Randy Barkhouse receives 2021’s CURAC Tribute Award

Randy Barkhouse (BSc’68, MA’70) is the bedrock of the Association of Dalhousie Retirees and Pensioners (ADRP). He has served as president from 2009-2012 and 2014-2017. As the first webmaster in 2009, Randy made the work of the association more visible and accessible. He continued in this role for ten years, working assiduously to keep the site operative and current. Being such a caring person, he continued to send newsletters to members who were without email access.

Randy’s dedication coupled with his excellent organizing abilities, gave ADRP members the opportunity to both learn from and socialize with retirees across the country. He helped initiate conferences of the Atlantic Provinces University Retirees. In 2019, he personally addressed the logistics associated with the ADRP’s co-hosting (with Saint Mary’s University), the well-attended College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) Conference. His skilled storytelling of Dalhousie’s history was a highlight.

As the current representative (albeit nonvoting) on the University’s Pension Advisory Committee (PAC), Randy’s expert understanding of financial matters in general and pension fund issues in particular have, guaranteed that the retirees and pensioners’ voice is valued and respected both on the PAC and throughout the university community. He is also currently the Chair of CURAC’s Pension Committee.

In summary, Randy Barkhouse is a person who “makes things happen”. He has a reputation of never turning down a request for help; he is a good listener and never makes a person feel uninformed. His many attributes, achievements and contribution have been recognized by ADRP, making him the most deserving of the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada’s 2021 Tribute Award.