There are many benefits to membership

Participation in the activities and services of the college extends the sense of collegiality beyond official retirement, maintains formal links with UBC, and provides an avenue for advocacy on behalf of Emeriti. 

  • Five General Meetings are held annually with outstanding speakers or music, and social time to renew old friendships and make new ones.
  • The Newsletter is distributed five times a year and has news of interest concerning colleagues, university events, and relevant current affairs. You can also view past issues of the Newsletter and learn more about the college.
  • Emeriti have been appointed as Representatives for 70% of UBC’s Departments, Schools and Librarian units.
  • Three Special Interest Groups have been established: Travel, Film and Photo. Each group has a champion and regular meetings are organized throughout the year.
  • Discussing philosophical topics at the Philosopher's Cafe takes place once a month at Wesbrook Tapestry.
  • Six talks per year about how an academic careers evolves at the Senior Scholars Series hosted at Green College.
  • We encourage the formation of College Chapters based on geographic location in order to meet the needs of our members in outlying areas. 
  • The College has established good relations with the Alumni Office, Tapestry, the Faculty Association and many other areas of the campus. Green and St. John’s colleges and the Peter Wall Institute have facilitated a number of our activities.
  • The College provides advice on preparation for, and ways of taking advantage of, new opportunities during retirement.
  • The College provides access to comprehensive travel insurance for those who seek it.
  • The Association has been instrumental in improvements to UBC’s Extended Health Insurance. Members now have a new lifetime benefit limit of $200,000, as well as a direct pay prescription drug card to activate the benefits program at their time of purchase.
  • Membership includes eligibility for a special discount in the Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP), a major lobby group in Ottawa for senior citizens.