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Mayfield Dinner Theatre

Reservations have been made for the brunch presentation of the musical comedy, All Shook Up, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.

This musical consists of over twenty Elvis Presley tunes woven into a story of mistaken identity, a love triangle and the power of rock ‘n roll set in conservative middle America in 1955.

Since this show is appealing to a great number of theatregoers, tickets are already at a premium. Telephone Vi Oko at 780.459.0813 as soon as possible to ensure that the required number of tickets are purchased.

With the 15% discount accorded groups, seats in the Broadway section are $71.40, which also includes GST; however, theatre management at the Mayfield is assessing groups an additional $5.25 gratuity per ticket this season.

Forward your cheque for $76.65, made payable to the Edmonton Retired Teachers’ Association, to Vi Oko at 20 Glenhaven Crescent, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 1A5 if you do not plan to attend the Christmas luncheon in December. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-reserved basis upon receipt of payment..

The Impact of War on Teaching

With the outbreak of hostilities in World War 1, teaching conditions and salaries in the province became reprehensible as salaries were arbitrarily cut and term contracts were immediately created. When teachers left their classrooms to enlist in the armed forces, their replacements frequently lacked training and qualifications.

Even in the face of these deplorable conditions, the idea of collective action on the part of teachers took time to evolve. Persuading educators of the merits of joining the fledgling Alberta Teachers’ Alliance (formation resolution passed April 1917) took two full years. By 1919, half of the teaching force of 4,000 had joined. Membership increased as teachers began to organize: Locals sprang up throughout Alberta.

Following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Albertans looked forward to a peaceful and prosperous future only to be engulfed in war once again two decades later.

The call to military service soon created teacher shortages; however, this time the Department of Education refrained from filling those vacancies with inexperienced and unqualified individuals. Teachers now had a collective voice.

The Alliance actively supported the war effort, all the while safeguarding its hard-won professional status. The organization urged school boards to augment teachers’ military pay and to ensure the security of their positions while on active duty.

Women often filled the void in the classrooms. When the war ended, many veterans availed themselves of the opportunity of a free university education to upgrade their qualifications.


I believe, as we grow older, our Christmas list gets smaller and the things we really want can’t be bought.

Christmas Gift

The gifts I’d leave beneath your tree,

Aren’t those that you can touch or see;

Not wrapped in Christmas tissue gay

But gifts to bless you every day.

The gift of friendship, warm and true,

Is one that I would leave for you.

Good health and happiness and cheer

To keep you smiling through the year.

The gift of peace that comes from God,

With prayer to guide each path you trod.

And when your heart has lost its song

The gift of hope to cheer you on.

These are the gifts I’d leave for you.

~By Maureen