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Bill Cann
Bill Cann, President

I retired as a public school educator in June 2004. My teaching career began at Gordon Bell High School in September 1973 where I was a teacher librarian. I joined the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in 1974, where I served as a teacher librarian, history teacher, library coordinator, vice principal and principal over the next 35 years. Upon retiring, I continued working part time for the University of Winnipeg briefly as a lecturer and until June 2020 as Faculty of Education Supervisor of student teachers. I volunteered at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the Schools Program.

My volunteer service with professional organizations included:

  • Manitoba Education and Training:
  • Principals and Vice Principals Certification Committee, 1988-1989
  • Remembrance Day Teachers’ Guide Committee, 1988-1989
  • St. James-Assiniboia School Division:
  • Local Association Council Rep, 1972-1976
  • Council of School Leaders – St. James-Assiniboia Chapter Executive, 1994-2004
  • Council of School Leaders – Provincial Executive, 1999-2004
  • Manitoba School Library Association President,1979-1981

I have served the Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba in the following capacities:

  • Vice President and ACER-CART delegate, 2016-2017
  • Board Member 2007-2011, 2016-2020
  • Pension Committee 2007-2010, 2018-2020
  • Benefits Committee 2019-2020
  • Public Relations Committee 2015-2019
  • St. James-Assiniboia RTAM Chapter Executive 2007-2011

As your President I will provide effective, team-based leadership both within and outside of the organization especially with the Officers Committee. I am dedicated to improving relations with RTAM Chapters as well as with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society; getting a functional membership list in place; increasing membership; and providing enhanced member benefits with Johnson Insurance and discounted travel programs with Trip Merchant.