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BC Vancouver Island Christmas Luncheon in January!

January 21, 2019


In keeping with our new tradition of having our Christmas lunch AFTER Christmas, 52 people enjoyed a fabulous Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding lunch at the 4 Mile House Pub & Restaurant in Victoria on Saturday, January 19th, 2019. For the complete description and all the photos see the Photo Gallery.

Thanks Joan Firkins for sharing. 


BOMPA Northern Alberta January 2019 Newsletter

January 16, 2019

altThe latest BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Bill Kilgour for sharing.



BOMPA BC Lower Mainland – An Afternoon at the Races

January 9, 2019



BOMPA BC Lower Mainland will be holding an afternoon at the races Sunday, January 20th at Elements Casino in Surrey.  Please refer to the Events Announcements for all of the details.

Please RSVP to Elsie Sweet ( or 604-278-9278) no later than January 17th.

Thanks to Ron Gillies for the information. 



January 6, 2019


The 78th Annual Kingston Curling Bonspiel is right around the corner.  This event is the LONGEST STANDING  BMO SOCIAL TRADITION in the 200 Year history of the Bank and is open to all BMO Financial Group employees and pensioned employees, regardless of curling skill or any other perceived barriers for that matter.  Please joins us on Saturday February 2. For details see Events.

Thanks to Wendy Tite for the information.

Letter to the Editor - from Ross Douglas, London, ON re: “BMO Amatour London, Ontario"

December 29, 2018


The picture brings back a lot of memories and how much fun it was travelling to the different courses.  I believe this picture is from Fanshawe Course in London.  I found one of the visors that we wore and the date was 1984, and it is hard to believe that the time has flown by so quickly. The only other bit of information is I never won any tournaments and I don’t think there were any holes in one.                                                                   

We are fortunate to have monthly luncheons now during the fall and winter months and see lots of the guys.  Chuck Joynt does a good job organizing these luncheons.

Ross Douglas

If you have any comments regarding this letter, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you." 


BMO Amatour London, Ontario

December 23, 2018


I ran across this picture and thought I would resend it. This is a picture of the golf Amatour that Ross Douglas organized in the London area back in the 70's. We toured several courses in the London area and had a great time.  Many of the guys still get together regularly for luncheons.  Ross is the good looking guy in the front row left side.

Thanks Ron Patterson for sharing. 



BC Lower Mainland Christmas Luncheon

December 21, 2018


The annual Christmas lunch was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Friday, November 30th with approximately 290 pensioners attending.  The day started off with an opportunity to mingle and catch up with friends followed by a delicious turkey lunch.  Many of those attending went home with door prizes as well as the table centrepieces.  Aaron Kueng and Michael Wood acted as MCs and we had short talks from BOMPA President Clive Hanbury and Mike Bonner, SVP BC and Yukon Division.  Following the meeting, Earl was busy taking new BOMPA memberships and collecting dues from existing members.  Please consider joining BOMPA and attending our regular lunches.  New events are being planned for the upcoming year.

Thanks to Mike Bonner and BMO for hosting the annual event.

Click Here to see the pictures.

Thanks Ron Gillies for sharing. 


We are at 1000 Facebook friends!

December 19, 2018

altWe have arrived at our next milestone. Welcome to Carol Rowe, friend number 1000.

We have a very active community on Facebook where you can comment on our stories, news or whatever and be informed of the latest updates right away.





Halifax / Dartmouth Retiree Christmas Luncheon

December 17, 2018


Fourth annual BMO retiree Christmas luncheon was held on Friday, December 14th at The Palladium Family Restaurant in Cole Harbour. We had a great turnout with 53 in attendance. Our meal choices were excellent and everyone enjoyed the meet and greet. The opportunity to catch up with old friends is very special and even more so during the Holiday Season. Our thanks to Mother Nature for a good travel day. Thanks also to Debbie MacNeil for taking the time to once again organize this event.

Click Here to see the pictures.

Thanks Blair and Rhonda Hatherley for sharing. 


Letter from the Editor: Reflections on the year 2018

December 15, 2018

alt By Dave Harmer, Editor

2018 is winding down. As is our custom, we like to look back and reflect on what has happened this year in our cyber community.

I have been impressed by the sheer magnitude of events, meetings, lunches, the larger Christmas luncheons and other social activities we have seen posted on our website this year. Our thanks go to individual members, our Regional Representatives and various pensioner associations for the announcements, reporting and photography sent to us for publication.

These events and activities are almost all organized and run by individual retirees or teams - and sometimes by employees of the bank - for the enjoyment of bank pensioners in locations all across the country. Large and small, formal and informal, these events do not just happen and their success is mostly due to the efforts of volunteers which I believe is very much appreciated.

Our network of members continues to grow each year and stands at 3,100 at the time of writing. 251 retirees chose to join us so far this year.To put this into perspective, while our website is also viewed by others, impressively an approximate 30% of bank retirees now belong to our network with 32% of our members also being Facebook "friends". Members come from all parts of the country, parts of the United States and overseas. We wonder how many other similar sized volunteer organizations can boast those numbers! Word of mouth continues to be one of the largest sources of new members and is almost matching new membership attributed to the various luncheons. Our thanks go to those who have encouraged retirees to join our ranks.

Unfortunately 21 members passed away so far this year, although these are only ones that we heard about. We were sad to hear, not only about those members, but also other colleagues and friends within the BMO community who passed away in 2018. In various ways each made their contribution to the lives of people around them and they will be missed both as colleagues and friends. Our thoughts continue to be with their families and friends coping with their loss.

Our thanks must go to Barry Gemmell and Jim O'Neill who, back in 1991, had the vision of an interconnected cyber network. Together with the other members of our Hall of Fame they laid the foundations for the unique network we have today and we can only say to them "look at what you started!" It would be remiss of me not to say how much all members of the cyber pensioners team deserve much credit for their work in keeping the website alert and well on a daily basis.

On a personal note I would like to express my appreciation to both Colin Evans and Joan Mesic. For the last 6 months or so, they have held the Cyber Pensioner (CP) editorial "fort" for me as my wife and I embarked on our hectic, often frustrating and occasionally humorous adventure of selling our house, then buying and finally moving to a new home.

As always we would like to wish all our readers and their families the best for the upcoming holiday season and thank you for your help in making this unique website and network available to our members across the country and beyond. We hope you will continue to keep us in mind in 2019.

Northern Alberta’s Christmas Luncheon – December 13, 2018

December 14, 2018

altA lovely time was held at the BOMPA Northern Alberta’s Christmas Luncheon at Chateau Louis, on December 13th, 2018.  133 Members attended along with 11 District Executives. 

Click Here to see the pictures.

Thanks Donna Brausen for sharing.


Western Ontario Retirees Lunch – December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018



Chuck Joynt has shared pictures of the Western Ontario Retirees lunch held December 11, 2018 at the Best Western Hotel in Brantford.

Click Here to see the pictures.

Thanks Chuck for sharing.


BMO Communications - Prevention of Cyber Crime

December 8, 2018



The holiday season is an opportune time for cyber criminals to attack shoppers and travelers around the world. Since 2014, the total value of online retail sales has almost doubled to $2,489 Trillion. Cyber-crime experts report that as e-commerce increases, high-activity seasons like the holidays will not only trigger more attacks, but inspire new types of attacks.

BMO Communications has posted security tips on the BMO Retiree Portal. Click Here to read these tips.

Picture of Brantford Ontario Luncheon

December 8, 2018



Leslie Hartt has shared a picture of BMO Retirees’ Brantford Ontario 3rd annual luncheon.


Thanks Leslie for sharing.





Toronto RSA Chinese New Year Banquet

November 14, 2018


Come celebrate the Year of the Pig on Saturday, February 23, 2019. .


See Ticket Offers for registration information.    



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 New Members

January 22, 2019
John Jaques of Bobcaygeon, ON

January 21, 2019
Linda Labrie of Newmarket, ON

January 19, 2019
Cornelia Daniels of Collingwood, ON

January 16, 2019
Gail Lee of Portkand, ON

January 15, 2019
Susan Oakes of Ste-rose Laval, QB

January 13, 2019
Margaret Gurney of Scotland, ON
Jayne Ammerman of Brantford, ON

January 10, 2019
Helen Sutherland of Brossard, QC
Lori Mark of Kitchener, ON
Michel Masson of Coaticook, QC

January 9, 2019
Karen M. Levings of Osoyoos, BC
Neil Conway of Oakville, ON
Kelly Triol of Belleville, ON
Dale Triol of Belleville, ON

January 6, 2019
Cheryl Brown of Trent Lakes, ON

January 5, 2019
Vince Lemke of Kelowna, BC

January 4, 2019
Roxanna Bauer of Victoria, BC

January 1, 2019
Ann Panton of Nanaimo, BC

December 27, 2018
Kay Dobbin of East Lawrencetown, NS

December 21, 2018
Suzanne, Audet of Nicolet, QC

December 18, 2018
John Jones of Peterborough, ON
Tony Choy of Mississauga, ON

December 17, 2018
Janet Schmidt of Whitby, ON

December 14, 2018
Mark Hardman of Victoria, BC
Molly Hudson of Mississauga, ON
Patrick Joseph David Murison of Vernon, BC

December 13, 2018
Graham Parsons of Waterloo, ON

December 8, 2018
Terry Chamberlain-King of Ajax, ON
Sharon Ford of Victoria, BC
Debbie Carmichael of London, ON

December 6, 2018
Daniel Maher of Brossard, QB
Christine Johnson of Saanichton, BC
Teresa Vaughan of Victoria, ON
Sylvia Papachristou-Rourke of Westmount, QB

December 5, 2018
Connie Smith of Toronto, ON
Brian Moore of North York, ON
Monique Lalonde of Piedmont, QB

December 4, 2018
Carolyne Strohmannof Osoyoos, BC

December 1, 2018
Bruce Jennejohn of Kelowna, BC
Carol Anderson of Surrey, BC

November 30, 2018
Marion J Brown of Sooke, BC

November 26, 2018
Anne Kissoon of Toronto, ON
Becky Sherstobitoff of Saskatoon, SK

November 24, 2018
John Orman of Victoria, ON

November 21, 2018
Roderick Hugh Farrell of Peterborough, ON

November 19, 2018
Theresa Lemieux of Kanata, ON

November 16, 2018
Lina Nicosia of Brampton, ON

November 15, 2018
Georgi Mankarios of Pierrefonds, QC

November 14, 2018
Peter Kidnie of Etobicoke, ON

November 13, 2018
Cindy Laakso of Nanaimo, BC
Duriea Kaderbhai of Markham, ON

November 12, 2018
Louise Labelle of Otterburn Park, QC
Lorraine Robertson of Nanaimo, BC

November 11, 2018
Wayne Hubbs of Burlington, ON

November 10, 2018
Allison Coons of Iroquois, ON

November 9, 2018
Lal Jethanandani of Etobicoke, ON

November 8, 2018
Heather Schmidt of Delta, BC
Jim Parr of Nelson, BC
Paul-Emile Bastien of Boucherville, QC

November 7, 2018
Cheri (Cheryl) Janzen of Kelowna, BC
Susan Wittmeier of Victoria, BC

November 6, 2018
Caroline Neumann of Merville, BC

November 5, 2018
Anna De Lillis of Montreal, QC
Gary Akai of Pickering, ON

November 3, 2018
Brenda Craig of Penticton, BC
George Sidney of Burnaby, BC

November 1, 2018
Scott Hean of West Vancouver, BC
Marie Anne Wong Kee Song of Kirkland, QC

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