|President||Sharon Yeadon||250-287-4994 Cell:604-970-8930|
|Past President||Dale Lauber||604-523-1653|
|Program Chair||Janet Sammon||604-420-6663|
|Honorary Member:||Ted Yeadon||604-521-1982|
Branch News and Events
NWRTA PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2016
Our New Westminster Branch wishes to honour a few of its members, in memoriam:
Beverly McInnes: 1918 -- 2015
Wilma Wrigley: 1922 -- 2015
Susan McDonald: 1944 -- 2014
Lorne Cooke: 1928 -- 2016
These teachers left behind a legacy of family, school and community service; value for music, theatre--the arts; love of learning as a lifetime endeavour; and dedication to their profession. They loved and were loved. We thank them for their contributions to education and for the differences they made in the lives of their students.
We met in September for our "No Bells" luncheon. Thirty members attended a luncheon at a local, family-run restaurant--Aldo's Italian Ristorante. We enjoyed each other's company and a presentation by Sheila Pither and JoAnn Lauber on the past, present, and continued work towards a new Canada Health Accord.
In October, we met at the Discovery Centre for a tour and informational talk, followed by a walk along the banks of the mighty Fraser River. Mike Hoyer led twenty of us dedicated members on a historical walk. We ended with a luncheon at River Market just as the raindrops began falling on our heads!
On November 11th, some of our members attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony at City Hall. The NWRTA placed a wreath at the cenotaph, in honour of our fallen veterans.
December was our month for "Baskets for Bursaries"; we're so proud of our accomplishment! We raised over $1500.00 in less than three hours. Thanks to this fundraiser and generous donations by individuals, we are once again able to give out four $750.00 bursaries to NWSS graduates--two pursuing education, two pursuing trades--all of them with a background of community service.
In January, two of our members graciously attended a Retirement Seminar in Burnaby. They were there to chat with prospective retirees, give out information about the BCRTA, and our own NWRTA. Thank you, Ellen and Patricia!
February featured TRAVEL TALKS by several of our members. We enjoyed our usual pot luck luncheon and then several power point presentations. We are so fortunate to have the gratuitous use of the NWPL auditorium.
April brought us back to the NWPL for a pot luck luncheon, followed by a brief video on CPR/AED. Some members may wish to follow up with some CPR-A training. Captain Wilson gave us an informative talk on home safety/fire prevention.
June 8th brings us to the end of the "school year". Members may attend the retirement tea to honour new retirees of School District 40 and the NWSS Awards Ceremony to honour four students with NWRTA bursaries. We culminate our time together with a BBQ luncheon at Port Royal Park. Eighteen members attended and we all had fun. In the tradition of NWRTA BBQs//AGMs, the wind was blowing and the rain was drizzling!!
Sincerely, Sharon Yeadon, President NWRTA