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Alberta Legislature Tour

In recognition of Canada 150, the ERTA Program Committee has arranged for a guided tour of the Alberta Legislature on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. A variety of topics will be covered by a knowledgeable heritage interpreter assigned to our group. We will meet at 12:45 p.m. at the west entrance to the Federal Building that is located at 9820 107 Street—at the northeast corner of the Alberta Legislature grounds.

After the forty-five minute tour, participants will enjoy an exceptional viewing experience in the Pehonan Theatre, featuring a 360° screen with 4-D effects. The short film, entitled Our People Our Province, celebrates the political and social history of Alberta. A finale to the tour would be an optional visit to the Alberta branded retail store.

For those who wish to join their colleagues for lunch before starting the tour, seating has been booked for 11:30 a.m. in the Legislature cafeteria.

There is no cost for the tour but, if you wish to join the group for lunch, we request a $10.00 deposit that will be refunded to those who arrive at the cafeteria.

BEFORE REGISTERING, please consider how you will get to the Legislature. Several ETS buses stop at Government Centre transit station, next to the Federal Building. Also, LRT routes (Metro and Capital lines) will take you to the Grandin/Government Centre station. Limited parking is available on 99 Avenue but parking downtown is expensive and a challenge at the best of times.

A printable map can be down-loaded from:, showing transit and parking locations along with the buildings and grounds.

Contact Lynn Arnold at 780.919.5848 or email her at to register or add your name to the sign-up sheet at the summer luncheon.


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.

Life Membership - June 2017

By Cliff Otto

Grace Melnyk, the youngest of three children of Ukrainian immigrants, was born on May 15, 1927, in Hamlin, Alberta, near Vilna. Her father was a Ukrainian Greek Orthodox priest, serving country parishes in central Alberta.

She attended Sachava School near Andrew for the first six years before the family was transferred to Roblin, Manitoba, in 1938. Grace completed her high school education in June 1943 and was able to enroll in the Faculty of Home Economics at the University of Manitoba, courtesy of a two-year scholarship.

For employment during the summer after her first year, Grace was assigned to Willen School near Elkhorn. With no teacher training whatsoever and few resources, she was asked to complete the school year. The classroom teacher had enlisted and had been sent overseas. In spite of the many obstacles it turned out to be a great experience and introduced her to the love of teaching.

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1947 and was soon hired as a District Home Economist with the Alberta Department of Agriculture for the Vegreville area.

Grace was married in 1951 and, in 1952, moved to Edmonton. Since there were no jobs for home economists in Edmonton, she worked in the yarn lab at Canadian Chemical as a laboratory analyst. She found it difficult to work there after the birth of her two sons due to the shift work. She took a job in the quality control lab at Canada Packers and was employed there until 1964.

She contemplated a career change at this point in her life. With a two-month leave of absence from Canada Packers and the added benefit of a student loan, Grace registered in two summer school courses. Seventeen years after graduating from the University of Manitoba, she was enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Although it was a daunting experience initially, Grace soon discovered that many mature trades people had enrolled in the Faculty of Education in order to teach the vocational courses that were being offered at many high schools. Following two summer school sessions, one full-year program and two rounds of student teaching, a BEd degree and a teaching certificate were a reality.

One of her student teaching rounds was at Jasper Place Composite High School. She taught Home Economics at the school for nine years, finding it to be as rewarding as she had imagined it would be after her brief introduction to the profession so many years before.

In 1974, she was offered the assistant principal position at W.P. Wagner High School. Although she was reluctant to leave the classroom, this assignment was a new challenge in a different kind of school with an excellent staff.

A year later, Grace was seconded to the Depart-ment of Education for one year as the Supervisor of Home Economics. Upon her return to teaching at W. P. Wagner, she started taking the courses required to obtain a master's degree in Education Administration, which she completed in 1980.

In 1986, Grace became the Supervisor of Student Placement in central office where she remained until her retirement in 1990.

Grace enjoyed travelling and has visited central Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Ukraine, the West Indies and the Scandinavian countries. Her hobbies are knitting and weaving. Her looms are still active— just not as much as they once were.

In the early 1500s, there were 350,000 to 500,000 Aboriginal people in what would become Canada. By 1867, 100,000 to 125,000 First Nations people remained. There are now 1,400,685 people who identify themselves as Aboriginal.

The disappearance of bison from the plains in the 1870s, due to demand for products, ultimately led to the destruction of the plains Aboriginal and Métis economies.

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 Summer Luncheon and AGM        June 7, 2017

 Alberta Legislature Tour               June 22, 2017

 ARTA Annual Golf Tournament     June 24, 2017

 ARTA Walking Challenge          April 1 – June 30

 Board of Directors Meeting       August 16, 2017

 Second Wind Conference      September 7, 2017

   Fall Luncheon                      September 20, 2017