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02-13-2020 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

Additional information will be provided at a later date.

$10 for RTAM members and $15 for their guests.

02-22-2020 1:00 pm -3:00 pm

To register, please email by February 7, 2020

03-14-2020 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
To Be Announced

To register, please email Pat Bowslaugh at by February 29, 2020


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The KIT in Digital Format If you are a member, you can sign up to receive the digital format of the KIT.

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

Winnipeg Harvest - Volunteer Educational Team (VET) Job Description

Main Objective of VET:
Facilitating learning opportunities for youth around issues related to hunger and poverty while participating in current youth programming at Winnipeg Harvest. These programs include but are not limited to: Empty Bowls Program; Community Engagement Talks; Living on Less Workshop; and Partnership for Change Program.

Winnipeg Harvest - Speakers Bureau Volunteer Job Description

Winnipeg Harvest is a food distribution and training centre that collects and shares surplus food with people that are hungry and offers training opportunities that help people step up and out of poverty. We work with a network of more than 400 agencies that consist of food banks, soup kitchens and community organizations.

Looking for a “kid fix”?

- Get involved - Make a difference -

Looking for a “kid fix”?

Love hanging out with babies, toddlers and preschoolers?

The MOMs program (Morning Out for Moms) at Bethel Mennonite Church (465 Stafford St) urgently needs people who love kids to come and hang out with their 0-5 year olds on Thursday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:30 am.

Included: lots of toys, drawing supplies, playdough, and snacks.

And amazing kids!

Starting date: September 19, 2019

End date: April 2, 2020

Contact Laura Rousseau at: 204 451 0634 if you are interested or have any questions.

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Are you retired and looking for a fulfilling community commitment?  Learn about art and the exhibits at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as a Volunteer Tour Guide.

The WAG works with Volunteer Tour Guides in Learning & Programs for adults and school groups. If you have an interest in art and the will to learn, are able to serve 4 – 6 hours per week, and enjoy spending time with children, the WAG has many rewarding opportunities for you. Ability to speak French, an Indigenous language or background in Fine Arts is an asset. Comprehensive training is provided.  For more information contact today.

John Sushelnitsky

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 twelve years as a Director and have chaired the Public Relations, the Membership/Chapter and Political Advocacy (Action) Committees.

Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed!

Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed! Caregiving with Confidence volunteers help older adults maintain their independence by providing transportation and support, to and from their appointments.  Flexible schedules, driver orientation and honorariums provided!  For more information, please contact Julie at or call our office at 204-452-9491.

Beth Smith

Beth Smith, Director
Dauphin, Manitoba

  • 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.

Why Join RTAM and your local Retired Teachers’ Chapter?

Upon retirement, a teacher is no longer a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

Since 1989 RTAM has been a strong voice for retired teachers. The provincial organization and the local chapters work together serving retired teachers and advocating for their interests and welfare.

Our strength is in our collective voice and our growing membership of approximately 9700 members.

What are the benefits of belonging to RTAM? 

• Pension support and advocacy 

• Political lobbying 

• Information and news: A quarterly publication called Keep In Touch (KIT) and website 

• Optional insurance plans 

• Social connections and activities 

• Liaison 

• Being a strong voice representing retired teachers

How does RTAM operate? 

A voluntary independent organization, RTAM’s work is carried out by: 

• An Annual General Meeting, open to all members 

• An elected Board of Directors 

• Standing committees 

• Local chapters in Manitoba, one in Alberta and two in British Columbia

• Membership in the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) 

• Part-time Executive Director and part-time Member Services Coordinator in the office

How do you join RTAM? 

Full or associate membership is available.  Complete an application form at TRAF or obtain one from the RTAM office or website.  Membership fee is $36 per YEAR (subject to change).  If you are in receipt of a TRAF pension, $3 per month (subject to change) is deducted from your monthly pension.  If you are not in receipt of a TRAF pension, the full membership fee is payable annually on July 1st or at the time of joining. 

How to contact RTAM? 

206-1555 St. James St., Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5

Phone: 204-889-3660 / Toll free: 1-888-393-8082 

E-mail: / Website: 

Local chapter organizations make it possible to meet and communicate with colleagues who have similar interests and concerns. 

How to contact your local Retired Teachers’ Chapter?

Click on Chapters to find the Chapter near you.


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

Linda Scott

Linda Scott, Director
Winnipeg, Manitoba

I am a retired teacher and guidance counsellor having taught 17 years in elementary and 15 years in high school. During my teaching career I served on various committees for the Manitoba School Counsellors' Association and the St. James-Assiniboia Teachers' Association.

I have served for 1 year on the RTAM Wellness, Advocacy and student Awards and for 1 year as the Chairperson of the RTAM Membership and Chapters Committee. 

Through the years my other volunteer activities have included:

  • 9 years as a Sunday School teacher
  • 6 years as a Girl Guide leader
  • 20 years as a Block Parent
  • 4 years as a High School Peer Support advisor
  • 10 years as a TADD (Teens Against Drinking & Driving) advisor
  • 8 years as a Peer Support Volunteer and Trainer for the Canadian Cancer Society
  • 8 years as a Public Member of the Manitoba Podiatrists' Association
  • 1 year as a member of the RTAM Wellness committee
  • 4 years on the executive of the St. James-Charleswood Alzheimers' Bridge group

I look forward to serving as a Director for RTAM.

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  1. A retired teacher who has a Permanent Manitoba
    Teaching Certificate and 5 years of teaching experience
    but does not receive a pension from TRAF.
  2. If you do not meet this criteria, complete
    Associate Member application.


  1. Full Member criteria: Has a Permanent
    Manitoba Teaching Certificate from the
    Department of Education plus 5 years of
    teaching experience
  2. Associate Membership: If you do not
    meet the above criteria, fill out Associate Membership Form


  1. An educator, resident in Manitoba, who is in receipt
    of a pension from a teacher’s fund in a
    Canadian jurisdiction outside of Manitoba, or
  2. An educator in receipt of a Manitoba Civil
    Service Superannuation Fund (CSSF) pension,
    or resident in Manitoba and in receipt of an
    equivalent pension from a Canadian jurisdiction
    outside of Manitoba, or
  3. A non-educator in receipt of a TRAF pension, or
  4. A person who holds a teaching certificate,
    who is not retired, who is contributing to TRAF,
    the CSSF, or its equivalent in a Canadian jurisdiction,
    and who is a member of the RTAM Long Term Care Plan, or
  5. A person who is not retired, who is contributing to
    a Manitoba university or college pension fund, or
    its equivalent in a Canadian jurisdiction outside
    of Manitoba, and is a member of the RTAM
    Long Term Care Plan, or
  6. The spouse/partner of a full or associate member, or
  7. The surviving spouse/partner of a full or associate member.

Would you like to share your passion for Lake Winnipeg with students in Manitoba?

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is looking for volunteers to give classroom presentations. You must be available during the morning or afternoon at least one day per week, and have the ability to arrive at the presentations yourself. Training will be provided and you will be able to present to the age group with which you feel most comfortable. Duties can include delivering a PowerPoint, leading hands-on activities, and encouraging discussion about the health of Lake Winnipeg and water conservation. Help us teach the next generation of lake-lovers!

For more information, email

AGM & Elections

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

Doreen Sage

Doreen Sage, Director
Neepawa, Manitoba

I attended a rural school, Roaring River, for grades one to ten, then completed grades eleven and twelve at Swan River Collegiate.  After graduation, I worked for a year in the office of the local McLeods Hardware Store as bookkeeper and ordering inventory clerk.   Went to Norma School in Winnipeg, followed by three years of teaching in rural Manitoba schools.  Enrolled in Little's Business College in Dauphin and after graduating, worked in Eaton's office in Dauphin.  Taught Business Education in Swan River for four years, then moved to teach Business Education at Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute, attending many required summer sessions.  I took early retirement, joined RTAM and a year later, was elected to the Board.  I have been Chair of the Finance and Wellness Committee, organizing the first Wellness Seminars.  I have been on the Benefits Committee and Website Committee, off and on, for a number of years.  I have been Editor of KIT for the past number of years.

AGM Documents

2020 AGM Documents


2019 AGM Documents

Invitation Form 2019

Distinguished Service Award 2019

Volunteer Form 2019

Nomination Info Form 2019

Member Registration Form 2019

Nomination from the Floor 2019

Nomination Report 2019

AGM Bios Booklet 2019

2019 AGM Documents
2018 AGM Documents

NOTE: The 2018 Minutes are for information only. They are not official until approved at the 2019 AGM.

RTAM AGM 2018 Minutes-Draft

AGM Document-Revised
P. 20-Add 41 & 42

2017 AGM Documents


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

  • 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. 

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.

Peggy Prendergast

Peggy Prendergast, President
Winnipeg, Manitoba

I have been associated with the RTAM Board for many years as a member of most committees including chairing the Pension Committee for five years. Currently I am Vice President of RTAM and the chair of the Wellness Advocacy and Student Awards Committee. RTAM awards have increased from four $500 member sponsored awards the first year, to four $850 member sponsored awards this year.

My commitment to RTAM is twofold: assisting the Board in working through pension issues and in providing assistance to our members in the area of older adult well-being. As Vice President I am the ACER-CART representative. This year ACER-CART has been a member of the Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security. ACER-CART sponsored e-Petition 2039 federally. Support for Defined Benefit Pension Plans was the issue. 13,740 petitions were recorded, 492 from Manitoba. Thank you to all who signed the petition!

I am one of the RTAM representatives on the Manitoba Seniors Coalition, a coalition of seven senior organizations established before the last provincial election that supports each other in areas of common causes for older adults including: income security and health. RTAM goals align with the Coalition so that not only RTAM members but all older adults in the province benefit. I believe strongly in the philosophy of collaboration, both with other organizations and with MTS and the government in this eventual age friendly action. I believe in our statement:

If we make life good for seniors in Manitoba 
Life will be good for all Manitobans

RTAM's Voluntary Group Insurance Benefit Plans

RTAM's goal is to provide the best voluntary benefits at a competitive price to meet the insurance needs of the majority of retired teachers. Since 1998, this goal has been achieved through an increasing number of voluntary plans:

The RTAM plans offer choice and flexibility. Each of these insurance products can be purchased separately:

  • Prestige Travel  with Trip Cancellation
  • MEDOC Travel Insurance
  • Extra stand-alone Trip Cancellation
  • Extended Health Care
  • Dental Care
  • Guaranteed Life
  • Term Life
  • Home Insurance

Our preferred provider Johnson Inc. offers access to a range of insurance products selected just for you. For further information please visit the website at

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

  • 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.