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The Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba
Strength in Numbers
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.
 
 

Your RTAM Committees




ACER-CART

ACER-CART has been in existence since 1991.  It is the national voice of retired teachers.  It is a national bilingual association of member associations representing over 128,000 retired teachers from Canada’s ten provinces and Yukon Territory.  It holds an annual meeting in Ottawa in early June. For more information, visit www.acer-cart.org

AGM & Elections

Much of the AGM preparations are managed by the RTAM Office Staff, in close communication with the Committee and the President.

Benefits

The Benefits Committee’s job is to review yearly with Johnson Inc. all benefit plans for content and costs for our members.

Each year Johnson provides the data on the costs associated with these respective plans and recommends to the Board the terms of payment for each plan for the next year. Naturally we try to keep costs stable for the ensuing year.

 

Committee Chair & Member/s
 

Brian Paterson

Brandon
Chair
 
MEMBERS
  • Doreen Sage (Neepawa)
  • Bill Cann (Winnipeg)
  • Laura Skelly (The Pas)
  • Pat Bowslaugh (Brandon)
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2019 AGM

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bowslaugh, Chair (Brandon)

Members: Raymond Bisson (Winnipeg), Wayne Hughes (Winnipeg), Vel McAdam (The Pas), Judy Olmstead (Brandon), Doreen Sage (Neepawa)

This has been a busy year for the Committee tasked with working in conjunction with Johnson Inc. as we attempt to provide the best coverages for our RTAM members. 

The biggest change, effective April 1, 2019, is with the Travel Plan. Facing a situation in which our previous provider requested a premium increase of over 36%, Johnson searched for new carriers which ended with Prestige Travel through Royal and Sun Alliance. All of the previous travel benefits continue but with enhancements including:

  • Up to a $5.0 Million maximum.  
  • Multiple trips may be taken within Canada and multiple trips of 62 days may be taken outside of Canada.  
  • The Trip Cancellation Coverage has increased from $7,000 to $8,000 per insured person.
  • Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage is now $3,000 per family.

Please read the Certificate of Insurance carefully for all details. The great news is the premiums for the upcoming term remain the same as last year’s policy costs. 

The second travel coverage option is MEDOC. These coverages of 17 or 35 days are sensitive to health changes which must always be reported. There are two Extended Health Care plans: the Core Plan and Enhanced Plan. Based on numerous costs, the premium rates increased by 1.6%.The Dental Care Plan premium increase of 1.3% reflects the increased costs of dental care. Our plan will now cover both metal and coloured amalgam fillings as opposed to previously when only the least expensive were covered.  RTAM Members also have access to Home Insurance and Life Insurance coverages. For information on these plans please contact Johnson at 1-877-989-2600.

Your Benefits Committee met formally a total of six times. Our Johnson Team of Jessica Simpson and Jeff Bennett met personally for our first meeting and then with each of the next five meetings through teleconference contact. We feel especially blessed for this relationship for if we had anything arise between our regular meetings a text message, email or phone call provided us with immediate support.

We also were recipients of phone calls and letters from members. These are appreciated and are used to negotiate new details for our plans. Most of these ongoing tips have been reported in KIT for your support. 

Bylaws & Policy

The Bylaws and Policy Committee continues to monitor and review the RTAM Bylaws and Policy documents according to the committee mandate, the direction of the Board of Directors and resolution of the AGM. Bylaws and Policy documents should be viewed as living documents that reflect the ever-changing requirements of an organization. The committee reviews all parts of the documents to ensure their relevancy to our organization.

The committee will endeavour to keep the Board of Directors mindful of the timelines that must be adhered to regarding communication of any proposed bylaw change to all RTAM members prior to their May Annual General Meeting.

 

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Beth Smith
Dauphin

Chair
MEMBERS
  • Rosalie Bornn, Dauphin
  • Charles Clifford, Portage la Prairie
  • Joan Dawson, Thompson
  • Dorothy Young, Winnipeg
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2019 AGM

Respectfully submitted by Beth Smith, Chair (Dauphin)

Members: Charles Clifford (Portage la Prairie), Vel McAdam (The Pas), Dorothy Young (Winnipeg)

Committee communication and collaboration throughout the year consisted of two committee meetings, with e-mail and phone communication between meetings and amongst members.

The main task of the Committee for 2018-2019 was the complete review and revision of the RTAM Bylaws Manual. In addition, the Committee dealt with recommendations, additions and updates of bylaws and policies that were referred for consideration by the Board of Directors, through the RTAM committee channels and by Staff. As a result, at the February 2019 Board meeting, four Bylaw motions were affirmed and will be brought to AGM 2019 for approval by the required 2/3 majority vote. As well, five interim policy statements are being brought to AGM 2019 for disposition.

Thank you to President Dawson, Past President Bornn and the Board of Directors for their valuable input and their support of the Committee. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Bylaws and Policy Committee members for their hard work and efforts throughout the year. Their mentorship has been extremely helpful in my first year as Chair of this Committee.

Communications

The Communications Committee is an oversight committee to coordinate and standardize RTAM’s communications in the areas of KIT, Public Relations, and Website. Its membership is composed the chairs of those three committees. Its work is reflected in the work of the three committees it coordinates.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


TBD

Chair
MEMBERS
  • Keep in Touch (KIT) Editor: Doreen Sage, Neepawa
  • Public Relations Chair: Guy Hansen, Winnipeg
  • Website Chair: Ralph Cibula, Gladstone

 

Editorial (KIT)

KIT, the newsletter/magazine of the Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba, is published four times a year, and in full colour.  All material is emailed to the Editor by RTAM Committee Chairs and by RTAM members.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Doreen Sage
Neepawa
Chair
MEMBERS
  • William Taylor (Brandon)
  • Beth Smith (Dauphin)
  • Joan Dawson (Thompson)
  • Rosalie Bornn (Dauphin)
  • Joan Goble (Thompson)

 

 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Respectfully submitted by Doreen Sage, Chair and Editor (Neepawa)

Members:  Rosalie Bornn (Dauphin), Joan Goble (Thompson), Joan Rink (Brookdale), Beth Smith (Dauphin), William Taylor (Brandon)

KIT, the newsletter/magazine of the Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba (RTAM), is published four times a year, in full colour. 

All material is emailed to the editor from RTAM Committee Chairs, RTAM Chapters, by individual RTAM members and outside sources. This material is then forwarded to KIT committee members and the President for editing.  Final copy is sent to the publisher by the editor.  The editor then meets with the publisher for a final edit before copy is sent to the printer.  The printer addresses each issue, sorts and delivers product to Canada Post.

KIT is also available on the website.  Readers can sign up to have their copy delivered digitally, which happens as soon as the print copy is ready.  See ad in the most recent issue to request your digital copy. 

The photo contest is becoming increasingly popular and we have received some great photos.  Thank you to Joan Dawson for organizing this contest. Check out the new categories. With this issue, we are trying a new contest, with Beth Smith doing all the work.  Do give it a try.

Thank you to all Committee Chairs, Chapters and individuals for submitting material and photos.  These are what make up KIT and make KIT what it is.

Membership & Chapters

The Membership and Chapters Committee will continue to support existing local chapters and to help create chapters in areas that are under represented in the province.

It will continue to promote membership with newly retired teachers through information seminars and to contact non-members wherever possible so that they can see the advantages of belonging to the only organization that works on their behalf.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Linda Scott
Winnipeg

Chair
MEMBERS  
  • Charles Clifford (Portage La Prairie)
  • Allen Havard (Winnipeg)
  • Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg)
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Respectfully submitted by Linda Scott, Chair (Winnipeg)

Members: Rosalie Bornn (Dauphin), Charles Clifford (Portage la Prairie), Audrey Greenhill (Winnipeg), Allen Havard (Winnipeg), Esmeralda Havard (Winnipeg), Beth Smith (Dauphin)

Most of the Membership and Chapters Committee correspondence occurs through e-mail and telephone conversations, but as need arises, our meetings are held on the morning the day after the board meeting.

Each RTAM Chapter President was sent a welcome letter in the fall of 2018 along with the Guidelines and Application form for the Chapters Initiative Grant, a copy of the RTAM Strategic Plan and updated "Meeting Ideas".

The total number of RTAM members as of March 31, 2018 is 9,921. Eleven Chapter Initiative Grants were approved as of April 15, 2019.

An advertisement was placed in the Manitoba Teacher, January/February edition to inform active teachers of Pre-Retirement Seminars in Winnipeg and Brandon. Ads were also placed on the RTAM website and in our KIT magazine, as it is distributed to every school in Manitoba. Letters and posters about the seminars were sent to superintendents, principals of the funded independent schools and presidents of the Local Teachers' Associations.

The Brandon and Thompson Pre-Retirement Seminars were held in April 2019. The Winnipeg Pre-Retirement Seminar was held in February 2019. There were 91 people in attendance (82 teachers/guests and 9 RTAM volunteers). These seminars have three common themes: An overview of RTAM's Voluntary Group Benefit Plans, "Life After Teaching" with a panel of three retired teachers and RTAM - Who We Are, a Power Point Presentation.

"Did You Know", an information article about MTS 100th Anniversary events and local opportunities for Chapter participation, compiled by Beth Smith, was published in the Spring 2018 KIT Magazine.

An RTAM bookmark was designed, on the suggestion of Allen Havard, and was distributed at RTAM's Pre-Retirement Seminar and the 2019 AGM.

Thank you to all the committee members for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

 

Pension

1. Be current with the basic aspects of the Teachers’ Retirement Allowance Fund Board, the Teacher’s Pension Act and other relevant pension matters.

2. Advise the Board on pension issues and make recommendations for policies and actions.

3. Assist the board in responding on pension issues on behalf of RTAM members.

4. Assist the board in educating members, other related parties, and the public on pension issues.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Alison Logan
Winnipeg
Chair
MEMBERS:
  • Bill Cann (Winnipeg)
  • JoAnne Hoyak (MacGregor)
  • Julian Hoyak (MacGregor)
  • Lynn Land (Winnipeg)
  • Laura Skelly (The Pas)
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2019 AGM 

Respectfully submitted by Alison Logan, Chair (Winnipeg)

Members: Raymond Bisson (Winnipeg), Bill Cann (Winnipeg), JoAnne Hoyak (MacGregor), Julian Hoyak (MacGregor), Rudy Peters (Winnipeg)

Six committee meetings were held during the 2018 - 2019 year.

Issues on the pension agenda included:

  1. Continued vigilance and opposition to the Federal government’s Bill C-27 which may set precedence and impact existing pensions and the defined benefit security they offer now.
  2. Monitoring the status of the joint agreement with MTS and accepted by the TRAF Board as to the dispersal of the restricted surplus. The dispersal has been in place since July 1, 2018 and will continue over 5 years.
  3. As of July 1, 2019 COLA will be 1.23%
  4. Appointment of an RTAM member to the TRAF Board. The protocol for the selection process has been reviewed and revised by the committee.
  5. Continued communication with ACER-CART, and in particular supporting their petition opposing Bill C-27.

Continuation of the tradition of meeting with our provincial representatives.  Our meeting with the Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Education and Training included a discussion addressing an RTAM representative being named to the TRAF Board, the government’s unfunded liability to the teacher’s pension plan and RTAM’s opposition to Bill C-27.

 

The Pension Benefits Act Review

On January 10, 2018, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen announced that the review of the province’s pension laws had been completed by The Pension Committee of Manitoba.  A public consultation period with a submission deadline of February 21, 2018 was also announced at that time along with the release of a consultation paper and the commission’s recommendations for reforms to The Pension Benefits Act.
 
While RTAM developed a plan of action to respond to the recommendations of The Pension Benefits Act Review, collaborative contact with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) was also made.  The result was the submission of a joint RTAM-MTS “Response to the Consultation Paper The Pension Benefits Act Review”.  To view the joint MTS-RTAM submission click here.
 
RTAM also belongs to the national association of retired teachers, Association canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants retraités-Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART).  ACER-CART, in turn, is part of The Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security (CCRS).  CCRS also responded to the call for consultation on the The Pension Committee of Manitoba’s recommendations for reforms to The Pension Benefits Act.  To view the CCRS brief click here.
 

Download > Joint MTS - RTAM PBA Submission 21 February 2018

Download > CCRS Brief to the Pension Commission of Manitoba - CCRS - Feb 21 2018

 

 

 

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Teachers’ Pensions Restricted Surplus Regulation, 2017 (M.R. 63/2018) was registered May 18, 2018, putting in place the regulatory authority necessary to disburse the restricted surplus equally over a five year period commencing July 1, 2018.  The regulation is consistent with the joint RTAM/MTS proposal which had been accepted by the TRAF Board and submitted to government as a proposed regulation in June, 2017.

The impact for 2018 of the enactment of the Teachers’ Pensions Restricted Surplus Regulation, 2017 (M.R. 63/2018) is that the previously announced COLA of 1.15% effective July 1, 2018 will now be increased to 1.35%.

Background:

  • The TRAF Board earlier approved a 1.15% COLA effective July 1, 2018.
  • The 2/3 of CPI cap that had been in place on the annual COLA since July 1, 2008 ceased to apply effective with the July 1, 2018 COLA.
  • At a February 2018 meeting with the Minister of Education and Training, RTAM was informed that, at the time, there were no plans to extend the provision for restricting the TRAF Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) implemented in 2008 which has now expired. The calculation of COLA reverts to the provisions in place prior to 2008 as per subsection 10(7) of The Teachers’ Pensions Act.
Pension Committee Mandate

1. Be current with the basic aspects of the Teachers’ Retirement Allowance Fund Board, the Teacher’s Pension Act and other relevant pension matters.

2. Advise the Board on pension issues and make recommendations for policies and actions.

3. Assist the board in responding on pension issues on behalf of RTAM members.

4. Assist the board in educating members, other related parties, and the public on pension issues.

5. Establish and maintain liaison with other relevant pension groups.

6. Carry out the research process for RTAM’s nomination for the government’s discretionary appointment of a “representative” of retired Plan members to the TRAF Board, and shall conduct the search process and make recommendations in accordance with the RTAM Nomination Process for TRAF Board Appointment.

The Pension Committee is Seeking Grassroots Input
The Pension Committee is seeking personal stories and anecdotes from retired teachers with regard to their opinions and experiences on our defined benefit pension plan, the security and sustainability of it, and the effects of Bill 45 on their personal purchasing power. Please contact any committee member or the RTAM office.

PRIORITIES for 2018/2019

1. To be aware of changes in The Pension Benefits Act and The Teachers’ Pensions Act that may affect us. Office staff will aid in monitoring this.

2. To keep abreast of pension related articles and relevant letters in print media such as those pertaining to the effects of the Federal Bill C-27.

3. To continue to work with MTS on relevant issues.

4. To foster ongoing communications with the Government on pension issues such as the implications of the end of Bill 45.

5. To keep communications open with the TRAF Board.

6. To advocate that the Government appoint a retired teacher to the TRAF Board from RTAM’s list of recommended nominees.

7. Update RTAM document titled RTAM Nomination Process for TRAF Board Appointment.

Information on the Disposition of the Restricted Surplus

RTAM and the RTAM Pension Committee worked in the interests of all the retired Teachers’ Retirement Allowances Fund (TRAF) members in Manitoba to obtain the best possible outcome for the distribution of the restricted surplus.  We continue to work in the interests of all retired teachers with regard to pension issues in general.

1. The joint RTAM/MTS (The Manitoba Teachers’ Society) proposal has been accepted by the TRAF Board. It read as follows:“That the Restricted Surplus, as calculated by the TRAF plan actuary, at December 31, 2017, be distributed over a five year period commencing July 1, 2018 to all retired teachers”.

2. On June 28, 2017, the TRAF Board submitted a proposed regulation to government which provides for the restricted surplus to be disbursed equally over a five year period commencing July 1, 2018.  This proposal is consistent with the joint RTAM/MTS recommendation presented to the Board. 

3. The joint MTS/RTAM recommendation for disbursement, as supported by TRAF, was submitted to Government and is currently under review by the Treasury Board. At a February 2018 meeting with the Minister of Education and Training, RTAM was informed that Government is working to address a resolution.

4.  The Teachers’ Pensions Restricted Surplus Regulation, 2017(M.R. 63/2018) was registered May 18, 2018, putting in place the regulatory authority necessary to disburse the restricted surplus equally over a five year period commencing July 1, 2018.  The regulation is consistent with the joint RTAM/MTS proposal which had been accepted by the TRAF Board and submitted to government as a proposed regulation in June, 2017.
The impact for 2018 of the enactment of the Teachers’ Pensions Restricted Surplus Regulation, 2017 (M.R. 63/2018) is that the previously announced COLA of 1.15% effective July 1, 2018 will now be increased to 1.35%. 

5. The Pension Committee, through the RTAM President, continues to seek opportunities to meet with the Minister of Education and Training, as well as leaders of the opposition political parties, to discuss pension issues and concerns.

6. In March 2012, the RTAM Board adopted the RTAM Nomination Process for TRAF Board Appointment.  The policy sets out a nomination process framework to provide guidance to the RTAM Board in determining a nominee for appointment to the TRAF Board in the event that Government requests such input.

7. The RTAM Board has authorized the Pension committee to carry out the search process, according to the policy, for RTAM’s nomination for the government’s discretionary appointment of a “representative of retired plan members to the TRAF Board”.  This will ensure that, if requested by Government to provide a nominee, the RTAM Board will be prepared to respond.

8. We continue to monitor pension related issues and still would be grateful for personal stories or observations on this topic, or input of any kind, from our membership.

Political Advocacy

The mandate of the Political Advocacy (PA) Committee as stated in the Policy Handbook is as follows:

  1. Develop and recommend actions to accomplish goals and objectives established by the Board.
  2. Monitor political issues and advise the President and/or the Board on emerging issues relevant to RTAM.
  3. Plan and organize political advocacy, if so directed by the Board.

 

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


John Sushelnitsky
Portage la Prairie
Chair
MEMBERS
  • Linda Blair (Winnipeg)
  • Ralph Cibula (Gladstone)
  • Guy Hansen (Winnipeg)
  • JoAnne Hoyak (MacGregor)
  • Julian Hoyak (MacGregor)
  • Ken Malcolm (Dauphin)
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Respectfully submitted by John Sushelnitsky, Chair (Portage la Prairie)

Members: Linda Blair (Winnipeg), Ralph Cibula (Gladstone), Guy Hansen (Winnipeg), JoAnne Hoyak (MacGregor), Julian Hoyak (MacGregor)

In the spring of 2018, the Political Advocacy (PA) Committee took the lead in organizing a very successful Meet and Greet with Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). It was later decided that the next such event would be in 2020, the year of the scheduled provincial election.

On October 1st, the PA Committee promoted the United Nations’ Day of the Older Persons by encouraging Chapters to organize a local event emphasizing the contributions of seniors to their communities.

Updates were brought to the Board on the progress of selecting a candidate for the RTAM Indigenous Bursary. The selection was made by the University College of the North, centred in The Pas.

Prior to the last federal election, candidate Justin Trudeau said that this would be the last “first by the post” and that a form of proportional representation (PR) would be used in the future. However, Prime Minister Trudeau had second thoughts. Nevertheless, the PA Committee closely followed the PR referendum held in British Columbia and reported the results to the Board.

The disparity of economic wealth that occurs in Canada and the rest of the world was studied and submitted to RTAM readership in KIT by Julian Hoyak. The second disparity based on gender income and promotion opportunities continues to be a serious issue.

The topic of “ageism” was also examined in a detailed report by Linda Blair. RTAM’s connection to the Manitoba Seniors’ Coalition is a fundamental building block in our outreach to the wider Manitoba community.

The Board assigned two issues to the Committee which will be ongoing into the next term. Firstly, the Committee was to establish what might be the ramifications of the amalgamation of school divisions, and secondly, the committee is to track the progress of The Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education K-12, due to report in February 2020.

The topic of the Education Review was discussed with the Minister of Education and Training at a meeting of RTAM representatives in February. The Honourable Kelvin Goertzen made it clear that the review would welcome submissions from RTAM as an organization and from retired teachers individually. He also said that defined benefit pension plans, teachers’ salaries and the raising of finances were not in the parameters of the review.

Public Relations

The Terms of Reference for the committee are as follows:

Student Awards

RTAM STUDENT AWARD PROGRAM

In 2013 the Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba established a permanent student award endowment fund of $50,000 with The Winnipeg Foundation. Four post-secondary student awards of $500 were awarded initially from the RTAM Endowment Fund. For 2019, four awards of $850 are being awarded from the revenue generated by this fund.

The Winnipeg Foundation distributes the awards (writes the cheques to the students) and monitors the financial health of our portion of the plan into the future. An RTAM selection committee annually determines the recipients of the awards from established criteria. The recipient must be:

  • a relative of an RTAM member
  • involved in school and community activities.
  • a Grade 12 graduate
  • Entering the first year of a post-secondary education program

 

RTAM Is Leaving a Legacy

 

The 2019 RTAM Student Award Endowment Fund recipients will be announced in the Winter ‘Keep in Touch’ (KIT) magazine and on our website.  Did you know the Fund has reached a monetary value large enough to provide $850 awards in 2019 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members?  Through the compounding ability of the monies held at the Winnipeg Foundation, these awards will increase exponentially FOREVER to provide young relatives of RTAM members support to realize their educational goals in the future.  These young people will be the leaders of the future.  Why wouldn’t we want to be part of their future success? 

The increase in the fund over five years has raised the award money to almost double its beginning value.  Could that come next year?  It is possible with your help.  Each dollar we provide to the capital of the fund increases each year with the investing expertise of the Winnipeg Foundation.

Let’s make $1000 awards our goal for 2020!  Some of us often send a donation to a charity in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  Consider leaving a gift in your will or even the proceeds of an insurance policy where the Winnipeg Foundation is the beneficiary.  Make the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation your charity of choice for 2020.  Encourage a young person who is beginning their adult life by investing in their education.  We have spent so many years of our lives investing ourselves in the young people we have been fortunate enough to teach, why not continue that investment by supporting those who are dearest to us, our grandchildren, nieces and nephews who have a passion for education.   Information under the Student Award Committee tab on the RTAM website: www.rtam.mb.ca will tell you how or call the Winnipeg Foundation or the RTAM office.

The following four letters are written by sponsoring RTAM members whose relatives benefited from award monies in 2013.  Help make this your member benefit by encouraging your young relatives to apply for an award when they graduate from Grade 12.

Anthony Ferens

My son, Anthony Ferens won a scholarship the first year our retired teaching society offered it.  Since receiving the scholarship in 2013, Anthony has had many opportunities and has accomplished many things.  Attending university was going to be difficult with learning disabilities, but that didn’t stop him from challenging himself. He auditioned for the 4 year honours program.

While he was in his third and fourth year of honours and devised theatre this past year, he performed in 5 productions. There was little time for a part time job with these long school hours and commitment. Scholarships were greatly appreciated to start his education.

Other accomplishments include achieving his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, 2 scholarships from RMTC, the prestigious Hubbell Award (air cadets), and several awards and full scholarships from Talent INC. in Toronto and Orlando.  

Presently, Anthony is enjoying his recent accomplishment of completing an honours degree:  being successful despite his dyslexic disability; beating the odds; being able to choose and further study in a career he loves.  Anthony appreciates his family’s support and the many teachers and mentors who have encouraged him to take risks, follow his dreams, and do wonderful things.  He is very thankful for the financial assistance he has received.

Sandra Ferens
Winnipeg, MB

 

Aven Glufka

Following my granddaughter, Aven Glufka’s graduation from grade 12 and receiving one of the first RTAM awards, she enrolled in the University of Winnipeg.  In 2017 she completed her B.A. degree with a double major in French and Theatre, receiving the Gold Medal in Theatre Studies. 

She enrolled in the Faculty of Education program at U. of W. 

On completion of her first year she was accepted into the 10 month International program between U. of W. and Thailand.  She did her final year and practicum at Lertlah School in Bangkok, Thailand.  She completed her studies at the end of February 2019.  The award financially helped her to work towards achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. We are proud that she chose to carry on the family tradition of teaching. 

I hope this note tells you Aven’s story so far.  She is enjoying her experiences

Elizabeth Stewart
Brandon, MB

 

 

Calene Treichel

I am writing in regard to the letter from Peggy Prendergast, asking about how my granddaughter used her $500 award, in 2013, and how she is doing now.

Calene Treichel was a recipient of a $500 RTAM Student Award, when she was graduated from high school in Boissevain, in 2013.  Getting this award was very beneficial for her University expenses and was used towards paying her tuition for her first year at the University of Manitoba, beginning her Engineering Degree.

In 2018, Calene graduate with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and was honoured by being awarded with the medal for graduating with the highest overall average in the 2018 class.  Calene is continuing her education at Carleton University, in Ottawa, where she is taking her Master’s Degree.  Good luck Calene.

Marlene Kentner
Dauphin, MB

 

Kelly Yeo

You had asked how my granddaughter Kelly Yeo, a first year recipient of a RTAM Student Award that she very much appreciated receiving, is doing.  It is a pleasure to provide an update for you.

Kelly began her final year of studies in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in September (2018).  She has recorded an extraordinary academic record there over the past three years.

On June 3, 2018 she was presented with a Centennial Leadership Award while attending the annual Canadian Pharmacy Association Awards Ceremony in Fredericton, New Brunswick as a U. of M. delegate.  A copy of the awards biography is enclosed.  Kelly has won numerous other scholarships over the span of her pharmacy and pre-pharmacy studies.  We are, needless to say, very proud of her efforts.

The practice of giving out RTAM Student Awards is a fine idea.  Based on our granddaughter’s experience, I can certainly attest to the need for such awards and their value to the recipient.

Dale Yeo
Stonewall, MB

 

Kelly Yeo
University of Manitoba

Kelly Yeo is from the small town of Stonewall, MB. After being given the opportunity to shadow a few pharmacists at a local pharmacy, she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She often tells people that this was the best decision she has ever made. During her time at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Kelly has been very involved in advocating for the profession as one of Manitoba’s CAPSI representatives, and her passion for pharmacy quickly grew. Her greatest wish is to continue to spread this passion to others in the hopes of continuing to push this wonderful profession even further!

RTAM'S 2018 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2018:

 

Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Ainsley Brown

Winnipeg

Barry Wittevrongel

Grandfather

Sarah Lamoureux

Winnipeg

Ken Reimer

Grandfather

Camryn McMillan

Carberry

Gladwyn Scott

Grandfather

Megan Shackel

Brandon

Manmohan S. Malhi

Grandfather

 

RTAM established the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This year the fund provided support for four $700 awards to recipients who were:
· relatives of an RTAM member
· involved in school and community activities
· Grade 12 graduates
· entering the first year of a post-secondary education program

There were 51 award applications submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student. In the near future $1,000 per student is possible. RTAM could then possibly expand the support for its young people in their studies to include awards to students already enrolled in post-secondary education and those pursuing masters and PhD degrees.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency and through The Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by The Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation www.wpgfdn.ca
2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in Retired Teachers. It will take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

Or Contact The Winnipeg Foundation by phone at: (204) 944-9474, (toll-free) 1-877-974-3631

RTAM'S 2017 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2017:

 

Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Jane Harkness

Virden

David Harkness

Uncle

Madison Lambert

Portage la Prairie

Linda M. Green

Grandmother

Katlaina McEwen-McMillan

Winnipeg

Eleanor McMillan

Grandmother

Julia Miles

Winnipeg

Salvatore Scaletta

Grandfather

Jack Osiowy

Winnipeg

Doreen Poersch

Grandmother



RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $600.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 36 award applications submitted again this year. The selection committee strongly agreed there should be a fifth award this year. The RTAM Board concurred.

As retired teachers, we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student to at least $1000, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education. Compounding is working well so far with the fund which on December 31, 2016, had a market value of $63,325.03.

On a personal note, I received two scholarships when I was entering university 70 years ago because one of the conditions on applying was that I be a child of a veteran. As much as the money was appreciated at the time so was the support I received in self-confidence. It was a young high school chemistry teacher who was a veteran himself who insisted I apply for these scholarships. As a result of my actions and in receiving these awards, my father's service in the army was recognized in a way that was a delight to him and my dreams of a University education were realized. It became a family dream come true. I know it has the same effect in the RTAM families that participate in this program, Any RTAM member will be delighted they could support and help a student in their family. It also follows the "Pay it Forward" philosophy of living. Who better than retired teachers know the benefits of education? What a legacy we will leave!

Help grow the Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund, held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Gifts can be made through The Foundation by phone, mail or internet. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through CRA and through the Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. A bequest in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration as is a donation as part of your annual charity giving.

Because an endowment fund lasts forever, a bequest to the Retired Teachers’ Endowment Fund through The Winnipeg Foundation is a powerful choice for supporting your community for generations to come, specifically helping young people realizing their dreams in attending post-secondary education. Everyone has their own reasons for planning a gift. Whether you want to create a legacy, generate tax savings or organize your estate, we are happy to work with you. If you need more information or already know exactly how you want to make a difference, please contact Jennifer Aarhus, at The Winnipeg Foundation at 204-944-9474 ext 259 or at donorservices@wpgfdn.org.



RTAM'S 2016 AWARD WINNERS

 


Camille Daeninck

Eveline Juce

Rebecca Malcolm

Owen Ready
 

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $500.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 45 award applications again submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the RTAM Endowment Fund. It is listed as a registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency. The Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund is held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by the Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

  1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation site
  2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
  3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in RTAM. It should take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

RTAM is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners and their sponsors for 2016:

Award Winners Location RTAM Sponsor Relationship
Camille Daeninck Winnipeg Mr. Marcel Daeninck Grandfather
Eveline Juce Hamiota Mr. David Juce Father
Rebecca Malcolm Aurora, ON Mrs. Jeannette Timmerman Grandmother
Owen Ready Winnipeg Mrs. Edith Cooper Grandmother

Website

The last year has seen the website expand significantly in posting seminars, registration forms, and information regarding pensions and benefits, as well as the work being done by other committees. 

Wellness Advocacy

If you have ideas for seminars, workshops, presenters, etc. please pass on your information to the office. Our committee may be able to use your information to put together that event.
Remember there is a Wellness grant. If your Chapter needs funds to proceed with a Wellness event, here is a grant that may provide these funds.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Linda Blair
Winnipeg

Chair
MEMBERS
  • Meryl Orth (Brandon)
  • Joan Rink (Brookdale)
  • Maureen Recksiedler (Stonewall)
 
Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2019 AGM 

Respectfully submitted by Peggy Prendergast, Chair (Winnipeg)

Members:  Hélène Beauchemin (Winnipeg) (June-November 2018), Brian Paterson (Brandon) (February-June 2019), Maureen Recksiedler (Stonewall), Joan Rink (Brookdale)

The Wellness Advocacy and Student Awards Committee held six meetings this year.  Much of the ongoing communication and work was shared and carried on by electronic means. 

Student Awards

In collaboration with The Winnipeg Foundation, a $50,000 endowment fund was established in October 2013 to fund an ongoing award program.   As part of its mandate, the committee will continue to have responsibility for the annual administration of the RTAM Endowment Award Program with The Winnipeg Foundation.

At the beginning of September, using the RTAM Student Awards Operations Manual, the Student Awards selection committee recommended to the RTAM Board that four awards of $700 each be made available to the four students selected who are relatives of RTAM members.  Forty nine students submitted applications.  

The Winnipeg Foundation has informed RTAM there will be enough funds for the 2019 Award year to offer four awards of $850 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members.

Any RTAM member may sponsor a student who is a relative and a Grade 12 graduate.  Application forms are available at the RTAM Office, in the Spring 2019 edition of KIT and on the RTAM Website.

 

Wellness Advocacy and Seminars

The committee presented an afternoon Wellness Seminar entitled: “Your Health Directive – ERIK Kit – Power of Attorney – Wills – HELP” at the Holiday Inn South Hotel on October 31, 2018: seventy nine people attended.  In the evaluations received, Sharon Tod, a lawyer who specializes in this topic, led the seminar and was once again appreciated for the information, time and expertise she voluntarily gives to RTAM members on this important topic.

Links to articles of national interest and pertinent local information have been added to the Wellness Advocacy section of the RTAM Website for member information.

A survey on the RTAM Website in December and January, solicited seminar and workshop suggestions from RTAM members.  Ninety five respondents gave interesting comments and suggestions.  Whereas the number of responses was not significant, it did give some helpful suggestions to the committee that appears in the recommendations for next year’s committee.

Recommendations:

  1. Wellness Seminars be presented in the rural areas of the province as well as in Winnipeg.
  2. Wellness Seminars could be planned with a host RTAM Chapter for RTAM member involvement and/or partnering.
  3. KIT delivery dates be available by the end of June for pre planning dates and locations of Wellness Seminars for advertising in KIT.
  4. RTAM Project Allocation Forms be prepared in June once dates and locations are established.
  5. The committee to provide RTAM members with current information on healthy aging/wealth management in KIT and on the website.
  6. The recommended budget to include funds for incentive grants.

Thank you to the committee involved for the intense work required in both the Award Program and the Wellness Seminar program.

 

RTAM Wellness Initiative Grant Application Guidelines

The RTAM Wellness Initiative Grant (WIG) is available to chapters to promote member engagement. Chapters are urged to develop a project and/or activity that meets the unique needs of their individual membership. Once the plan has been formulated, an application form (attached) should be completed and sent to the RTAM office. Each chapter is eligible for a subsidy of up to $250 per fiscal year to assist with their project. Be aware that funding is limited.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

The criteria used for evaluating the WIG application are as follows:

  1. The initiative must promote member engagement.
  2. Describe the initiative to be undertaken.  Project descriptions should be complete enough to indicate how "member engagement" will be promoted and what activity/activities are involved to facilitate this.
  3. Indicate the itemized expenses and estimated costs.
  4. Indicate the date or the period of time the initiative will take place.  Completion dates may be projected at the time of the grant application.
  5. Activities for which funding is requested must take place after the application date.
  6. A description of how RTAM will be recognized for its contribution should be in the application.
  7. The exact same initiative should NOT be repeated yearly.
  8. Initiatives should avoid the direct transfer of funds received from RTAM to another organization where there is no additional chapter member involvement.
  9. A report must be sent to RTAM after the completion of the Chapter’s initiative.
  10. Initiative reports are to be received no later than 2 months after the initiative’s completion date. 
  11. Reports from a previous grant must have been received by RTAM to be eligible for another WIG.
  12. Priority will be given to first-time applications if a choice needs to be made due to budgetary constraints.

Please contact the RTAM office if you have any questions, by phone at 204-889-36601‑888‑393-8082 (toll-free) or email to office@rtam.mb.ca.

Due date for applications is April 15, each year.

DOWNLOAD THE WELLNESS INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION FORM HERE

Advancing Inclusion And Quality Of Life For Seniors

Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons, with Disabilities

Bryan May, Chair
MARCH

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Health System Transformation

The Manitoba government is confident that better health care is within reach and is making bold changes to the health system that will make it more patient-focused, operate more efficiently and ensure it is safe, affordable and sustainable in the long term.

This includes the creation of a provincial health organization, Shared Health, which will enable provincial planning and integration of services, improve patient care and provide coordinated support to regional health authorities across the province - including the recruitment and retention of health professionals - and establish provincial standards of care for all Manitobans.

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Towards Implementation of National Pharmacare Discussion Paper

A Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance

Canadians are proud of our publicly funded health care system, which is based on need and not ability to pay. However, prescription drugs are not covered in a consistent way across the country, and too many Canadians cannot afford the medicines they need.

In Budget 2018, the Government established an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (“the Council”), led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, to provide independent advice on how to best implement national pharmacare in a manner that is affordable for Canadians and their families, employers and governments.

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Promoting the Labour Force Participation of Older Canadians

The Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors (FPT Seniors Forum) recently released a report entitled, Promoting the Labour Force Participation of Older Canadians, that highlights promising labour force initiatives to address specific workforce challenges facing older Canadians. In developing this report, the FPT Seniors Forum collaborated with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders including private sector organizations, employers, and non‑government organizations.

The FPT Seniors Forum discusses issues of importance to seniors, shares information on seniors’ well-being, and undertake initiatives to advance issues of common concern.

We are pleased to share this report with you on behalf of the FPT Seniors Forum and encourage you to share and discuss this report further with your networks.

Sincerely,

Seniors and Healthy Aging Branch / Direction des personnes âgées et vieillissement en santé
3078 -300 Carlton Street / 300, rue Carlton, bureau 3078
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9 / Winnipeg (Manitoba) R3B 3M9
Phone: 204 945-6565 / Téléphone : 204 945‑6565
Toll-free: 1-800-665-6565 / Sans frais : 1-800- 665‑6565
email: seniors@gov.mb.ca / Courriel : seniors@gov.mb.ca
website: www.gov.mb.ca/seniors / Site Web : www.gov.mb.ca/seniors/index.fr.html

Extortion scams

Overview

Extortion scams refer to any person who unlawfully obtains money, property or services from a person, entity or institution through coercion. Scammers come up with new reasons why you urgently need to pay them money.

Hostage Scam

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is receiving reports from Canadian companies who are being scammed. The companies receive emails followed up with phone communication from suspects misrepresenting themselves/impersonating legitimate organizations, such as "National Defence" or the "Minister of Public Safety". The communication is an attempt to obtain ransom for employees through hostage-taking scams or proprietary information. While the ransom demand is real, the actual hostage-taking is fake.

The emails are using generic domains, such as minister.com. They are well-constructed to appear to come from the Canadian Government or a person/company that may be known to the recipient. The suspects are targeting various levels within the company and often try to reach key executives to further the ransom demand.

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Donate To The RTAM Endowment Fund

FOR GOOD, FOREVER please consider donating to the Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation when you are considering either a bequest in your will, an “in memoriam” gift when someone close to you has passed away, or in deciding your charitable giving for the year.

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000.  Since then, this fund has provided support for four, $500.00 awards each year to Grade 12 graduates who are nominated by a relative who is an RTAM member.  The criteria for receiving an  award includes the student being; involved in school and community activities, enrolled in some form of post-secondary education, as well as academic achievement.  There has been an average of 40+ award applications submitted each year.
The four awards for 2017 will be $600.00 each, as investment interest and gifts made to the fund has given us more dollars for granting.  What better way for us to leave a legacy of “belief in education” to our following generations?  Each gift, no matter what amount, adds in perpetuity to the overall fund.  We have given our working lives to “education”, this is an opportunity to carry on the tradition.  “For Good. Forever”, The Winnipeg Foundation’s inspiring message, says it all!

For complete instructions on how to make a gift please go to The Winnipeg Foundation website: www.wpgfdn.org, go to “Make a Gift” tab, scroll down to the “search” box and type in RTAM,. or contact The Winnipeg Foundation.

Photography Workshop 2019 - A Huge Success

RTAM, through the Wellness Committee held a Photography Workshop at the Park Cafe, Assiniboine Park. Click below to watch the video.