Activities and Announcements

This page will serve as a notice board for announcements and upcoming activites approved by the PEIRTA Executive.

Most recent announcements/activities will be posted top of page.

"Dated" announcements will be retained via archives page so one can see sorts of events that get planned/posted.

Anouncements for all activities/events must be cleared through our Executive. Please send requests for the posting of announcements to the PEIRTA president or to your regional representative.

If you wish to be on an email mailing list to receive a personal email advising you of any new announcements/activities, please send to webmaster Bill Oehlke the following information: your full name, your email address, your county.

Your email address will not be posted, nor will it be given out to others. The webmaster will keep a private listing of email addresses and will send out individual notices of pertinent announcements/activities/new information postings on the PEIRTA website. The email mailing list will be utilized exclusively for the purpose of notifying members of items of interest.

Keep abreast of Newsroom postings of the Canadian Teachers Federation at Canadian Teachers Federation, under NEWSROOM.


Message from PEIRTA President Cynthia Macdonald, March 11, 2019

The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers ( ACER-CART ) has posted an e-petitiion on the House of Commons Petition site to encourage government to increase the security of retirement income. ACER-CART is aiming for 10,000 signatures - on March 6, they had 2000. April 7th is the deadline to sign the e-petition . The e-petition can be found at

Although our PEI Teacher's pension is in good standing, and we are very fortunate to have our pensions well looked after by our trustees, we need to be vigilant to any changes that government may make to pensions that can have an impact. ACER-CART is advocating for pension security so that our pensions will remain safe and so that what happened to the SEARS pensions, when SEARS closed, does not happen again. ACER-CART is requesting that every retired teacher take the time to sign the e petition. ACER-CART has made arrangements for the petition to be read in the House of Commons on Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 am. Everyone is encouraged to sign the e -petition by going to the website:

Cynthia MacDonald,


January 2019; Change to Group Insurance Plan

President Cynthia MacDonald writes, "The change to our group Insurance plan regarding Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy went out to The PEITF members. Kimball forwarded it to me. Both he and Patrick Mac Fadyen suggested that we also let RTA members know as well. It will also be added to our Feb. newsletter."

At the PEITF Group Insurance Trustees' meeting yesterday (January 3), an agreement was finalized to make changes to the plan. Going forward, members of the plan will not be required to have a doctor's note in order to get reimbursed for Massage Therapy or Physiotherapy.

For Massage Therapy, the provider must be duly licensed, certified or registered to practice, with coverage up to 80% of $50 per treatment (maximum reimbursement of $40) and a maximum of 20 treatments per 12 consecutive month period.

For Physiotherapy, charges for active treatment provided by private practice physiotherapists who are duly licensed, certified or registered to practice, with coverage up to 80% of $50 per treatment (maximum reimbursement of $40). There is no maximum number of treatments.

The Trustees are continuing to work on improving the Group Insurance Plan and will look at further changes during their next meeting.

If you have questions regarding the specifics of the coverage you can contact Johnson Insurance at 1-800-371-9516.


2018 Retired Teachers Golf Tournament

Posting: August 14, 2018; re. Retired Teachers Golf Tournament:

When: September 4th
Where: Eagles Glenn of Cavendish
Time: 9:00am Shotgun
Description: 4 Person Scramble
Format is a 4 person scramble - Female, Male or combined teams (competitive and non-competitive). Cost is $50 plus HST = $57.50 per person (includes power cart, and range) for golf and cart with an optional $20 steak or gluten free meal.

You can go online at to register as a single, double, threesome or team of four. There is a number on the site to contact for assistance: 902-963-3600; ask for Chris. You can register online, by phone or by writing a check and either mailing it to the address on the website or dropping it off at the golf course. If you choose to mail or drop it off phone to ensure that there is space available.

Website mailing address:
Eagles Glenn of Cavendish
374 Eagles Glenn Blvd.
Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Canada, C0A 1M0

Any questions people can contact me, Wayne Denman, at 436-6260 (H) or 963-3600 (Eagles Glenn) or by email to to Wayne Denman.

Please help spread the word.


December 2017

Retired Teachers' Survey: A nice read of a survey summary about the "wisdom that seasoned educators had collected over their many years in schools". Very nice to share with those very new to the profession, and with those still engaged. Merry Christmas.


July 2017

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada has created a Volunteer Tutor Program to support low income refugee and immigrant students. The pilot project will support students at Birchwood Intermediate and Colonel Gray High School and will run in three cycles during the school year. Tutors have the flexibility to volunteer for as many, or as few, as their schedules will allow. EAL Tutor Training includes an online 4 hour course and a classroom session.

For more details on the program please contact Project Coordinator Jill Olscamp at or 902-628-6009 ext 223.


July 2017

The Colonel Gray High School Class of !977 will be holding its' 40th Reunion year @ The Alley (Murphy Centre) on Saturday, July 29, 2017. It will go from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

All are welcome! For more information, please call Philip Brown at 902-892-8662.

Philip Brown
Class of ''77


If interested, click here --->Health Survey being conducted by University of Waterloo.

The survey is done through on line using “Survey Monkey”. There are 90 questions asking about your health, mobility, social demographic factors, driving, falls and a few questions on memory, sleepiness and distraction. The survey should take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. You can stop, save, and return to the survey at any time if you cannot complete it in one go. The survey is available in both English and French.

The survey is completely confidential. Your name and any other identifying information will be removed from the database prior to analysis. You will be referenced only by an assigned study ID (or number). All findings from the study will be reported anonymously and secured on password-protected computers at the University of Waterloo. You are allowed to skip questions throughout the survey should you choose to do so or withdraw altogether by closing your web browser without submitting your responses.

There is a chance to win a few restaurant certificates. If you enter for a chance to win one of those certificates the information collected to draw the prizes will not be linked to the study data in any way. Any identifying information will be stored separately, then destroyed after the prizes have been provided.


Minutes of 2016 AGM in Summerside; posted November 19, 2016


Bob Gray's Roast is next weekend and this is the last call for tickets. Due date for ticket purchases is Tuesday, January 19. They can be purchased online here, or you may contact Carolyn Francis ( / 902-894-2813 for tickets if you cannot purchase online.

It promises to be a fun-filled evening!

Other details:

Join us in roasting Bob Gray! He has generously agreed to sit in the hot seat to be the brunt of several roasters!

The emcee for the evening is CBC's Bruce Rainnie, entertainment provided by Liam Corcoran, and the meal catered by Chef Emily Wells of Local 343 and The Mill.

There will also be a silent auction as part of the evening's activities.

Join for an evening of laughter and entertainment.

This event is a fund-raiser for the International and Indigenous Specialization Education students in the UPEI Bachelor of Education. 31 students will complete 6 weeks of teaching practice in 10 different countries in 2016. They are required to cover all of their costs.

When: Sunday, 24 January 2016 starting at 5:00 PM
Where: APM Centre - 37 Lowther Drive Cornwall, PE C0A 1H0 CA
Cost: $40


The Office of Johnston Insurance has been relocated. It is no longer on Kent Street in Charlottetown. It has been moved to:
201 Buchanan Drive, Charlottetown.
(located by the TD Bank and Shoppers Drug Mart -across University Avenue from the Charlottetown Mall).
The phone number is 629-2015.


Minutes of 2015 AGM in Charlottetown; posted December 9, 2015

Minutes of 2014 AGM in Summerside; posted February 14, 2015


Posted May 28, 2014: Heart and Stroke/PEI seeks volunteers ~ Susanne MacDonald, Heart and Stroke/PEI



Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, keep those skills razor sharp, and best of all, have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make a difference in the lives of Islanders. If you enjoy people, have some time to share, and would like to be part of our work to help residents of PEI to live longer, healthier lives, or if you simply want more information, please call Crystal at 902-892-7441 or toll-free 1-888-473-4636, or email Crystal.


President Sheridyth MacNeil indicates there was a good turnout for the Prince County Spring Social in Summerside, May 1. We stil have two more up and coming:

2014 Spring Socials

Queens—May 8
Jack Blanchard Centre, Charlottetown

Kings—May 15
Red’s Corner, Montague


On May 29th from 9:00-11:30 am my Island History class will be hosting an open house in the Montague RHS cafeteria to celebrate one room schools in our area. We would like to extend an invitation to all your members. We are also seeking former one room schoolhouse teachers and former students to interview. Please contact me at the school 838-0835 or at home 838- 4200 if interested.

Ralph Jamieson


Minutes of 2013 AGM in Charlottetown; posted January 10, 2014


Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs, Mr. Wes Sheridan, will be speaking in the afternoon (scheduled at 1:15) at the AGM (November 7) about pension changes. Some may be interested in hearing him.

Our AGM is slated for November 7, 2013, at Rodd Royalty, West Royalty, Registration: 9 AM, Meeting: 10 AM, Meeting and Snacks: $5.00, Meeting and Hot Lunch: $20.00, Featured Speaker: Ann Cairns, Pharmacist, Sherwood Drug Mart.


September 12, 2013: CUBA – ‘Spanish Studies in Cuba’
(Havana), $2,500.00 Can. for 4 wks.
Hotel with breakfast and dinner,
tuition fee. (Air fare not included).

The name of my company is ‘Spanish Studies in Cuba’ and I have been taking groups to Havana for the past fifteen years. Two four week sessions are planned for next year in January and February. I have been advertising regularly in various publications including:
- the Globe and Mail,
- the Zoomer magazine,
- the Retired Teachers Magazines of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Basil Boardman

Bill Oehlke has confirmed the validity of this ad.


September 12, 2013: Preparedness for Upcoming Hurricane Season, from Johnson Insurance.


June 19, 2013: PEI Arthritis Society 'Call for Volunteers'.


May 22, 2013: PEI 55+ Summer Games; June 17-22; register on or before June 7. Visit link to left for details.


April 19, 2013:

Just a reminder that the Spring Socials will be held from 1:30-3:30 PM as follows:

Prince, May 2, St. Paul's Centre, S'side

Kings, May 9, Dr. Roddie Centre, St Peter's

Queens, May 16, Jack Blanchard Family Centre, Charlottetown

Please note that county reps for 2014-16 will elected at these events and installed at the AGM in November.


March 13, 2013

Here is a 'shout out' to all former teachers, staff and students who have ever been involved with West Kent School.

In celebration of our 50th, we are publishing an Anthology of present students memories of West Kent and hope to have an accumulation of alumni stories as well. We are also interested in any pictures anyone may have of days gone.

Please note this is only regarding the present West Kent School....not the original old school.

Please see the bulletin below, and we would so appreciate if you could share the information with anyone you think would be interested.

Thanks again,
Valerie Beer
50th Committee

West Kent, 27 Viceroy Ave, turns 50!

The school opened its doors in January, 1963. As part of our anniversary celebrations present students and staff are compiling an anthology of “What West Kent Means to Me”. We invite all alumni, teachers and students, to contribute their memories to our Anniversary Anthology. You can send your memories in a word document (250 words) and/ or pictures to Check out our blog, for updates on the celebrations!!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,
West Kent Anniversary Committee


Canadian Parents for French, call for volunteers to serve on Provincial Board of Directors; March 5, 2013


Horizon: Discounts on hearing assessment, hearing aids, listening devices for PEIRTA members; January 14, 2013


Canadian Parents for French, call for volunteers to serve on Provincial Board of Directors; March 5, 2013


Horizon: Discounts on hearing assessment, hearing aids, listening devices for PEIRTA members; January 14, 2013


Canadian Diabetic Association, PEI Region, Call for Volunteers; January 12, 2013



Minutes of 2012 AGM in Summerside; posted December 19, 2012

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This is from Heather Doran, posted September 7, 2012:

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for In-School Mentors

What if every child fulfills his or her potential? Imagine what that could start! Sign up to be an In-School Mentor and you could change your life and the life of a child just by being a friend. Whether you are playing games or making crafts, you can have fun while helping a child succeed. It doesn't matter what you do, it's that you do it together. One hour a week is all it takes to start something big! For more information call Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI at 569-KIDS (1-877-411-3729), e-mail: or visit

Heather Doran
Volunteer & Events Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI


This is from Olive O'Brien:

Newcomer and Established Island Seniors 50 years and older will learn new skills, and create friendships through the Seniors Connecting Across Cultures Program organized by the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, Seniors Active Living Centre, and Murphy's Community Centre.

No special equipment or experience necessary and newcomer seniors can participate in activities regardless of their current level of English. Seniors can sign up for as many activities as they wish, and all sessions are free. Workshops take place between September and May, so contact us today!

Workshops are:
Eight Nights of Games
Using a Video Camera
International Cooking
Practical Digital Photography
Rug Hooking and Knitting
Voices Together Choral Singing
Line Dancing
Visual Arts

Information is posted on the PEI ANC website under Things to Know, and Things to Do, and on PEI ANC's Facebook page. For further information, or to register, please contact the Seniors Active Living Centre by calling (902) 628-8388 or emailing


To: PEIRTA Members: May 17, 2012
From Eugene Murphy and PEI 55+ Summer Games

You are reminded that the registration forms for the 55+ Summer Games are now available. If you have not already received one, copies may be accessed at the 55+ Games website or via PEI 55+ Summer Games
or call Sara Richard at 566-2354 ext 235.

The Games are hosted by the Town of Cornwall, and scheduled for the week of June 18-23. The list of specific events and timetable is on the registration form. If you need other information or would like to volunteer, contact Sara Richard as noted above. Please note the registration deadline of June 8.


Don’t forget the spring socials, which start at 1:30pm in the various locales.

Prince County — May 3; St. Paul’s Centre, Summerside

Queens County — May 10; Malcolm Darrach Centre, East Royalty

Kings County — May 17; Dr. Roddie Centre, St. Peter’s

Spread the word please.


Sheila O'Shea writes on behalf of the 2012 Canada Wide Science Fair:

"Hi, My name is Sheila O'Shea and I am a teacher at Sherwood Elementary. I am involved this year with recruiting volunteers for the Canada Wide Science Fair being held at UPEI from Monday, May 14th -Saturday May 19th. On Thursday Jan.19th at UPEI we are having the launch of the CWSF website. On that site there will be information about what type of jobs we are asking people to volunteer for and a volunteer form to sign. If you can attend the launch at the AVC center on campus between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM that would be wonderful. I will have more information to follow after the 19th of January. Thank you."


The Canada Wide Science Fair is coming to Prince Edward Island from May 13-18th, 2012 at UPEI. Some of the brighest minds from Grades 7-12 will compete for medals and prizes worth approximately $1,000,000. The PEI Retired Teachers Association is just one of the many organizations we are asking to help us with this wonderful event. The website to registrar and view the various areas people can volunteer for is, and the contact person is John Burka Chair of the Volunteer Committee. You can also contact Sheila O'Shea at Sherwood Elementary 368-6780 if you have any questions. Also take a look at the Canada Wide Science Fair website to see the entire program,

Thank you in advance for all your support, Sheila O'Shea at Sheila O'Shea

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