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09-10-2020 - 09-11-2020

Photography Seminars at Assiniboine Park

Level 1                      September 10
Level 2                      September 11

Cost is $60 per person per seminar. 

Pre-register by August 20, 2020 leaving a message on (204) 889-3660 OR sending an email to .

Check  for further details.

10-20-2020 1:00 am -3:15 am

When:                        TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:15 pm

                                    Payment from 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Where:                       McMaster House, 191 Harcourt Street (Harcourt and Portage Avenue)

                                   Parking is available in the lot north of McMaster House and accessible entrance is off Harcourt

Presenter:                SHARON TOD – well- known lawyer from St. Mary’s Law

Register:          or leave a message on (204) 889-3660

Cost:                          $10 for RTAM members,  $15 for non-members

                                    PAY AT THE DOOR


All attendees will receive an Emergency Response Information Kit (ERIK)


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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.

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 10,000 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.

Download Application Form



  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.

AGM Documents

2020 AGM Documents

Call for Nominations 2020

Distinguished Service Award 2020

Volunteer Form 2020

Nomination Form 2020

Member Registration Form 2020
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

RTAM's Voluntary Group Insurance Benefit Plans

Travel Insurance Cancellation due to COVID-19

A Johnson Inc. representative has provided the following information to the RTAM office, regarding the cancelling travel insurance due to COVID-19 and reinstating the insurance after travel bans are lifted. 

Members with Prestige Travel

Members have 60 days from when their first premium deduction is taken to cancel their insurance as per their policy wording. 

  • Members who are paying from their bank account, had until May 5th, 2020 to cancel as their first premium deduction for the new policy year was

March 5th, 2020.

  • Members who are paying by pension deductions have until June 20th, 2020 as their first premium deduction was April 20th, 2020.

Can travel insurance start up again with no penalty or additional medical information?

  • Yes, there is no medical required or waiting period. The new coverage will become effective the day Johnson Inc. receives the new completed application form.

Members with MEDOC

Members who have MEDOC, can cancel their coverage however, the cancellation date will be September 1st, 2020 as this is the renewal date for the new policy year.

Cancellation requests can be done in advance. For those waiting will have 60 days from their first premium deduction to cancel, which means they have until October 5th, 2020 as the first premium deduction will be August 5th, 2020.


If you have any additional questions or would like clarification of the answers provided above please contact Johnson Inc. directly at 1-877-989-2600.

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

Read the Affinity Partner Update - March 2020 from Johnson Insurance

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.

Meeting Highlights

May 10, 2018 Highlights
June 13, 2018 Highlights
September 19, 2018 Highlights
October 17, 2018 Highlights
November 21, 2018 Highlights
December 19, 2018 Highlights
January 16, 2019 Highlights
February 20, 2019 Highlights
March 20, 2019 Highlights
April 10, 2019 Highlights
May 7, 2019 Highlights
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May 11, 2017 Highlights
June 14, 2017 Highlights
September 20, 2017 Highlights
October 18, 2017 Highlights
November 15, 2017 Highlights
December 13, 2017 Highlights
January 17, 2018 Highlights
February 21, 2018 Highlights
March 21, 2018 Highlights
April 11, 2018 Highlights
May 8, 2018 Highlights
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May 10, 2016 Highlights
June 16, 2016 Highlights
September 15, 2016 Highlights
October 20, 2016 Highlights
November 17, 2016 Highlights
December 15, 2016 Highlights
January 18, 2017 Highlights
February 15, 2017 Highlights
March 16, 2017 Highlights
April 13, 2017 Highlights
May 9, 2017 Highlights


Read more ...
September 17, 2015 Highlights
October 15, 2015 Highlights
November 19, 2015 Highlights
December 10, 2015 Highlights
January 21, 2016 Highlights
February 18, 2016 Highlights
March 17, 2016 Highlights
April 14, 2016 Highlights
May 12, 2016 Highlights


Read more ...

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.

Download Brochure

Click on the image below to download the RTAM Brochure.

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


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.

Who We Are / About Us

Upon retirement public school teachers are no longer members of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

RTAM becomes the umbrella group/organization that advocates for the needs of retired public school and private school teachers.



AGM & Elections

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

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.

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.

Board of Directors 2019-20


Peggy Prendergast


JoAnne Hoyak

Vice President

John Sushelnitsky

Portage la Prairie

Pat Bowslaugh


Joan Dawson

Past President


Linda Blair


Bill Cann


Ralph Cibula


Jack Fraser



Guy Hansen


Alison Logan


Ken Malcolm



Doreen Sage


Linda Scott


Beth Smith





Denise Bellesia
Office Administrator

#TIME To See Red

A Conversation On Women’s Heart And Brain Health With DR. OLGA TOLEVA And PATTI LEBLANC

Next Presentation in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Conversations & Celebrations Series of  Free Public Events Celebrating Manitoba’s Ceremonial Home

Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon invites Manitobans to join her in engaging in Conversations and Celebrations – a monthly gathering of fascinating and entertaining people from across this great province.  Lt.-Gov. Filmon developed this initiative to honour the 135th birthday of Government House during 2018.  Based on the overwhelming success of these monthly free public events, the program continues throughout 2020.  The next event will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Government House.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.