Retirees' Association - Association des retraités

Our Vision

A community connected by our nation’s border, united by our shared service, and strengthened by our proud past.

    Our Mission
    • To Care for each others' physical and mental well being; 
    • To create a Community of shared interest;
    • To maintain a proud and active Connection with the CBSA, our membership, and the communities in which we live.

    Our Values
    • Transparencyin governance, policies, communication, and elected executives 

    • Accountability responsible to the membership for our actions 
    • Collaboration – we accomplish more when we work together with our membership and like-minded associations 
    • Respect – culture of diversity, dignity, inclusiveness, mutual respect
    • Care and Compassion – create a sense of belonging and social connection

CBSA RA Executive

The following persons have been involved in the creation and administration of the CBSA RA, and are currently acting as volunteers for the Association until a permanent organizational framework and Executive Committee are adopted by the membership:

CBSA RA Directors:

Jan Gorman

retired CBSA Intelligence Chief

now resides Halifax, NS

Paul Porrior

retired CBSA Director General, National Border Operations Centre

now resides Ottawa, ON

Deb Steele

retired CBSA Manager,

Contraband & Intelligence

now resides Ottawa, ON

Sharon Darlington

retired CBSA Senior Officer

now resides Surrey, BC

Secretary: Jan Gorman

Social Media Administrator: Deb Steele

Treasurer: Sharon Darlington

Regional Liaison Coordinator:

Perry Birtch

retired CBSA Chief of Operations

now resides Prescott, ON

Regional Liaison Coordinator:

Heather Smith

retired CBSA Employment Equity


now resides Surrey, BC


Barry Risk

retired CBSA Senior Intelligence


now resides Arnprior, ON

Strategic Advisor/Contributor:

Harry Troche

retired CBSA Communications


now resides Steinbach, MB

The CBSA RA is the result of the efforts of a small group of retired CBSA members from across the country who, for a number of years, diligently discussed, planned and voluntarily worked towards its creation. It is intended to be a national affiliation of CBSA retirees contributing to our collective well-being in retirement through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge.
In essence, the CBSA RA serves as the final step in the employee’s career path – to a happy, healthy and productive retirement – by opening a pathway to continued engagement with peers, in providing suggestions for new opportunities within and outside the CBSA, and through highlighting avenues to obtain additional support in retirement when required.
The CBSA Retirees’ Association (CBSA RA) is comprised entirely of retirees of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), retirees of CBSA legacy organizations that no longer exist, and current CBSA employees who are within their last year of employment prior to their confirmed date of retirement from the CBSA. The Association is in no way affiliated with, nor supported by, the CBSA itself other than in its endorsement of the CBSA RA and the permission with CBSA stewardship to utilize some “branding” tools related to the Agency. The Association was created by and is maintained through the voluntary efforts of the retirees themselves. It is, in effect, an Association by the retirees for the retirees.

The CBSA RA provides a vehicle for CBSA retirees to:

  • continue to maintain contact through the Association with other Agency retirees across the country with whom they have worked and have forged lifelong friendships;
  • continue to maintain contact with the Agency, as the Association provides a conduit for accurate and timely information to the CBSA retiree community on developments within the Agency and on retirement issues that concern them. It, in effect, provides a continuum of community and support for employees as they transition into retirement and ensures credible, timely and accurate sharing of information and program changes related to pensions, benefits and opportunities;
  • continue to be an informed and trained resource for the Agency and provide service, on a voluntary basis, to the CBSA in ways such as assisting with recruitment drives, and/or providing mentorship to current employees within the organization in order to ensure the CBSA’s tradition of excellence and shared values is fostered and developed in the next generation of employees and managers;
  • promote and advance the mission, values and work of the CBSA as proud CBSA retirees and members of the CBSA RA;
  • promote the physical, social and economic well-being of the CBSA RA members and their families by providing a sense of community and support to all its members;
  • provide support on a voluntary basis to worthy community services or organizations of a charitable or benevolent nature under the stewardship of the CBSA and the CBSA RA.

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