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With nearly 4,000 strong, District 27 of the Retired Teachers of Ontario boasts the second-largest membership in Ontario, with individuals ranging in age from their pre-fifties to early hundreds! Outside of the Provincial Office, Ottawa-Carleton is the only District to offer truly bilingual services, including the Horizons 27 magazine and this website. Founded in 1971, District 27 celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2011.

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See the right sidebar to read the December 2020 interim Horizons 27 newsletter.


Improvements to RTOERO travel insurance

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In March 2020, the global travel advisory related to COVID-19 caused medical systems to be stressed and travel to be suspended worldwide.
Now, as 2021 approaches, the travel landscape is changing. This message provides information about updates to your travel insurance in light of these changes.
Pandemic travel coverage
Our travel insurance now covers COVID-19 medical emergencies while travelling, even during the time of government-issued travel advisories. This change is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2020.

>Read full article

RTOERO District 27 University Scholarships

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Applications are due by January 29, 2021

Each year RTOERO awards up to 20 scholarships, valued at $3000, to post-secondary (college or university) students enrolled in programs that lead to a career which could benefit RTOERO members and seniors in Canada. RTOERO members are encouraged to recommend students in their lives, including family members, who meet the criteria. Over the past 20 years, we’ve awarded 374 scholarships totalling $429,000.

> Read more and apply online

2021 RTOERO Retirement Planning Workshops are available online

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Attend a free retirement planning workshop in your area to learn what you need to know, connect with peers at the same stage as you and walk away with answers, resources, and clarity on your next steps. Reserve your spot.

> Retirement planning workshops - RTOERO


Danielle Guertin is currently Interim President until December 31,2020, replacing Louise Perrault who, for personal reasons, has resigned from the Executive effective October 1st. The 1st VP position which was held by Danielle is currently vacant.

Given the pandemic limitations, a Zoom District Council meeting will be held on November 10, 2020 in lieu of the normal AGM. A new slate of officers for 2021 will be presented and should be voted in by the District Council members. After that meeting we should have a new and complete Executive and District Council.

Connected Canadians
Connecting older adults with technology, training and support

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Retired educators are being sought by Connected Canadians for a variety of volunteer positions from Mentor to Evaluator. Connected Canadians is an Ottawa-based organization that provides technical support services free of charge to older adults in the National Capital Region and across the country.
Founded in January 2018, Connected Canadians is a federally incorporated non-profit organization with a simple philosophy: “We believe that digital culture is a human right. Our mandate is to reduce the isolation and loneliness of older people by promoting digital skills and providing technological training and support. ”

Since its inception and before the COVID-19 shutdown, Connected Canadians has helped more than 300 Ottawa-area seniors with in-person technology training workshops. No longer able to organize face-to-face meetings, however, support is now provided virtually, either online or over the phone.

>Read full article
>Visit our "Volunteer Positions" page

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from
Martha Foster (Chair) & Jim Grieve (CEO) of RTOERO

The COVID-19 crisis unfolding in Long Term Care facilities across Canada requires urgent and immediate attention by all levels of government. Going forward, once an equilibrium in this health pandemic is achieved, there is an immediate need for rethinking and resourcing the way we treat and care for all of the valued elders in our Canadian society. RTOERO has also sent similar but specific letters to every Premier and Minister responsible for seniors and health care in every Province and Territory in Canada.

>Read full letter

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The Canadian Deprescribing Network’s website explores resources for the general public and health care professionals.

> Visit our "Health-Related Issues" page


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RTO/ERO is excited to announce the newest addition to our website – the Health & Wellness Portal (Opens in new tab or window)

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The provincial Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) has produced a brochure which states how RTO/ERO advocates for RTO/ERO members and Seniors.

>Click here to read more

Promoting the Interest of Seniors - McMaster’s Optimal Aging Portal

The Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (CART) has partnered with McMaster Optimal Aging Portal to bring you healthy aging that you can trust.
>Click here to read more

Address changes must now be made through the RTO/ERO Provincial Office

If you wish to change your postal address or add an email address to your member profile, RTO/ERO Provincial requests that members contact the provincial office at: membership@rto-ero.org

Horizons 27 December 2020
Interim Newsletter

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Calendar of Events

Seeking Volunteers


Entre-Nous Choir

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Live Feed From Provincial HQ

Our Membership is Growing

The membership of RTO/ERO, ranging in age from the pre-fifties to 100+, is over 77,000. Most RTO/ERO members live in Ontario and are affiliated with one of the 45 districts into which the provincial organization is divided.
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> Interactive District contact list
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