CN Pensioners Associations, Inc.


President Al Vodden
Membership Secretary/Newsletter Editor Peter Treloar
Vice President Bruce Macdonald
Recording Secretary Mary Jean Strachan
Treasurer John Wiebe
Director at Large Butch Whiteman
Director at Large Chris Randall
Director at Large Antoni (Tony) Andrzejewski
Director at Large Andy Novak
Director at Large Diana Novak
Director at Large Cliff Gervais
Auditor Joe English

Edmonton Chapter - 2016

Left: Al Vodden
Right: Butch Whiteman

2019 Executive

From left to right: Jules Soetaert, Diana Novak, Andy Novak, Mary Jean Strachan, Christine Randall (Treasurer), Sandra Barnes (Secretary), Paul Hawirko, Peter Treloar (Membership), Butch Whiteman, Al Vodden (President), Tony Andrzejewski, and Bruce Macdonald (Vice President).

2015 Executive

From left to right: Ines McGowan, Paul Hawirko, Jim Munsey, Jim Hawthorne, Sandra Barnes, Butch Whiteman, Al Vodden, Jules Soetaert, Larry Hurrell, Chris Randall, Andy Novak, Diana Novak. Missing from photo Hugh Critchley and Mary Jean Strachan.

2014 Executive

Front, left to right:

Diana Novak, Andy Novak, Jim Munsey, Paul Hawirko, Al Vodden, Mary Jean Strachan, Butch Whiteman, Hugh Critchley.

Rear, left to right:

Bill Buchanan, Chris Randall, Jim Hawthorne, Ines McGowan, Jules Soetaert, Sandra Barnes.

Christmas Party 2018

Benefits of Membership

How to Join

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Treasurer & Membership Director. Membership costs only $1.00 per month, it can be made as a payroll deduction from your Pension remittance.

You will receive membership cards for both the CN Pensioners' Association and one from the Railway Pensioners' Association, Alberta.

At the age of 85, 90, 95, 100 and anniversaries of 50, 60, 70 - members are sent flowers.

Spouses of members are also members (no extra fee) and welcome /encouraged to come to meetings/events.

Railvets - Edmonton

Currently the Edmonton chapter has 2400 members. Over the years it has been comprised of Pensioners and Survivors of formers employees of CN Rail, NAR, Air Canada, Via Rail, Macdonald Hotel, CP Rail, CNT Telecommunications. It has evolved over the years to the point it now comprises mainly of CN Rail Retirees. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at the following location.


General Meetings in JANUARY; MARCH; MAY; JUNE .. SEPTEMBER & NOVEMBER start @ 13:30. These meetings usually consist of short business updates followed by a guest speaker and at the conclusion, complimentary beverages and cookies/squares are provided.

Luncheon Meetings in FEBRUARY; APRIL; OCTOBER start @ 11:00 and are a hot buffet lunch (small charge collected at door).

Picnic - 3rd Wednesday .... details in June Newsletter

NO meetings - July & August

December meeting/ luncheon start at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets sold in advance, also available at October & November meetings.

Day of week: 2nd Wednesday

Meetings will be held at Chateau Nova Yellowhead Hotel, 13920 - Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB T5L 3C2



Schedule of Events

The Edmonton Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August at the Chateau Nova, Edmonton, AB


Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

Butch Whiteman (L) and Jim Hawthorne (R) representing the CN Pensioners Association, help Shawn Smith (2nd from L), a director of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame, present Jim Munsey with a Canadian Railway Hall of Fame induction plaque during a pensioner's meeting in Edmonton May 22, 2009.

Butch Whiteman (L) presents Jim Munsey with an Achievement Certificate from the CN Railway Pensioner's Association that recognizes his induction into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame during a pensioner's meeting in Edmonton May 22, 2009

Photos by Railway Association of Canada