Alison Logan, Director
I began my teaching career in 1974 as part of St. James-Assiniboia staff in Early Years Education. For most of my career I was active in the Manitoba Teachers Society at the local level. I served on various committees, as a Council Rep, and as an Executive Member including President for 3 years. I ended my career as a Staff Officer in Teacher Welfare at the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. I can honestly say I loved every step of the way.
Along with my M.T.S. involvement I have also served as a member of The City of Winnipeg Public Library Board, ALS Society of Manitoba Board, and as a member of The Caregivers Advisory Committee under appointment by the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.
For the past three years I have enjoyed my work with RTAM both as a Director as well as Chairing the Pension Committee.
In my retirement I continue to enjoy, golfing, curling, swimming, reading, playing bridge and attending church. Two years ago I had the privilege of travelling to Jordan to participate in the building of a house with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, I do volunteer work for Siloam Mission. But my favourite times are spent with family and friends especially my two beautiful grandchildren whom I adore.
I would look forward to continuing to work with and on behalf of retired teachers in Manitoba in the coming year.
John Sushelnitsky, Secretary
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Joining the Manitoba Teachers' Society, I served at the local and provincial level for my 37 years of teaching. I was on the MTS provincial executive for four years. Afterward, as a MTS representative, I served on the Minister of Education's Advisory Board for four years. After retirement in 2003, the Society gave me the honour of becoming an Honourary Life Member in 2004.
A high school aptitude test encouraged me to continue studying the French language and I have used it throughout my career, being editor of the French Journal for ten years for the Manitoba Association of French Teachers and also serving as its President.
I also served on several Department of Education committees and was the co-author of its French correspondence courses. In the classroom, I taught 29 years of junior high, eight years of high school and two years of elementary. In addition to teaching Basic and Immersion French, I coached basketball and other sports. In my five years of coaching grade ten boys’ basketball, we had the good fortune to be ranked number one on two occasions. All in all, a very satisfying career!
I have now served on the RTAM Board for fourteen years as a Director and have chaired the Public Relations, the Membership/Chapter and Political Advocacy (Action) Committees.
Beth Smith, Director
- Graduated from the University of NB, Fredericton Campus, 1983.
- Started my teaching career in Leaf Rapids, MB, January 1984, teaching grade 7 – 12 Home Economics.
- After 6 1/2 years I relocated to Winnipegosis, MB where I taught Home Economics and finished a M. Ed in Guidance and Counselling.
- After 16 years relocated to Dauphin, MB to facilitate the Mature Student Diploma Program.
- After 30 years, retired in June 2013.
- Have been a member of DARTA (Dauphin Area Retired Teachers’ Association) since 2013.
- Have been on the RTAM Board since November 2014.
- Have had various RTAM Committee responsibilities; Bylaws & Policy Committee, Membership & Chapters Committee, KIT Editorial, Student Awards Committee and RTAM representative for the MTS 100th Anniversary Committee.