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COVID-19 UPDATE

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If you have ideas for seminars, workshops, presenters, etc. please pass on your information to the office. Our committee may be able to use your information to put together that event.
Remember there is a Wellness grant. If your Chapter needs funds to proceed with a Wellness event, here is a grant that may provide these funds.

Committee Chair & Member/s

 


Linda Blair
Winnipeg

Chair
MEMBERS
  • Meryl Orth (Brandon)
  • Joan Rink (Brookdale)
  • Maureen Recksiedler (Stonewall)
 
Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities

Le premier ministre annonce du soutien pour les Canadiens en situation de handicap

COVID-19 has created a myriad of new challenges while highlighting existing barriers for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. 

Today, during National AccessAbility Week, the Prime Minister made a significant announcement regarding financial support available to Canadians with disabilities in response to the pandemic.

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

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.

Recommendations:

  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.

 

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 office@rtam.mb.ca.

Due date for applications is April 15, each year.

DOWNLOAD THE WELLNESS INITIATIVE GRANT APPLICATION FORM HERE

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
MARCH

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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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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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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.

Sincerely,

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: seniors@gov.mb.ca / Courriel : seniors@gov.mb.ca
website: www.gov.mb.ca/seniors / Site Web : www.gov.mb.ca/seniors/index.fr.html

Extortion scams

Overview

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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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.

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.

As of 2019.12.20 a rebuilt more user friendly website is now up and running. This involved a reasonable expenditure, looks good, is quite useful. Its utility will increase over time as we continue to build expanded usage.

Our hope is that each of you reading this will encourage fellow retirees to use the website for many of the things that RTAM does. In addition, we would like to hear your comments and suggestions.

Just click here and follow the intuitive email process.

Many of the latest issues of KIT can be read right from this website. Take a look here in a spare moment.

RTAM STUDENT AWARD PROGRAM

In 2013 the Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba established a permanent student award endowment fund of $50,000 with The Winnipeg Foundation. Four post-secondary student awards of $500 were awarded initially from the RTAM Endowment Fund. For 2019, four awards of $850 are being awarded from the revenue generated by this fund.

The Winnipeg Foundation distributes the awards (writes the cheques to the students) and monitors the financial health of our portion of the plan into the future. An RTAM selection committee annually determines the recipients of the awards from established criteria. The recipient must be:

  • a relative of an RTAM member
  • involved in school and community activities.
  • a Grade 12 graduate
  • Entering the first year of a post-secondary education program

 

Student Success Portfolios

The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) would like to assist your grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives in their successful application for our annual Student Award Program. We are offering information for students to prepare their “Student Success Portfolio” as a tool to encourage them to collect their mementos and documents starting in Grade 9 to support them in the development of their Student Award application. 

While we anticipate that you will have many items in your portfolio, we view the collection process as important in allowing you to reflect upon all your opportunities and experiences you have/had in high school. A portfolio gives you a personal snapshot of all your interests, skills and talents you have developed and refined in your high school completion.

The development of a portfolio would support students, not only in applying for our Student Awards, but for other scholarships and bursaries as it helps the student to collectively organize all their accomplishments over their four years of high school.

Your specific portfolio will be different from everyone else’s. It will offer a unique portrayal of your participation in various school committees, sports teams, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Some sample entries for your portfolio may include photos of your various activities, certificates received for your role in any activity, report cards, a favourite piece of work such as a story, science research, history essay or whatever interests you, newspaper articles, congratulatory letters, and anything that you believe is of significance to your personal growth and development over time.

A portfolio is more than a concrete product. The portfolio development process enables students to become active and thoughtful learners about their own personal growth and skills. Portfolios are the windows into a student’s successes over time.

The Student Award application asks that you include the completed application, a summary of school and community involvement, a reference/support letter from a non-relative and a transcript of your final Grade 12 marks. We believe by having an ongoing collection of artifacts in your portfolio, you will find the application process much easier to complete. We look forward in the future to receiving your application upon your high school graduation!

If you have a relative you believe would be a candidate for the RTAM Student Award when they complete their high school education, you can get them thinking about their many skills and talents to build their own Student Success Portfolio. We believe this RTAM contribution to the preparation of the Student Award applications will facilitate your relative and add to their own self-reflection as they review what they have accomplished during their high school years.

Linda Blair, Joan Dawson, Beth Smith and Joan Zaretsky

Student Success Portfolio Checklist

  • Transcript - Have a copy of your High School transcript available to send with your applications. Not all scholarships, bursaries and awards require high marks, but in case they do, high marks are essential for as many years of education as possible. If it comes down to a few candidates with equal qualifications the committee will look further back in your mark statement. The transcript the school sends you has all of the years of your secondary education included.

  • Participation in School - Being part of the school community is important. You need to be involved in school clubs, be in leadership roles within clubs and actively contributing to the quality of your school life.

  • Participation in Community and Volunteerism - It is also important to be involved in your community. If you don’t have time to belong to an ongoing community organization at least volunteer at regularly occurring events. Consider volunteering for a local group such as a Thrift Shop, visiting a nursing home, after school mentoring of younger children, the local soup kitchen and/or boys’ and girls’ clubs. Volunteering over a long period of time provides a long history of involvement in your community. 

  • Work -Some organizations also want to know about your work experience. Getting and keeping a job shows that you are reliable and hard working. Your employer can attest to your work ethic and ability to follow directions, show initiative and be responsible as well as your ability to work well in a team with different age groups.

  • Awards - List thename of the award, when you earned it (year/grade level), who you received it from and whether the award was at the school, community, province, or national level. Give the reason you earned it, what is the importance of the award and how meaningful the award was to you.

  • References - Choose the people who will write your references wisely. You need to be sure that they will give you a positive reference as well as be good writers and effective communicators. Try to vary them, someone from your education background, an employer, your supervisor from where you volunteer, etc. 

  • Personal Statement -This is a common element used in college and scholarship applications and should be included in your portfolio. The personal statement is used to gain insight into an applicant’s beliefs and core values, so it is important to take the time to draft a well-written description that does not simply regurgitate exactly what is in your resume or transcripts.

  • Final Notes - Use adjectives when writing your descriptions and elaborate and give as much information as possible.

It is often a good idea to ask a teacher, mentor, or coach for several copies of any letters of recommendation they provide, especially if the letters do not contain any identifiable information, such as scholarship, bursary or award provider’s name or the name of the award itself.

Save both paper and electronic versions of your documentation, just in case something is accidentally lost. A well-organized Student Success Portfolio is often the key to an applicant’s success.

RTAM Is Leaving a Legacy

 

The 2019 RTAM Student Award Endowment Fund recipients will be announced in the Winter ‘Keep in Touch’ (KIT) magazine and on our website.  Did you know the Fund has reached a monetary value large enough to provide $850 awards in 2019 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members?  Through the compounding ability of the monies held at the Winnipeg Foundation, these awards will increase exponentially FOREVER to provide young relatives of RTAM members support to realize their educational goals in the future.  These young people will be the leaders of the future.  Why wouldn’t we want to be part of their future success? 

The increase in the fund over five years has raised the award money to almost double its beginning value.  Could that come next year?  It is possible with your help.  Each dollar we provide to the capital of the fund increases each year with the investing expertise of the Winnipeg Foundation.

Let’s make $1000 awards our goal for 2020!  Some of us often send a donation to a charity in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  Consider leaving a gift in your will or even the proceeds of an insurance policy where the Winnipeg Foundation is the beneficiary.  Make the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation your charity of choice for 2020.  Encourage a young person who is beginning their adult life by investing in their education.  We have spent so many years of our lives investing ourselves in the young people we have been fortunate enough to teach, why not continue that investment by supporting those who are dearest to us, our grandchildren, nieces and nephews who have a passion for education.   Information under the Student Award Committee tab on the RTAM website: www.rtam.mb.ca will tell you how or call the Winnipeg Foundation or the RTAM office.

The following four letters are written by sponsoring RTAM members whose relatives benefited from award monies in 2013.  Help make this your member benefit by encouraging your young relatives to apply for an award when they graduate from Grade 12.

Anthony Ferens

My son, Anthony Ferens won a scholarship the first year our retired teaching society offered it.  Since receiving the scholarship in 2013, Anthony has had many opportunities and has accomplished many things.  Attending university was going to be difficult with learning disabilities, but that didn’t stop him from challenging himself. He auditioned for the 4 year honours program.

While he was in his third and fourth year of honours and devised theatre this past year, he performed in 5 productions. There was little time for a part time job with these long school hours and commitment. Scholarships were greatly appreciated to start his education.

Other accomplishments include achieving his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, 2 scholarships from RMTC, the prestigious Hubbell Award (air cadets), and several awards and full scholarships from Talent INC. in Toronto and Orlando.  

Presently, Anthony is enjoying his recent accomplishment of completing an honours degree:  being successful despite his dyslexic disability; beating the odds; being able to choose and further study in a career he loves.  Anthony appreciates his family’s support and the many teachers and mentors who have encouraged him to take risks, follow his dreams, and do wonderful things.  He is very thankful for the financial assistance he has received.

Sandra Ferens
Winnipeg, MB

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Aven Glufka

Following my granddaughter, Aven Glufka’s graduation from grade 12 and receiving one of the first RTAM awards, she enrolled in the University of Winnipeg.  In 2017 she completed her B.A. degree with a double major in French and Theatre, receiving the Gold Medal in Theatre Studies. 

She enrolled in the Faculty of Education program at U. of W. 

On completion of her first year she was accepted into the 10 month International program between U. of W. and Thailand.  She did her final year and practicum at Lertlah School in Bangkok, Thailand.  She completed her studies at the end of February 2019.  The award financially helped her to work towards achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. We are proud that she chose to carry on the family tradition of teaching. 

I hope this note tells you Aven’s story so far.  She is enjoying her experiences

Elizabeth Stewart
Brandon, MB

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Calene Treichel

I am writing in regard to the letter from Peggy Prendergast, asking about how my granddaughter used her $500 award, in 2013, and how she is doing now.

Calene Treichel was a recipient of a $500 RTAM Student Award, when she was graduated from high school in Boissevain, in 2013.  Getting this award was very beneficial for her University expenses and was used towards paying her tuition for her first year at the University of Manitoba, beginning her Engineering Degree.

In 2018, Calene graduate with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and was honoured by being awarded with the medal for graduating with the highest overall average in the 2018 class.  Calene is continuing her education at Carleton University, in Ottawa, where she is taking her Master’s Degree.  Good luck Calene.

Marlene Kentner
Dauphin, MB

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Kelly Yeo

You had asked how my granddaughter Kelly Yeo, a first year recipient of a RTAM Student Award that she very much appreciated receiving, is doing.  It is a pleasure to provide an update for you.

Kelly began her final year of studies in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in September (2018).  She has recorded an extraordinary academic record there over the past three years.

On June 3, 2018 she was presented with a Centennial Leadership Award while attending the annual Canadian Pharmacy Association Awards Ceremony in Fredericton, New Brunswick as a U. of M. delegate.  A copy of the awards biography is enclosed.  Kelly has won numerous other scholarships over the span of her pharmacy and pre-pharmacy studies.  We are, needless to say, very proud of her efforts.

The practice of giving out RTAM Student Awards is a fine idea.  Based on our granddaughter’s experience, I can certainly attest to the need for such awards and their value to the recipient.

Dale Yeo
Stonewall, MB

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Kelly Yeo
University of Manitoba

Kelly Yeo is from the small town of Stonewall, MB. After being given the opportunity to shadow a few pharmacists at a local pharmacy, she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She often tells people that this was the best decision she has ever made. During her time at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Kelly has been very involved in advocating for the profession as one of Manitoba’s CAPSI representatives, and her passion for pharmacy quickly grew. Her greatest wish is to continue to spread this passion to others in the hopes of continuing to push this wonderful profession even further!

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RTAM'S 2018 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2018:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Ainsley Brown

Winnipeg

Barry Wittevrongel

Grandfather

Sarah Lamoureux

Winnipeg

Ken Reimer

Grandfather

Camryn McMillan

Carberry

Gladwyn Scott

Grandfather

Megan Shackel

Brandon

Manmohan S. Malhi

Grandfather

 

RTAM established the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This year the fund provided support for four $700 awards to recipients who were:
· relatives of an RTAM member
· involved in school and community activities
· Grade 12 graduates
· entering the first year of a post-secondary education program

There were 51 award applications submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student. In the near future $1,000 per student is possible. RTAM could then possibly expand the support for its young people in their studies to include awards to students already enrolled in post-secondary education and those pursuing masters and PhD degrees.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency and through The Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by The Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation www.wpgfdn.ca
2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in Retired Teachers. It will take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

Or Contact The Winnipeg Foundation by phone at: (204) 944-9474, (toll-free) 1-877-974-3631

RTAM'S 2017 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2017:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Jane Harkness

Virden

David Harkness

Uncle

Madison Lambert

Portage la Prairie

Linda M. Green

Grandmother

Katlaina McEwen-McMillan

Winnipeg

Eleanor McMillan

Grandmother

Julia Miles

Winnipeg

Salvatore Scaletta

Grandfather

Jack Osiowy

Winnipeg

Doreen Poersch

Grandmother



RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $600.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 36 award applications submitted again this year. The selection committee strongly agreed there should be a fifth award this year. The RTAM Board concurred.

As retired teachers, we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student to at least $1000, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education. Compounding is working well so far with the fund which on December 31, 2016, had a market value of $63,325.03.

On a personal note, I received two scholarships when I was entering university 70 years ago because one of the conditions on applying was that I be a child of a veteran. As much as the money was appreciated at the time so was the support I received in self-confidence. It was a young high school chemistry teacher who was a veteran himself who insisted I apply for these scholarships. As a result of my actions and in receiving these awards, my father's service in the army was recognized in a way that was a delight to him and my dreams of a University education were realized. It became a family dream come true. I know it has the same effect in the RTAM families that participate in this program, Any RTAM member will be delighted they could support and help a student in their family. It also follows the "Pay it Forward" philosophy of living. Who better than retired teachers know the benefits of education? What a legacy we will leave!

Help grow the Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund, held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Gifts can be made through The Foundation by phone, mail or internet. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through CRA and through the Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. A bequest in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration as is a donation as part of your annual charity giving.

Because an endowment fund lasts forever, a bequest to the Retired Teachers’ Endowment Fund through The Winnipeg Foundation is a powerful choice for supporting your community for generations to come, specifically helping young people realizing their dreams in attending post-secondary education. Everyone has their own reasons for planning a gift. Whether you want to create a legacy, generate tax savings or organize your estate, we are happy to work with you. If you need more information or already know exactly how you want to make a difference, please contact Jennifer Aarhus, at The Winnipeg Foundation at 204-944-9474 ext 259 or at donorservices@wpgfdn.org.



RTAM'S 2016 AWARD WINNERS

 


Camille Daeninck

Eveline Juce

Rebecca Malcolm

Owen Ready
 

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $500.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 45 award applications again submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the RTAM Endowment Fund. It is listed as a registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency. The Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund is held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by the Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

  1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation site
  2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
  3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in RTAM. It should take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

RTAM is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners and their sponsors for 2016:

Award Winners Location RTAM Sponsor Relationship
Camille Daeninck Winnipeg Mr. Marcel Daeninck Grandfather
Eveline Juce Hamiota Mr. David Juce Father
Rebecca Malcolm Aurora, ON Mrs. Jeannette Timmerman Grandmother
Owen Ready Winnipeg Mrs. Edith Cooper Grandmother