Just a short note to let everyone know, especially pensioners who have received their first shot of vaccine, that you will still have to re-register for your second shot even if your first shot provider told you you would be contacted for the second shot.  Better safe than sorry.

Below are the contacts where you can register.

By phone   1-833-838-2323

Or online at:

As of April 2020, there will be NO pensioners meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 12, 2020 message to retirees from the Vancouver Pensioners’ Organization…

This is just a short note to say that the Pensioners Club is still here and active.  Right now, we are working on our scholarships and how they can be selected and given out.

To date, we have not heard of any pensioners contracting Covid-19, and hope that it stays that way.

There have not been any meetings since March, with none scheduled in the foreseeable future.

We have not given out any donations (schools, etc.) so far this year but will be renewing our membership in COSCO and BC Forum soon.

At this time of year, pensioners start paying their annual dues to the club for the next year.  This year will be different along with everything else in this world.

To renew your membership ($15) , you may mail or drop off your dues at Local 500 offices and one of our officers will pick them up for deposit.

The mailing address is:
ILWU Pensioners Club
#100-111 Victoria Drive
Vancouver BC   V5L 4C4

If you would like a membership card sent to you, make sure to leave your name and mailing address, otherwise cards will be available at our next meeting.

And please remember to PRINT CLEARLY in any of your correspondence to us.

At this time the Officers would like to wish everyone and their families a very healthy, safe, and joyous holiday season.

Herb Howe, President
Al Lemonnier, Vice President
Ted Grewcutt, Secretary Treasurer


Pensioner Health and Welfare & Pension Benefits

Pensioners with questions pertaining to their health and welfare benefit coverage should contact WEBC (Employee Services) at 604-689-7184.

Information about coverage is also available online.  Go to and you will be able to access the Pensioners’ Benefit Booklet, get forms, etc.

The pension administrator can be contacted via by dialing 604-689-7184 and hitting 7.


Vancouver Pensioners Organization

When you retire from longshoring you can still keep in touch with the friends you made over the years by participating in the Vancouver Pensioners Organization and by attending the Annual Pensioners Picnic (3rd Thursday in July) and Annual Stag Banquet (2nd Thursday in October).

The Vancouver Pensioners Organization meets monthly as follows (Pensioners from all Locals invited):

MEETINGS: 1st Thursday of each month (no meetings in July & August)
TIME: 10:30 am (lasting 1-1.5 hours)
PLACE: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Not only will you maintain or renew old friendships, but you’ll be kept up to date on Union activities with reports from the officers of ILWU Canada and Local 500, with periodic reports from the Union Pension and Benefits Trustees.

The meetings last from an hour to an hour and a half and are usually very informative, discussing Union activities, benefits, conferences and general interest topics that pertain to retirees.  The Pensioners Association looks forward to your participation.

The Pensioners Association held elections on March 5, 2020 and the following were elected:

President: Herbie Howe
Vice President: Al Lemmonier
Secretary Treasurer: Ted Grewcutt


Pensioners Scholarships

In 2010, the Local 500 Pensioners instituted a Scholarship Program available to the sons, daughters and dependents of active Members in good standing of Local 500.

Specifically, they instituted two (2) $1000 Scholarships (the Pensioners Scholarship and the Bill Kemp Memorial Scholarship).

2017 sees the introduction of a third $1000 annual scholarship (the “Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship”) in memory of past Local 500 Member and Pensioner Sante Urrico.

These three (3) $1000 scholarships are available on an annual basis as follows:

To view the Pensioners Scholarship Application Form & Notice.

Deadline to apply:  October 31 of the current year.
Completed applications should be handed in to the Local 500 office.
(Paper applications are available in the Local 500 office).


2020 Pensioners Scholarship Winners Announced
The Pensioners Committee is pleased to report that the following people were selected as winners by a lottery draw at the November Local 500 Executive Meeting.  This year, they were able to offer a total of 4 scholarships.  The scholarships were for $1,000.00 each.

The Sante Urrico Memorial Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Cleo Brown
Daughter of Allen Brown
The Randy (the Rampage) Archibald Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Taran Dhesi
Daughter of Amrik Dhesi
The Bill Kemp Memorial Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Hararjun Dhami
Son of Prabhjot Dhami
The Longshore Pensioners’ Scholarship $1000.00 WINNER – Christina Gill
Daughter of Gurpal Gill


Past Recipients


Scholarship Funding

Pensioners Scholarships are funded from the proceeds of the 50/50 Draws held at the Membership Meetings of Local 500.  Except for the Sante Urrico Scholarship which is funded by the Urrico family and the Randy Archibald Scholarship which is funded by Susanne Tabata.