Announcements

Welcome to the new landing page for upcoming Chapter and Special Interest Group events!

Please check back weekly and monthly as we update this page with each month's e-news to help delivery timely information on upcoming events, seminars and programs being offered by RTAM Chapters and Special Interest Groups around the Province of Manitoba!

Chapter Events

Calgary Chapter of RTAM

  • Speaker Series with guest speaker Corinne Spronken MHA BSW RSW (education consultant, advance care planning with the Ablerta Health Services)
  • Thursday March 21st, 2024
  • The event begins at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain Time)
  • The event takes place at Scottsmans Well, 12024 Symon’s Valley Road NW, Calgary AB
  • Price for the event - Attendees are responsible for cost of their lunch
  • For more information on the event or to register, please reach out to Penny and Jan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 The Retired Womens Teacher Association of RTAM

  • Luncheon Series with guest presenter Gordon Goldborough (Manitoba author, "Old School Houses")
  • Thursday February 29th, 2024
  • The event begins at 11:45 a.m. (Central Time)
  • The event takes place at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 420 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg MB
  • Price for the event is $25.00
  • For more information on the event or to Lynda Tunney, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February22nd for more information
 
Special Interest Group Events

SIG: RTAM Choir

  • The RTAM Choir will begin weekly rehearsals on Wednesday starting this February and running until the end of April.
  • This is a three (3) month pilot project to determine long term viability moving forward.
  • The program sold out and exceed initial registration, meaning it will be back as a nine (9) month annual program starting fall of 2024.
  • The initial cost for the three (3) month pilot program is $60 per member.
  • Sessions take place Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Westworth United Church 1750 Gorsvenor Avenue, Winnipeg MB

SIG: RTAM French Bookclub

  • The program will start in March due to some unforseen delays in January and February.
  • An English book club will also be offered in a similar manner to the French book club, starting in April or May.
  • Cost is free to join the book clubs, however the books and literature are at the members responsibility and cost.
  • A dedicated page will be created on the RTAM wesbite to highlight the book of the month, the meeting dates for review, hot topics and questions for the book of the month and an archive of previous literature that has been read and reviewed by the group.

The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program helps address feelings of loneliness and isolation that so many have experienced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program matches people over the age of 18 with trained Red Cross volunteers who connect with them regularly to check-in, provide emotional support, encourage healthy coping strategies, and suggest well-being resources and community connections to other existing services. Volunteers provide wellness checks and weekly phone calls, and can help provide connections to community resources and other referral services. Scheduled phone calls are tailored to meet each person’s needs. Calls can range from a two-minute check-in to a longer, more social chat.

FREE RTAM SEMINAR

February 21st, 2024 - 10am to 1130am - Online Only

Registration Link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/RetiredTeachersAssociationOfManitoba/RedCrossCanadaCommunityCallsServiceProgramFeb212024

People can join the program by:

  • Contacting one of the program coordinators directly
  • A referral from a family member or care provider
  • A referral from community partners, such as social services, religious leaders, or seniors’ group.

Call: 1-833-979-9779 or Email: friendlycallingmb@redcross.ca

Do you know someone who could benefit from the Friendly Calls program? Would you like to train as a Red Cross Friendly Calls volunteer?

No experience necessary, all training provided. Contact us today and help someone with your tomorrow!

Call: 1-833-979-9779

Email: friendlycallingmb@redcross.ca

We're meant to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. @canadianredcross aims to enhance social connectedness and well-being. Sign up to become a Friendly Calls volunteer and make a positive impact in your community. Visit redcross.ca/friendlycalls  
 

RTAM partners with UNESCO Canadian Commission

The Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba (RTAM) is proud to announce a new partnership with UNESCO Canadian Commission and their school based programs here in Manitoba. Our goal in the partnership is to grow awareness about UNESCO schools and programs, promote their need for volunteers to work with students here in province, and how RTAM will promote those opportunities to our members for the next two years through our various media platforms and channels. Come back often for updates on programs and volunteer opportunities.

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Filmed during the UNESCO Schools National Conference in Winnipeg, the video presents the UNESCO Schools Network in Canada. Students and educators collaborate on common themes and projects focusing on global citizenship, sustainable development and reconciliation. Members share with us the rich and diverse experiences from within the network.

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Click here to view a list of current UNESCO Canada schools found in Manittoba.

A message from UNESCO Canada (Manitoba) and Linda Connor (Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning)

Greetings from the UNESCO Schools Network!

Locally, nationally, and internationally, UNESCO Schools network together to "create a culture of peace" in school communities. Established by the United Nations in 1953, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) Schools Network was created. Manitoba was the first province in Canada to initiate the UNESCO Schools Network in 2002 with 5 schools; there are currently 29 in Manitoba from the English, French and French immersion programs, and, nationally, the network has grown to 130 schools in 9 provinces and 1 territory. UNESCO schools are part of an international network of 12, 500 schools in 182 countries.

Each year, our Manitoba UNESCO Schools network with administrators, educators and students as "laboratory of ideas" for themes connected to curriculum, such as Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Sustainability. One exemplary network initiative was the book, Answering the Calls: A Child's View of the 94 Calls to Action. This year, we are working to create Stories of Place, and the Place of Stories/Histoire de lieux, lieux d’histoire. This initiative will have schools connect to the significance of the land on which their school is located - past, present and future- and create story maps which will be featured on the ESRI ArcGIS Education site. Schools will also be sending representatives to a National UNESCO Schools Conference at York University in Toronto in April where they will have the opportunity to be part of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) workshops.

Being part of the UNESCO Schools Network builds upon a whole-school approach to enrich the knowledge and understanding of our world, locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning
1577 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3J5

Telephone: 204-945-0838
Fax: 204-948-3668
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Trip Merchant and the Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba (RTAM) have partnered to bring our community a planned and hosted trip to Croatia for 2024!

Have you been thinking about traveling again since COVID, but you've been waiting for that perfect trip? Have you been thinking it would be safer to travel in a group and community?

If you've answered yes to either of these questions, or if you're thinking about getting away in 2024, why not join the community of Retired Teachers at RTAM and plan a trip with us to Croatia and Slovenia as we explore Europe! The mountains, the forests, the coast and beaches... you get it all on this multi week tour taking Canadians through an epic cultural experience.

Croatia: October 2024 (Registration Details, Pricing and Itinerary Now Online, Bookings Now Open)

RTAM Host for this trip and joining the group through the full event will be Peter Narth from the RTAM Board of Directors. He will be in touch in the coming weeks and months with everyone who registers for the trip, helping to build community and to answer questions before everyone departs this fall.

Join other RTAM members on this guided group tour throughout the stunning country of Croatia. Discover the history and beauty of this cultural unspoiled gem in Europe.

Trip Page: https://rtam.tripmerchant.ca/tour-item/rtam-highlights-of-croatia-including-slovenia-october-16th-2024/   Password: RTAMTM18

Join us for an online presentation about this trip, Croatia, our host and other trips RTAM is hosting through Trip Merchant!

February 14th, 2024 - 6:30pm Central Time

Zoom webinar link for online presentation: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsfuyopjIsEtGKaAbzXE8wOxK6FdU9nXgy

Dubrovnik Croatia

1780 Wellington, Visitors Policy

The RTAM offices are located at 1780 Wellington Avenue, in a multi-use office space. Located near the Winnipeg International Airport, the Hilton Hotel on property attracts many tourists and visitors and can also be used as overflow housing when natural disasters like forest fires or flooding take place around Manitoba. We also have Canada Post, Express Scripts and several other businesses in the office hallways, lobby and towers on site.

Due to an increase in traffic and safety concerns from 2023, the RTAM office is starting a new policy effective immediately (January 2nd, 2024). Only those who schedule or book appointments in advance of coming to visit in person will be admitted to our office. Anyone who does not book an appointment before coming down will unfortunately be turned away so we can maintain safety protocols moving forward. If a member books an appointment and arrives with a guest who was not mentioned in the appointment request, then only that initial member will be admitted to the office, other guests will be asked to wait outside.

For anyone dropping off paperwork or forms, you may book an appointment in advance of coming to the RTAM office, or you may feel welcome to slide your documents under the door at any time and without an appointment. Our cleaning staff have been instructed to leave anything they find on the floor for our office team and not to throw paper out or in the garbage/recycling. Anyone making payments should never leave money or cheques un-attended. We ask anyone making a payment to schedule an appointment with us before coming to the RTAM office.

We thank everyone as we work to make our office a safe place for all volunteers, guests and employees.

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Welcome to our living page where we will be updating our RTAM Pre-Retirement seminars and the Manitoba Teacher Society (MTS) Pre-Retirement seminars for our members, and the active teaching community. If you learn of any changes to dates or seminars not listed on our website, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know. We will work to update the page as soon as we can!

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Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba (RTAM) Pre-Retirement Seminars 2024

Seminar date: Saturday, January 27, 2024

Seminar date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

We will be announcing new RTAM seminars in the coming months, we will also be presenting at several SAGE conferences this Fall as part of an increased outreach to active teachers.

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Upcoming Pre-retirement Seminars with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) Date Time Location

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2024 4:30 – 7:30 pm Virtual
  • Saturday, January 20, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Viscount Gort, Winnipeg
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024 4:30 – 7:30 pm Virtual
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Viscount Gort, Winnipeg
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Brandon University, Brandon
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Norwood Hotel, Winnipeg
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:30 – 7:30 pm Virtual
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 4:30 – 7:30 pm Virtual

To register for the above seminars, please contact Glen Anderson by calling The Manitoba Teachers’ Society at 204-888-7961; toll free 1-866-494-5747.