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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 2021-2022)

Board Members

Sheila Pither Vancouver Retired Teachers Assn. (VRTA)

Barb Mikulec BC Retired Teachers Assn. (BCRTA)
(First Vice-President)

Annette O’Connor Langley Retired Teachers Assn. (LRTA)
(Second Vice-President)

Albert Lemmonier International Longshore & Wharehouse Union (ILWU)

Betty Bolton BC Old Age Pensioners’ Organization (BCOAPO)

Linda Forsythe 411 Seniors Centre Society (411)
(Membership Chair)

General Vice-Presidents

Wilf Brodrick BC Government Retired Employees Assn. (BCGREA) Chair – Finance Committee

Jerry Gosling  BC Old Age Pensioners Organization(BCOAPO) Chair – Transportation Committee

Pat Thiesen BC Retired Teachers Assn. (BCRTA)

Diane Wood BC Forum

Leslie Gaudette Langley Seniors in Action (LSA) Chair – Strategic Planning and Policies Committee


Larry Dea BC Institute of Technology Retirees Assn. (BCITRA) Chair – Income Security Committee

Navin Goburdhun BC Government Retired Employees Assn. (BCGREA)

Agnes Jackman BC Forum – Chair – Membership & Fundraising Committee

Kathleen Jamieson Metro Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network Society (MVCCSNS) Chair – Health Committee

Barry Jones Canadian National Pensioners Assn.

Rod McIvor Canadian National Pensioners Assn.

Jean Sickman BC Government Retired Employees Assn. (BCGREA)


COSCO Constitution and Bylaws

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Policies Governing Regional Chapters

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COSCO Conference 2016 Photo Album with Captions

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