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hat a winter they had in Canada; Joan and I
were glad that we were in a warmer climate. I
am sure that you will all agree with me that we
are healthier when in warmer climates, we are not filling
the doctor’s office with colds, we are not in hospitals with
broken bones from slipping on ice or having heart attacks
from shovelling snow. We are not a drain on the health-
care system. We purchase travel insurance to protect us
while absent from the provinces, so why then do they
discriminate against us by not paying the same for out-of-
country emergency health care as they pay for in-country
health care? Perhaps the health ministers should read the
portability section of the Canada Health Act.
This winter was a busy time for our directors and their
spouses; they were guest speakers at many breakfast, lun-
cheon and dinner meetings. The result of these meetings
is that we are now close to 80,000 members. If you know
of individuals who travel outside out of their province
and are not yet members, please encourage them to
join. We need numbers when we speak to governments
on your behalf, so let’s work towards that magic 100,000
number. If you would like one of our directors to speak
at your event (no charge), just call the office and give us
the details. Also, if you would like placemats, please order
early before we run out.
Joan and I enjoyed the meetings which we attended. In
addition to speaking at meetings, we also attended the
provincial picnics at which we were able to meet and
speak with many Canadians from every province.
The Prince Edward Island picnic was very special this year
as they were celebrating the 150th year of Confederation,
when the Fathers of Confederation met in P.E.I. Our
Quebec Director Jim Leroux and his wife Denise orga-
nized the French-Canadian picnic on the East Coast of
Gerry Brissenden
CSA Past President
Florida, and this was also a great success. Mark your
calendars for next year’s picnics and plan to attend
and meet old and new friends. Dates will be avail-
able in the coming months. This year, Newfoundland
and Labrador had more than 1,400 people at their
picnic. I wonder what would happen if other prov-
inces tried to match them?
Joan and I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe
summer and we look forward to seeing many of you
at the Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations in
Travels of
Gerry and Joan
The phone number for placemat orders is
Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the
twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were
so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thru the night that our
flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave?
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love
in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
The True North
strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
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