Volunteer Opportunities


Time marches on and there comes a day when homeowners need to consider downsizing. The task, however, seems to be colossal! Decisions about what to do with possessions accumulated over a lifetime are difficult to make. Stacy Walker and Jan Tworek, guest speakers for the summer luncheon on June 7, are professional organizers who will discuss basic concepts, share tips and identify some resources to address the process of reducing the volume of personal property.


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.

Second Wind Conference 2017

The Second Wind Conference, the sixth annual wellness conference for retirees, will be held at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre on Thursday, September 7.

Conference attendees are encouraged to explore new ideas and expand their knowledge base while connecting with colleagues and friends.

The keynote speaker this year is Peter Brown,
a famous radio personality well known to local listeners as the former host of "RadioActive" and producer of the comedy sketch program, "The Irrelevent Show" with CBC Radio in Edmonton.

An assortment of informative and uplifting break-out sessions that focus on body, mind and spirit will follow the opening address. Registrants will be able to participate in wine and cheese tasting, cardio salsa, golfing, line dancing and meditation; or learn about reverse mortgages, wills and the role of an executor, sexy seniors and the ARTA benefit plan. They can also receive instruction on the use of new technology (iPhones and iPads) and how to take photographs using a cell phone; be inspired by listening to presentations on travel, gardening, decluttering and hearing loss; or focus on mental wellness by attending sessions on the stress of retirement, living a purposeful life and humour.

The conference registration fee is $85.00. An early bird fee of $70.00 is in effect until July 15. The names of early bird registrants will be put into a draw for one person to win back their registration fee. No refunds will be issued after July 30. A continental breakfast, nutritious lunch and two coffee breaks are included in the price of admission.

An art show and sale will run concurrently with the conference followed by a 'wine down' and a draw for various prizes at the end of the day.

Further information and a registration form are available online at secondwind or by telephoning Maurine Maslen at 780.418.8032. Forward the registration forms to the registrar at 53 Goodridge Drive, St. Albert, Alberta  T8N 2B1.

Breeze into fall with Second Wind's Expanding Horizions to renew acquaintances, reconnect with colleagues and be re-energized.

ARTA Scholarships

Direct relatives of members of the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA)—children, grand-children, first and second generation nieces and nephews—are eligible to apply for the two types of ARTA scholarships. TW Insurance Brokers Inc. sponsors the ARTA–TW Insurance Degree Scholarships that are valued at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively and are only awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program. ARTA also offers the ARTA Certificate/ Diploma Scholarships for $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 to post-secondary students registered in a certificate or diploma program of two or more years.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement and volunteer work. Personal accomplishments, future goals and letters of reference are factored into the decision as well.

Go to the ARTA website at or write to the ARTA office at 11835 149 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2J1 for application forms and criteria details. The submission deadline is July 31, 2017.