Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

January 18, 2011 14:59 ET

Media Advisory: Ceremony Dedicating the FSNA National Office in Memory of Claude Edwards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2011) - Editors note: A photo for this media advisory is available via Marketwire's website.

The National Board of Directors of FSNA, the National Association of Federal Retirees, will be gathering in Ottawa to host a ceremony on January 25, 2011 to dedicate its national office in memory of Dr. Claude Edwards and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Pensioners' Dental Services Plan (PDSP). 

Founding president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and a former national president of FSNA, the late Dr. Claude A. Edwards will be recognized as a pivotal advocate for pensioners, as a builder of FSNA and as a champion of the Pensioners' Dental Services Plan (PDSP) implemented in 2001. Other recognition he received for a long and distinguished career included: Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Carleton University in 2001, where he served as chair of its Board of Governors. See attached biography.

Government officials from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and National Defence, the National Joint Council, National Seniors Council, federal union leaders, the President of Carleton University, local politicians, seniors' organizations, FSNA partners and representatives of local FSNA branches will also attend the ceremony.

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 strategic vision is to advocate for the protection and enhancement of its members' pensions, health and dental insurance benefits and for seniors' benefits in general.

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Panorama Room, National Arts Centre
  53 Elgin Street, Ottawa
  Underground parking is available

Biographical Notes

Claude A. Edwards

1916 – 2010

Born and educated in Toronto, Claude Edwards had a long and distinguished career that influenced many organizations and individuals. After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada, the UK and Europe during World War II, Claude Edwards worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Welfare Branch before being elected founding president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 1966. During the 10 years he held that position, he saw the arrival of collective bargaining and the first public service strikes, cost-of-living increases, and wage and price controls. He went on to fill a seven-year appointment to the Public Service Staff Relations Board.

In 1971, the renowned unionist entered into a partnership that lasted almost 30 years with the Board of Governors of Carleton University, where he served both as committee member and as chair. Since 1996, the Claude A. Edwards Bursary has been awarded to deserving full-time mature students who are in need of financial assistance to continue their studies. Edwards himself was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Carleton University in 2001.

During those three decades, he served on many other boards and councils, such as the National Joint Council, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Economic Council of Canada and the Canada Labour Relations Council.

When he was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976 for his tireless work, he was 60 years old. He nevertheless continued to add to his list of accomplishments by dedicating more years to his community as chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional District Health Council, as well as a member of the Ottawa Civic Hospital President's Council and the Children's Aid Society Foundation.

In 1989, he undertook his last official role as national president of the National Association of Federal Retirees (formerly know as the Federal Superannuates National Association). During his nine-year mandate, he was a pivotal advocate not only for pensioners, but for all Canadian seniors. As representative of pensioners, he played a major role in obtaining a dental plan for federal pensioners. As Chair of the Coalition of Seniors for Social Equity, he pushed to have a government department for seniors and pursued the promotion of healthy living. 

"The friends I have met through my work and activism are the ones that keep me young and staying young should be the goal of every senior," said Claude Edwards before resigning as national president of FSNA in 1998.

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