Volunteer Opportunities


Although all elected officer positions have been filled, the ERTA Board of Directors would like to encourage anyone interested in contributing to the Association in some small way to join the ERTA Board. No job is onerous; and the old adage “many hands make light work” definitely applies here. More members on the Board would enable current directors to feel free to travel extensively or to be involved in activities that might otherwise conflict with an ERTA commitment.

Please contact any board member if you are interested or to submit a name of someone who might be persuaded to become involved.

Check out the Roles and Responsibilities of the ERTA Board of Directors. on the Governance page.

ARTA annual golf tournament

June 2018

The Foothills Retired Teachers’ Association is hosting the 2018 ARTA Annual Golf Tournament at the Highwood Golf and Country Club in High River on Thursday, June 21.

Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a great day of golf with great prizes, great food, great entertainment and a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Non-golfers will be offered several art-related or tour options in which to participate while waiting for a spouse or companion to complete eighteen holes of golf.

Registration details will be posted on the ARTA website, arta.net, in the new year.

Volunteer Opportunity

Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS)

The life-changing Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) provides one-on-one tutoring at no cost to adults who are functionally illiterate and have a desire to improve their literacy skills. Forty per cent of the individuals registered in the program are established immigrants.

Along with a two-hour class once a week, literacy students are expected to complete two hours of homework each week as well as read from thirty to sixty minutes each day. PALS also offers ESL and numeracy classes. Many math students are preparing for entrance into an apprenticeship or job training program that will ultimately result in better employment opportunities. Flexible class times are available during the day, in the evening and on the weekends to accommodate the adult learners' work schedules.

Abecedarians are guided through an established curriculum by tutors who assist when difficulties are encountered, serve as motivators and also encourage them to continue whenever they are disheartened.

PALS urgently requires tutors for the program for the coming year. They attend an hour-and-a-half orientation and a three-hour training session in their preferred program. Tutors are also availed an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the curriculum and the specific materials identified for use with their particular protégé in an extra hour-and-a-half session with the coordinator of the program. PALS supplies all of the resources. Funding is provided by the United Way and the provincial government.

About 150 volunteers work with over 200 adult learners at either the education facility located at 41–9912 106 Street or at a local library. Go online to www.palsedmonton.ca for more information or to download an application form or, if you prefer, phone 780.424.5514 to speak with the program coordinator.

June 2019

Could the ARTA Annual Golf Tournament be held in Edmonton? The answer to that question is a resounding “YES.”

John Renfree has generously offered to work on a committee to ensure that an ERTA-sponsored golf tournament becomes a reality.

Many of you know John. He is a long-time ERTA member who has attended many luncheons over the years. John has also enjoyed participating in a number of annual golf tournaments hosted by other Alberta branches. John’s willingness to be on an organizing committee to plan this event is very much appreciated.

But he needs some help. Several components are involved in arranging an undertaking of this magnitude beyond simply establishing a date and location. Five or six volunteers are required to assist with organizing the event.

If you are willing to volunteer your time and your skills to support this endeavour, please contact John Renfree at renfree!@telus.net or call him at 780.489.8270. You do not need to be a golfer to assist.

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