“a voice for Edmonton’s retired teachers”

ERTA (Edmonton Retired Teachers’ Association) provides social opportunities for retired teachers to meet and enjoy the exchange of memories and experiences with friends and fellow members.

Teachers in the Edmonton area who have contributed to the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund are eligible to belong to ERTA.  Teachers from the city, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and surrounding areas who worked for the Public and/or Catholic boards are encouraged to join.

You are encouraged to invite fellow colleagues who have retired to join us as your guest.

We are “a voice for Edmonton’s retired teachers”.

The Goals ERTA

The goals or objects of  ERTA  are to :

The ERTA and ARTA Relationship

ERTA, is a branch of the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA).

ARTA is the province wide organization that represents retired teachers and provides a single voice to governments and other organizations with respect to pensions and issues related to retired members.

Members of ARTA’s Board of Directors are Presidents of the many branches or members of their executives.

ARTA is known for its role as sponsor of the health/dental and travel insurance program administered by ASEBP. In order to access that insurance, one needs to be an ARTA member but that does not entitle you to be a member of ERTA. Click on the  web address below to go to the ARTA site for  membership information.


A separate membership is required to belong to ERTA.  See the Member Info section in the menu above for information.

About Us

©Edmonton Retired Teachers Association 2012

The Early Beginnings

Our association was started as a result of a group of teachers who informally organized and held meetings in the late fifties to discuss their concerns over low pensions, medical insurance and hospital care.  By November 14th, 1960 the Retired Teachers’ of Edmonton was finalized under the leadership of President Larue Smith, Vice President J. Gordon Sinclair, and Secretary Lillian G. Parnell.

The Retired Teachers of Edmonton, along with the Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association and the Lethbridge Retired Teachers were instrumental in organizing the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA).  

Representatives of the three groups first met on March 12, 1963. An application was made to incorporate ARTA on September 3, 1963 was approved on November 14, 1963.  

The name Retired Teachers of Edmonton was later renamed the to Edmonton Retired Teachers’ Association (ERTA) in 1963 after the creation of the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association.

We will forever be indebted to these people of vision for their hard work in setting the foundations of our present day organization.