- NEARTANortheastern Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
NEARTA - Northeastern Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
St. Paul, Alberta
President: Larry Lambert
NEARTA was officially proclaimed as the eleventh branch of ARTA at the Annual General Meeting held on October 22nd, 1986. While its birth was not painful, NEARTA’s gestation period was rather lengthy. For several years, some retired teachers from the Elk Point and St. Paul areas had, on a number of occasions, travelled to Vermilion to attend functions organized by the up and running Central Eastern Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (CEARTA), a branch which was formed in 1975. These visiting retirees liked what was happening at CEARTA and received a lot of encouragement from their CEARTA colleagues.
- NWARTANorthwestern Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
NWARTA - Northwestern Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Grande Prairie, Alberta
President: Lorna McIlroy
Geographically, the Northwestern Alberta branch of Retired Teachers is the largest branch in the province. The branch area is divided by the mighty Peace River into the separate communities of North and South Peace. These facts have played an important role in the inception, expansion and the very existence of this branch.
- CARTACentral Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
CARTA - Central Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Red Deer, Alberta
President: Edna Warriner
Don Carlson was elected the first president and Dorothy Read was the first secretary of the Central Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (CARTA) and were very active in the association for many years. Dorothy Read also went on to become the president of ARTA in 1975.
- CERTACentral East Retired Teachers’ Association
CERTA - Central East Retired Teachers' Association
Vermillion, Alberta Website
President: Bonnie Bauer Phone:
780-853-6148 Email: email@example.com
An initial attempt to organize a retired teachers’ group in the Vermilion area could have died with the original organizer, Clarke Richardson, in 1974, but interest had been roused and the Central East Retired Teachers Association (CERTA) was founded on September 11, 1975.
- CDRTACamrose & District Retired Teachers’ Association
CDRTA - Camrose & District Retired Teachers' Association
President: Keith Elliot
In 1928 John W. Barnett parked his gray Dort in front of the Camrose Normal School and pitched his idea of a provincial teachers’ organization to principal William Stricker and the classes of teachers in training. The Alberta Teachers’ Association was formed as a result of the efforts of J. W. Barnett, and some of those teachers in training eventually joined the Camrose and District Retired Teachers’ Association.
- ERTAEdmonton Retired Teachers Association
ERTA - Edmonton Retired Teachers Association
Edmonton, Alberta Website
President: Joan Harrison Phone:
In the late 1950s, the retired teachers of Edmonton met irregularly to address concerns regarding low pensions, medical insurance needs and hospital care. By the fall of 1960, the Retired Teachers of Edmonton was formally organized with Ben Hager acting as President and Lillian Parnell as the Secretary-Treasurer.
- HARTAHeartland Retired Teachers’ Association
HARTA - Heartland Retired Teachers' Association
President: Ron Thompson
The formation of HARTA took approximately six months to come to fruition, although the vision was present in November of 2009. Ron Thompson was one of a number of ARTA members who attended an organizational meeting to establish a branch of ARTA to serve the counties of Wetaskiwin, Leduc and Brazeau in November 2009.
- PARTAParkland Area Retired Teachers’ Association
PARTA - Parkland Area Retired Teachers' Association
Parkland County, Alberta Website
President: Iona Robertson Phone:
780 571 2588 Email:
Although the teachers of Parkland School Division have always been politically active and rather influential at the provincial level, it was not until 2007 that Irl Miller and Aileen Munro, retirees from Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain, began to gather names and contact information of fellow retirees to charter a retired teachers’ organization in the area.
- SCRTAStrathcona County Retired Teachers’ Association
SCRTA - Strathcona County Retired Teachers' Association
Strathcona County, Alberta
President: Inge Coates Phone:
780-417-6961 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCRTA 's top priority when it was formed in 1987 was recruitment. The first president, Ron Mundell , with his executive of Bud Baker, Doris Corbin and Ena Campbell, set out to gather together like-minded individuals with the three goals of sharing fellowship, improving member-welfare, and being actively involved in the group and in the community.
- SDRTAStettler & District Retired Teachers’ Association
SDRTA - Stettler & District Retired Teachers' Association
Stettler, Alberta Website
President: Neil Pinder Phone:
The Stettler and District Retired Teachers' Association (SDRTA) is one of the younger branches of ARTA. It took us some length of time to make up our minds about becoming a branch. In the early 2000s, retired teachers in our area had been courted by the Red Deer and Camrose branches to join their social functions, which some of us did. Eventually, Gerry Smith who was a former teacher in Stettler and, at that time, incumbent Executive Secretary of ARTA, encouraged us to form a branch.
- STARTASt. Albert & Area Retired Teachers’ Association
STARTA - St. Albert & Area Retired Teachers' Association
St. Albert, Alberta Website
Co-President: Peggy Bergmann
Co-President: Ardyth Garrison
The St. Albert and Area Retired Teachers’ Association (STARTA) has grown from a small group of retired teachers sixteen years ago to a group of over 150 active members. We are proud of our enthusiastic and hard-working executive members, both past and present, and also of the many people behind the scenes who help make things happen in our branch.
- WCRTAWolf Creek Retired Teachers’ Association
WCRTA - Wolf Creek Retired Teachers' Association
President: Frank Tschabold
The Ponoka Retired Teachers’ Association was organized in 1975 around the kitchen table of Viola Shomshor. The first president was Twig Taylor. Following the amalgamation of Ponoka and Lacombe county school boards in the 1990s the branch name changed to Ponoka & District Retired Teachers’ Association. In 2013 the branch was renamed the Wolf Creek Retired Teachers’ Association to more accurately reflect and be inclusive of the current membership.
- WRTAWainwright Retired Teachers’ Association
WRTA - Wainwright Retired Teachers' Association
Wainwright, Alberta Website
President: Erika Foley Phone:
The Vermilion branch of ARTA received its charter in 1975, and a number of Wainwright area teachers attended its functions. On September 9, 1982, Nancy Ryall had a coffee party where the idea of forming their own branch was proposed. Twenty-five retired teachers attended an organizational meeting on December 9 in the Grace United Church hall. Elected to office were Marie Valleau (President), Washburn Laird (Vice-President), Nancy Ryall (Secretary-Treasurer) and Mildred Hughes (Program Convener).
- CRTACalgary Retired Teachers’ Association
CRTA - Calgary Retired Teachers Association
Calgary, Alberta Website
President: Linda Manwarren Phone:
The first meeting of the Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association was held at Western Canada High School on January 23, 1961. It was agreed that the organization would become the Retired Teachers’ Association of Alberta—Calgary Branch and that the membership fee be set at $1.00.
- FRTAFoothills Retired Teachers’ Association
FRTA - Foothills Retired Teachers' Association
St. Paul, Alberta
President: Gerhard Sawatzky Phone:
403-652-9453 Email: email@example.com
Twelve short years ago, a group of Foothills retired teachers—Noreen Stroud, Norma Dudgeon, Gillian Ross, Margaret Rarick, Margaret McLuskey, Fran Porter and Felicity Patterson—along with two teachers from Senegal (Shel Montgomery and Jean Francois Deschenes), met on September 6, 2001, and endorsed the idea of forming a local association of retired teachers. Knowing that the acronym of Foothills Association of Retired Teachers would not be a good idea, they chose FRTA instead.
- MHADRTAMedicine Hat & District Retired Teachers’ Association
MHADRTA - Medicine Hat & District Retired Teachers' Association
Medicine Hat, Alberta
President: Jim Black
The Medicine Hat Retired Teachers' Association (MHRTA) was incorporated as an ARTA branch on August 1, 1972. The organizational meeting, chaired by Fiona Milne, took place at the Medicine Hat Junior College March 29, 1972, with nineteen members present. A telephone volunteer list was compiled and an executive elected: Reg Johnston–President, Fiona Milne–Vice-President, Barbara Hooper–Secretary-Treasurer and Peg Morrison–Proxy Secretary. Fees of $1.00 per year were levied, and it was agreed to have three meetings annually.
- SWARTASouthWest Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
SWARTA - SouthWest Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
President: Doreen Pawlowski
Various meetings were held in Lethbridge as well as in Calgary and Edmonton, between 1961 and the official formation of ARTA in 1963. On Sept. 3, 1963, an application was made to have the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association incorporated under the Societies Act. A charter was issued on November 14, 1963. SWARTA is listed as an originating branch in A History of the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (1963-1993) by R.L. Rhine.
- OKARTAOkanagan Retired Teachers’ Association
OKARTA - Okanagan Retired Teachers' Association
Okanagan, British Columbia Website
President: Fred Resler Phone:
OKARTA has the honour of being the first branch of Alberta retired teachers to exist outside of Alberta's borders. The inspiration to form a satellite branch came from ARTA board member Irl Miller who knew that Ron Rhine was the right person for the job. Ron, a former Treasurer, President and Executive Secretary of ARTA, was retired and living in Westbank, British Columbia. Armed with a handful of names and the encouragement of his colleagues, Ron began sending letters to retired Alberta teachers who resided in the Okanagan valley.
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Make the most out of your ARTA membership.
More than just a loose association of retirees and educators, the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association offers a range of services and benefits for our membership. Our branches are the backbone of our organization, putting together great events and creating opportunities for retirees in Alberta and even parts of British Columbia. Make the most of your retirement with volunteer opportunities, meet fellow ARTA members at social gatherings, continue your own education with workshops and conferences, or join fellow members for local, national and international travel opportunities.
You’re retired, but you’re still passionate about all the things you love, and you still want to make a difference. That’s why every ARTA branch is directly engaged with its local community. Your ARTA membership gives you access to volunteer opportunities that elevate our communities. ARTA Community outreach opportunities give our members the opportunity to use their passion to continue to help others, stay active, and continue to make a difference in their communities.
One of the joys of being an educator is the endless journey of discovery that teaching provides. As teachers and lifelong learners ourselves, we understand education doesn’t end at retirement. That’s why your local ARTA branch regularly develops workshops covering a breadth of topics hosted by experts in each subject. ARTA workshops are a great opportunity to keep your mind keen, connect with fellow members, and discover fascinating new topics. Contact your local branch for more information.
ARTA members are lively, dynamic educators with a passion for teaching and learning. With such a diverse membership, ARTA is always working hard to create great special events. Day long conferences and other special events help meet the insatiable intellectual appetite of retired teachers, and offer great opportunities to connect and reconnect with fellow educators.
On of the great advantages of retirement is the opportunity to travel. Join your fellow ARTA members and get to know even more about your home, our great country, or even the world, with travel opportunities from ARTA. Local branches regularly organize day trips, national trips, and even international trips for our membership. Contact your local branch for more details about the many great travel opportunities ARTA has for you.
Staying fit and active is a key part of maintaining your health throughout your retirement, and ARTA wants to help. With information and access to local physical, mental and spiritual wellness programs, your regional ARTA branch is there to help support your health and wellness and help you stay strong and vibrant and get the most out of your retirement.