|Vice President||Barb Monti||250-632-2853|
The Kitimat Retired Teachers' Association has had another busy and productive year. Our main focus continues to be to support our members and to keep us all informed about pertinent issues and activities.
We scheduled a post BCRTA AGM meeting in October, a Christmas Luncheon in December and our AGM in May, and called additional meetings as they were needed. Some of our members are continuing to meet for lunch every Thursday, and we celebrate birthdays each month.
We are continuing to benefit from a number of informative COSCO workshops and motivating Armchair Travel powerpoint presentations at the Snowflake Seniors' Centre.
In recognition of the wonderful work COSCO is doing advocating for seniors in our province, we passed a motion at our AGM that we take out an Affiliate COSCO Membership. We also voted to make a "branch donation" to the RR Smith Foundation to recognize and support the work they are doing to advance public education in BC and in developing countries.
Our members continue to keep very busy volunteering in our community. Individually, they are actively involved in almost every aspect of life in Kitimat. Ultimately, that draws many more of us into the activities that are going on. One of our members is a Municipal Councillor and several others are directors and board members of the Kitimat Museum & Archives, the Kitimat Public Library, the Kitimat Hospice Association, the Kitimat Concert Association, the Child Development Centre, the Kitimat Valley Institute, Kitimat Arts For Youth, and the On Cue Players. Members of the KRTA are continuing to participate in the Kitimat Hospital Advisory Group, the Hospital Foundation, the Ladies' Hospital Auxiliary, the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary and the Aluminum City Telethon. They also volunteer with the Kitimat Food Bank, Meals On Wheels, Girl Guides of Canada, the Snowflake Seniors Centre, and a number of church groups. Two of our members are continuing to write articles on the history and wildlife of our area for the local newspaper and we are continuing to enter our team in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. Life is busy when you are a retired teacher!
Our delegates are looking forward to attending the Northern Zone Meeting and the BCRTA 2013 Conference & AGM in September. We enjoy meeting everyone and being part of everything that is going on.
We would like to thank everyone locally, provincially and nationally for all the wonderful work they are doing on our behalf.
Marg Irvine, President