March 2024

Co-chair Report

The latest GBCRA Co-chair's report is now available by clicking the button below. This edition features a summary of our meeting with GBC President Gervan Fearon and VP Leslie Quinlan. We discussed a range of topics, including upcoming events and initiatives to benefit our members. Additionally, we are excited to announce a new service for our members - you can now advertise your hobbies and interests to others. This is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals within the GBCRA community. Check out the full report for more information.

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Upcoming Events

We want to share with you some of the exciting events and activities that we have planned for this year! To kick things off, we recently went to see a re-imagining of "Three Sisters" at the Young Center for Performing Arts, which was an amazing experience. But that's just the beginning! We have a lot more planned, including a guided tour of the AGO, a Curious Minds lecture at HotDocs, a Tall Ship cruise, a wine tour, and at least one trip to see theatre at Stratford. 

In addition to these fun outings, we will also be giving back to the community by volunteering at the Daily Bread Food Bank. We hope you're as excited as we are about all of these upcoming events and can't wait to share these experiences with you!

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What's New With Our Members

Musings and Meanderings

At retirement, many of us have discovered new hobbies and activities that have reignited our creative spirit. We want to celebrate this creativity by showcasing how various members have been spending their time, whether it's painting, writing, dancing, learning to play an instrument, or taking up a craft. In this newsletter, we are shining a spotlight on Lina Medaglia's writing. Her work is a testament to the power of creativity in retirement. If you have a creative pursuit you'd like to share with us, please let us know. We'd love to feature you in our next newsletter. Contact us at

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We are pleased to announce the release of the latest chapter of "Musings and Meanderings," a series that shares the stories of GBC retirees and their contributions to the college. In this chapter, hosted by Crystal Kotow-Sullivan, we hear from retired ECE Professor Maria Ciampini. Maria shares her retirement journey and how she has taken up a new vocation in photography, encountering a few surprises along the way. This chapter is a must-listen for anyone interested in the experiences of GBC retirees. You can find all five chapters of Musings and Meanderings on our website.

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Lives Lived


It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of two colleagues, Leslie Brailsford and Barbara (Boo) Thompson. Their dedication and impact on the lives of countless students at George Brown College will be remembered. The GBCRA extends our deepest condolences to the friends and families of Les Brailsford and Barbara (Boo) Thompson. May their legacy continue to inspire us all.

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Looking to join a community of like-minded individuals? Look no further than GBCRA Clubs! We offer a range of interest groups, including our Bridge Club, Book Club, Theatre Club, and the newest addition, our Out to Lunch Club. Whether you're looking to improve your skills, broaden your horizons, or simply socialize with others, our Clubs have something for everyone. 

Interested in learning more about our Bridge Club? Click the button below for details. And be sure to visit our website or contact the Club's convenor listed below under contact us for information on our other Clubs. Join us today and discover the endless possibilities of GBCRA Clubs!

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New Retirees

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We extend a warm welcome to retirees from George Brown College and invite them join our association and be a part of our vibrant community. If you know of any former employees who have recently retired, we encourage you to extend our invitation to them. To sweeten the deal, we are offering the first year of their membership for free! By simply sharing their email address, they will stay in the loop with all the latest updates and information by being added to our mailing list.

Let's celebrate this exciting new chapter together and connect with fellow retirees from George Brown College. Click the button below to share our welcome to retirement brochure and join us in making this journey even more memorable.

Welcome to Retirement Package

Board of Directors & Convenors:

Co-Chair - Dianne Diniz

Co-Chair - Georgia Quartaro

Treasurer - Joan Reynolds

Secretary - Barbara Dunlop

Communications - Bob Cox

Events - Julie Bulmash

Membership - Paula Hacking

Special Projects - Crystal Kotow-Sullivan

Bridge Club Convenor- Laura Lothian-Bryant

Book Club Convenor- Dianne Diniz

Theatre Club Convenor - Jennifer Cooke

Out to Lunch Club - Bob Cox

Directors at Large - Trish Robinson, Denise Pontone

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