Board Bios

Peggy Prendergast
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Formerly a teacher and administrator in the Winnipeg School Division.  

I have been associated with RTAM Board for many years, first as a member of the Benefits Committee (which dealt with pensions then), and then as Vice President and President. Following two years serving as Executive Director, I chaired the Pension Committee, which included membership on the Pension Task Force.

I have been a member of the Editorial Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Bylaws Committee.  Currently I am a member of the Pension Committee, and presently chair the Wellness Committee and the Educational Advocacy Committee which includes assisting in the administration of the RTAM Endowment Fund for Awards held at the Winnipeg Foundation.

My commitment to RTAM is threefold: assisting the Board in working through the COLA and other pension issues and in providing help to our members in the area of social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness.  In this area the Wellness Committee is working with the BALANCE program associated with MTS (www.mbteach.org/balance) to serve both active and retired teachers.  During the past four years the Educational Advocacy committee presented seven advocacy events informing RTAM members, and all seniors in given areas of the province, information about services available to them and how to access these services.

During the time leading up to the provincial election I was involved in the development of, and in enacting Seniors Vote 2016.  Using the model set by Acer-Cart for the recent federal election, areas of concern for all Manitoba seniors became the pillars of this campaign, including Income Security which relates directly with RTAM goals for our pension.  Many of the other pillars relate to wellness issues that affect not only our RTAM members but all seniors in the province.  A coalition of seven senior organizations lobbied for action within these pillars as well as the establishment of a Senior Ministry.  RTAM was a leader in this initiative.

RTAM has made a commitment to continue to work toward achieving these goals established through Senior Vote 2016.  I believe strongly in working collaboratively both with other organizations and with MtTS and am committed to working towards including government in this eventual “age friendly” action.  I believe in our statement:  

If we make life good for seniors in Manitoba,
Life will be good for all Manitobans

WHO WE ARE

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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