Entries by alph@b3t

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 […]

Communications Takes on New Forms

NEW SHAPE OF THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE by Bob Taverner, Committee Chair The October meeting of the Communications Committee was its first in its new, expanded form. Instead of having seven members it now has ten, with nine of its members divided into three advisory subcommittees: I.T. (website and social media), PostScript, and Liaison Priorities. These […]

Excellence in Public Education Committee Announces Golden Star Winner

Excellence in Public Education Committee November 2017 At our first meeting of the year, we welcomed new committee member, Lynn Farquarhson. Our committee objectives were set and were then approved by the Board of Directors at the October meeting. The Excellence in Public Education Committee objectives for 2017-2018 are to: Coordinate the administration, adjudication, presentation […]

Finance Committee to Review Procedures

Finance Committee Report The BCRTA is committed to supporting branch treasurers as they make every effort to comply with the rules for our non-profit organization. Any questions regarding fundraising or the use of members money can be directed to Grace Wilson, Chair of the Finance Committee. An objective of the Finance Committee this year will […]