Entries by Tim Anderson

PostScript Excellence Awards Recognize BCRTA Members

On October 4th, 2019, the BCRTA celebrated the inaugural PostScript Excellence Awards. Three BCRTA members were recognized for their contributions to PostScript Magazine. Sheila Gair Award First up was the Sheila Gair Award, named for PostScript’s long-time editor and columnist. This category recognizes the best Personal Experience Article. The nominees were: One Hand on the […]

Dale Lauber Awarded Life Membership

A highlight of the 2019 BCRTA AGM was the recognition of Dale Lauber for his many years of service to the association. Lauber was named a Life Member by the assembly, the highest honour conferred upon BCRTA members. BCRTA President Gerry Tiede noted that Dale served on the Teacher Pension Plan Board of Trustees for […]

AGM Elects 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The 2019 BCRTA AGM elected directors for the 2019-20 year. Returning as President for a second year is Gerry Tiede. Grace Wilson was elected to a second one-year term as 1st Vice-President, and Arnie Lambert re-joins the board, elected this time as 2nd Vice-President. Elaine Thompson of Smithers joins the board for the first time […]

Election 2019: Party Responses to ACER-CART Seniors’ Issues

The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (ACER-CART) is a national body that BCRTA works within to advocate for the needs of retired teachers and seniors in a federal context. ACER-CART recently sent a series of four questions about seniors issues to the major political parties. Three of the parties responded. View the responses here (PDF […]

Ireland Group Departure March 2020 – a BCRTA Exclusive Offer

Our second BCRTA Group Departure is now available! Early bird pricing before September 27 Shades of Ireland with Northern Ireland Join Bob and Di Taverner: March 26th, 2020 Available to BCRTA members exclusively. Please note: Our last group departure sold out quickly! Limited number of seats available for this exceptional tour.

BCRTA Advocates to Protect Class Size and Composition

Experienced educators understand the critical importance of maintaining healthy class size in schools, and the significance of understanding the needs of each child. After a long struggle to restore negotiated language on class size and competition was resolved by the Supreme Court of Canada, these standards are once again at risk. On behalf of members […]

Johnson Prestige EHC Update July 2019

Each year the insurance providers review the claims history and premiums of our Prestige EHC and Travel Plan to maintain sustainability for the plan. This is also a time to confirm that our members’ claims are addressed promptly and completely. Based on our claims history, we negotiate rates with our insurance providers with a view […]

Benefits of BCRTA Membership

As a retired teacher/administrator member of the BCRTA, I have been able to participate in many valuable and rewarding opportunities at both the provincial and local RTA levels. I have been a member at the Provincial and local RTA since my retirement in 2007. I hold an executive position in my RTA and have been […]

BCRTA Advocacy in Action at Parliament

On June 6, 2019, representatives from BCRTA joined dignitaries from our sister organizations across Canada to attend Parliament and see petitions for pension security presented in the House. MP Bob Zimmer stood in for MP Mark Warawa who was absent due to cancer. Zimmer presented the ACER-CART e-Petition advocating for pension security. The petition, which […]

BCRTA Heritage – Housing

The early days of the Retired Teachers began in Victoria and Vancouver with the two groups of retirees meeting before W.W.II as a part of the BCTF. Eventually they formed their own registered Association. The Retired Teachers Pension Action group came into existence in 1942. The major interests concerned retirees pensions, cost of living and […]