Boyne Chapter of Retired Teachers

Lana Rinn, Acting President
Box 2039
Carman, MB R0G 0J0
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The Boyne Chapter meets for breakfast on the last Friday of each month, usually at the Carman Motor Inn but occasionally in Elm Creek or Miami.  Several members take turns acting as Chair for the meetings.

Although our chapter is not extremely active, the regular meetings allow us the opportunity to keep in touch with friends and former colleagues.  Sadly we lost our Lifetime member, Jean Anderson, in December.

We have enjoyed presentations of trips to Italy and Costa Rica this year and our secretary, Bob, keeps us entertained with his "minutes of the meetings".  Plans are underway to enter a "Retired Teacher" team in the Quiz Night at the end of the month.

Volunteerism is strong among the group members who continue to provide leadership in the Carman and Miami communities.

If you're ever in Carman early on a Friday morning, drop by-- we'd be happy to see you.

Calgary and Area Chapter Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba Inc

Dennis Kozak
636 Oakwood Place SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0K5
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Executive Committee Members: Jan Campbell, Penny Hogan; Lillian Kozak, George Takashima

In the Spring 2014 edition of KIT, Dennis Kozak placed a small advertisement asking, “Are you interested in forming an RTAM Group in Calgary.  A flurry of phone calls and emails, by Dennis, Lillian Kozak, and Penny Hogan invited RTAM members, living in Calgary, to a breakfast meeting on May 13, 2014.  At a third meeting of the group, in December 2014, the “Constitution of the Calgary and Area Chapter Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Inc. (RTAM)” was signed.  We began 2015 as an ‘official’ Chapter of RTAM.  

Who are we? We are retired Manitoba teachers, counsellors, administrators, and clinicians with roots in school divisions throughout Manitoba.  Some of us have relocated quite recently, to be close to our children and grandchildren.  Others have lived in and around Calgary for many years.  Most members reside in Calgary, but several individuals travel from Lethbridge, High River, Cochrane and Canmore to attend get-togethers.

The Calgary Chapter meets four times each year, to renew acquaintances, welcome new members and to listen to speakers on topics of interest to the group.  Typically, our get-togethers are held at restaurant venues in Calgary, with an average attendance of 20.  If you have recently retired and relocated to the Calgary area, or if you have lived in Calgary for years, but have not yet come out to a get-together, we hope you will consider joining us at our next event.  A phone call to Dennis (587-891-7114) or an email to Penny (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will put you in touch!

Dauphin Area Retired Teachers’ Association

Yvonne Lillie
218 4th Avenue NE
Dauphin, MB R7N 0Y2
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Educatrices et Educateurs manitobains

Guy Gagnon, President
C.P. 145   
Sainte-Agathe, MB R0G 1Y0 
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Éducatrices et Éducateurs manitobains à la retraite (ÉMR) (Membres: 102)
Soumis par Denis Clément, président

Notre section compte 102 membres actifs ainsi que 90 personnes-contacts.

Le Conseil de direction de 2014 -2015
Président Denis Clément Vice-président : Guy Gagnon
Secrétaire à déterminer Trésorière Evelyne Beaudoin
Conseillère Alma Vincent Conseiller Bernard Gagné
Conseiller et webmestre Aimé campagne Conseillère Yvette Dion

Trois réunions du Conseil en avril, mai et septembre; AGA en avril
Le Conseil communique beaucoup par courriel pour assurer le bon fonctionnement des ÉMR.
Six activités sociales de l'année passée :
Le 16 mai 2013 - Rencontre dans le restaurant Terrace in the Park du Parc Assiniboine
Le 20 juin 2013 – Visite au Musée St-Joseph
Le 19 septembre 2013- Épluchette de blé-d’inde chez les Lepage à Stuartburn. 35 personnes
Le 17 octobre 2013 - Dégustation de vins chez Germaine et Lucien Lussier. 23 personnes
Le 21 novembre 2013 - Rencontre dans le restaurant Spaghetti Factory de la Fourche. 27 personnes
Le 19 décembre 2013- Souper de Noël au Canad’Inn du Parc Windsor avec chants de Noël accompagnés de Guy et Agathe Lacroix. 46 personnes

Un groupe de membres des ÉMR se sont rendus en République Dominicaine pour deux semaines de bénévolat missionnaire.

Merci aux membres du Conseil pour leur dévouement à la tâche. Il faut aussi ajouter notre reconnaissance à ceux et celles qui ont offert leur domicile pour nos rencontres : Lucien et Germaine Lussier, Albert Lepage et Dolores Gosselin, Norma Lacroix Gagné et Antoine Gagné. Un petit merci spécial pour les webmestres Antoine Gagné et Aimé Campagne qui ont produit un site de grande qualité. Félicitations!

Hanover Association of Retired Teachers

Brian Gadsby, President
144 Oakenwald Cres.
Mitchell, MB R5G 1J2
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Hanover Retired Teachers (Members: 20)
Respectfully submitted, Brian Gadsby, Acting President

Executive 2014 – 2015
President: Brian Gadsby
Treasurer: Denis Fontaine
Secretary: Helen Dyck

HART has really downsized in the last couple of years. We still hold our monthly breakfast meetings on the second Friday of each month. We average anywhere from 5 to 20 at these meetings. It is a small way to keep in touch with some of our members. The executive of HART is functioning at a very low speed at the present time. The executive from the last few years remains intact as we have not had a general meeting to elect a new body in the last 3 years. Hopefully we can move on this matter in the coming year

Interlake Retired Teachers’ Association

Nancy Phillips, President
6-515 McMillan Avenue
Winnipeg, MB   R3L 0N4
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Interlake Retired Teachers' Association (IRTA) (Members: 75)
Respectfully Submitted by: Darlene Dufily

2014 – 2015 Executive:
President: Darlene Dufily
Vice President: Nancy Phillips, Recording Secretary: Gail Peterkin, Corresponding Secretary: Joie Van Dongen
Treasurer: Lois Alpers Past President: Joie Van Dongen
Executive Members: Joan Main; Cathy Yurick; Maureen Recksiedler; Barbara Lindquist
We have held 4 Executive Meetings.

General Membership

  • September Luncheon at Bel Acres – guest speaker – Joan Ransom from South Interlake Regional Library
  • December Luncheon in Balmoral with a hot turkey dinner and all the trimmings. The hall was seasonally decorated to set our festive mood. Crafters were present selling unique gifts for Christmas. Donations were made to the Food Bank.
  • April AGM in Winnipeg with luncheon to follow.
  • June – a group luncheon and tour to The Human Rights Museum currently being planned.

Intermountain Retired Teachers’ Association

Ron Landry, President
Box 45
Roblin, MB R0L 1P0
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Intermountain Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) (31 Members)

Our association remains the towns of Roblin, Grandview, and Gilbert Plains. Our members meet as a total group twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. We rotate the meetings between the three communities. They always start with a meal, followed by a meeting and social activity. Each community has separate activities with smaller local groups. Card competitions, monthly breakfast meeting, physical activities like cross country skiing, golfing and other such small group activities. For regional meeting and activities, Dauphin's Retired Teachers’ Association has always welcomed any of our members to attend and participate in any activities they are hosting.

Neepawa Area Retired Teachers’ Association

Joan Rink, President
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Neepawa and Area Retired Teachers Association (NARTA) (40 Members)
Respectfully submitted by Irene Sulik, Secretary and Ralph Cibula, President

2014-2015 Executive
President: Ralph Cibula Vice President: (search goes on)
Treasurer: Richard Kulbaki Secretary: Irene Sulik
Programs: Wendy Denbow Communications: Judy Roe
Sunshine and Nickels for NARTA: Edith Kidds

Summary of your 2013-2014 year
April 8, 2013 Regular Meeting followed by NARTA AGM
May 13, 2013 Regular Meeting followed by Presentation by Kelvin Bueckert
June 10, 2013 Regular Meeting followed by Barbecue - Stoney Creek School River-Bend Park (Neepawa)
Sept. 9, 2013 Regular Meeting followed by Presentation by Dave Bennett - Rotary Exchange in England
Oct. 16, 2013 Tour - Bison Enclosure Minnedosa, Lunch at Bend in the Willows Tea House, Airport, Commonwealth Air Training Museum
Nov. 27, 2013 Regular Meeting followed by Christmas Dinner at the Viscount Centre - Christmas Carols with Carolyn Durston
Jan. 2014 Afternoon coffee meets on second Monday (14:00 hours)
Feb. 10, 2014 Regular Meeting followed by Presentation by Jason Young, Superintendent of Beautiful Plains Division
Mar. 10, 2014 Regular Meeting followed by Presentation by Don Dufort, Hylife Foods

On-going through several meetings was the establishment of The NARTA Bursary Fund. NARTA applied to RTAM for the $250 grant and received same. We were able to meet the basic objective of raising $5000 for phase one of the project. This money was placed with the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation by an agreement among the Beautiful Plains School Division, the Pine Creek School Division, and the High Schools in Gladstone, Carberry and Neepawa. Further promotion of the Fund should eventually drive it to the primary goal of $15 000.00.

The Fund will pay out for the first time in June 2015 at which time it will go to a Neepawa Collegiate recipient.
We, at NARTA, are appreciative of the Grant from RTAM for this would not have happened without it. We also thank Homer Gill for his concept of the NARTA Bursary Fund workings and his heavy duty footwork to kick start it. Homer Gill passed on earlier this year and his obituary designated this fund as a choice to place donations hence pushing the amounts clearly over the needed amount to activate the initial payout earnings.
We are now looking for a way to continue the growth of this fund.

All in all, it has been a good year for NARTA (ns).

Northeastman Chapter of RTAM

Linda York, President
316-800 Jaffray St.
Dugald, MB R0E 0K0
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Okanagan Chapter of RTAM


Lorna Rothwell, Co-President
1664 Merlot Dr.
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2X7
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Lorne Lisik, Co-President
2600 Saddleridge Dr.
West Kelowna, BC V4T 2K7
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Portage La Prairie Retired Teachers' Association

Charles Clifford, President
Box 1325
216-851 Saskatchewan Avenue E
Portage la Prairie, MB    R1N 0L3
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Portage La Prairie Chapter (Members: 90)
Respectfully Submitted, Marvin Krawec

2014-2015 Executive:
Past President: Evelyn Rheaume President: Marvin Krawec
Secretary/Treasurer: Les Porteous Social Convener: Joyce Grant

The Portage retired teachers continue to meet for breakfast on the last Friday of every month; with the exception of July and August. There are approximately ninety members and the average attendance at these breakfast meetings is around twenty.

We try to start the meeting off with some lighthearted stories or jokes. It seems to have become a kind of a tradition. Everyone is expecting it before the business session begins.

The business agenda is kept to a minimum. The members receive an update as to what is transpiring on a provincial level. Questions are entertained at this time.

To create some interest, and to avoid boredom, the members were served notice that they were going to be given a writing assignment. The assignment was to write a story about the first year of teaching. Thus far, nobody has taken up the challenge.

There are three members on the provincial executive from Portage. Each is able to contribute to the meeting agenda regarding important issues that arise at the provincial level.

Usually someone from our retired association attends the annual retirement dinner for those who have just retired. An invitation is issued to those who have just retired to join us in the fall. We entice them by buying them the first breakfast. Two new members have graced us with their presence. Through an open letter to the editor of our local newspaper, we have issued an open invitation for others to join us. We felt that perhaps some needed some encouragement to participate.

Collectively, the retirees do not volunteer for any specific project. However, individually, most are involved in volunteering where their area of interest lies.

The agenda for the next year will be set in June. This way, we shall all be ready come September.

Riel Chapter

Jack Fraser, President
142 Woodydell Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2M 2T9
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The Louis Riel Chapter of RTAM has an active program that serves over 900 divisional retirees from all positions in the amalgamated Louis Riel School Division and its former legacy divisions of Norwood, St. Boniface, and St. Vital. Membership Fee is a one-time donation of $5.00. Membership provides members with discounts to a number of local businesses that also support the Chapter’s Scholarship Program.

At present The Chapter mails out newsletters to members twice a year. We now have an email service to about 200 members, thus allowing us to get time sensitive opportunities and information that could be of interest out to all our members between newsletters. If you would like to be added to our database, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the word “address” in the subject line. In the body of the email, please type the name you go by and indicate if you are a retired teacher or support staff.  You can also add if you would like an eCopy only of the newsletter.
A number of our members donate time to the work of the divisional RielEvate Foundation and any funds raised go to support annual scholarships to the divisional high schools.


Current Activities

Our Fall Luncheon on October 5, 2017, celebrates 25 years of fall luncheons. It will be held in the Legacy Centre of the Louis Riel School Board Offices, 900 St. Mary’s Road. Ticket information is available from Ron Koskie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our 20th Anniversary (2017) Golf Tournament - The nine-hole, Texas scramble format, shotgun start will be held at the Lorette Golf Course on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, with a tee off at 11 a.m. and registration starting at 10 a.m.  (Cost $40.00) Come early, as a breakfast special will once again be featured: 2 eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast, and coffee for $5.00. This years tournament is sold out, but you can contact Jerry Ilchyna  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on the waiting list- there are always a few cancellations as people’s plans can change.

Retired Teachers of Winnipeg

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Retired Women Teachers' Association

Cecile Alarie-Skene, President
227 Parkville Bay
Winnipeg, MB   R2M 2J6
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Retired Women Teachers’ Association (Members: 330)
Submitted by Brenda Zebrynski

The Retired Women Teachers' Association is served by an executive that meets five times annually to plan our year's events.
Luncheons, along with entertainment, occur four times during the school year.  Each time, we are informed about issues relating to retired teachers by hearing reports from Peggy Prendergast, our RTAM representative.  To these luncheons members may bring donations of personal care items which some of the executive organize into bags to give to homeless shelters, women's shelters and refugee centres.  Used eye glasses for the Eye Bank and recyclable bags for Winnipeg Harvest are also welcome donations. These items may be brought to any of the luncheons.  Each February, we collect food items or money for Winnipeg Harvest.

We reach out to our shut-in members and they appreciate the visits and treats from RWTA members in December and April along with the cards that are mailed at special times of the year.  Donations from RWTA members at the Christmas luncheon fund these projects.

On September 29, 2016, we celebrated the 65th anniversary of The Retired Women Teachers' Associaton.  Past presidents and lifetime members, ninety years of age and over, were our honoured guests.

If you are interested in joining the executive, we'd love to have you!  In addition, we welcome new members at any time of the year.  The contact person is Brenda at 204-284-1437.

LUNCHEONS are held at the Masonic Memorial Temple, 420 Corydon Avenue

Pre registration is required at least a week before each luncheon. Non- members of The Retired Women Teachers’ Association who would like to attend must call Brenda Zebrynski at 204-284-1437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Members of RWTA will be contacted by phone.

September 29/16
December 8/16
February 23/17
April 20/17

Cost $20.00- includes meal, facility rental, gratuity and parking.

Executive committee – 2015-2016
Past President: Diane Bewell
President: Ruth Hartnell
Vice-President: Cécile Alarie-Skene
Treasurer: Dolores Tutkaluk
Recording Secretary: Pat Opalko
Corresponding Secretary: Cathie Morgan Matula
Membership Convener: Cécile Alarie-Skene
Club Notices: Brenda Zebrynski
Social Committee: Louise Burton, Lynda Tunny, Kathy Deyman, Sultana Hussain, Cecile Alarie-Skene
Tickets: Birdielyn Gray & Kathleen Parums
RTAM & Pensions: Peggy Prendergast
Visiting: Emily Williamson
Publicity: Heather Emberley
Archivist: Sultana Hussain
Pianist: Charlotte Steech

Southwest Assiniboine Chapter of Retired Teachers

Ben Veselovsky
PO Box 1775
Virden, MB R0M 2C0
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Southwest Assiniboine Chapter of the Retired Teachers’ Association (SWACRTA) (Members: 35)
Respectfully submitted, Jerome Brockman, President

Officers: 2014 - 2015
President: Jerome Brockman
Secretary: Jo-anne Sauve
Treasurer: Glenn McKinnon
Phoning: Joyce Heaman
Travel: Kelvin Smith Friendship & Visiting: Pat Wolf

During the year 2013 to 2014, our chapter completed 23 years of service. We held three lunches, September, November, and April, followed by meetings with an average attendance of 40 people.

At the November meeting we had 44 for the lunch. This was followed by the presentation by Virden Collegiate choir directed by Michelle Chyzyk. The presentation was enjoyed by all.

At the April we had 35 for lunch. This was followed by a presentation Leona Joseph on the ERIK kit and its use emergencies. Everyone present found the presentation very informative. Over half of those present obtained an ERIK kit from Leona. This was followed by a meeting.

The Travel Committee organized a one day tour for June 18 of Carberry and Glenboro areas visiting the museums, the Spirit Sands, and Wawanesa.

The Friendship and Visiting committee sent out many greeting cards to shut-ins and those hospitalized. They also sent out cards of sympathy.

St. James Assiniboia Chapter

Lynn Land
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Executive – 2016-2017
Chairperson: Lynn Land
Vice Chair: Shelley Herbert
Secretary: Brian Head
Treasurer: Pat Robson
Membership: Emily Williamson
Communication: Dorothy Young
Members at Large: Brent Corrigan, Rudy Peters, Will Peters, Marj Bilous, Carol Szuminsky
Past Chair: Connie Newman

Swan Valley Retired Teachers

Ed Richenhaller, President
Box 2289
Swan River, MB    R0L 1Z0
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Swan Valley Chapter of Retired Teachers (Members: 33)
Respectfully submitted by Carol Fahrenschon

Executive: 2014 – 2015
President: Barb Plumb
Vice President Ed Richenhaller
Treasurer: Pat Richenhaller
Secretary: Carol Fahrenschon

The chapter held 4 regular luncheon meetings (May, September, November, and January) following the annual AGM. We usually have 20 members attending the meetings, but have a membership of 33. Our annual fee is $5.00.


  • May 2013: Our president attended the RTAM AGM in Dauphin.
  • June 2013: Several members attended the Division Service Awards/Retirement Banquet held on June 13th, 2013. Retiring teachers were presented with a “Welcome to Retirement” bag and are encouraged to join the local chapter of retired teachers.
  • November 2013: Members of our group volunteered to judge Remembrance Day posters and written entries for the local legion. A wreath was presented at the local community Remembrance Day service on behalf of the local chapter.
  • December 2013: The chapter enjoyed a time of socializing at a Christmas potluck luncheon.
  • February 2014: Our chapter delivered Meals on Wheels 3 times per week for 2 weeks.

Throughout this past term, chapter members and their families were acknowledged by the sending of sympathy cards, get well cards, and thinking of you cards.

The Pas Retired Teachers’ Association

Vel McAdam, President
Box 775, 1019 Halcrow Ave.
The Pas, MB R9A 1K8
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The Pas Retired Teachers' Association (Members: 48)
Respectfully submitted, Vel McAdam, President

At the 2013 AGM here in The Pas we added the position of Social Convener to our roster of officers for the association. As a result, our sporadic luncheon meetings have been interspersed with our first ever local Golf Tournament and a Pot Luck Christmas Luncheon. Both occasions were enjoyed by those who participated and it is our hope that they will become yearly activities.

Hopefully, when we hold our local AGM we will be able to persuade the present individual to remain in the new position and we will then be able to look forward to more creative happenings resulting in a longer report for provincial AGM next year.

Thompson Association of Retired Teachers

Joan Goble, President
224 Riverside Drive
Thompson, MB    R8N 0X2
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Thompson Association of Retired Educators (TARE) (Members: 27 & 10 Associate)
Respectfully submitted by Joan Goble, President

2014-2015 Executive:
President: Joan Dawson
Vice President: Barb McIntyre
Secretary/Treasurer - Bea Shantz
Past President: Joan Goble
Members-at-Large: Grace Bindle, Sue McCartney and Doreen Lindquist

Activity Summary:
TARE members meet about ten times a year and usually over a meal.

  • The AGM was held at a dinner meeting at the Mystery Lake Hotel in April at which time the Board was elected and plans set up for the next few months. Delegates to the RTAM AGM were organized.
  • In May another meeting was held over dinner at Chicken Chef. This time the TARE delegates and RTAM Directors presented information on a very successful RTAM AGM held in Dauphin. The new scholarship program was explained and members were encouraged to get the application out of KIT and give it to an eligible candidate. The date and time for retirements from the School District of Mystery Lake were announced and retirees were encouraged to attend.
  • July 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. was chosen for the pot luck picnic at Setting Lake. The weather cooperated that day and the group enjoyed the almost bug free afternoon socializing and reconnecting with some of our snowbird members.
  • On September 3, our traditional “To hell with the bell” start to the new school year was lunch at Bankside Bar and Grill. Several of the members took the opportunity to play pool before and after the meal. The Thompson Teachers’ Association forwarded a list of their fall events to which retirees were invited. Throughout the fall the secretary attempted to update the ever-changing membership list and the email list.
  • In October Angele Bartlett, Superintendent, met with the retirees and gave them a personalized tour of the extensively renovated School Board Office building. Over refreshments, she also explained some of the new programs within the District. Extensive work is being done in the area of cultural awareness. Participants were sent home with a complimentary SDML tote bag.
  • In late November the members drove to a late lunch meeting held at Sasagui Rapids Lodge about an hour south of town. Much of the meeting was held between the orders being taken and the food being served. Members shared their thoughts about the October Board Office visit and then shared their work and volunteer activities with the schools. The suggestion to apply for a Chapter Initiatives Grant to have a drivers’ course for seniors in Thompson was reviewed. Two of the executive have been pursuing information on a Seniors’ Driver Training Workshop but have had no success so far. Another executive member agreed to check out another possible project to create floral displays in the community in conjunction with Communities in Bloom. The president indicated that she was attending the Presidents’ Council in Winnipeg in January and would be taking local concerns with her. One of our two RTAM Directors reported on the recent activities of RTAM including the $5000 donation sent through the MCC to aid in disaster relief in the Phillipines.
  • December found the members driving in the miserably cold and snowy streets to go bowling and enjoy an early supper at North Central Lanes. We are not the best bowlers but we do have a good time! After supper, we gathered at the president’s home for a time of socializing.
  • In late January, still braving the winter weather, we met for an hour of yoga with a local trainer who tailored each exercise to beginners and to individual needs.
  • In February, there was no meeting but the secretary and our RTAM Board members sent out informative emails.
  • March we held a breakfast meeting but numerous other events (holidays, funerals, subbing, illness) made attendance low. It didn’t help that winter was still hanging on very tenaciously! We decided to continue with a request for a Chapter Initiative Grant. We would create signage to indicate sponsorship by RTAM and TARE.
  • April 23 will be our AGM will be a dinner meeting at the Burntwood Hotel and the end of another interesting year. The local active teachers’ association has asked TARE to run a retirement seminar for the active teachers. Three of the RTAM Executive and Directors are preparing this 2-hour event with the assistance of members of the RTAM Board and with the knowledge of the RTAM President, who is unfortunately unable to attend as that is the week of the office move.

Van Isles Chapter RTAM

Irene Hilchay, President
1828 San Pedro Avenue
Victoria, BC V8N 2G4
1-778-746-1047 or 1-250-589-6763
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VanIsles RTAM Chapter (Members: 133)
Respectfully submitted by: Co-Chairs: Gerry Saleski, and Garry Finlay

2014-2015 Executive:
Past President: Gerry Saleski
Co-Presidents: Garry Finlay, Victoria Olchowecki
Secretary: Elizabeth Kozak Treasurer: Roy Richmond
Area Directors: Victoria: Charles Moody; Nanaimo & Islands: Mithal Patel
Parksville, Qualicum: Mac Taylor

The Van Isles chapter of RTAM has two meetings a year. The AGM is held in April at a restaurant venue, while the fall fun meeting is held at a member’s residence.

The April 2013 meeting was held at the Arbutus Golf club. The topic of discussion “Our Purpose Our Direction,” recognized that we are a geographically widely dispersed membership. It is truly a compliment to our members that so many make the effort to travel an often considerable distance in order to attend the AGM meeting.

We recognized there are a number of retired Manitoba teachers who live on Vancouver Island who are not members of RTAM. There was considerable time spent exploring ways in which those retired, non-members, could be encouraged to become members of our RTAM chapter.

The fall meeting was a BBQ held at the home of Rosalene and Gerry Saleski. Twenty-nine members of the Van Isle Chapter of RTAM attended. The weather cooperated, providing us with a sunny, pleasantly warm afternoon. Ms. Nicola Greeley from Visions Travel gave a brief presentation on various travel options and locations.

It was great being able to re-connect with fellow retirees; many of whom we had not seen since the April AGM.

Westman Retired Educators’ Association

Darlene Wilkinson, President
8 Neepawa Drive
Brandon, Manitoba R7B 2Z2
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Past President: Meryl Orth
First Vice-President: Darlene Wilkinson
Second Vice-President:  
Secretary: Rick Oakden
Treasurer: Mavis Johnston
Directors: Pat Bowslaugh, Ray Sitter, Peggy Wojnarski
Luncheons: September 13,    November 8, 2016,   March 14,   April 11, 2017
Location: Shriners Hall, 1110 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon MB
Membership fee: $7.00 annually


WREA holds luncheon meetings the second Tuesday of September, November, March and April. They include a program of information or entertainment, and a time to reconnect with colleagues. Items are collected for donation to Samaritan House, The Brandon Humane Society or YWCA Westman Women’s Shelter, if members wish to donate.  There are also draws for door prizes and 50/50 tickets. Members are contacted by email (Rick Oakden) or phone (Mavis Johnston) with upcoming events.

Retired teachers also meet for breakfast on the first Wednesday of each month at Trails West Motor Inn at 9:30 am.

WREA volunteers assist BTA with the LIFT conference held in October. WREA lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day Service at the Keystone Center on behalf of our members.

Thanks to RTAM’s Chapter Initiative Grant, members enjoyed a bus tour to Winnipeg to tour the Canadian Human Rights Museum on May 5, 2016.

To any retired teachers in the Westman area, we invite you to join our organization for great food and entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016, as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary year!


Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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