Newsletter March 2015

President’s Message

BY: Nathan Martindale, WTA President

WSD 2015/16 Final Budget

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 The Board of Trustees approved the 2015/16 Final Budget, including a property tax increase of 3.2%.

The following information is also found on the WSD website.

New Expenditures for 2015-16

Full-day Kindergarten Pilot Program $475,000: The WSD Board of Trustees has allocated regular budget funding for the continuation and expansion of the Full-day Kindergarten Pilot Program for the 2015/16 school year. The Board has approved funding for full day kindergarten at five additional schools, locations to be determined, for a total of nine schools.

Sistema $176,800: Sistema is a music partnership between the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg School Division. The program will expand to junior high school and eventually high school. The WSD Board of Trustees has approved one teaching position for the elementary program (Inner City district) and one teaching position for the junior high program (North district).

Autism Spectrum Disorder Junior High Program $237,600: The WSD Board of Trustees has approved additional supports in a specialized low enrolment setting for students with a diagnosis of autism. For the eight students identified, this requires one teacher, two educational assistants and .17 clinician support, as well as facility modifications.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) High School Program $237,600: Students who are currently enrolled in the new Grade 7/8 FASD program at St. John’s High School will benefit from the Board’s approval for transition to a Grade 9/10 program. For the eight students enrolled, this requires one teacher, two educational assistants and .17 clinician support, as well as facility modifications.

Anxiety Program $166,800: Due to the increase in the number of students displaying mental health concerns, specifically anxiety, as evidenced by the number of referrals for tutoring supported by medical documentation, the WSD Board of Trustees has approved establishment of an anxiety program at the Junior/Senior High level. The program will include a teacher, an educational assistant, 0.5 clinician support and supplies.

Four Youth Transition teachers $353,300: Youth transition teachers support children coming out of the youth justice system to transition successfully back into school. These positions will support St. John’s, R.B. Russell, Gordon Bell and Daniel MacIntyre High Schools.

French Immersion Recruitment $250,000: The WSD Board of Trustees has approved a French Immersion Recruitment program to hire an additional ten permanent French Immersion Teachers to fill daily and temporary assignments/vacancies. The net cost is $250,000 when current substitute and term costs are taken into consideration.

  • STEAM Enrichment Centre supplies and transportation $25,000
  • The Enrichment and Innovation (E&I) program instructor professional development training $40,000
  • Universal playground access building fund $100,000
  • Education Assistants for EBD students $175,900
  • Aboriginal Elder position $83,000
  • Parent / Community Liaison position $83,000
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Expansion – Three-year planning initiative $13,300
  • Information Systems position $73,900
  • Program and Policy Analyst $83,000
Expenditures from reserve:

Phase II WI-FI initiative $2.4 million: The initial phase of a plan to provide enhanced Wi-Fi in high schools was approved ($1.2M) from surplus as part of the 2014/2015 budget development process. Phase II, approved in the 2015/2016 budget, will provide enhanced wireless internet at all elementary and junior high schools during the next school year.

Dreambox licensing $173,000: The Board approved continuation of supports to students in mathematics using Dreambox, an Interactive responsive web-based program implemented in addition to regularly scheduled mathematics classes.

  • Web management software upgrade $139,600
  • School board meeting software $50,000
  • Data storage upgrade $220,000
  • Live-streaming video technology $150,000
  • Network management software (firewall) replacement $265,000
  • Washroom renovations $500,000

Memo from Human Resources March 12, 2015

Eric Barnaby, WSD Director of Human Resources, sent a memo to all employees confirming a major piece of the budget – the reduction of one Superintendent commencing in the 2015/16 Budget (which translates to July 1st, 2015 the start of the Division’s fiscal year). This represents a major change for the organizational structure of the WSD. At this time, the WTA does not have any further information on this decision.

WTA Executive Election

I would like to thank Winston Blakey for admirably chairing the Executive Nominations and Elections Committee. It is evident by the number of candidates who are running for Executive Members at Large positions, that he’s doing a great job. Also, a sincere thank you to those individuals who let their names stand for the 2015/16 WTA Executive. It is exciting to have a contested election this year because it indicates an increased level of engagement by our members.

WSD 2015/16 Calendar

The WSD sent out a memo on February 24, 2015 outlining the school calendar for the 2015/2016 school year. The following dates were highlighted:

  • School Opening: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 (Administrative Day)
  • Winter Break: Monday, December 21, 2015 – Friday, January 1, 2016
  • Semester 1 Ends: Friday, February 5, 2016
  • Semester 2 Begins: Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Spring Break: Monday, March 28, 2016 – Friday, April 1, 2016
  • Last Teaching Day: Thursday, June 30, 2016

As well, the following statutory holidays must be accommodated during the school year:

  • Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 12, 2015
  • Remembrance Day: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • Louis Riel Day: Monday, February 15, 2016
  • Good Friday: Friday, March 25, 2016
  • Victoria Day: Monday, May 23, 2016

Have an enjoyable and relaxing Spring Break!

2015-2016 Executive Election & Nominations

On March 10, 2015, nominations closed for the 2015-2016 WTA Executive Election. One nomination was received for each of the Table Officers positions so the following have been acclaimed:

  • Nathan Martindale – President
  • Kristin Insull – Vice-President
  • David Harack – Secretary
  • Gregg Walker – Treasurer


Nominations were received from 13 candidates for Executive at Large, so an election by secret ballot will be held in schools on April 13, and April 14, 2015. Nine Members at Large will be elected.


The following members have accepted nominations for positions on the WTA Executive as Members at Large.



My name is Rui Carvalho and I would like your vote for Executive. I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1993, and I have been teaching in the Winnipeg School Division for the past 22 years, during which time I have taught from elementary students to adults. I have been department head, Teacher-in-Charge, and acting Vice Principal in two schools. I currently teach grade 7/8/9 at Gordon Bell High School.

I enjoy working for the WTA. I value my previous experience in serving on the Executive for many years. I have chaired Teacher Welfare Committee, Substitute Teachers, Inner City Advisory Committee, Credentials Committee and Parking Facilities Committee. I have also gained valuable experience on the Group Benefits, Distinguished Service Award, AGM, and Reception Committees, as well as ad hoc groups like Technology. I am currently serving on the Finance Committee, and as a representative for Council.

I enjoy helping WTA members by listening to their ideas and suggestions, and providing them with pertinent information so they have the power to achieve their goals.

I have been through times of political turmoil, which may be in our near future, and as Executive would fight to maintain WTA teachers’ rights.



My name is Kristen Fallis. I am an elementary Music specialist, having taught for nine years in both rural and urban school divisions. I currently teach Grade 1-6 Music at Greenway School. It is important to be involved with the teachers’ association and I would like to further serve my profession by sitting on the executive. My experience includes being a WTA Council representative for two years, also having served as a council member in a rural division, and being a delegate for the MTS AGM.

Elementary teachers are under-represented on council. Currently, there is only one female elementary teacher on executive. Elementary teachers comprise about 2/3 of the WTA membership. Females comprise a large portion of that group. A vote for me helps create a stronger female elementary teacher’s presence on council.

In addition to teaching elementary music, I have experience being a classroom teacher in middle and senior years. I understand the differences in these positions and the needs across the grades and feel that is valuable in representing teachers on executive. Please vote for me in April to represent females, elementary teachers, specialists, and classroom teachers.



My name is Matthew Jones and I am running for executive. I have over three years experience as a Council representative and am in my first year as an executive member.

As a French immersion elementary teacher I have first hand experience with Fountas & Pinnel, GB+, the math pathway and other uniquely elementary and immersion issues. I can give valuable insight to the executive about these issues. I am also my school’s teacher wellness representative and have coordinated several wellness activities for my colleagues. Ideally, I will be able to facilitate this task for other reps at other schools should I be re-elected.

I hope that you will vote for me so that I may continue to serve the membership.



My name is Paulette Krovats. I am presently a Special Education Resource Teacher at Lord Roberts School, which is an elementary school in the south district. I have been a full time employee of the Winnipeg School Division since September 2001. During this time I have also been a classroom teacher at the Grade 2 and 4 levels. I have been actively been involved with the WTA for the past ten years as a school representative and an executive member. I am currently the chair of the Credentials committee and the Reception committee as well as a member of Group Benefits and DSA.

I became involved with the executive four years ago when it was brought to my attention that there was a need for representation of elementary school teachers. Issues regarding elementary teachers were so often addressed yet at the time there was no executive member teaching at that level. I am also strongly invested in the education for students with special needs. I am fully aware of the impact the students, EAs, clinicians, and parents have on the teachers in the classroom and the difficulties that arise trying to meet the diverse needs of all of the students in their classrooms.

I look forward to having the opportunity to represent you again during the coming year.



Biography: Darlene currently sits on the MTS Professional Development Standing Committee and has been a WTA Council representative for Cecil Rhodes School since moving to Winnipeg over seven years ago. She plays a very active role in her school community and loves her job as the technology resource teacher. She has also served as the Director of the South West region on the Council of School Leaders, where she represented administrators from three rural school divisions. This will be Darlene’s fourth year supporting WTA at AGM. Throughout her career, Darlene has also facilitated many PD sessions and she enjoys meeting and working with colleagues from all over the province.

Election Platform: It is my wish to represent and work for you as a Member at Large on the WTA Executive. I will listen, address professional issues, and advocate for our members as we work in this time of political uncertainty. We face many challenges every day as we support our students and each other at school. I have the experience and I am committed to supporting the welfare of our members through collaboration with others and open and honest dialogue.



  • WSD employee since 1985.
  • Currently teaching high school at Tec Voc.
  • WTA Past President and Table Officer till June 2015.
  • Member of the WTA contract Negotiations Committee and Table Team.
  • Serving in my second year as a member of the MTS Collective Bargaining Standing Committee and as the Regional Coordinator of the Metro Bargainers.
  • WTA President for 11 years (3 different terms in office).
  • Over two decades experience as a member of the WTA Executive and Council.
  • Served 2 years as MTS Executive Member and Chair of the Provincial Workplace Safety and Health Committee.

My term of office as Past President comes to an end this June and I would like to continue to serve the membership as a WTA General Executive member. In the coming year, I would like to continue to focus my efforts in the area of the WTA Negotiations Committee and Table Team as we work towards a new collective agreement with the Division. I have spent over twenty years bargaining with the WSD and believe I provide valuable experience to the Executive and Council as we work our way through this process. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing my work on behalf of the membership as an Executive member in and ask for your support in this election.



Hello, I’m Carl Neumann.

I’ve been a substitute teacher in grades N/K-12, in both French Immersion and in English for several years now. I’ve been a dedicated member of the WTA Council and Executive, as well as the Substitutes, Finance and AGM Committees. I was also an active participant at the 2014 MTS AGM.

During my time at the WTA, I’ve worked to support our efforts to reach out to members, and I have especially pushed for more and better outreach to our substitute members. I’ve also supported better professional development opportunities through the WTA, and sought out additional members to serve as Substitute Representatives on the WTA Council.

When re-elected, I would continue my efforts to ensure that all schools and work-sites have at least one elected representative to the WTA Council. I would also work to have more complete, informative, and up-to-date postings on the WTA posting boards at all work locations. I plan to continue and expand my participation in the WTA’s committees. I am Reliable, Hardworking, and Approachable.

Don`t hesitate to get in contact with me.




  • Council / Executive member
  • Negotiations Committee and Table Teams
  • Chaired Negotiations Committee 1982
  • Involved in Mediations and Arbitrations
  • Provincial Bargaining Committee, Metro Negotiations and “Think Tanks”
  • Chaired AGM Committee, member of many such committees, drafted AGM resolutions
  • MTS Review Committee for Mission Statement, Objects and Code of Professional Practice
  • Presented to Government Law Review Committee for MTS
  • Chaired Workplace Safety and Health Committee
  • Co-Chair of Workplace Safety and Health Central Committee
  • Recipient of WTS Distinguished Service Award in 1998.


  • Current Executive
  • Member of AGM committee
  • Member of Workplace Safety and Health Committee also of Central Workplace Safety and Health Committee at WSD office
  • Negotiation Committee and Table Team member.

Future: We have an opportunity to bring about significant changes in our workplaces with changes to Workplace Safety and Health Legislation – this must be driven by an informed/involved membership! I have the experience and knowledge to help mentor younger executive members as we seek to bring about these changes.



My name is Cheryl Ottenbreit and I have been an employee of The Winnipeg School Division for almost 15 years. I have taught a variety of grade levels ranging from Nursery to Grade 3. I have received my Reading Recovery Training Certificate, Core Competencies Certificate and am currently enrolled in The University of Manitoba’s Special Education Post Bach program. Presently, I am working at Sister MacNamara School when I have been the Special Education Resource Teacher for Grades N-6 for the last 4 years.

I believe strongly in giving all students what they need to succeed. I believe that all children can learn and have the right to an equitable, safe and respectful education. I believe in research based decisions that contribute to the success of all students. I believe that strong, motivated and invested schools have strong communities. Together, we can positively make a difference for our students and families.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If elected in the WTA membership, I will use my strong voice, my smart wits and charismatic passion to create change for teachers and students within the Winnipeg School Division.



I am standing for election to the executive of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association because I feel I can make a contribution to the welfare of teachers. This is my third year serving as an Executive member and I am very proud to be able to help other colleagues with my experience. I feel that I have the necessary background, the breadth of experience to serve well on your behalf. I have chaired the Substitute Committee for two years. I am a sitting member on the Finance Committee, the Teacher Welfare Committee and TECSC (The Teacher Education and Certification Committee) Provincial Committee.

I am an active WTA executive who attends AGM meetings, Council Meetings, Executive meetings and participate in discussions and advise other WTA members regarding our current issues such as MTS Bylaw Changes, AESOP, Workplace Safety and Health issues and the WTA New Member Workshops.

As an Executive member of Winnipeg Teacher’s Association, I had the opportunity to attend the ”Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education Conference” in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on April 27- 29, 2014.



I am currently in my 11th year of teaching and work in the area of Special Education. The majority of my years as a teacher have seen me take on the role of council representative. I have sat on the AGM committee and have attended the MTS AGM as a delegate. This has served to provide me with insight into the issues encountered in our profession.

I am interested in furthering my work with the WTA and seeing what being on the executive is all about. My hope is that this will provide me with an opportunity to continue advocating for the group to which I belong: teachers. My particular areas of interest are teacher wellness, benefits and member engagement. It is my opinion that these variables are key to longevity in our careers. Teaching is indeed a pleasure and a privilege and it is up to us to ensure it remains such.

On a personal note, I enjoy time with family, time at the cabin, tennis, football (Go Bombers), hockey (Go Jets) and, evidently, pandering to the home town crowd : ) I look forward to, and thank you for your support.



Michelle returned to the executive in the 2014-2015 school year after taking some time off to finish a Master of Education degree and spend time with her family. She has experience serving on various committees including Negotiations, Teacher Welfare, and AGM. She has been the WTA Secretary and the chair of the AGM committee.

In her non-WTA life, Michelle is a mom and a Nursery/Kindergarten teacher. She loves books, movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle is hopeful for your vote so that she may continue to work for teachers in Winnipeg.



My name is Sam Zurzolo. I am a teacher at Elmwood High School. I have been a representative at the WTA for three years. I have been a member of the WTA Teacher Welfare committee for two years. I am running for a spot on Executive. I am the right person for Executive. I have been described as a velvet brick; someone who can be respectful and soft spoken, but at the same time hammer home what needs to be done. I have no reservations in making my thoughts known. I will not relent on issues that are important.

I believe that teacher welfare is the most important issue Council needs to focus on. Teachers are continually “requested” to perform tasks outside of their curricular responsibilities. As well, the Division is not recognizing, nor allowing teachers the appropriate time to complete tasks inside our realm of responsibility. If I am voted to Executive, I want to focus our efforts on increasing release time for our tasks. Working with the Table Officers, I want to ensure that teachers are satisfied that they have enough time to do their job. Vote for Sam Zurzolo as your Executive Representative.

Reporting Workplace Safety and Health Incidents – Intake Line

By: Kristin Insull, WTA Vice-President and Chairperson of the WTA Workplace Safety and Healthy Committee

Please note that the process described here does not preclude your right to report serious incidents, injuries, or unsafe work directly to the Province of Manitoba, nor does it preclude your right to exercise any other rights, actions or remedies that may be available under law.

If you have been subject to, or witness of, a workplace safety and health violation, call the WPSH Intake Line at (204)789-0492 to report the incident. In addition to reporting the incident to the Intake Line, there may be members of your school community who should be informed as well. Please note that in the case of harassment, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society Code of Professional Practice protects you from having to confront your harasser prior to reporting.

In the coming weeks, you should be seeing literature from the Winnipeg School Division relating to the Intake Line. It is hoped that a centralized reporting system will ensure that incidents are being reported in a timely fashion and that all documentation is provided to the necessary individuals or agencies.

As an Association, we are working to inform our members of their right to a safe workplace. It is not in your job description to be hit, kicked, bit, slapped, pushed, called names, put down (etc) by anyone – student, parent, colleague, or community member. Reporting of incidents is the first step in ensuring that either the threat is removed, the situation mediated, or the appropriate supports put in place.

Further information about Violence and Harassment Prevention is available in Winnipeg School Division Policy.

IFEBP Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

By: Kristin Insull, WTA Vice-President

From February 22 – 25th, I had the opportunity to attend the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Health and Wellness Innovations Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. The historic Fairmont Empress Hotel hosted the conference.

What piqued my interest to attend this conference were the sessions about successful wellness initiatives in workplaces. It is commonly acknowledged that teachers do a tremendous job of taking care of others, and less so themselves. As an Association, I believe we can be doing much more to increase awareness, provide support and information, and encourage our members to achieve a better work-live balance. Once upon a time, if I am to believe archived WTA Newsletters, the Association held regular wellness events.

If you saw my January newsletter, it should come as no surprise that one of the sessions that interested me the most was about nutrition. Entitled “Optimizing Health with Nutrition”, this session was hosted by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Alberta, Kori Leigh Hagel. Interestingly, the title of RHN is a protected title in Alberta, much like that of being a Registered Dietician.

She first caught my attention by mentioning one of my favourite authors, Michael Pollan. Pollan first entered the scene with his book “The Omnivores Dilemma” in which he attempts to enlighten the reader about the increasingly problematic food industry. I read this book at a time when I was questioning the ethics of meat producers, and had committed to only eating meat from ethically raised and humanely slaughtered animals. One farmer is quoted by Pollan as saying that we should “honour the pigness of the pig”. That is to say that a pig should be allowed to live as natural of a life as possible prior to its participation in the circle of life.

One of Pollan’s subsequent books was entitled “Food Rules”. He lays out in simple terms an “Eater’s Manifesto” beginning with “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Other rules include not eating food containing more than five ingredients, ingredients you cannot pronounce, or food items that your great-grandmother would not recognize as being real food.

Hagel elaborated on these points for the crowd. Look at bread the next time you are at the grocery store – find the bread that is advertised to last weeks without growing mould, and look at the ingredients. Food should go bad. If it doesn’t, there is something in it that is not good for you. Did you hear there’s a new apple that doesn’t brown when you cut it up? That’s just messed up!

She went on to bust common misconceptions about calories. First of all, calories are not created equal. A calorie eaten is not a calorie eaten, but a calorie burned is a calorie burned. Food is often labeled as good or bad for you, not by what it contains (ie. nutrients), but by the absence of bad things. This is the trap of low fat, or low calorie foods. They are not healthful just because they do not contain high levels of fat or calories. They are empty calories with no nutritional benefit whatsoever.

Lastly, she addressed issues relating to why people resist making dietary changes. No doubt, it is difficult, takes time and effort, and there are many temptations. She even mentioned the resistance to drinking more water, because it makes you have to go to the washroom. Well, you SHOULD have to pee! Most people laughed, but no doubt were able to relate to the sentiment.

While it may seem odd that your Association be talking about nutrition, there are two good reasons for this to be a topic of conversation. One, your Manulife Extended Health Benefits covers the cost of seeing a Registered Dietician. You do not require a doctor’s referral for the expense, and RDs are able to adapt meal plans to suit all different lifestyles. Secondly, our concern for teacher welfare does not stop at the classroom door. We can’t bargain healthy eating, but we can certainly provide you with information and encourage you to take care of yourself. Healthy classrooms start with healthy teachers!

An important Group Benefits consideration

When can I make an enrolment status change in my Manulife Extended Health Care Plan?

Participation in the Extended Health Care plan is mandatory for all new employees. Benefits may only be waived with proof that you are covered for Extended Health Care under your spouse’s plan.

You may change dependent status within 90 days of one of the following Life Events:

  • legal separation,
  • marriage (including common-law after 1 year cohabitation),
  • divorce,
  • birth, legal guardianship or adoption of the first eligible child,
  • death of a spouse or dependent child,
  • termination of a common-law relationship, or
  • involuntary loss of coverage under your spouse’s benefit plan (example – job loss). The loss of coverage due to a spouse’s retirement is considered to be voluntary withdrawal and therefore is not considered a Life Event,
  • term teaching contract becoming permanent.

Enrolment Status Changes

Active Employees only: You are required to enroll in accordance with your true family status. You may however, choose to waive coverage if you are covered for similar benefits under your spouse’s plan by declaring this on your enrolment form. You will have the option to change your enrolment status (Single or Family) election following your initial enrolment only, when you have a Life Event. Application for changing your enrolment status must be made within 90 days of the Life Event, along with confirmation of the date of the Life Event. Applications will not be accepted under this plan beyond 90 days following the Life Event.

Retirees only: You are required to enroll in accordance to the status for which you were enrolled prior to your retirement date (Single or Family). Should you no longer have any eligible dependents, you may change from Family to Single status following your enrolment into the Retiree plan. Once Single coverage is elected, you can no longer change your coverage to Family status following your retirement date.


Ray Stoyko $4000 Memorial Scholarship

The WTA is please to award the Ray Stoyko Memorial Scholarship again this year.

The successful applicant will receive $4000 towards full-time enrollment in a Bachelor of Education degree program. The application deadline is the last teaching day of May of each school year. Completed application forms are to be returned to The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, 202-2639 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0P7 A copy of the detailed application form can be found here.

Ray Stoyko (1952-2007)

Ray Stoyko was elected the President of The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association in April, 2007. Prior to his full-time involvement with The Association, Ray taught English and Drama at Kelvin High School. He had a passion for the classics—both in literature and in art. He was a great supporter of local artists, including a number of his colleagues. As much as Ray had a passion for the arts, he had a greater passion for his profession—teaching. He was a true educator that instilled his love for literature and the arts into the minds of his students. Ray encouraged students to reach for the potential he knew they possessed.

Ray’s passion and dedication continued into The Association and for his fellow colleagues. One of his priorities for this organization was communication and member engagement. He knew that as the world and Winnipeg School Division were change/evolving—so must The WTA. Ray knew the importance of The Association. He believed in The WTA and for what it stands.

When Ray was the Chairperson of the Public Relations Committee, he advocated for and instituted the first WTA scholarships, awarded to a graduating student from each Winnipeg School Division High School. These scholarships continue to be awarded annually.

Ray was very proud to be the President of The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association. He was known as a quiet, intelligent, quick-witted, and thoughtful man. The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association is pleased to offer this scholarship in honour of his service.


WTA Rumor’s Comedy Club Night

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Reception Committee presents…

A night of Fun and Laughter at Rumour’s Comedy Club

When: April 14, 2015, doors open at 6:00 PM, Show starts at 8:00 PM
Where: Rumour’s Comedy Club – 2025 Corydon Avenue
Who: Any member of The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association
Cost: $2 per WTA member and $10 per guest

All proceeds to Winnipeg Harvest

Snacks will be provided. Drinks are at your expense.

For tickets email Paulette at

Retirement Seminar for Retiring Teachers or Interested Others

Presented by: The Retired Teachers of Winnipeg (RTW)

DATE: Monday 27th April 2015

LOCATION: Prince Charles ERC

TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

There are three areas which the seminar will address:

  • What insurances are available to WTA retirees for extended health, travel and other benefits and a comparison of those available?
  • How is COLA computed and how does it affects TRAF pension income?
  • How can you prepare for retirement and what is life like as a retiree?

If you are interested in attending the seminar or have any questions, please contact Terry Clifford at or 204 589 5009 on or before Monday April 20th.

Spouse/partners are welcome to attend.

This seminar is prepared by and presented by retired teachers for retiring teachers.

What is RTW?

The Retired Teachers of Winnipeg (RTW) is a chapter of Retired Teachers of Manitoba (RTAM); its members are retired teachers living in the city, mainly former employees of Winnipeg SD and River East/Transcona SD. For the last four years, the chapter has provided a seminar for WTA members who may be retiring in the near future.

Information shared at this seminar does not necessarily reflect the views of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association.

General Information

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Retirement Reception

When: June 10th, 2015

Where: Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

More Information to follow.