The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada


Retired Members Guild - Vancouver Chapter Executive Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Ramie’s Greek Restaurant, 9-4287 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H


Executives Present

Raj Utkhede  (President)


Tom Chang  (Treasurer)

Wayne Wynn  (Secretary)

Barbara Aweryn, Geoff Kendell, Colin McBride, Lyle Reid (Members-at-Large)

Guest: Don Burns, National RMG Member for BC
Marie Kereliuk, RMG Fraser Valley Chapter President


Action Item


Call to Order/

Opening remarks

Meeting called to order at 12:07 PM. Opening remarks by Raj. National RMG meeting attended by Raj. It was a good meeting.


Agenda approved without changes. MSC

Minutes of previous meeting

Minutes of the executive meeting held September 20, 2023 presented by Wayne (read from PIPSC web page). Minutes accepted without changes. MSC

Financial Statements

Tom presented draft information for the end of 2023 and forward to 2024. For information only; vote not needed. Content approved.

Don Burns

The recent national PIPSC AGM was not a good one. Much stalling over fine points; a small group of speakers made comments on multiple issues; few resolutions passed. One good result: A motion to increase RMG dues by 50% did not go through.

Joint meeting with Fraser Valley Chapter

Rick Gammer and Marie from the Fraser Valley Chapter to work with Lyle and Raj to organize a joint social event.

April 2024 AGM

New executive to be elected. Signing authorities a potential issue. Raj and Wayne to go to BMO today to add Wayne to the current list of signers.

Round-table Canada Life: Lyle had a very positive phone call to resolve multiple issues. Barbara’s experience not very good. Wayne experiencing delays. It was noted that effective January 1, 2024, the maximum dispensing fee to be reimbursed will be $8.00. Also, prescription payments will be based on the cost of generic drugs. There may be a process for exceptions.
Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 1:40 PM. MSC