Board Bios

Joan Dawson, Secretary
Thompson, Manitoba

I began my teaching career in 1972 with Frontier School Division in Ilford, Manitoba, where I taught grades 1 and 2 as well as supervising the kindergarten. I moved to Thompson in 1973 and spent the next 35 years teaching grades one to four and Reading Recovery. Over the years I often served as staff rep. for the Thompson Teachers’ Association and for two years I was the Grievance Chair. I retired in June of 2008 in Thompson.

My volunteer efforts are mainly with the Thompson Health Auxiliary where I am the manager of the Thompson Hospital Gift Shop. My husband and I live in Paint Lake Provincial Park. I enjoy fishing, gardening, sewing, reading, stained glass and socializing with friends at the local marina.

I am actively involved with our local Retired Teachers’ Association (TARE) and served as secretary/treasurer for 3 years and vice-president for 1 year. I am currently the president of TARE for the second year.

I have completed my third year as a director on the RTAM board. I have chaired the Bylaws and Policy Committee I am a member of the KIT editorial committee and the Membership and Chapters committee. This year I am also the secretary for the board. Serving on the Board of Directors of RTAM has been a wonderful experience, and I would recommend that all other retired teachers consider serving as well.


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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