|Vice President Secretary||Anne Lebeau||250-949-7165|
|Treasurer - Joint||Karen Zoffman/Susan Jacobi|
Branch Report 2016
This has been a very interesting year for the North Island. We are a very small group (24 members) but continue to grow even though our school district is reducing in size each year. We have gone from almost two hundred teachers down to seventy-five FTE this coming year.
We have instituted a series of speakers to address the four luncheons that we have every year. Our luncheons coincide with Pro D Days so that TTOC’s can also attend the meetings. This seems to be successful as we have had some of the largest turnouts. We are working on solidifying a regular speakers list. Any names of available people who love to travel would be appreciated. So far, we have had a motivational speaker twice, a nutritionist and an occupational therapist who gave great tips to stay healthy during retirement.
Our executive has been quite stable, more or less, but we just lost our secretary, who has been an effective element for the last three years. I do understand that this is a continuing issue with many of our chapters.
Because we are a small chapter, we have kept committees to a minimum as there are only so many people to draw from. Our last meeting decided that present members would try to take notes at our meetings. We will see how this works in September.
We have added several new members to our group. We also have had several members from the Courtenay group attend. They have taken out North Island memberships as well as the Courtenay group has recently disbanded.
This year has seen the creation of our North Island Teachers Association Newsletter which can be read from the Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association website. Just go to “resources” and click on the issue that you wish to read. It is loaded with items that directly affect our retired members. It also addresses other seniors groups to give a perspective
We are developing a good working relationship with the local Port Hardy Seniors’ Society. They are a very active group and offer many items of interest to our RTA members. We have had Claire Trevena (NDP MLA) come and talk to the group. Rachel Blaney (federal MP) has also attended to address seniors’ issues. This is a good example that seniors are being listened to. We need to keep speaking up and let our needs be heard.
We also have an RTA mailbox in the local BCTF union office. I make sure it is stocked with membership applications and copies of the newsletter. Many of our members come from word-of-mouth.
I just had the first phone call that was asking if we need speakers at our meetings. Word is getting around!
Looking forward to the coming year I remain,
President of the North Island Retired Teachers Association.