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Volume 23 | Number 4 | Spring 2012 113-1555 St. James St., Wpg., MB R3H 1B5 • Phone 889-3660 • 1-888-393-8082 • Email: rtam@mts.net • www.rtam.mb.ca

RTAM 2012 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB In an effort to encourage increased participation at the AGM, the Board is offering a reduced advanced registration fee. For those RTAM members who register before April 30, 2012, the registration fee is $15.00 For those RTAM members who register after April 30, 2012, the registration fee is $25.00. Please make your own hotel reservations (reference RTAM) by April 7, 2012. Viscount Gort, 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB 204-775-0451 or 1-800-665-1122, or Comfort Inn, 1770 Sargent Avenue & Route 90 South, Winnipeg, MB 204-783-5627

RTAM 2012 AGM REGISTRATION FORM

(Details on p. 10)

May 9, 2012

(Please Print) Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________City and Prov. _________________________ Postal Code: _______________ Phone: ___________________ Email: ________________________ Full RTAM Member: (Yes or No) ___________ or Associate RTAM Member: (Yes or No) ______________ If you belong to a Chapter, please state Chapter Name:_________________________________________ REGISTRATION Advanced Registration by April 30: (includes reception, meetings & lunch) ____@ $15.00 = _______ Registration after April 30: (includes reception, meetings & lunch) ____@ $25.00 = _______ Guest attending ONLY lunch (Wednesday, May 9) ____@ $10.00 = _______ Cheque enclosed and made payable to RTAM: in the amount of $ ____________ Indicate lunch choice: Sirloin of Beef  Chicken Caesar Salad  Caesar Vegetarian Salad  Dietary 

CHAPTER PRESIDENTS’ MEETING: May 8, 2012 Viscount Gort Hotel (Details on p. 10)

Are you the Chapter President? ________________ Are you the Chapter Alternate:_____________ Are you attending: Chapter Presidents’ Meeting: (Yes or No) ________ AGM : (Yes or No) ______________ Mail to: RTAM – AGM 2012, 113 - 1555 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5


Board of Directors 2011-2012 Richard R. Benoit, President 200 Point West Drive Winnipeg, MB R3T 5H7 261-9839 lbenoit@mts.net

Jag Malik, Treasurer P.O. Box 303 Gilbert Plains, MB R0L 0X0 548-2642 jmlik@mts.net

Wayne Hughes Vice President 82 Whiteshell Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2C 2R9 222-4011 lwhughes@mts.net

Box 252 Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Phone: (204) 476-5772 Email: dsage@mts.net

2 00 Point West Drive Winnipeg, MB R3T 5H7 Phone: (204) 261-9839 Email: lbenoit@mts.net

G. E. (Ted) Poulter Benefits 432 Avalon Road Winnipeg R2M 2L7 253-0287 tedpoult@mymts.net

Ron Kalinchuk Website Box 202 Virden R0M 2C0 748-1463 kayaker@rfnow.com

Peggy Prendergast Educational Advocacy/Wellness 1 Bittersweet Bay Winnipeg R2J 2E5 257-1962 ppeggy@mts.net

Barbara McDole AGM 2012/Elections 111 Vista Avenue Winnipeg R2M 4Y5 254-8965 barbaramcdole@hotmail.com

Doreen Sage Editorial - KIT Box 252 Neepawa R0J 1H0 476-5772 dsage@mts.net

Anne Monk Pension 710 Campbell Street Winnipeg R3N 1C3 586-7201 ammonk@mts.net

Val Smyth Travel 100 Ridgedale Crescent Winnipeg R3R 0B3 889-9163 valsmyth@shaw.ca

Judy Olmstead 150 Daly Crescent Brandon R7A 6W3 571-0224

John Sushelnitsky Public Relations/ Membership & Chapter Liaison 818 Crescent Road West Portage la Prairie R1N 0Z1 857-3014 jmsush@shaw.ca

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DOREEN SAGE

RICHARD BENOIT

Dolores Hebert AGM 2012/Elections 110 Des Meurons Street Winnipeg R2H 2M3 233-8618 dlhebert@shaw.ca

Carol Pelton By-Laws and Policy 23 Cornell Place Thompson R8N 0H4 677-3981 Travelonly2@hotmail.ca

EDITOR OF KIT

PRIVACY OFFICER

directors-at-large

Dr. Mary Pankiw 42 Matlock Crescent Winnipeg R3R 3H7 831-6984

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Norman Wiebe Political Action Box 1325 Portage la Prairie R1N 3L5 857-9613 mwiebe@mts.net

Free Public Service Announcements Not-for-profit organizations who wish to place public service announcements, volunteer opportunities with service groups, school or teacher reunions are encouraged to do so. Submissions are printed free of charge.

Thanks For Your Contributions We would like to thank all those who contributed material for KIT. When sending in files please use Word, black ink only and no formatting. Please keep writing. Photos by Canada Post please.

Inside this issue President's Report  ACER-CART UPDATE  TRAF Board Appointment  Changes being made to the benefit plans  Chapter Reports  2012 AGM Information  Distinguished Service Award  RTAM Board Nominations  Dr. Louisa Loeb Honored  Fall 2011 Wellness Seminar  Class of '55-56 Reunion  55th Anniversary  Sarasvàti Productions  Travel Questionnaire  Wellness Seminar 

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PRESIDENT'S REPORT By Richard Benoit 1. I surmise that all members of RTAM take time to reflect upon their future as they continue to grow older from year to year.

administrators, we had to stand on guard, to fight for all rights and privileges which were naturally ours but often chucked along the way. This, we always accomplished by showing great love and affection for our students and by always assigning them the highest of our priorities.

We are indeed fortunate that the life expectancy for both women and men continues to increase and our health seemingly continues to improve despite our advancing age. This phenomenon is especially true when we take care of ourselves, eat well, exercise, sleep the necessary number of hours, etc. Also; upon reading the “Passages” section of our major dailies, we observe that many more of our colleagues than ever before are passing on in their nineties and beyond. The above constitute great news as long as we are living a happy, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.

Now it is our turn to seek out society’s assistance, empathy, love and respect to help us along our way. Do read every edition of KIT, do inform yourself through RTAM or other organizations and take a stand both individually and collectively. Your quality of life will impact upon the quality of life of others and in that way our entire family, province, country and world will benefit and benefit considerably.

However, we do know that many of us can expect to die at an earlier age, may spend years in personal care homes and can possibly expect a mediocre quality of life for years ahead. How, we ask ourselves, will we be able to cope with a physical life of poor quality if such is our lot? Or will our remaining years be a period of fun, great companionship, varied activities, relatively good health, etc? Some elements are within our purview since we can control them to a degree and we can ameliorate our chances of a life worth living. Other elements, unfortunately, remain beyond our control. At present we have little say regarding COLA and our pensions; some times even OAS seems threatened and with our increasing cost of living, this can spell disaster. Elder abuse, whether we want to acknowledge the phenomenon or not, is a relevant factor in many homes, institutions, etc. One of our RTAM colleagues recently compared the growth of elder abuse awareness to that of child abuse awareness forty or fifty years ago when society was just in the process of addressing it. Yet others in our midst choose to become couch potatoes, not realizing the immensity of the risk to which they have exposed themselves. Yes, colleagues, we can opt to choose a nonchalant way of living, just facing every day as it comes or we can take matters into our own hands. As former teachers and Spring 2012

2. Once again we are arriving at the end of another RTAM year. Please read this entire edition of KIT and especially the Benefits section from Johnson Inc. Traveling is great fun but . . . subsequent bills of $20,000.00, $50,000.00, $80,000.00 or more can prove to really endanger any fun there could have been. A well-informed traveler is one who has prepared a trip ahead of time and therefore is certain he/she is properly insured. This leads to peace of mind and wonderful adventures. My sincere appreciation is extended to the Benefits Committee and Johnson Inc. for all the diligent work that they have contributed in order that RTAM can provide quality services to its members. 3. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to extend our sincere best wishes for complete convalescence to RTAM Treasurer, Mr. Jag Malik. Jag has now been released from hospital in Winnipeg and is taking his therapy at the Grandview & District General Hospital. We all wish you well, Jag and look forward to having you in our midst again. We also thank Wayne Hughes and Carol Gillis for filling in so capably. 4. In conclusion, let us hope that winter continues to spare us from the sometimes extremely cold weather that it usually generates. And, we all look forward to meeting you at the RTAM Annual General Meeting in early May. We are anticipating a truly interesting and entertaining AGM 2012. Hope to see you there !!

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ACER-CART UPDATE Changes Proposed

In June, 2011, the largest of the three Quebec retired teacher associations was withdrawn from membership in ACER-CART, at its request, as it wished to focus on pursuing political objectives in that province. One result of this action was to begin a process of review and renewal of ACER-CART in order to ensure an updated and relevant focus. This process began with a 2011 pre-AGM seminar, attended by the Executive and member-association Directors, at which organizational strengths and weakness were considered. A report from this exercise was used in further deliberations of the executive for a review of the By-Laws and Articles which direct ACER-CART. Recommendations were finalized and at the June, 2012 AGM, these will be considered by the delegates. Two significant changes are being proposed. Currently, there are four Regional Representatives on the executive: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and West. In order to better balance the representation, it is proposed to reduce these to three: East, including Quebec; Ontario and the West. Previously, currently to run for Vice-President of ACERCART, one first had has to be elected as a Regional Representative. It is now proposed to open up this VP nomination to all delegates, allowing for a larger potential pool of

Vaughn Wadelius, Past President, ACER-CART

candidates. The VP, then, would be able to focus exclusively on assisting the President. The end result retains the size of the Executive to its present number. Documents detailing the changes to the By-Laws and to the Articles were distributed to the Directors of member associations, with the January Quarterly Report of the Executive Director. The appropriate motions prepared for the 2012 AGM will be distributed to AGM delegates in early May.

CNSO Renewal

For more than a year, the Congress of National Seniors Organizations, a community of thirteen national organizations, including ACER-CART, which banded together for more coordinated political action on pension and senior health care issues, has been moribund, due to a change in personnel of a leading member organization. Recently, new signs of life have emerged and the organization President has taken steps to re-energize CNSO. A conference call meeting was is planned held to review the CNSO organizational structure and priorities. CNSO encompasses a national membership of about two million retired workers and has a great potential, so it is seen as a positive step that it may be getting its second wind.

TRAF BOARD APPOINTMENT – RTAM NOT CONSULTED Anne Monk, Pension Chair Among the recent appointments to the TRAF Board was the appointment of Ms. Madeline McKenzie, a retired teacher, as a successor to Mr. Terry Clifford, also a retired teacher, for a four-year term of office. Serving since 2004, Mr. Clifford’s term ended on December 31, 2011. RTAM extends its thanks to Mr. Clifford for his service. A nominee of RTAM, Mr. Clifford was the first ‘representative’ of retired Plan members appointed to the TRAF Board by the Government. In contrast, Ms. McKenzie is not a nominee of RTAM. RTAM has advocated for retiree representation on the TRAF Board. We appreciated the initiative of the Minister of Education, Peter Bjornson, in making a discretionary appointment of a retired teacher as one of the Govern4 • RTAM KIT

ment’s citizen appointments. In making that appointment and in subsequent re-appointments of Mr. Clifford, the Minister consulted with RTAM about the nominee. RTAM acknowledges that the current Minister of Education, Nancy Allan, has continued the discretionary appointment of a retired teacher to the TRAF Board. However, there was no consultation by the Minister’s office with RTAM regarding this particular appointment. Minister Allan had previously made assurances to RTAM she would continue to appoint a retired teacher and to consult with RTAM. This development is a set back for RTAM and retired teachers, and an apparent lack of regard for our efforts on your behalf by the Government. RTAM has written a letter to Minister Allan regarding this recent appointment, with comment upon the lack of consultation with RTAM. Spring 2012


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What changes are being implemented by RTAM to the benefit plans, effective April 1, 2012? Submitted by Johnson Inc. The RTAM Benefits Committee has completed the annual renewal process and benefit plan design review with advice from the Plan Administrator, Johnson Inc. We would like to take this opportunity to review the changes that are effective for the upcoming policy year April 1, 2012 through to March 31, 2013. There are no major changes to the plan. RTAM continues to offer members the choice of any of the following voluntary insurance coverages: Emergency Medical Travel  Extended Health Care (EHC) with two Drug Plan Options (Core $500 or Enhanced up to Pharmacare deductible)  Dental Care  Stand Alone Trip Cancellation/Interruption/Baggage Long Term care  Guaranteed or Term Life Insurance  Home Insurance The changes are described in detail below, including a new MEDOC Travel Plan for Members who travel for shorter durations. “Premier” Medical Emergency Medical Travel Plan (Regular Members) RTAM’s “Premier” Emergency Medical Travel Plan continues to be an important benefit to Members, providing coverage to over 3,500 RTAM members and their family members. The underwriter, Desjardins Financial Security (DFS) has maintained the current premiums for the policy year April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013. The “Premier” Plan benefits will be continued to be offered to Regular Members as follows: 100% of eligible expenses in the event of a sudden and unforeseen emergency  Multiple trips of 62 days duration  Optional per trip supplementary travel extensions to 182 days  Lifetime maximum of $2,000,000 per insured person  Up to $7,000 of non-refundable expenses for trip cancellation (before departure) and trip interruption (after departure) Spring 2012

 Lost/Delayed Baggage benefit of $350 per trip  Automatic annual renewal of coverage for the upcoming policy year April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013  Eligibility includes Regular RTAM members and Associate members who joined the Plan before April 2012  No evidence of good health is required on first application for coverage Please Note: Members who have terminated RTAM’s “Premier” Plan and wish to re-apply for Emergency Medical Travel coverage on or after June 1, 2012, must submit evidence of good health. Johnson will be notifying by mail all Regular RTAM Members who are not currently a “Premier” Plan member. Members will have the opportunity to re-apply for this coverage without evidence of good health prior to June, 2012.

New “MEDOC” Emergency Medical Travel Insurance Plan (Associate and Regular Members) For all RTAM Associate Members and for Regular Members who may travel for shorter durations, RTAM is launching a new option: “MEDOC” Travel Insurance, which is designed by Johnson Inc. and underwritten by Royal Sun Alliance. MEDOC offers the following coverage:  C omprehensive year round travel insurance up to $5,000,000 for multiple trips up to 17 or 35 days each under the Base Plan  Supplementary coverage for single trips longer than 35 days each during the policy year  Up to $8,000 Trip Cancellation, Interruption & delay Insurance per insured person, per trip  Access (guaranteed issue with short form questionnaire ) for all members regardless of age or health status or date of application  Optimum, Preferred, or Standard Health Options covering pre-existing conditions that are stable for 90 days prior to booking your trip for Trip cancellation Insurance  Automatic annual renewal of coverage at Standard rates, with Optimum and Preferred discounts subject to RTAM KIT • 5


Johnson Inc. rep, John Crouse and RTAM Benefits Committee.

completion of Health Option Questionnaire

Extended Health Care

For the upcoming policy year April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013, Extended Health Care Plan monthly premium rates will remain the same for both prescription drug plan options:  Core - $500 annual maximum $53.00 single and $99.00 family  Enhanced – annual maximum equal to the income tested Provincial Pharmacare deductible (to a $10,000 family maximum of $10,000)

Core Drug Plan Option

To maintain the current rates on the Core Plan with a $500 maximum, RTAM’s Plan Administrator Johnson Inc. is introducing four (4) new cost control features effective April 1, 2012:  Eligible prescription drug expenses reimbursed by the RTAM Core Plan will be based on the Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary. Currently, the RTAM Core Plan reimburses all drugs requiring a prescription by law, including some drugs that may not be on the Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary.  Effective April 1, 2012, the Plan will pay 80% of eligible drugs, based on a maximum dispensing fee “cap” of $6 per prescription.  A maximum 8% mark-up to the manufacturers’ list prices will apply 6 • RTAM KIT

to eligible drug expenses.  In order to adjudicate drugs electronically on the basis of the Manitoba Drug Benefits and Interchangeability Formulary, Johnson will require a copy of your completed Pharmacare application form. Please Note: Current Core Plan members who require a higher drug plan maximum than $500 have the option of upgrading to the following Enhanced Drug Plan coverage at the beginning of a policy year, April 1, without evidence of good health.

Enhanced Drug Plan Option

The Enhanced Drug Plan benefits and premiums remain the same. The Enhanced Pharmacare Deductible plan continues to offer a higher drug maximum equal to the Pharmacare Deductible. It also includes higher paramedical practitioner maximums ($500 per practitioner per year, compared to $300 per practitioner per year in the Base plan), and a higher Private Duty Nursing maximum ($3,000 every three years, compared to $1,500 every three years in the Base plan).  To enroll in the Enhanced Pharmacare Deductible plan option, Johnson requires a signed written request along with a confirmation of your most recent annual deductible (based on the prior year’s income) from the Manitoba (or your province of residence) Provincial Drug Program, as

applicable, along with your completed application form.  T he Enhanced EHC/drug plan premium is based on your annual deductible applicable under your provincial Pharmacare plan at the time of Member application. Please Note: For those Plan participants who do not spend enough on drugs to reach their Manitoba Pharmacare deductible, it may be more prudent to elect the $500 annual Prescription Drug maximum, as the premiums rates would be lower, and the participant would still have access to the other benefits provided by the RTAM Benefit Plan.

Premium Rate Changes

 There are no premium rate changes to Extended Health Care or the RTAM “Premier” Emergency Medical Travel Insurance Plan effective April 1, 2012.  Dental Care Premium rates increase by 3.5% to reflect increases in payment values under the Manitoba Dental Fee Guide.  M EDOC is a new benefit, and Standard, Preferred or Optimum premium rates are determined by the completion of the Health Option Questionnaire.

Plan Member Notification and Contact Information

Johnson Inc. will be mailing a renewal notification to all Plan members, including confirmation of coverage, a Plan Summary and premiums for the coverage you have selected. For inquiries on any of the above Plans, please contact our Plan Administrator Johnson Inc. Toll-free at 1-877-989-2600. For complete Health and Dental Plan details, please refer to the governing documents, your Certificates of Insurance available on the website: www.johnson.ca/rtam. Spring 2012


Interlake Retired Teachers' Association By Darlene Dufily - President

Former and present presidents of IRTA. From left, Maureen Recksiedler, Joie Van Dongen, Barrie Carman, Doris Hunter, Ralph Trombo, Darlene Dufily (present), Doug Reynolds (1st). Missing: Tony Baliant, Jim Penner, Harvey Kingdon.

Our year began on September 29, 2011, with the celebration of IRTA's 10th anniversary. A very well-attended luncheon was held at Bel Acres Golf Club. Lunch was preceded by an entertaining program with well-wishes and reminiscences from "founding members." The celebration was enjoyed by all. On December 6, we held our annnual Christmas Potluck luncheon in Warren. Food was plentiful and the atmosphere was festive as everyone contributed to our "Tin for the Bin" which would help to provide hampers to families in the area. Our guest speaker was Bill Easton. Bill shared his wine expertise with us from his knowledge of the wine industry to tips on selecting the best wine for the holiday season. We held a brief meeting after the presentation. We are planning a "Court Whist Drive" for our April, 2012, event and perhaps a bus tour for June. Our membership is steadily increasing and we will continue to work on providing varied and interesting experiences for all of our members.

RWTA Luncheon and Fashion Show By Louise Burton On September 29, 2011, two hundred twenty-eight members of the RWTA met at the Masonic Centre for a delicious lunch and the annual Fall Fashion Show. Nygard Fashions on Broadway supplied the beautiful clothing which displayed the latest fall lines and colours. Jennifer Wagstaff and Tess Braun from Nygard were capable commentators providing a descripSpring 2012

Joan Anderson, Kathey Deyman, Jacquie Field, Eileen George, Doris Kristjanson, Bernice Lewis, Heather Mathewson, Brenda McxConnell, Helen Norrie, Val Robertson, Mary Starodub, Bernice Stebbing, Diane Trudeau, Linda Virag, Jessie Zacharias

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tion of the garments. We appreciate their assistance and hard work in putting together this event. Sixteen RWTA members did a wonderful job of modelling. Thank you to Joan Anderson, Kathy Deyman, Jacquie Field, Eileen George, Doris Kristjanson, Bernice Lewis, Darlene Lewis, Heather Mathewson, Brenda McConnell, Helen Norrie, Val Robertson, Mary Starodub, Bernice Stebbing, Diane Trudeau, Linda Virag and Jessie Zacharias. Tess Brown (Nygard); Louise Burton, RWTA coordinator of the fashion show; Jennifer Wagstaff (Nygard)

Behind the scenes, Diane Bewell, Denise Vier and Susan Burns as-

sisted the models with their wardrobe changes while Dolores Tutkaluk and Pat Opalko assisted at the stage. Lynda Tunny photographed the models. Bernice Giesbrecht, our pianist, accompanied the models as they walked the "catwalk." Organization of this year's fashion show was handled by Louise Burton. The day ended with draws for prizes courtesy of Nygard and RWTA. A good time was had by all. Our most sincere appreciation is extended to all volunteers who helped to make this day a success.

WREA Enjoys Christmas Treat! By Rick Oakden Westman Retired Educator’s Association members attended a delightful Christmas season presentation at The Greenspot Greenhouse and Shop in Brandon on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011. Approximately 35 WREA members joined another 50, or so, retirees from two local seniors’ complexes. Greenspot owner Bernie Whetter scrambled

to provide every chair available for us to sit and enjoy the seasonal songs provided by Prairie Blend, a local male choir under the direction of Deanna Ginn. After the singing, visiting, and hot cider, we all left for home with the feeling that we had just enjoyed a special treat ... and many topped it off with a special purchase, too!

A few WREA members who enjoyed the tunes were (L-R): Phyllis Gillespie, Julie Anderson, Winelda Curtis, and Marg Crandle.

RETIRED TEACHERS OF WINNIPEG RTW was represented by Doreen Pruden, President and Terry Clifford, Secretary-Treasuer at the February 15, 2012, meeting of the RTAM Board. Chapter presidents from around the province attended and, as ever, it was interesting to compare notes. Chapters in smaller centres clearly find it relatively easy to stay in touch with former colleagues and, indeed, with current teachers. 8 • RTAM KIT

By Doreen Pruden

However, RTW has been active in keeping the COLA issue alive for discussion, after the election, by meeting MLAs in constituencies where our members live. We plan to pursue this action and we continue to explore venues for our occasional lunches. Without in the least trying to poach members, we would like to remind city residents that membership of RTW is open to all RTAM members

who now live in the greater Winnipeg area. In fact, we have recently welcomed new members. The more networking we do, the better – in all sorts of ways! Information: Doreen Pruden (8895069) cleo128@mymts.net and Terry Clifford (589-5009) terryclifford231@ gmail.com

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THE RETIRED WOMEN TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES By June Slobodian

December 1, 2011: Our annual Christmas Dinner was made even more merry with the entertainment from "One More Time." Highly recommended for their vintage singing and joie de vivre. February 23, 2012: We held a buffet luncheon at the Masonic Temple for those RWT snowbirds who didn't migrate this year. It was a welcome event with speaker Steven Shipper from RMTC.

April 26, 2012:

Our AGM and luncheon.

If you are a retired female teacher, consider becoming a member of RWTA. Cost is only $7.00 to join, and it is a good opportunity to connect with new and old friends. To become a member contact Emily at emiwill@mymts.net

Retired Women Teachers’ Association By Phyllis Kalinsky, Social Committee

On Thursday, February 23, 2012 the Retired Women Teachers’ Association held their third annual program for 2011-2012 at the Masonic Temple. One hundred and twenty-seven teachers attended. The program included a guest speaker and a luncheon buffet. Steven Schipper, the Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre was the guest speaker. Since his appointment in 1989, Steven has received credit for enhancing the company’s artistry and for developing a new base of audience members and donors. Born in Montreal and trained at McGill University, Bishop’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada, Steven has directed many productions for MTC, including The Drowsy Chaperone, the Canadian premiere of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the world premiere of Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf and its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California. Last winter, Steven directed an all-female production of Les Miserables with senior school students at Balmoral Hall, and more recently, he directed members of the Aboriginal Arts Mentorship & Training Program at MTYP in the 2011 Fringe production Little Red Riding Hood. He also conceived and directed The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes,

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an award-winning play that tours Manitoba high schools. In June 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. Mr. Schipper told us that when selecting plays for the theatre, they must have essential truth in them – truth that we find beautiful. He also described many of the artistic touches used in the plays he directs. Mr. Schipper explained that a play is essentially a story with a plot and role playing. Theatre must be effective because it is intentionally entertaining. Mr. Schipper believes plays can be fun and can create a more loving and peaceful world. Mr. Schipper said he was truly honored to have been invited to the program. He believes teaching is one of the noblest professions. He also believes that Manitoba is a friendly province and he is proud to be part of our community. Steven Schipper’s presentation was very interesting and informative. The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has twenty thousand subscribers. Winnipeggers are very fortunate to have Steven Schipper and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in our city. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Steven Schipper and the teachers who contributed non-perishable food items (103 pounds) and $213.00 in cash for the Winnipeg Harvest.

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RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA 2012 Annual General Meeting - May 9, 2012 Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Any member of RTAM is welcome and encouraged to attend the AGM. All are invited to a reception hosted by RTAM on Tuesday evening, May 8, 2012. TUESDAY, MAY 8:

Chapter Presidents’ Meeting

11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration in the front lobby of the Viscount Gort Hotel Chapter Presidents’ Meeting with RTAM Board

Reception

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Reception with cash bar Distinguished Service Award(s) Entertainment - Misbehavin

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9: RTAM Annual General Meeting 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 9:15 a.m. –11:45 a.m. Noon – 1:00 p.m. 1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Registration in the front lobby of the Viscount Gort Hotel Opening and Greetings from invited guests Board Elections and Meeting Session Served Lunch Guest Speaker Al Rae, Comedian & Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival: Laughter – the Best Medicine 1:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. TRAF presentation 2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meeting Session Travel Representatives will have displays and information in the lobby during the day

Distinguished Service Award A Distinguished Service Award may be presented to an individual whose service to RTAM, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has been extraordinary. The Award may be given posthumously. a) The nominee, and the nominator, must each be a full member of RTAM. b) The nominator for this award may be any member of the Association. c) The Award shall consist of a framed certificate duly signed by the President. d) If possible, the award shall be made at the Annual General Meeting. RTAM shall assume all travel and accomodation expenses, incurred by the recipient to attend the AGM, on the same basis and rates allotted to Chapter Presidents. e) The Board shall make the final decision on the granting of the Distinguished Service Award(s). f) The President shall receive the nominations. Deadline: Submission must reach the RTAM office by April 15, 2012. Mail nominee submissions to: Richard R. Benoit, RTAM President, 113 – 1555 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5 10 • RTAM KIT

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NOMINATIONS – RTAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2012-2013 Nominations for the Board of Directors of RTAM will be accepted up to and including Thursday, April 5, 2012 (2:00 p.m.) The term of office is one year. Board members and nominators must be full members in good standing of RTAM. Any member may be a candidate for a position of Director and for only one Officer position. An unsuccessful candidate for an Officer position has the right to stand for Director. The positions open to election on May 9, 2012 are: Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer Directors: up to 15 Directors may be elected. Nomination Process: (a) Nominations will be received by the Elections Committee up to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012. Please forward to: RTAM – Nominations, 113 – 1555 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5 Nomination(s) must be accompanied by a signed statement from the nominee to acknowledge that the nominee is willing to accept the nomination. (b) There will be an additional opportunity to nominate from amongst those who are present in the AGM assembly. Any nomination from the floor will require the endorsement of ten (10) full members of RTAM who are in attendance. There will be a thirty (30) minute time frame from the time nominations open to nominations close. If you have any questions, please call: Elections Committee Chair: Peggy Prendergast at 257-1962

RTAM Board Nomination Form 2012-2013 As a full RTAM member, I, __________________________________________ , nominate the following full RTAM member (please print): Nominee’s name: _____________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Nominee’s Phone:_______________________Email:_________________________________________ for the position of: Officer (one position only)

President

And/or for the position of

Vice-President

Secretary

Treasurer

Director

The signed permission of the nominee: ______________________________________________ Or, the signed permission of the nominee is attached. Please forward to: RTAM – Nominations, 113 – 1555 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5 Associate members are not eligible to nominate, endorse or vote. Spring 2012

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DR. LOUISA LOEB HONORED

By Edith Alexiuk Photo by Ed Arndt

At the seventh annual reunion of the Dr. Louisa Loeb Permit Teachers of Manitoba, Dr. Loeb was honoured for her work in establishing these reunions. She was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Margaret Lesperance.

During this time she edited and compiled Manitoba Permit Teachers of World Warr II, a book that documents the experiences of young girls who were recruited out of high school, to teach in one-room school houses all over the province, during the Second World War.

D r. L o eb 's pa rents imigrated from Louisa Loeb and Margaret Lesperance. Ukraine in 1924, three months before she was born and settled in Halbstatdt, which is near Emerson. When she was in her teens, Louisa attended Mennonite Collegiate Institute and there was offered the opportunity to teach on permit for a year. This was in 1941-42. She later obtained her permanent teaching certificate, two doctorates and eventually became a professor at Brandon University in the Department of Administration and Education Services.

Unfortunately, at the age of 81, Dr. Loeb suffered a stroke that left her unable to communicate. Margaret Lesperance came to her assistance. Since then, other committee members have come on board to make certain these reunions continue. On July 14, 2011, there were 85 people in attendance at the Viscount Gort in Winnipeg.

In 2005, at the age of 79, Dr. Loeb initiated a World War II Permit Teachers' Reunion. She felt they never had any recognition for their important contribution. Twenty nine retired teachers came to the first one; the second year it doubled in numbers.

On July 12, 2012, our eighth annual reunion will take place - a tribute to a woman who had the foresight to continually acknowledge those who had the courage, stamina and endurance to spend a year, sometimes two, as a permit teacher.

FALL 2011 WELLNESS SEMINAR

RTAM Wellness Chair, Peggy Prendergast and some of the presentors.

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Class of '55-56 Reunion 55th Anniversary

By Dorothy Derksen

The old Normal School premises, at 500 Shaftesbury, hummed with excitement as the graduates of 1956 gathered for their 55th Anniversary celebration, on May 28, 2011. They came from all parts of Canada, even as far away as Australia, for this momentous event. It was a wonderful time of reminiscing, sharing experiences and reliving moments at the old campus, now one of Winnipeg's Heritage buildings. Some remarked at how small the dining room was and wondered how we were all accommodated at mealtimes. Others had forgotten that we were split for assembly because the chapel could not accommodate all of us. And how did we manage to crowd 50 into one of those rather small classrooms? As the rich voices blended together in the singing of the national anthem, it kindled the memories of Beth Douglas, inspiring us to enjoy music - all kinds - the simple school songs to the works of great composers. A choir, of 20 plus, of former glee club and choir members under the direction of Alan Janzen with Charlotte (Heinsohn) Stech at the piano, delighted us at the evening celebrations,

held at the Hilton Suites Hotel. We replicated a morning assembly session, the way it used to be. We remembered those who are no longer with us and those who could not attend. We also recognized all of our instructors. The program committee, Elbert Toews, Alan Janzen and Wilmer Penner, had prepared some of Mr. Lightley's daily announcements. Claudia (Steertz) Eisbrenner and Nelma Fetterman introduced the evening event at the Hilton Hotel, by recalling the significant current events of 1955, the year of Elvis. A skit, written by Wilmer Penner and performed by Dorothy (Loewen) Derksen, Alan Janzen, Elbert Toews, depicted the humorous incidents of the year at Normal School. It provided for lots of laughter. The featured speaker was John Dyck, a former Assistant Deputy Minister of Education. He presented an interesting overview of the evolution of the Manitoba School System. Emphasis was given to the significant changes that occurred during the decades we served the cause of educating the children of Manitoba. Several have requested copies of that speech because, as some said, it explained

why they felt 'so tired' by the end of the week. Many shared memories. The evening ended with Elbert Toews and his wife Lorraine singing the fitting Gaither number 'We Have This Moment'. At the brunch on Sunday, several more shared experiences and memories. Sylvia (Einarson) Sigurdson concluded the afternoon visit with the fitting song 'Go Gently Through The Years'. On Saturday, a vote was taken. We decided, God willing, we will meet again in five years to celebrate our 60th Anniversary. So, keep us informed of your whereabouts by e-mail: dorothygd@mymts.net or write: PNS Class '56 Records, 330 Montrose St., Winnipeg, MB R3M 3M8

The Reunion Committee

Rita Schroeder, Claudia (Steertz) Eisbrenner, Dorothy (Loewen) Derksen, Sylvia (Einerson) Sigurdson, Nelma Fetterman, Deanna (Horn) McKinnon, Elbert Toews, Muriel (Shodice)Stiles, Freda (Zielke) Petterson

Sarasvàti Productions

By Janet Taylor

Sarasvàti Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc. is a Winnipeg-based charity focused on using theatre to increase human understanding. We are always looking for new board members who are passionate about the arts and dedicated to making positive change in the community.

board in April 2009 because of my interest in theatre and because I believe in Sarasvàti Productions’ mission: to use theatre to educate on significant issues, to provide training to emerging artists and to experiment with new forms of theatrical presentation.

I am a retired teacher and principal who is also the current President of Sarasvàti Productions. I joined the volunteer

I feel fortunate to have experienced firsthand this independent theatre company’s inspirational, challenging

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and multi-disciplinary performances. They address issues relevant to today’s society and invite audiences to explore solutions. The company has a history of building partnerships with diverse community groups to raise awareness about current social issues and the need for change. As a former educator I appreciate that members of the community have the opportunity to become aware of significant social and community issues through the theatre experiences offered by Sarasvati Productions. The company is unique in the desire to support emerging artists and the work of other community organizations. Sarasvàti Productions' regular events include FemFest, a festival celebrating women playwrights, that

Listen up!

Class of '47 When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 What: 65th Anniversary luncheon for the Class of '47 of the Manitoba Provincial Normal School, Tuxedo Campus Where: Mom's Reasurant City of Brandon Brandon Recreation and Sports Centre, as far west as you can go on McDonald Avenue Time: Registration between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 (noon) Luncheon at noon 'til 2:20 p.m. Food, fun, fellowship and "do you remember" Help: if you use a walker, wheels, etc., we will have the use of the ramp at the front door. If you plan to join us, please call ahead to: Ila McNabb, 1-204-867-3315 Sorry: if you can not come, we would love to have a note from you. Mail to: Ila McNabb, Box 124, Minnedose, MB R0J 1E0 Planning committee: Leota, Muriel, Eleanor, Ila 14 • RTAM KIT

draws over 1400 patrons, One Night Stand reading series for the development of new plays and the International Women's Week Cabaret of Monologues. We also do an additional play each season, whether as part of a local festival or as an independent production. Of late, we have had great success touring work to high schools. In 2007, we created and then toured Ripple Effect, a piece exploring youth violence and bullying. Most recently, we produced a school tour of our forum theatre piece on racism, No Offense . . . We also do long-term, community-based development projects. We recently completed a partnership project with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba to create a play about criminalized women. Currently, we are working with the Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba on a piece exploring the immigrant experience. In a given year we provide opportunities to 30-40 emerging artists in Winnipeg. This includes playwrights to whom we provide developmental

evenings of readings, showcases for their work and production opportunities. We also provide job training opportunities to actors, directors and production personnel. We have brought theatre to many who would not otherwise be offered the opportunity for artistic expression and have seen the powerful results. As a board member, I am happy to promote the company to everyone because I believe so strongly in what they are striving to do. Participating with my fellow board members is stimulating and fun. My involvement with the Sarasvati Productions’ board has provided me with an enriching and satisfying learning experience and it is a great way for me to contribute to my community and fulfill my interest in the arts. If you are interested in volunteering for the company, particularly in joining our Board of Directors, then please contact Hope McIntyre at hope@sarasvati. ca or call 204-586-2236. Please note that our meetings occur in Winnipeg at the University of Winnipeg. Spring 2012


**Looking Back <> Looking Forward**

It’s been a long time since we took our first tour in 1999 to Great Britain and Ireland. Many changes have impacted our lives since then. Let us come together but another time to celebrate our memories and enjoy the fellowship of those we have shared happy times. This special invitation is to invite you to travel to the Islands of New England Oct 11 -20, 2012. All former and new travellers are welcome to come along! A special Collette surprise!

The Islands of New England Special group departure date featuring a fantastic surprise! DATE: October 11, 2012 • 10 Days • 14 Meals Highlights: Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Lobster feast, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis and Provincetown, the Home Office of Collette Vacations. For information on upcoming tours. . . *Panama and *A Small Ship Adventure . . .

Call Bernice Stebbing at 204.957-7786 or e-mail stebbing@mymts.net

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Are you a retired or part-time teacher? The Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba is looking for educators to support and mentor our teacher candidates during their 2012-2013 practicum.

Apply by March 23, 2012

Visit www. umanitoba.ca/education for more information.

Questions? Contact:

Martha Nauta, School Experiences Office Ph: 474-9015 or e-mail nauta@cc.umanitoba.ca

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Must be a full RTAM member by June 30, 2011, to enter. HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win by e-mailing us 2 great reasons why you would love to join us at the lodge this summer. Entry deadline: May 6, 2012. E-mail your entry to info@qlakelodge.com (include name and telephone) Discover your reasons at www.qlakelodge.com DRAW DATE: Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge will join you at the Winnipeg AGM held at the Vicount Gort Hotel on May 9, 2012 and one entry will be drawn from the pool of entries submitted by e-mail before May 6, 2012. May 9 WINNIPEG–AGM DOOR PRIZE: Join us at the May 9, 2012 AGM and have your name entered into a second draw for an additional Lodge package plus a Boat Rental Voucher. All prizes are valid from May 13 - September 30, 2012.

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JOURNEYS WITH JUNE—LIFELONG LEARNING & ADVENTURE TOUR LEADER, JUNE SLOBODIAN 204-237-4511 / journeyswithjune@shaw.ca www.journeyswithjune.com CRUISE ALASKA, AUG 15-22, 2012 WPG-VANCOUVER-JUNEAU-VAN-WPG Is Alaska on your life list?? Have you ever seen an iceberg? Do you like travel with a group from Manitoba?? Have you seen the Northern Lights from Alaska?? Join us on the Holland America MSValendom, Sail Alaska through the scenic inside passage. See mountains, glaciers, totem poles, historic towns. Get upclose and personal with wildlife–whales, orcas, sealions, porpises, seals and sea birds. We have prearranged 3 exciting shore excursions that provide miminal exertion and mamimum adventure: Juneau, Mendenhalt Glacier, traditonal salmon meal; Skagway--travel the narrow guage rail to the Klondike. Pan for gold, visit a saloon & a brothel; Ketichan--a native village with totem carvers at work, Beaver Clan ceremony & Lumberjack show. You are, or course, free to choose from dozens of shore excursions, including kayaking ziplining, fishing. We can facilitate this for you. We have a number of outside cabins booked. The cost of the tour is dependent on choices of cabin and excursions. BOOK EARLY TO LOCK IN PRICE AND GET BEST CHOICE OF CABINS.

FEBRUARY, 2013. 7 DAY CRUISE & 7 DAY LAND The circle cruise is a new venture for Cuba, and interest in this tour is high. There is already a wait list for this tour, so if you have any interest in this tour, call Charlene to put your name on the list, and you will receive information as soon as we get it. There is no obligation on your part fior this service AUGUST 19-26. 2013. SEATTLE OPERA RING CYCLE WAGNER'S RING CYCLE IS AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED Seattle Opera begins ticket sales in May 2012 and are usually sold out by Aug 2012. If you MAY be interested, phone June(hilde). There is nothing I like better than introducing people to this life-changing event. Informational sessions on music, storyline, history, relevance to today. This Seattle Opera Ring will be retired 2013, and we will be present at the historic opus ultima. This may be your final chance to see a Ring that is pure, easy to understand, with visual and vocal beauty, a ring of fire and a real horse. Ne plus ultra. Wagner and More, Seattle’s Wagner Society, is a friendly, passionate group, and we will be able to attend their events. FUTURE TOURS White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg plus Moscow. Mexican tour to follow the path of Frida, plus attend the Monarch Butterfly Festival. Turkey & more WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO. PHONE JUNE WITH YOUR IDEAS.

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CLASSIFIEDS The Pas Centennial 1912-2012

Former teachers and residents of The Pas are invited to return on the August 3-5, 2012 weekend for the celebration of the town’s centennial. Information is available on a website (thepascentennial.bravehost.com). The PEIRTA Winter 2012 Newlsetter will be posted on the PEITF website (www.peitf.com, then go to Links, then PEIRTA and Newsletter) and the PEIRTA website (www.peirta.com) on February 9.

Ecole Bannatyne School 100th Anniversary Celebration Formerly Bannatyne School 363 Thompson Drive St. James Assiniboia School Division #2 May 4 and May 6, 2012 Save the dates as celebration plans are underway! More information to follow. MANITOBA NORMAL SCHOOL REUNION CLASS OF 1951 – 1952 “JOIN THE CREW OF ‘52” 60th ANNIVERSARY REUNION Friday, June 15, 2012. To be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre 1808 Wellington Avenue Winnipeg, MB 1:00 p.m. until midnight. For more information contact Barbara Cochrane Box 969, Russell, MB, R0J 1W0 / Phone: 204 – 773 - 2578

VOLUNTEER AT THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY - WAG.

If you are a retired teacher with an art background we are looking for you! WAG has five (5) open volunteer positions for Youth Programs Guides. Training provided. If you have the time to conduct one tour a week, Tuesday to Friday visit www.wag.ca to print off a volunteer application form. Fax the completed form to WAG Coordinator of Volunteers at 204.788-4998.

MANITOBA NORMAL SCHOOL Class of 1953 - 1954 58th Year Reunion Saturday, September 22, 2012, Brandon, Manitoba UKRAINIAN READING ASSOCIATION HALL 1005 Assiniboine Avenue. For information contact Marg Cullen: mcullen@wcgwave.ca or 204-727-8833. Information and registration forms were sent in September to all classmates whose addresses are known. If you did not receive yours, or you changed your mailing address, e-mail or phone number contact Matt Kawchuk: mrmatt1@mts.net or phone 204-728-8432. Please register before June 30, 2012.

VOLUNTEERS

to help struggling readers. The Grade 4, 5 and 6 teachers at Principal Sparling School are looking for retired teachers who would be interested in working with struggling readers, on a consistent basis, for half a day, one or more times a week. This could be either morning or afternoon. This would include working with individual students to help strengthen reading strategies and fluency. Please contact Connie Forest/Resource Teacher at Principal Sparling at 783-6195.

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Fourth Annual Rural Permit Teachers of Manitoba Reunion Prairie Homestead Museum 3 miles North of Elm Creek on Highway 13 and 1 3/4 miles west. Turn at Mile 49. Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A hot meal served at Noon. Pleae bring pictures of your permit year and stories to be read out. Information and Registration forms: contact Ken Switzer: 745-2770 or 436-3600

DR. LOUISA LOEB EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION PERMIT TEACHERS of MANITOBA

here: Viscount Gort Hotel W When: Thursday, July 12, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m Registration begins at 10 a.m. All teachers who taught on PERMIT are welcome to attend. Contact Wally Stoyko at 204-222-0435 or Edith Alexiuk at 204-256-6484. 1) This year's Topic: Open mic with a humorous anecdote from your year(s). 2) If you wish pictures, please bring your cameras. Ecole John Henderson celebrates 50 Years of Excellence Join us for an Open House evening in honour of John Henderson Junior High School's 50th Anniversary April 26, 2012, 930 Brazier Street, Winnipeg, MB 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 / Program Opening 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Entertainment to be provided by the Students of John Henderson Junior High CORRECTION: KIT, Vol 23, No. 3, photo page 13, Class G Spelling: Aurise Kondziela. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Travel Questionnaire Val Smyth, Chair Travel

The goal of the RTAM Travel Committee is to provide travel information of interest to retired teachers. In order to plan for the AGM and to make future workshops as relevant as possible, complete this questionnaire. 1) Travel Experience:  None  Some  Experienced 2) Travel Style/Interests:  Independent  Sun  Cruises 3) Tours:  High Activity  Moderate Activity  Low Activity  Package  Individualized/Customized Special Interests (specify): _______________________ _________________________________________ 4) Travel Planning: What other information would you like?  Insurance  Specific Destinations  Online Bookings  Other: __________________ _________________________________________ 5) Other Comments: __________________________ _________________________________________ Complete questionnaire by April 6 and send by email to: rtam@mymts.net with Travel in Subject Line or mail to: 113-1555 St. James St., Winnipeg MB R3H 1B5 and put Travel on outside of envelope or complete it online at www.rtam.mb.ca and follow the Travel Link. Provide contact information for future follow-up.

Share Your Travel Adventures RTAM members love armchair travel! Have you journeyed somewhere that you've always dreamed of going? Did you experience a really different way of life, or have an unexpected adventure, or attempt an activity you never believed you would? What did your experiences teach you about the world, about yourself? Do you have any travel tips you'd like to pass on to others? Why not share your experiences by writing an article for KIT? Send your submissions to Doreen Sage at dsage@ mts.net. Spring 2012

RTAM WELLNESS SEMINAR Peggy Pendergrast, Chair Wellness

“MEMORIES – MEMORIES” Date: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 Place: McMaster House, 191 Harcourt at Portage Time: 9:30 a. m. - 2:30 p. m. Registration: 9:00 a. m. PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Registration will be limited to 60 participants and will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. HIGHLIGHTS Information booths by senior-serving organizations. Program: 9:30 – 9:40 9:40 – 10:40 10:40 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 1:00 1:00 – 2:15 2:15 -2:30

Opening remarks Memory & Aging What’s Normal and What’s Not Corey Mackenzie, Ph.D., C.Psych University of Manitoba Health Break Clarity Over Clutter Susan Macaulay Residential Organizing Specialist Gourmet Lunch The Rising Tide of Dementia Understanding the Warning Signs Optimizing Brain Health & The Next Steps Maria Mathews Client Support Manager Family Educator Alzheimer Society Manitoba Closing Remarks

 WELLNESS SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM Participant’s name:_______________________________ Address_____________________ City/Town__________ Postal Code:________email:_________ Phone:_________ Please send $20.00 cheque payable to RTAM to: Maureen Recksiedler, P O Box 744, Stonewall, MB, R0C 2Z0 RTAM KIT • 19


Coming Events April 25, 2012 - Wellness Seminar, Winnipeg May 8, 2012 - Chapter Presidents' Meeting May 9, 2012 - AGM, Winnipeg May 8, 2013 - AGM, Dauphin

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