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Established in 1950, the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization (COSCO) is an umbrella organization made up of many seniors’ organizations and individual associate members. Registered under the Societies Act since 1981, COSCO has grown and now represents approximately 80,000 seniors in British Columbia.

COSCO is run by volunteers, with activities coordinated through an elected Board of Directors.

Our mandate is to promote the well-being of seniors and their families, advocating for policies that allow seniors to remain active, independent, and fully engaged in the life of our province. The organization is non-partisan, but politically active, advocating for seniors’ needs no matter who is in power.

Affiliated with the BC Centre for Policy Alternatives, the BC Health Coalition, the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the National Pensioners’ Federation, COSCO directors and members collaborate with others in a common cause.

COSCO'S Purpose

(excerpt from the constitution)

To assemble, co-ordinate and advance proposals and resolutions concerned with the welfare of elder citizens, and submit them to the appropriate government bodies; and to advance the social and physical welfare of all elder citizens in the province of British Columbia.

COSCO Executive (February 2022-2023)

Board Members

Leslie Gaudette
Langley Seniors in Action (LSA)
(President)
604-630-4201
pres@coscobc.org

Barb Mikulec
BC Retired Teachers Assn. (BCRTA)
(First Vice-President)
vpone@coscobc.org

Annette O’Connor
Langley Retired Teachers Assn. (LRTA)
(Second Vice-President)
cao.cosco@gmail.com

Albert Lemonnier
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)
(Secretary)
secretary@coscobc.org

Betty Bolton
BC Old Age Pensioners’ Organization (BCOAPO)
(Treasurer)
604-465-5498
betty_bolton@telus.net

Sheila Pither
Vancouver Retired Teachers Assn. (VRTA)
(Past President)

Linda Forsythe
411 Seniors Centre Society (411)
(Membership Chair)
604-444-4300
membership@coscobc.org

General Vice-Presidents

Wilf Brodrick
BC Government Retired Employees Assn. (BCGREA)

Jerry Gosling
BC Old Age Pensioners Organization(BCOAPO)

Barb Mikulec
BC Retired Teachers Assn. (BCRTA)

Diane Wood
BC FORUM

Members-at-Large

Larry Dea
BC Institute of Technology Retirees Assn. (BCITRA)

Navin Goburdhun
BC Government Retired Employees Assn. (BCGREA)

Marion Hartley
South Vancouver Seniors Hub Council

Agnes Jackman
BC FORUM

Kathleen Jamieson
Metro Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors’ Network Society (MVCCSNS)

Barry Jones
Canadian National Pensioners Assn.

Rod McIvor
Canadian National Pensioners Assn.

Committee Chairs

Wilf Brodrick
Chair – Finance Committee

Larry Dea
Chair – Income Security Committee

Leslie Gaudette
Chair – Strategic Planning and Priorities Committee

Jerry Gosling
Chair – Transportation   Committee

Agnes Jackman
Chair – Membership and Fundraising Committee

Kathleen Jamieson
Chair – Health Committee

Barb Mikulec
Chair – Housing Committee

Annette O’Connor
Chair – Communications Committee

Documents

COSCO Brochure

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COSCO Constitution, Bylaws and Policies

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