Board Bios

Joan Dawson, Past President
Thompson, Manitoba

I began my teaching career in 1972 with Frontier School Division in Ilford, Manitoba, where I taught grades 1 and 2 as well as supervised the kindergarten. I moved to Thompson in 1973 and spent the next 35 years teaching grades one to four and Reading Recovery. Over the years I often served as staff rep. for the Thompson Teachers’ Association and for two years I was the Grievance Chair. I retired in June of 2008 in Thompson.

  • I joined RTAM upon retirement as well as the Thompson Association of Retired Educators (TARE).
  • I am actively involved with TARE.
  • I served as secretary/treasurer for 3 years, vice-president for 1 year, and president for 3 years.
  • I am currently the past president of TARE for the second year.
  • I have been a director on the RTAM Board for six years.
  • I have chaired the Bylaws and Policy Committee for the last four years.
  • I am a member of the KIT editorial committee, the Membership and Chapters committee and the Educational Advocacy/Wellness Committee.
  • I have also served on the Strategic Plan ad hoc committee.
  • This is my third year serving as the Secretary for the Board.
  • For a second year I have co-chaired the RTAM bi-annual photo contest with Judy Olmstead from Brandon.

My other volunteer efforts are mainly with the Thompson Health Auxiliary where I was the manager of the Thompson Hospital Gift Shop for the past 9 years. I am now in charge of student volunteers and out of town purchasing. I also volunteer in the local schools as needed. My husband and I live in Paint Lake Provincial Park. I enjoy fishing, gardening, sewing, reading and stained glass.

Serving on the Board of Directors of RTAM has been a wonderful experience, and I would recommend that all other retired teachers consider serving as well.


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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