A Message From the President
The KTRTA has a monthly luncheon, short meeting and programme on the last Friday of each month, except for December, May, June, July and August. We meet at the North Shore Community Centre on Cottonwood Ave. in North Kamloops. Doors open at 11:30 for a chance to socialize. Luncheons are catered by local restaurants. The programmes are planned by the executive after surveying the membership each year for topics of interest. Our Christmas luncheon at the end of November is a turkey dinner and we have entertainment by a musical group from the community.
At this time we also collect donations from the members for the Foodbank and Christmas Amalgamated. The KTRTA membership supports two special projects. Through member donations and a March Silent Auction we have over $80,000.00 in the Thompson University Foundation. This fund provides for two bursary to two TRU Education students each year (approximately $1500.00 each). Should you wish to make a donation to our fund please donate by cheque or online to the Thompson Rivers University Foundation and reference the Retired Teachersí Bursary Fund (tax receipts are provided).
Our other special project is fund raising from members to support a female secondary student in Tanzania. The studentsí education is done through the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES). This organization was started in Canada by a young teacher in the 1980s. CHES has set up schools and educated thousands of girls in Kenya and Tanzania. Please visit their website it is very informative. You can also donate to this organization and designate your donation to the KTRTA CHES fund for our student.
The KTRTA raises the funds through member donations to CHES and a silent auction held each year. The KTRTA supports the work of the BCRTA helping to lobby the government on issues of importance to our members. We also lobby the BCRTA on issue of importance to our members that may not have been raised by the BCRTA.
The KTRTA produces a local newsletter, The Bridge twice a year. It is available on this website. Also available on the website are links to Organizations that members may want to access. The BCRTA link will get you to their website–be sure to read Postscript magazine and the Liaison Priorities newsletter for updated information about the BCRTA’s activities. Also check out the Affinity Programs that the BCRTA has negotiated with different groups for cost savings for our members. The travel insurance, Medoc through Johnson Inc. is just one program that members rave about!
Hope to see you at a luncheon in the near future.
Sheila Park, President KTRTA
Photo: Overlander Bridge from Riverside Park. Kamloops, BC