Page 4 7th Annual APTEA 2004 / 2005 Family Picnic The 7th Annual Family Picnic Scholarships was a huge success on Saturday, June With summer approaching 5th. The new venue of Riveredge Park in the city’s and the fall semester soon starting at southwest was given the thumbs up by all who attended. universities and colleges, APTEA is All attendees were impressed by the “jewel” of a park in pleased to announce its annual the centre of our growing city. The weather was perfect and many new members, their children and scholarship program. Since 1996 APTEA has provided one $500.00 scholarship per year grandchildren came out to enjoy the day. APTEA also APTEA News June 2004 to a dependent of an APTEA member who has been a invited the members of CCSPE (the city Engineer’s member for one full year prior to the drawing of the group) to join us bringing attendance numbers to 104. annual scholarship. APTEA would like to thank the following President’s Message summary of issues and will ask to meet with HR In addition, Meloche Monnex, a value added people for volunteering to make the day the success that Jonn Robertson when the director’s position is appointed. In the sponsor to APTEA is providing a $300.00 scholarship it was: meantime, Dan Witol from CCSPE and I met with APTEA members Pat Blackhall, Warren "There are only two ways to live your life. Mr. Owen Tobert, the acting Chief Executive for the 2004/2005 academic year. Gavlin, John Kwong, Joan MacPhee, Al-Noor One is as though nothing is a miracle. Officer, in early May to include him in our To read the Eligibility Requirements for the scholarship and to print out a scholarship form, visit the Jinnah, Brian Langan, Don Johnston and Michael The other is as if everything is." discussions. Owen was very attentive to our Thomas who helped out with registrations, the piñatas, Albert Einstein ~ German-born Theoretical Physicist APTEA websites at www.APTEA.org or comments. www.APTEA.gov.calgary.ab.ca hot dog roasting, picture taking and general help that any In the fall of 2002 APTEA undertook a The scholarship is not based on academic event requires. CCSPE member Dallas Smith was also a In February, APTEA received a letter from membership survey to discover why eligible standing or financial need. Two scholarships will be great help at the piñatas. Alderman Hawkesworth asking for our input Meredith Helgeson for organizing the event Management Exempt employees did or did not join drawn from all eligible applications received by October the association. Results of the survey showed that regarding The City’s occupational health and 15th, 2004. The drawings will be done at the Annual and assembling all the goodie bags and for donating TD safety program. One of the strengths of the APTEA General Meeting on Thursday, November 4th, 2004. Sparks the Magician who entertained the 50 children the two main reasons for joining APTEA were our (and many adults) who were in attendance. Meredith’s Advocacy/Representation and Affiliation board is that we have members from several If you have any questions, or need an business units and as a result we were able to draft application emailed to you, please contact Meredith husband Ted also helped to haul all the goodies. opportunities. The two main reasons ME staff did not join APTEA were that they were not aware of a response that we believe is reflective of issues at 283 – 3100 or email APTEA@aptea.org across the City. In summary, we felt that: the association or they were unclear of the value of joining. 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The ELMC met in May and at quote! rich and storied tradition of Calgary’s famed Stampede bring forward several workplace issues. CCSPE this meeting concern was raised regarding the lack For a quote, visit www.renfrew-insurance.com Celebration, plus striking historical exhibits and photographs. (the City’s Engineers’ Society) asked to join with of EFAP committee meetings since late 2003; the email email@example.com or call Toll Advanced tickets are purchased directly from the us to make a joint presentation, as their members saloon by calling 218-7889. Payment can be by VISA, Critical Incident Stress Management response Free 1-800-661-5773. MasterCard or American Express or by cheque. Tickets will be have many of the same concerns as APTEA team; and changes to Service Delivery in Corporate mailed upon receipt of payment. members. The joint committee has prepared a Con’t Page 2 Page 2 The annual Family Picnic went forward Page 3 Thanks to all volunteers and participants on June 5. For the first time it was held at who helped to make this annual event a premier Con’t From Page 1 Riveredge Park. Thanks are due to APTEA event for APTEA. Services. These are all topics that have potential Director Michael Thomas and Meredith Helgeson 16th Annual APTEA Dan Ryan, Event Coordinator who planned the event as well as several APTEA Golf Tournament impact on our members. The next ELMC meeting members who helped as volunteers on June 5th. is June 25 to discuss the grievance process and if time permits, the targeted selection process. Dan Ryan, Gord Ellis and their committee The 16th Annual Golf Tournament went of It is my belief that the ELMC were busy throughout late May preparing for the smoothly on Friday, June the 11th and even the APTEA Networking Event annual Golf Tournament held June 11, 2004 at slightly inclement weather did not dampen the (Executive/Labour/Management Committee) The first “Spring Break” APTEA High River. overall enthusiasm. Registration was the highest it provides a meaningful opportunity to ensure Networking event was held on Thursday, May 6th, It’s never too early to plan: please note has ever been at 136 registrants and the day was that the interests of the APTEA membership are 2004 at Drinkwaters Grill across from the that our AGM will be held November 4, 2004 at capped off by the annual steak dinner. Team and considered and I appreciate the frank discussion of Municipal Building. Over 60 APTEA members and the Golden Age Club and the annual Christmas individual prizes were handed out to more than 90 topics in the committee. guests attended the event. APTEA member and dinner/dance on December 3, 2004 at Fort Calgary. golfers. The City’s Targeted Selection process to administrator for MEBAC, Larry Findlay, gave a Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Special thanks are due to APTEA fill positions has raised some concerns. For short talk on changes in MEBAC and how they example, at times people who were in an acting Please feel free to contact me at 268 – 5686 or at members Gord Ellis, Dan Ryan, Sue Mackie and Frank Assen for volunteering their time before, affect management exempt employees at The City position for a long period were not successful when Jonn.Robertson@calgary.ca of Calgary. Several door prizes were handed out to interviewed to fill the position on a permanent during and after the tournament, helping to make it Sincerely, Jonn Robertson a huge success. lucky guests and everyone dined on Drinkwaters basis. To give our members additional skills when snacks provided by APTEA. President APTEA Thanks also to Aurelia Festa of Meloche applying for City positions we are arranging a Judging from the level of activity and Brown Bag session to review the targeted selection Monnex and to Meredith for their time at the ATB Hole-in-One Hole and the Monnex “Snack Shack”. social interactions plus the feedback received, the process. We hope to arrange this for early fall. “Spring Break” event was well received and timely Some members have raised concerns Additional thanks to our event sponsors event. The networking event was managed within because they are from business units undergoing Health Spending Accounts who donated cash and prizes: our budget allocations thus leaving enough for a service delivery model reviews. To help ensure our As part of the enhanced benefits program "Summer’s Over" APTEA Networking Event in members are aware of their employees’ rights, we introduced in 2003, employees receive, as a Calgary Civic Employees Credit Union September if membership interest continues. are arranging a presentation by lawyers minimum, an annual $200 Health Spending Renfrew Thompson Insurance Ltd. Many thanks are due to APTEA Directors specializing in workplace issues. We hope to hold Account (HSA). Additional HSA credits can be Software House International Terry Wong and Sue Mackie and to APTEA this session by mid-September. obtained by enrolling in Level 1 for the Health Treasury Branch of Alberta Administrator Meredith Helgeson for providing all We would like your perspective for the and/or Dental plans. Supply Management the necessary behind the scenes work required to upcoming meetings with HR and the ELMC. To The HSA can be used in a number of IBM get such an event past the planning stage to the that end we are developing an on-line survey. We ways such as costs for dental claims that exceed Beast implementation stage. hope to have the survey in place before the end of current coverage levels, additional vision care Maxim Special thanks to APTEA President, Jonn June. Please feel free to call me directly if you have expenses, premiums paid for health, dental and Enmax Robertson, for being a great host and to Larry any questions. My number is 268 – 5686. travel insurance (level 3 premiums as an example) Acrodex Findlay for an informative discussion on MEBAC. etc. Please refer to Alberta Blue Cross for a Lexmark Finally to our members and guests, thanks On the lighter side complete list of eligible expenses. Bell West for coming out to this event and continuing to On May 6 APTEA hosted a networking The HSA annual benefit cannot be carried Compugen make APTEA a vibrant, active and caring event at Drinkwaters Grill. In part this was in forward to future years. Claims for each year must Telus Mobility association. response to members request for more be received within specific timeframes to eligible Meloche Monnex Terry Wong, Event Coordinator opportunities to meet their counterparts in a social for that year. If you do not use the full amount of Novell Networks setting. We had a good turn out for a first event, your HSA by the deadline date these benefits are Hewlett Packard with more than 50 members attending. Many then no longer available to you. For more details thanks to Terry Wong and Meredith Helgeson for on the HSA visit the website www.calgary.ca/hr or As a result of our 50/50 draw four players F.Y.I. planning and executing the event. Larry Findlay call 268-2510. took home cash or tax receipts for $255.00. Visit the APTEA websites gave us a brief overview of MEBAC. Please read Many employees did not take advantage Marilyn Noel and Sandy Virgo will each www.APTEA.org or the related article in the newsletter describing the of this benefit for 2003. Make sure you are not one receive Charitable Tax Donation receipts in the www.APTEA.gov.calgary.ab.ca new “Health Spending Account” and the of them in 2004 if you have eligible expenses that amount of $255.00 for their donations to their to view photos of all our events. unclaimed money. can be reimbursed! charity of choice. Doris Kinaz and Doug Junor Frank Assen, APTEA MEBAC Rep. each took home $255.00 cash.