With over 35,000 members, the Branch faces a considerable workload.  The Board of Directors has set up a number of committees and groups to tackle Branch issues that have to be resolved, and to perform a number of ongoing member services.  This organization of responsibilities is not static, as we are constantly facing new challenges.  All directors participate in one or more committees and groups, and we also rely on the assistance of a number of Branch members at large.  In addition, the Branch President is an ex-officio member of each committee.  Every year the Annual Report includes a report from each committee.

The Committees are:
Executive Committee
Advocacy Committee
Communications Committee
Policy and Governance Committee
Membership and Services Committee
Branch Community Liaison Committee

Advocacy Committee
The Advocacy Committee is comprised of at least one Board member, and branch volunteer  members. The committee mobilizes local members and undertakes activities that support the National Association of Federal Retirees’ efforts to protect the pension interests and benefits of federal retirees. This could mean, for example, attending the town hall meetings of local members of Parliament to ask questions that raise the profile of the concerns of federal retirees

Communications Committee
The members of the Committee include the editor of the Branch Report, the Branch webmaster, and a representative of the Branch Membership and Services Committee. The Committee also comprises of at least two Ottawa Branch Board members (the Chairperson of this Committee and at least one other member of the Committee) and at least two other volunteers who are not members of the Board but who are members of the Ottawa Branch. The President of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch is an ex-officio member with voting rights.  The Managing Director is also an ex-officio member but without voting rights

The Communications Committee is charged with:
1) Assessing and ensuring the appropriateness, effectiveness, and quality of the media and the messages that the Branch issues;
2) Developing, interpreting, and delivering messages regarding the Association’s policies and programs; and
3) Developing new strategies and methods for communicating with Branch target audiences.
4) Optimizing all communications functions by strategic use of information technology.
The Communications Committee also acts to support the policies and initiatives of the Association’s National Office by:
 Raising the profile of the Association and making its services and activities more visible in the community;
Ensuring the communication, to all members of the Ottawa Branch, of information critical to their benefits, health care, and retirement lifestyle;
Promoting the National Association of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch and supporting the recruitment of members.

Policy and Governance Committee
The Policy and Governance (P&G) Committee is comprised of at least two Ottawa Branch Board members and at least two other volunteers, who must be members of the Ottawa Branch.  The President of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch is an ex-officio member with voting rights.  The Managing Director is also an ex-officio member but without voting rights.  The Chairperson must be a member of the Board.
The P&G Committee examines issues, that are identified by its members, referred to it by other Committees, or by the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors, and develops the appropriate documentation required on a case by case basis.
The documentation could result in the development of recommendations, proposals, draft resolutions or action plans, for the Board’s consideration.  Such consideration may be expressed in the form of a proposal for a new policy, a change in existing policies, or changes in the Branch’s By-laws.
The P&G Committee examines the policies and by-laws of the Branch and the National Office to assist in the development of a Branch Policy Manual.

Membership and Services Committee
The Membership and Services (M&S) Committee is comprised of at least one Ottawa Branch Board member and two other volunteers, who must be members of the Ottawa Branch.  The President of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch is an ex-officio member.  The Managing Director is also an ex-officio member but without voting rights.

Generally, the M&S Committee will be comprised of Ottawa Branch Board members and volunteers, as deemed appropriate by the Committee Chair.
The M&S Committee seeks and implements ways and means to enhance the value of membership to members and potential future members.

The M&S develops and oversees a range of services and discounts for Branch Members
• Develops, in conjunction with the Branch’s Communication Committee, an information package of services for members.
• Provides administrative support services to bereaved members through a Sub–Committee;
• Undertakes surveys, focus groups and other activities to obtain and analyse input from current and potential members;
• Provides advice and assistance to members and potential members to resolve or clarify questions related to retirement and their superannuation accounts; and
• Organizes activities to provide opportunities for members to meet and exchange information and ideas.

Branch Community Liaison Committee
The Committee is comprised of at least one Ottawa Branch Board member and three other volunteers, who must be members of the Ottawa Branch.  The President of the Ottawa Branch is an ex-officio member.  The Managing Director is also an ex-officio member but without voting rights.  The Chairperson must be a member of the Board.

The mandate of the Branch Community Liaison Committee is to engage with local senior-oriented organizations which address seniors’ health, pensions and well-being issues which are congruent with the Association’s priorities, goals and strategic objectives.

The goals of the Branch Community Liaison Committee are:
• to identify, liaise with and collaborate with institutions/organizations that manage and/or provide benefits and social services to seniors at the local level, including to Association’s members;
• to coordinate with the Standing Committees of the Ottawa Branch to keep the Ottawa Branch membership informed of local issues and activities with which the Board is involved;
• to cooperate with the Standing Committees of the Ottawa Branch to seek, on an ongoing basis, input from the Ottawa Branch membership on local issues of interest and importance to them;
• to encourage and facilitate the involvement of the Ottawa Branch membership in collaborative activities with Ottawa area senior-oriented organizations;
• to keep National Office and the Provincial Advocacy Officer/Committee informed on the needs and interests of the Ottawa membership;
• to provide support and assistance to the National Office and Provincial Advocacy Officer/Committee activities as appropriate; and
• to increase the profile of the Ottawa Branch of the Association, as a seniors’ organization, in the Ottawa city area.