Entries by alph@b3t

Membership Initiatives

This year’s “complimentary first year membership” campaign has resulted in a significant increase in BCRTA membership. The campaign is being extended in the wake of its success. The Committee is also looking at some other innovative strategies for membership enhancement. We are working with Tim Anderson of Alphabet Communications to develop some promotional “swag” for […]

Communications Update

The November meeting of the Communications Committee was largely about acknowledging the progress being made in BCRTA communications so far, and looking at ways in which to keep the progress happening. Tim Anderson of Alphabet Communications, hired on an initial, part-time, 3-month contract by the Board, met before our meeting with the IT subcommittee, to […]

TPP Cost of Living Increase – 1.6%

While the Board of Trustees hasn’t approved any cost of living increase to our Teachers’ Pension yet, the Canadian Consumer Price Index showed an increase of 1.6%, year over year, for the month of September. Since we know that the Inflation Adjustment Account has a healthy balance we can predict that our pensions will be […]

How do cost-of-living increases to my pension work?

Every year the Teachers’ Pension Board of Trustees look at the September Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada. The September CPI measures inflation over the year – from September 2016 to September 2017. Then, if there is enough money in our Inflation Adjustment Account, the Trustees grant an increase to our pensions equal to the […]

Scam Alert!

Last week our 1st Vice President (Gerry) got an email pretending to be from our President (Patricia) asking for some information to hurry the payment of an outstanding bill. Everything looked legitimate including Patricia’s email address but of course this was a ‘phishing’ expedition to gain account information. We have seen these fraudulent attempts before […]

Strategic Planning Session Held

The Board held a second, full-day strategic planning session this past week. We reviewed the process, compared our strategic plans with that of similar organizations, completed a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and began to review and update our goals. We were very capably led by Al Baliniuk, who besides being an expert […]

Record Growth in Membership

BCRTA has set a record of 786 new members joining our association this year to date, thanks to our one-year free membership offer and our I-Pad contest. Johnson Insurance provided 10 I-Pad Mini tablets and all new members were entered in a draw to win one. We congratulate these winners: Shirley Wong, Surrey Branch Laurie […]

COSCO – Promoting Healthy Living

Our BCRTA focus on well-being complements our affiliated group, the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC.  COSCO Health and Wellness Institute offers free PowerPoint presentations to senior groups in BC.  The brochure is available at www.coscoworkshops.org.  If you are interested in training as a presenter please contact Barb at barb.mikulec@bcrta.ca.

BCRTA Travel Offers from Collette

BCRTA Members Save 15% off a Collette Tour Limited booking window is 12/26/17 – 1/13/18 for travel through 4/30/19 Applies to All Tours (excluding Icelands Magical Northern Lights, The Northern Lights of Finland and Alaska Discovery) *Use offer code BOXINGDAY17 for 15% savings on your land tour. Offer is only available to BCRTA members by […]

Executive and Board Highlights for October 2017

The Executive and BCRTA Board of Directors met on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. The president, Patricia Clough, welcomed everyone and gave special thanks to Kristi and Laurie, our staff members who have done so much and worked so hard for the organization and members. A focus for the Board has been to lobby in opposition […]