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Joan Dawson, Past President
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 supervised 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.

  • Taught in Thompson Manitoba for 35 years from K-4 and Reading Recovery
  • Served as staff rep in various schools in Thompson.
  • Retired in June of 2008.
  • Served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and currently Past President for the Thompson Association of Retired Educators (TARE).
  • Have been a director on the RTAM Board for 10 years.
  • Served on several committees including Bylaws and Policy, the KIT editorial committee, Membership and Chapters, Educational Advocacy/Wellness, the Strategic Plan ad hoc Committee, the RTAM bi-annual photo contest and the Officers’ Committee.
  • Was the Secretary for the Board for the years from 2015 to 2018.
  • Served as the president of RTAM for the 2019/2020 year.
  • Currently I am Chair of the 2020 AGM and Nominations Committee and the Website Committee
  • I have enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors and feel that I have learned a lot about the process of switching from a Working Board to a Governance Board. I am looking forward to continuing on the Board if I am re-elected.
  • Thank you to the membership of RTAM for the opportunity to be a member of the RTAM Board.

My other volunteer efforts are mainly with the Thompson Health Auxiliary where I was the manager of the Thompson Hospital Gift Shop for the past 9 years. I am now in charge of student volunteers and out of town purchasing. I also volunteer in the local schools as needed. My husband and I live in Paint Lake Provincial Park. I enjoy fishing, gardening, sewing, reading and stained glass.

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.