Entries by alph@b3t

More Online Resources in Development

After a successful launch of our new BCRTA website, we are moving toward a series of new services to better connect members to BCRTA programs and to their local branches. Our consultant, Tim Anderson of Alphabet Communications, and the IT subcommittee have already released new features on the website for staff and the Board of […]

BCRTA Meets Active Teachers

The BCRTA had a very effective presence at the March Annual General Meeting of the BCTF. Our table was perfectly placed in terms of traffic flow, and we were able to speak with representatives of BCTF locals around the province. We may even have a new branch in the making! In terms of our BCRTA […]

Excellence in Education Update

The Excellence Committee asks Branches to remind teachers in their area that the “Golden Star Awards” deadline of April 15th is fast approaching.  We have received a number of applications and are hoping to receive many more in the coming days. Another date to remember for Branches is June 1st,  “Intergenerational Day”- a day to […]

Heritage Fund Recipient Wins Award

The Heritage Committee reported that one of the recipients of funding from the BCRTA has won an award! The Prince George Retired Teachers Association’s Heritage Committee won the Jeanne Clarke Award for Local History for their work “Historical Memories: People, Places, Programs and Services”.  The Jeanne Clarke Memorial local history award is awarded by the […]

Finance Committee March Report

Committee Members:  Grace Wilson,  Bob Taverner,  Stefan Cieslik, Charan Gill,  Arnie Lambert, Barb Mikulec, Patricia Clough The Finance Committee has completed a review of the expense procedures.  New or revised procedures have been approved by the Board and will be included on an updated expense form for Board approval.  These procedures will also be incorporated […]

For-Profit Health Care: A Fact Sheet

Produced by the Canadian Health Coalition Medicare has existed in Canada for 50 years guaranteeing access to physicians and hospital services regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In recent years, Canada has experienced creeping privatization and for-profit delivery of health care services which has led to the illegal billing of patients, lower quality of […]

Heritage Updates Application Criteria

The Heritage Committee has updated their criteria and grant applications form and they are available on the BCRTA website.  Please note that the due date is May 1st, and funding will be adjudicated for projects which involve retired educators on heritage initiatives. Some ideas might be marking the site of former schools, writing a compilation of […]

Membership Means Savings

The BCRTA is living in interesting times!  Our First Year complimentary Membership initiative has resulted in a significant BCRTA membership gain this year. Keep spreading the word. In order to enhance membership growth, the Membership Committee is developing some BCRTA merchandise for distribution, and is looking at new ways to extend membership eligibility. We are […]

Green Shield Plan Questions

The BCRTA office staff are spending quite a bit of time dealing with questions and issues around Green Shield Canada (GSC) – the Extended Health Benefit provider for members in the Teachers’ Pension Plan. The move to Green Shield was a decision of the Teachers’ Pension Board of Trustees – not the BCRTA. The decision […]