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​CSS retiree celebrates 105th birthday

​Retired CSS member and cooperative advocate Harold Chapman recently celebrated his 105th birthday on April 27. 

The milestone also marks 40 years since Harold first started collecting a monthly pension from CSS – longer than the 27 years that he contributed to the Plan. 

Harold first joined CSS in 1955 when he was the director of the Co-operative Institute, predecessor of the Western Co-operative College, which developed co-operative education programs for use in the school systems at the time. 

In 1982, Harold retired from his post as member relations director for Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). He decided to remain a member of CSS, choosing the monthly pension retirement income option. 

The CSS monthly pension product is one tool retirees like Harold can use to manage longevity risk in retirement. A monthly pension provides a guaranteed monthly income for life, and eliminates exposure to the ups and downs of the markets. 

In addition to Harold's roles at the Cooperative Institute and FCL, he was appointed by former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas to help establish rural co-operatives and is also the founder of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.For his contributions to the co-operative industry, Harold received the Order of Canada in 2017 at the age of 99. 

On behalf of all of us at the CSS Pension Plan, we would like to wish Harold a very happy birthday and also celebrate the huge impact he has had on the cooperative industry. 

Thank you, Harold!

​Picture above: Harold speaks to CSS staff at an event when he was 100 years old.