Board Bios


Pat Bowslaugh

Pat Bowslaugh grew up on a farm and upon attending a one room country school house decided in Grade 1 that she would be a teacher! Pat attended Brandon College to obtain her precious teaching certificate and signed her contract at age seventeen to begin her thirty nine year career in Brandon.

During the following years she attended Brandon University to complete her B. A. and her Bachelor of Teaching. This time span also included marriage to Cliff, raising two amazing sons, managing rental units and substitute teaching for seven years.

It was while experiencing extended substituting assignments that she realized that the time should be counted for pensionable service! Four years of service was graciously recognized through communications with TRAF.

Pat served as Brandon Teachers’ Association President at which time she ambitiously supported the implementation of the option for age 55 retirement.

When asked to chair Brandon’s edition of the SAG conference she staunchly refused because she despised the acronym! Challenged by the committee to offer an alternative, “lift” came to mind and when asked what lift could possibly represent “Learning Information for Teaching” was the answer!

Subsequently she accidentally signed up for a course which turned out to be for a Masters of Education through the University of Manitoba. Feeling that distance to U of M compromised the ability of teachers in Western Manitoba to have the opportunity to access a Masters Program, Pat, supported by MTS embarked on a mission to have a Masters at BU.

Pat eventually became a school administrator for twelve years which included an assignment to Shilo to bring the D.N.D school of O’Kelly into Brandon School Division. Pat chose to retire from BSD in 1999. However, that August she received an SOS call from Brandon University and thus spent the next eleven years in the Faculty of Education; a fabulous journey which included sojourns to Hutterian Colonies to deliver the BUHEP Program as well as numerous opportunities with PENT Program students.

While at BU, Pat decided to run for Brandon School Board and has now been a trustee for twelve years.

Pat joined RTAM upon retirement and has served on various committees as well as being RTAM President for two years. She looks forward to her return to the Board bringing a voice to speak on behalf of her 9700 plus retired colleagues.


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.

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