By Cliff Otto
Current total membership 454
Memberships not Renewed 41
Don’t Forget the Membership Draw
by Cliff Otto
Bernard Henri Lemay, an honorary life member and former executive secretary of the Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No. 54, passed away on January 18, 2018.
He earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1956 and then worked as an accountant for an oil company for three years prior to enrolling in the Faculty of Education.
He began his teaching career as a vice-principal in a Catholic school in Beaumont, a position he held for five years. In 1963, Bernie received his Bachelor or Education degree. In 1964, he joined the staff of Austin O’Brien High School, teaching science and business courses for three years. Bernie assumed the role of executive secretary of the local only a few years after the position was created served in that capacity for twenty-seven years, retiring in June 1995.
He functioned as the treasurer of the St. Albert and Area Retired Teachers’ Association for four years before becoming the acting treasurer for ERTA early in the winter of 2005. He served as the branch’s official treasurer for the next eight years.
Music and community service were of foremost importance in Bernie’s life.