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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 a Faculty of Education Supervisor for teacher candidates. I also volunteered at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the Schools Program since its opening.

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
  • 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:

  • President 2020-2021
  • Vice President and ACER-CART delegate, 2016-2017
  • Board Member 2007-2011, 2016-2020
  • Pension Committee 2007-2010, 2018-2021
  • Benefits Committee 2019-2021
  • Public Relations Committee 2015-2021
  • James-Assiniboia RTAM Chapter Executive 2007-2011

As your President, I will continue to provide effective, team-based leadership which relies on consensus decision-making. I remain dedicated to further empowering RTAM Chapters and enhancing relations with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, TRAF and with other organizations. My second term priorities will include lobbying the Government to secure legislative recognition of RTAM as the official voice of Manitoba retired teachers, a seat on the TRAF Board and improved annual COLA grants; increasing membership; defending Defined Benefit Pensions; addressing the proposed changes to the education system in Bill 64; and providing enhanced member benefits with Johnson Insurance and Union Savings as well as discounted travel programs with Trip Merchant.