Guy Hansen, Director
When I retired from teaching, I went to the Thompson Recycle Centre. My job was to help upgrade Northern First Nations young folk so they could better enter the workplace.
They were often having a tough time of it.
I soon joined the RTAM Board, working in Public Relations and Political Advocacy. My goal was to initiate an award, so that First Nations youth from the North would have equal footing. Murray Sinclair himself recently told our board that “Education is the solution”, and that is what you and I both were doing for all those years.
Today the award is there. The University College of the North administers our bursary, $1,000 each year, to a student of their choice.
I was also significant in the implementation of the “Night at the Leg”, or as it is now called our “Meet and Greet”. Every board member gets to extend his/her hand in greeting to our MLA’s, and most of those MLA’s will be there. Perhaps some attend only casually, but I would rather have a sandwich and a beer with them, than have a sandwich and a beer without them. They are the decision-makers of our province.
Public Relations recently “tidied up” the old JOIN US brochure. It is the summation of the work of many board members over many years. Should any member ever say to you” what does RTAM do for me?” please direct them to our website. Look under MEDIA, then FACT SHEET, then WHAT IS RTAM. The service we provide to our members is something of which we can be quite proud of.
Last summer, I hand-dug the 100-year-old wrought iron fence around my wife’s church. It was just so crooked. I had to wait for the frost to come out, lo and behold it is now mostly straight.
Hoping to serve you for one more year.
Jack Fraser, Director
In my teaching and volunteer commitments, I have tried to live by the principles of servant leadership.
In my forty-eight-year active teaching career, I served (K-12) in the classroom or administration. In each of those forty-eight years I took an active role in the Manitoba Teacher Society.
At the local association level, I served in the roles of school rep, chair of numerous committees, and president. In my retirement I continue to represent The Louis Riel Association as President of the Board of Directors of Vic Wyatt House.
Provincially I served as a member of the Provincial Executive. I also served on or chaired many provincial committees. Since its inception and until my retirement, I have been member or the chair of the Society’s Professional Conduct Committee.
I was an active member and president of the SAG/SAGE group, MAMT.
I also have served as a member or chair of the Department of Education’s Mathematics Steering Committee for the duration of its existence.
At the May 2015 MTS AGM, The Society conferred Life Member in the Society upon me.
Since 2013 I have served as president of RTAM’s Louis Riel Chapter.
After retiring in 2013, I became involved with RTAM the following year when I was appointed mid-term to the Board of Directors. I have been elected for full terms as a director since 2015. In addition to being a director, I have served as the RTAM Website Committee chair and as the chair of Communications. I am currently serving as the Bylaws and Policy Committee chair.
Ken Malcolm, Director
Past President of DARTA. Longtime member of RTAM. Spoke at the Manitoba Legislature against proposed COLA cuts many years ago.
Attended rallies on behalf of RTAM at the Leg. Have always worked at RTAM meetings for the best interests of RTAM members in rural and urban areas. Have always encouraged teachers to join RTAM so they have a voice in the future of all retired teachers, socially, pension wise, benefit wise and politically. I feel that all teachers, working and retired, need to speak up to protect the future of all teachers. Teachers need a group that is able to speak on their behalf especially with the ongoing Provincial Education Review, the possible changes to pension plans and the possible changes in school division boundaries. I believe that we need many younger retired teachers to step up, join RTAM and keep the voices and interests of retired teachers being heard. Together we can make a difference. Together we are stronger.