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Narch 8, 2018 – Sad News
This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.
It is with a very heavy heart that I share news of the sudden passing of our colleague, Terry Rigby, on March 7.
For nearly a decade, Terry has been a dedicated and passionate educator at the college, fondly considered a jack-of-all trades who was always willing to jump in to help others. He will be remembered for his warmth and how he continually went above and beyond to support students and colleagues alike.
Terry was a proud Durham College graduate of the Chemical Engineering program. He joined the college as an employee in 2009, starting as a laboratory technologist with what was then known as the School of Applied Sciences and Technology (now the School of Science and Engineering Technology) and eventually going on to also teach a variety of science-related courses. Most recently, he was a laboratory field technologist with the Centre for Food.
At this time, funeral arrangements are not known, but we will share them as soon as information becomes available.
Terry will be dearly missed by many. In honour of his life, flags at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses will be lowered later today and will remain lowered until the same time tomorrow.
Our thoughts are with Terry’s family and friends at this time.
February 26, 2018 – New Link Added
A new link has been added on our LINKS page on Safety Tips for Seniors
February 24, 2018 – Sad News
February 23, 2018 – New Link Added
A new link has been added on our LINKS page on Types of Sleep Disorders.
February 2, 2018 – New Link Added
Three new links added on our LINKS page on Healthy Aging, Drug Does and Drug Interactions and Hip replacement.
January 30, 2018 – New Link Added
A new link has been added on our LINKS page on a Senior’s Guide to Online Privacy.
January 15, 2018 – Events Calendar
Our Events Calendar has been to updated to show our Coffee Clutch events (on the third Wednesday of each month) and the tentative dates for other events in 2018. Click on Events Calendar above.
January 11, 2018 – Sad News
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of retiree Linda Campbell. Linda was dedicated to Durham College (DC) for more than 15 years prior to retiring in 2010. She provided career and employment support to students daily at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses as an employment advisor with the Hired Career Services team. Before retiring, she was the UOIT internship co-ordinator, where she was instrumental in assisting UOIT students helping them successfully establish placements in their chosen fields.
The DC community will fondly remember Linda and her commitment to students, her colleagues and the college. Her kindness, positive attitude and calm, supportive nature will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family and friends at this difficult time.
A private ceremony was held last week for family and Celebration of Life will be held in early April for family, friends and former colleagues. We will share details as soon as they are available.
For those interested, in lieu of sending flowers, a donation can be made in Linda’s name to Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Services or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
A Great turnout for the 2017 Christmas lunch held at Kedron Dells. Many Thanks to all the organizers. Arthur took lots of great pictures, you can have a look here!!
Please complete the survey about employment challenges in our community sponsored by the Durham Workforce Authority. Thanks!
Durham College Retirees’ Association Annual Christmas Luncheon 2017
The 2017 Christmas Lunch will be held on December 13, 2017. Note that this year we will be holding this great event at Kedron Dell’s Golf Course, NOT the Shriner’s Club.
See you next Wednesday!
December 7 – New Link Added on Guide to Home Adaptations for Disabled People – See Links page
November 22nd – New Link Added on US Military Veteran Benefit Options – See Links page
November 3rd – New Link Added on Best Medical Alert Systems – See Links page
On November 15th the DCRA will be getting together for breakfast (optional) and coffee at Traditions on Simcoe St. @ Beatrice.
More details to follow!
September 21, 2017 – Douglas Hall
Please see the attached death notice for Douglas Hall.
Excerpt re Arrangements
Please join the family on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Uxbridge Cemetery at 12:30 for the interment service with a Legion Tribute followed by A Celebration for Douglas, from 2:00 until 4:00, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Uxbridge Branch #170, 109 Franklin Street, Uxbridge, ON. On Sunday, October 15, 2017 the family will welcome friends for fellowship and refreshments at the Little Current, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177 in a Celebration for Douglas, Downstairs Club Room, from 1:00 to 3:00.
In Douglas’ memory, consider a donation to the Veteran’s Comfort Fund re: Creative Arts Therapy, Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, L Wing, L1108 – 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5 or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #170 or Branch #177 or your preferred charity. For online condolences, please visit www.lowandlow.ca
He fought the good fight and true, Let the world be the better for you, Carry on, old one, Carry On!
September 18, 2017 – Retirees Golf Day
September 15, 2017
This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president.
Following our message earlier this week, details about the celebration of life for our colleague Susan Sproul, former dean of the School of Health & Community Services, are now available.
The celebration will take place at the Newcastle Funeral Home on Sunday, September 17. Those who wish to honour Susan are encouraged to visit any time between noon and 4 p.m.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Susan’s family and friends during this difficult time. The Durham College community will always remember her warmth and kindness, as well as her outstanding commitment to students and academic excellence during her long career.
September 13, 2017
This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of recent retiree Susan Sproul, former dean of the School of Health & Community Services (SHCS), today, Wednesday, September 13. Susan began working at the college in 1992 and held several positions during her career at DC, including professor in the Nursing program and Collaborative BScN program, and associate dean of the SHCS. In 2014, Susan retired from the college.
Susan’s commitment to excellence in nursing and education impacted the lives of many students and employees during her 22-year career at the college. A beloved member of the campus community, her ready smile and sense of humour brought happiness to all those around her. She was known for her warmth, compassion and her dedication to DC and its students.
At this time, funeral arrangements are not known. We will share them when they become available.
Susan will be dearly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
July 12, 2017 – Two new links added about Sleep Health and about Travel Discounts and Deals from CURAC and Collette Travel on our Links page..
Save The Dates!!
Golf Day – Tuesday, September 12th
Christmas Lunch – Wednesday, December 13th
More details on both events to follow!
June 16, 2017 – DCRA AGM
The DCRA Annual General Membership Meeting and Lunch was held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Durham College Oshawa Campus. Thanks to all for the great attendance, and a special thanks to Arthur for keeping the minutes and taking some photos. Links to both follow.
June 9, 2017 –Celebration of life for Gerry Rose
Friends and colleagues are invited to take part in a celebration of life for long-time Durham College Professor Gerry Rose. The celebration will be held on Saturday, June 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, at the Whitby campus.
A professor in the Journalism program from 1991 to 2014 and a Durham College Journalism graduate as well, Gerry passed away on January 9. His family is inviting friends and colleagues to join them and share stories and memories. The Gerald Rose Journalism Scholarship Fund at Durham College was established earlier this year in his honour and is still taking donations by specifying the fund through the ‘Donate Now’ link.
June 1, 2017 – Pina Craven is Retiring
Please find attached an invitation to Pina Craven’s retirement celebration that will take place on Tuesday June 20, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in room G213 (the Dining Room).
Please feel free to stop in at this event at any time during the above noted hours to wish Pina a fond farewell. Guest speakers/presenters will begin at 10:30 am sharp.
Please kindly forward this information to anyone that I may have missed.
Please also feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
We hope to see you there!
Treina Kennington email@example.com
School of Justice & Emergency Services
June 1, 2017 – Kim MacPherson is Retiring
|Kim MacPherson is retiring! It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend a drop in event on Monday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., Room SSB 118 at the Oshawa campus, to wish Kim MacPherson well on her retirement (Friday, June 30).
Contributions to a retirement gift can be made to Barb Knox in the main building (Continuing Education office); Yvonne Knight or Karen Piper in the Simcoe building (Room 1266); or Cheryl Hurst at the Whitby campus.
We hope you are able to join us to wish Kim well on this exciting new chapter!
May 30, 2017 – Sad News – Barry Pogue
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Rev. Barry Pogue on Sunday evening.
Barry was called home surrounded by family, including his dear wife Helen Alves. Funeral will be Friday June 2, 2017 at 11:00 at Simcoe Street United Church, 66 Simcoe St. S. Oshawa.
Visitation is at MAK funeral home, 152 King Street East, Oshawa L1H 1B6 on Thursday June 1, 2-4 and 7-9.
May 10, 2017 – A new link was added regarding Retirement Business Ideas to Generate Extra Income on our Links page..
March 24, 2017 – A new link was added regarding Apps for Seniors on our Links page..
Please direct any inquiries to Sheila Bell by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org; Thank you.
Please mark your calendar to attend the DCRA Annual General Membership Meeting and Lunch on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Durham College Oshawa Campus. Below (and attached) are the details of this event:
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Durham College 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
Parking: Commencement (south) Lot (free with an exit pass). Click here to view campus map.
AGM Start Time: 11 a.m. with registration at 10:45 a.m.
Meeting Location: To be confirmed by a follow up email.
Lunch Start Time: Noon
Lunch Location: South Village Plaza (will move to South Village Café if rains)
Note: You will get meal ticket(s) and an exit pass at the AGM registration desk
Guided tour of the campus will be available after BBQ
Cost: Since this is a special year, all DCRA members in good standing are complimentary.
One guest of a DCRA member or any non-DCRA retiree only $12
Please make an advanced payment using one of the first 3 options in the attachment. If absolutely necessary, fees may be paid at the AGM but you must register by June 8. Please register by e-mailing Sheila Bell (email@example.com).
Lots of pictures from the DCRA 2016 Christmas lunch can be found here
OCRA General Meeting
October 26, 2016
Hosted by Durham College/Durham College Retirees’ Association
at The Oshawa & District Shrine Club
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy Wong
Professor, Humber College, School of Applied Technology
“Thrive, Don’t Just Survive in the Connected Economy!”
Details in OCRA General Meeting 2016 Brochure
Golf Day & BBQ – Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Not a Member? JOIN US NOW!
Click here to join the Durham College Retirees Association. Dues are $25 per year and $250 for a life time membership
Click here to sign up for a free membership for the remainder of the calendar year.
Click here to pay your Annual Dues or upgrade to Life Time Membership online
Membership Includes: Free lunch at the Spring Luncheon and Annual General Meeting and Christmas Luncheon.