Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

January 25, 2011 12:00 ET

FSNA Dedicates its National Office in Memory of Claude Edwards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2011) - The National Board of Directors of the National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA) proudly gathered in Ottawa to dedicate its national office in memory of Dr. Claude A. Edwards, federal public servant, union leader, philanthropist and pensioners' advocate. The event also marked the 10 year anniversary of the establishment of the Pensioners' Dental Services Plan in 2001.

Edwards was the driving force behind the implementation of the dental insurance plan for federal pensioners. "This is a man who when he became national president of FSNA in 1989 (to 1998) set three key priorities for himself: implementation of dues deduction at source, increasing FSNA's membership to 100,000 (a 100% increase) and a dental plan for superannuates and achieved them - a true champion for FSNA and federal pensioners," said Hélian Lizotte, current FSNA national president. 

"By lobbying effectively and persistently on behalf of pensioners and seniors," said Sylvia Ceacero, executive director of FSNA, "often meeting one-on-one with senior cabinet ministers, he directly contributed to the respect FSNA enjoys today." She also noted he came to work at the national office almost every day of his nine-year term as national president volunteering almost 19,000 hours to FSNA.

Claude Edwards was a big believer seniors groups needed to work closely together to wield influence. Towards this end, said Jean-Guy Soulière, current Chair of the National Seniors Council and the Association's executive director during Edward's term as national president, "he became the prime mover behind the Coalition of Seniors for Social Equity and pushed to have a government department for seniors."

Claude Edwards was also founding president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 1966 and was recognized in government circles for his leadership, consultation and negotiation skills. Other recognition includes: Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Carleton University in 2001 after working for its Board of Governors for some 30 years. Since 1996, the Claude A. Edwards Bursary has been awarded to deserving full-time mature students in need of financial assistance. 

About FSNA

FSNA is the largest and most influential national advocacy group for federal retirees. As a not-for-profit association with some 175,000 members, FSNA is recognized by the Government of Canada as the major representative of pensioners – and their partners, and survivors – from the public service, Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and of retired federally appointed judges. FSNA's mission is to protect and enhance its members' pensions, health and dental insurance benefits and seniors' benefits in general.

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