics

Constitutional Amendment
Provincial Executive Reports
Treasurer's Report
Report on Dental Plan and other GMS Benefits
Older Driver's Safe Driving Program
Report from the Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc.
Presentation from the NS Dept. of Seniors
Greetings from the NSGEU
Presentation from InnoviCares
Regional Resolutions
Provincial Executive Nominations and Elections



A New Seating Format This Year


Valerie White
NS Department of Seniors


David Lawand
Employee Benefits Plus
Jim Vaillancourt
Group Medical Services
         


Presentation from Province House Credit Union

Darlene Brunt
Province House Credit Union
Pearl Campbell
Region 3


Presentations from Johnson Inc.

Brian Kasouff
Region 3
President Bernie Conrad

President Bernie ConradEric Swinemer
Region 9


George Allen
Region 2
President Bernie Conrad

Donna McGrath
Region 3
President Bernie Conrad





Convention  2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS
A G E N D A
MORNING SESSION
Minutes of 2011 Convention
Provincial Executive Reports
Guest Speaker
Treasurer's Report
Guest Speaker
Nominating Committee Report

AFTERNOON SESSION
Elections
Guest Speaker
Presentation on Pensions
Election Results
Resolutions
Prize Presentations
Older Drivers Report



Scenes from Convention 2012



Delegates on both sides of the aisle


Valerie White, CEO of Dept. of Seniors



Anna Paton, Lawyer with the Dept. of Justice
Speaking on Powers of Attorney & Personal Directives




Outgoing President Steve MacDonald (L) receiving a plaque from Vice President Bernie Conrad, recognizing his seventeen years
of valuable service to our association and its members


Outgoing President Steve MacDonald (L) receiving a fleece with the NSGREA crest attached from Vice President Bernie Conrad





Johnson Insurance booth


Province House Credit Union booth




Region 6 member Dave Peters, representing all retirees
receiving a PSSP pension on the Joint Trusteeship Board



Dave Peters (L) receiving a plaque from
President Steve MacDonald recognizing his hard work and dedication over many years with regard to our pension



PRIZE AWARD PRESENTATIONS


Region 3 long time member Don Moors receiving prize
from Darlene Brunt of the Province House Credit Union


Region 3 member Gail Logie (R) receiving prize
awarded from Johnson Insurance




Region 3 member Andy Cornwall receiving prize
awarded from Johnson Insurance



Region 3 member Harriet Umlah receiving prize
from Membership Secretary Sharon Braine
on behalf of Group Medical Services



NEWLY ELECTED


Incoming Vice President David Hebert (Region 1) on the Left
with Outgoing President Steve MacDonald


Incoming President Bernard Conrad (Region 3) on the Left
with Outgoing President Steve MacDonald









Convention  2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS

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SCENES FROM CONVENTION


The stage is set . . .

Let's get it on !!!

Read my lips - NO MORE indexing !!!

Your name is NOT on the list - sorry, no vote !!!

Hello, Taxi? Get a cab over here - FAST !!!

This sure beats sitting in THERE !!!

What? . . . and they told me I could have seconds %@#

Now where do I go ???

Now, this is what  . . .

. . .  we REALLY came here for  !!!

The Three Mouseketeers
Mary Misener / Marge MacDonald / Marie Hayward


Feeling cool ?   Come get fleeced !!!
Marian Langille


Darlene Brunt
Province House Credit Union


Christi Cahill  and  Bernadette Donovan
Johnson Inc



SPEAKERS / PRESENTER / WINNERS


Region 6 member Dave Peters - "Mr. Pension"

Department of Seniors CEO Valerie White

President Elect Steve MacDonald presenting a
Special Recognition Plaque to
David Lawand of  Employees Benefit Plus




Darlene Brunt of Province House Credit Union
presenting a gift basket to
Region 6 member May Mailman

Christi Cahill of Johnson Inc
presenting 1200 Air Miles Reward Miles to
Region 6 President Pauline Lockhart


DELEGATES / INCOMING EXECUTIVE


Getting down to business  .  .  .

President elect Steve MacDonald & Vice President elect Bernie Conrad












Convention  2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS


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AGENDA

MORNING   SESSION
Registration
Convention Welcome - O Canada
Invocation
Introductions - Executive & Guests
Deceased Members
Minutes of the 2009 Convention
Pension
Executive Reports
Treasurer's Report
Older Driver's Report

AFTERNOON   SESSION
Guest Speaker
Elections
Video - History of NSGREA
Presentations
25th Anniversary Reception

Adjournment



GUEST   SPEAKER




Valerie White, CEO of the NS Department of Seniors


 
OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS

President
  -  James Bacich (Region 8)  
-  Elected for a two year term
Membership Secretary  -  Sharon Braine
(Region 3)  -  Elected for a two year term
Secretary  -  Doug Gough (Region 3)  -  Elected for a two year term
Treasurer  -  Gary Meisner (Region 3)  -  Elected for a one year term
Benefits Representative  -  Ernestine Gouthro (Region 3)  
-  Elected for a two year term


SCENES FROM CONVENTION




PRIZE WINNER


Prize winner Winston Hendsbee
Presented by Province House Credit Union member Darlene Brunt


SPECIAL  RECOGNITIONS
Plaque presentations by Vice President Steve MacDoanld

President Emeritus Redvers Cainey (1985 - 1994)

Past President Dave Campbell (1994 - 2000)
Outgoing President Bernie LaRusic (2000 - 2010)


To a Special Group of Ladies

Acknowledged for their outstanding dedication and support throughout many past conventions
Gift presentations by Pension Rep Joan Churchill


Marge MacDonald

Mary Misener

Marie Hayward

Brenda MacAdam

Acknowledged for her dedication and hard work as the Association's Office Clerk
Gift presentation by Vice President Steve MacDonald
Marian Langille




A reception followed celebrating our
25th anniversary









CONVENTION  2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS


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AGENDA

MORNING   SESSION
Registration
Convention Welcome - O Canada
Invocation
Introductions - Executive & Guests
Deceased Members
Dental Plan
Minutes of the 2008 Convention
Executive Reports
Special Presentation

AFTERNOON   SESSION
Guest Speaker
Executive Reports (Con't)
Elections - Vice-President, Treasurer
& Benefits Representative

Resolutions
Planning for 25th Anniversary
Adjournment



DENTAL   PLAN   OVERVIEW



Mr. David G. Lawand
Financial Security Advisor
Employee Benefits Plus
Mr. Jim Vaillancourt
Regional Manager, Business Development
Group Medical Services



SPECIAL   PRESENTATION


President Bernie (on the left) presenting Cammie MacKinnon with our association's fleece and cap upon his retirement as Treasurer, following a most distinguished and dedicated fifteen year career in that position.
We wish Cammie and his wife Eunice continued good health and happiness for the future.



A REMARKABLE MILESTONE
This year's Convention honoured those members who have surpassed the age of  "90"
(Five of those members were in attendance)

Marguerite AINSWORTH
Robert BACON
William BARTLETT
Redvers CAINEY
Kay DAKINS
Eric DENNIS
Catherine DORT
Effie KENNEY
Fred KENNEY
Anabella MAZUR
Jean MCLANE
Don MOORS
Mary SMITH
J. Arthur TELFER (Age 102)
Howard WHITE
Paul WINCHESTER



L-R Don Moors, Redvers Cainey, Catherine Dort, Effie Kenney, Fred Kenney

INVITED GUESTS  &  PRIZE WINNERS



Mary Ellen Vaughan   and   Virginia Kom
Johnson Insurance Inc




Darlene Brunt   and   Carole Downey
Province House Credit Union




Tisha White of   Northwood Inc




Prize winners Sylvia Meisner (L) and Bill Sampson (R)
with Tisha White of Northwood Inc



Prize winner May Lui (C) with Virginia Kom
and Mary Ellen Vaughan of Johnson Inc


GUEST   SPEAKER



Mr. Keith Menzies, Executive Director of Continuing Care, NS Dept. of Health

Mr. Menzies presented a Continuing Care Strategy for the future of Nova Scotia's seniors, speaking about Home & Community Programs, Long Term Care, the Caregiver Allowance Program, and Integrating the Roles & Responsibilities of both the Department of Health (DOH) and the various District Health Authorities (DHA) & IWK Hospital, i.e. what is being transferred to the DHAs and what will remain with the DOH

OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS

Vice-President  -  Steve MacDonald (Region 3)

Treasurer  -  Jim Bacich (Region 8)
Benefits Representative  -  Ernestine Gouthro (Region 3)

SCENES FROM CONVENTION


Delegates to the LEFT

Delegates to the RIGHT



"Celebrating the 90s" Cake
for a special group of 5

President Emeritus Redvers Cainey
stating a point from the floor


 

The Lunch Line
"on the move"


VP Steve MacDonald addressing convention

L-R   Pension Rep Joan Churchill, VP Steve MacDonald, President Bernie LaRusic, Treasurer Cammie MacKinnon,
Benefits Rep Jim Bacich and Membership Secretary Sharon Braine



CONVENTION  2008

Monday, September 22, 2008
Holiday Inn (Lake City Ballroom)
Dartmouth, NS

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Invited Speakers

Spoke on the role of the NSGEU and the many benefits to its members


Ms. Joan Jessome
President of NSGEU

  Spoke on our Dental Plan


Mr. David G. Lawand
Financial Security Advisor
Employee Benefits Plus

Mr. Jim Vaillancourt
Regional Manager, Business Development
Group Medical Services


Guest Speaker

  Presented the various aspects of the Government's HEAT SMART Program


Mr. Donald Dodge
Program Officer with Conserve Nova Scotia


Proposed Resolutions (with amendments at Convention)


Activities at Convention


Sharon Braine, Mary Misener, Brenda MacAdam, Marge MacDonald, Marie Hayward
Registration Table





Carole Downey & Darlene Brunt
Province House Credit Union


Tisha White
Northwoodcare Inc.



Mary Ellen Vaughan & Gerrie Blair
Johnson Insurance Inc.


Prize Winner Dennis Rose



Prize Winner Margaret Curry


Prize Winner Don Moors



Prize Winner Dorothy Doak




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