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With more than 81,000 members and 51 districts from coast to coast, RTOERO is a national organization serving teachers and other retirees from the field of education. With more than 4,000 strong, RTOERO District 27 Ottawa-Carleton has the second-largest membership of the organization with individuals ranging in age from their pre-fifties to early hundreds!  District 27 is one of the few districts to offer truly bilingual services, including the Horizons 27 magazine and this website. Founded in 1971, Harry Redfern chaired the first meeting of the Ottawa-Carleton unit. The district celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2021. Read how RTOERO membership is open to all education sectors, nationwide

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You’re invited to attend an information session with the staff of RTOERO

Friday, February 24, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Heron Road Community Centre, 1480 Heron Road.

The session is meant to be a refresher on the information, resources and tools you need to help navigate your health plans with ease. There will be a question & answer (Q&A) period as part of this presentation. Bring your two booklets 2023 to the workshop.

Registration by Friday, February 17, by e-mail at mvdbosch@sympatico.ca or by telephone at: 613-521-5084. 

When registering, please indicate how many are attending and if you wish the English or French session. 

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Check-in & refreshments: 9:00am
Workshop: 9:30am - 11:30am

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
Courtyard Ottawa East
200 Coventry Road
Ottawa K1K 4S3

> Click here to view poster & register

Newred Join Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO)

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Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO) is a not for profit organization which supports the NAC Orchestra and their music education initiatives.

Founded at the same time as the Orchestra in 1969, Friends have been connecting music and people ever since. Our membership is a diverse and dynamic group of enthusiasts who share a passion for music and a desire to encourage Ottawa’s young musical talents.

While financially supporting young musicians, many of whom are aiming for an orchestral position, we also provide awards and donations to young people’s music programmes and organizations within the Ottawa area.

> Find out more (PDF)


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VP Bob Santos, Past President Dawn Paxton, 3rd VP Danielle Guertin, 2nd VP Monique Vandenbosch, President Linda Yan, Treasurer Roger Régimbal

More than forty members attended the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Centurion Convention Centre on November 17. A comprehensive report of activities held since the last AGM in 2020 was presented by President Linda Yan and other members of the executive. Treasurer Roger Régimbal presented the 2021 year-end financial report and spoke about the current state of the district finances. The election of the 2023 Executive members was held under the leadership of Past President, Dawn Paxton.

> Read more about our AGM here
> Photo Gallery

Political Advocacy Committee advocates for retirees

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Compassion Ottawa—Advance Care Planning

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Compassion Ottawa is a community movement that works to change the way we think about living well, dying, death and grief and to strengthen the capacity of people to care for each other in times of serious illness and loss. We passionately believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy wellness and self-respect until the end of life.

> Compassion Ottawa website

Donation to Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal

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March 9, 2022 — The RTOERO District 27 Board is supporting the people of Ukraine on your behalf by contributing $5,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

A letter from District 27 President Linda Yan states, in part:
"The retired teachers in the Ottawa, District 27, are very preoccupied with the war that is happening in Ukraine. We feel not only for those who have lost their lives in this war but also for those who have lost their homes and have been forced into exile."

Join the ELEVATION! Donate to the LIFT campaign

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A little support can make a big difference in the lives of Ottawa students. Your donation to the Education Foundation of Ottawa’s LIFT campaign helps vulnerable students shine, providing them the boost they need to access opportunities.

Many District 27 members will be familiar with the work of EFO (Education Foundation of Ottawa) and its focus on removing obstacles for vulnerable students. Over the years, teachers have been instrumental in the success of Toonie Tuesdays and other fundraising initiatives.

Last year EFO responded to the needs of students in crisis by providing tools for learning, grocery gift cards and awarded bursaries and grants to promote learning. With the continued effects of Covid-19, the need is greater than ever.

> Learn more and join the elevation

Council on Aging of Ottawa Seeks Volunteer Workshop Facilitators

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The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is looking for skilled and passionate volunteers to help with the delivery of both its virtual and in-person Smart Aging Programs.

> Find out how you can volunteer

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.
The travel landscape has changed in 2021. 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

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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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RTOERO 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 RTOERO advocates for RTOERO 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, RTOERO Provincial requests that members contact the provincial office at: membership@rto-ero.org

District 27 Newsletters

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November 2022 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Political Advocacy Committee (PAC)

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Seeking Volunteers

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Entre-Nous Choir

Photo Galleries

Subscribe to RTOEREO News Bulletins


Our Membership is Growing

The membership of RTOERO, ranging in age from the pre-fifties to 100+, is over 81,000. Most RTOERO members live in Ontario and are affiliated with one of the 51 districts across Canada.
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> Interactive District contact list
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