Linda Blair

  • Meryl Orth (Brandon)
  • Joan Rink (Brookdale)
  • Maureen Recksiedler (Stonewall)


RTAM Wellness Initiative Grant Application Guidelines

The RTAM Wellness Initiative Grant (WIG) is available to chapters to promote member engagement. Chapters are urged to develop a project and/or activity that meets the unique needs of their individual membership. Once the plan has been formulated, an application form (attached) should be completed and sent to the RTAM office. Each chapter is eligible for a subsidy of up to $250 per fiscal year to assist with their project. Be aware that funding is limited.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

The criteria used for evaluating the WIG application are as follows:

  1. The initiative must promote member engagement.
  2. Describe the initiative to be undertaken.  Project descriptions should be complete enough to indicate how "member engagement" will be promoted and what activity/activities are involved to facilitate this.
  3. Indicate the itemized expenses and estimated costs.
  4. Indicate the date or the period of time the initiative will take place.  Completion dates may be projected at the time of the grant application.
  5. Activities for which funding is requested must take place after the application date.
  6. A description of how RTAM will be recognized for its contribution should be in the application.
  7. The exact same initiative should NOT be repeated yearly.
  8. Initiatives should avoid the direct transfer of funds received from RTAM to another organization where there is no additional chapter member involvement.
  9. A report must be sent to RTAM after the completion of the Chapter’s initiative.
  10. Initiative reports are to be received no later than 2 months after the initiative’s completion date. 
  11. Reports from a previous grant must have been received by RTAM to be eligible for another WIG.
  12. Priority will be given to first-time applications if a choice needs to be made due to budgetary constraints.

Please contact the RTAM office if you have any questions, by phone at 204-889-36601‑888‑393-8082 (toll-free) or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Due date for applications is April 15, each year.


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Health System Transformation

The Manitoba government is confident that better health care is within reach and is making bold changes to the health system that will make it more patient-focused, operate more efficiently and ensure it is safe, affordable and sustainable in the long term.

This includes the creation of a provincial health organization, Shared Health, which will enable provincial planning and integration of services, improve patient care and provide coordinated support to regional health authorities across the province - including the recruitment and retention of health professionals - and establish provincial standards of care for all Manitobans.


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Advancing Inclusion And Quality Of Life For Seniors

Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons, with Disabilities

Bryan May, Chair


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Promoting the Labour Force Participation of Older Canadians

The Forum of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors (FPT Seniors Forum) recently released a report entitled, Promoting the Labour Force Participation of Older Canadians, that highlights promising labour force initiatives to address specific workforce challenges facing older Canadians. In developing this report, the FPT Seniors Forum collaborated with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders including private sector organizations, employers, and non‑government organizations.

The FPT Seniors Forum discusses issues of importance to seniors, shares information on seniors’ well-being, and undertake initiatives to advance issues of common concern.

We are pleased to share this report with you on behalf of the FPT Seniors Forum and encourage you to share and discuss this report further with your networks.


Seniors and Healthy Aging Branch / Direction des personnes âgées et vieillissement en santé
3078 -300 Carlton Street / 300, rue Carlton, bureau 3078
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9 / Winnipeg (Manitoba) R3B 3M9
Phone: 204 945-6565 / Téléphone : 204 945‑6565
Toll-free: 1-800-665-6565 / Sans frais : 1-800- 665‑6565
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Courriel : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: www.gov.mb.ca/seniors / Site Web : www.gov.mb.ca/seniors/index.fr.html

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Extortion scams


Extortion scams refer to any person who unlawfully obtains money, property or services from a person, entity or institution through coercion. Scammers come up with new reasons why you urgently need to pay them money.

Hostage Scam

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is receiving reports from Canadian companies who are being scammed. The companies receive emails followed up with phone communication from suspects misrepresenting themselves/impersonating legitimate organizations, such as "National Defence" or the "Minister of Public Safety". The communication is an attempt to obtain ransom for employees through hostage-taking scams or proprietary information. While the ransom demand is real, the actual hostage-taking is fake.

The emails are using generic domains, such as minister.com. They are well-constructed to appear to come from the Canadian Government or a person/company that may be known to the recipient. The suspects are targeting various levels within the company and often try to reach key executives to further the ransom demand.


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Towards Implementation of National Pharmacare Discussion Paper

A Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance

Canadians are proud of our publicly funded health care system, which is based on need and not ability to pay. However, prescription drugs are not covered in a consistent way across the country, and too many Canadians cannot afford the medicines they need.

In Budget 2018, the Government established an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (“the Council”), led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, to provide independent advice on how to best implement national pharmacare in a manner that is affordable for Canadians and their families, employers and governments.


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Committee Report to the Last RTAM AGM

Report to the 2019 AGM 

Respectfully submitted by Peggy Prendergast, Chair (Winnipeg)

Members:  Hélène Beauchemin (Winnipeg) (June-November 2018), Brian Paterson (Brandon) (February-June 2019), Maureen Recksiedler (Stonewall), Joan Rink (Brookdale)

The Wellness Advocacy and Student Awards Committee held six meetings this year.  Much of the ongoing communication and work was shared and carried on by electronic means. 

Student Awards

In collaboration with The Winnipeg Foundation, a $50,000 endowment fund was established in October 2013 to fund an ongoing award program.   As part of its mandate, the committee will continue to have responsibility for the annual administration of the RTAM Endowment Award Program with The Winnipeg Foundation.

At the beginning of September, using the RTAM Student Awards Operations Manual, the Student Awards selection committee recommended to the RTAM Board that four awards of $700 each be made available to the four students selected who are relatives of RTAM members.  Forty nine students submitted applications.  

The Winnipeg Foundation has informed RTAM there will be enough funds for the 2019 Award year to offer four awards of $850 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members.

Any RTAM member may sponsor a student who is a relative and a Grade 12 graduate.  Application forms are available at the RTAM Office, in the Spring 2019 edition of KIT and on the RTAM Website.


Wellness Advocacy and Seminars

The committee presented an afternoon Wellness Seminar entitled: “Your Health Directive – ERIK Kit – Power of Attorney – Wills – HELP” at the Holiday Inn South Hotel on October 31, 2018: seventy nine people attended.  In the evaluations received, Sharon Tod, a lawyer who specializes in this topic, led the seminar and was once again appreciated for the information, time and expertise she voluntarily gives to RTAM members on this important topic.

Links to articles of national interest and pertinent local information have been added to the Wellness Advocacy section of the RTAM Website for member information.

A survey on the RTAM Website in December and January, solicited seminar and workshop suggestions from RTAM members.  Ninety five respondents gave interesting comments and suggestions.  Whereas the number of responses was not significant, it did give some helpful suggestions to the committee that appears in the recommendations for next year’s committee.


  1. Wellness Seminars be presented in the rural areas of the province as well as in Winnipeg.
  2. Wellness Seminars could be planned with a host RTAM Chapter for RTAM member involvement and/or partnering.
  3. KIT delivery dates be available by the end of June for pre planning dates and locations of Wellness Seminars for advertising in KIT.
  4. RTAM Project Allocation Forms be prepared in June once dates and locations are established.
  5. The committee to provide RTAM members with current information on healthy aging/wealth management in KIT and on the website.
  6. The recommended budget to include funds for incentive grants.

Thank you to the committee involved for the intense work required in both the Award Program and the Wellness Seminar program.


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West Winnipeg – St James Civic Centre – November 5, 2015

Submitted by Peggy Prendergast
Chair of the Educational Advocacy Committee

Thursday, November 5, close to 100 people over 55 years of age congregated at the St. James Civic Centre to listen to speakers inform them of some of the many services available to older adults in the area.  Information and welcoming words came from five different Senior Centres in the area for the first half hour starting at 10:00 am.  This was followed by the presentation “It’s Not Right, Neighbours, Friends and Family” delivered by Susan Crichton, the Elder Abuse Consultant from the Healthy Aging and Seniors Secretariat of the Manitoba Government.  Lunch, sponsored by RTAM, followed.  The afternoon began with a very informative overview by Jeanette Edwards, Regional Director Primary Care & Chronic Disease WRHA, of the various services available through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  Barbara Balshaw, Team Manager Community Home Care WRHA, Access Winnipeg West, followed with a description of the Home Care services available and how to access them.  Following another short break, the day concluded with a presentation from Pam McConnell on Transportation Options Network for Seniors and information on Housing Options for Seniors As We Age given by Connie Newman and Peggy Prendergast.

This was the sixth such event that RTAM has sponsored across the province, partnering with MASC, the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres whose Executive Director is Connie Newman, a retired teacher and with the Manitoba Government, namely the Elder Abuse consultant, Susan Crichton, from the Healthy Aging and Seniors Secretariat.  Thompson, Dauphin, Portage La Prairie, and now the third area of Winnipeg have received pertinent information for their area.  Each time attendees have been asked to become advocates for their neighbours, friends and families as they gain information about the many services our province and communities have to offer.  We in Manitoba are very fortunate to have the services we have but if we don’t know what they are and how to access them they are not the benefit they could be.  82% of retired teachers volunteer in some way in the communities in which they live, much of this volunteer work is connected to these very services.  By inviting all the older adults who live in the area to these events we increase the knowledge base and advocacy base for everyone.

Not only is the isolated senior a target for this information but also our closest social associates, our neighbours, friends and families.  One of the comments included on the evaluations of the day given by a participant was, “Found the seminar to be informative.  I am a single person who lives alone.  Great to see that there are different programs for the 55+ that are available so that I can get out and mingle with others.”  Many of us end up “alone not of our own choice” as we age so that programs with a social component are very important.  Marvin Krawec, RTAM president brought greetings and gave personal family examples of how the information that had just been given was useful in his family situation again underlining the importance of these events.  Maybe the day can be summed up by this observation by one of the participants, “I really enjoyed the day.  There was many presentations that were very informative and important information that I am sure I will need in the future.  Thank you for organizing the day.”  Everyone who filled out an evaluation answered YES to the question: “Should RTAM continue to organize these seminars?”  Maybe we will see you and your neighbours at the next event organized in your area!

This whole day was a result of the work of retired teachers from the St. James chapter working with members of the RTAM Educational Advocacy Committee.  Thank you to all who were involved in this successful venture.

Co-sponsored with Age Friendly Manitoba and RTAM

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Donate To The RTAM Endowment Fund

FOR GOOD, FOREVER please consider donating to the Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation when you are considering either a bequest in your will, an “in memoriam” gift when someone close to you has passed away, or in deciding your charitable giving for the year.

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000.  Since then, this fund has provided support for four, $500.00 awards each year to Grade 12 graduates who are nominated by a relative who is an RTAM member.  The criteria for receiving an  award includes the student being; involved in school and community activities, enrolled in some form of post-secondary education, as well as academic achievement.  There has been an average of 40+ award applications submitted each year.
The four awards for 2017 will be $600.00 each, as investment interest and gifts made to the fund has given us more dollars for granting.  What better way for us to leave a legacy of “belief in education” to our following generations?  Each gift, no matter what amount, adds in perpetuity to the overall fund.  We have given our working lives to “education”, this is an opportunity to carry on the tradition.  “For Good. Forever”, The Winnipeg Foundation’s inspiring message, says it all!

For complete instructions on how to make a gift please go to The Winnipeg Foundation website: www.wpgfdn.org, go to “Make a Gift” tab, scroll down to the “search” box and type in RTAM,. or contact The Winnipeg Foundation.

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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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