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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 October 2020 interim Horizons 27 newsletter.


Solva Senior Living is proud to present two virtual learning opportunities

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS: Navigating Seniors Housing and Care During Covid on 14 October, and Aging at Home - What You Need to Know, on 21 October. Both at 11am, via registered link.

Join owner and founder Christine Forget and Principal Consultant Caroline Inman as they answer some of the most common questions surrounding seniors housing and aging in place:

The differences between retirement homes and Long Term Care; the costs associated with care needs, what options are there for staying at home or retirement living? What community services and programs are available to you. And much more!

Register at info@solvaseniorliving.ca by 13th October for the 14th October session and by 20th October, for the 21st.


2020 RTO/ERO District 27 University Scholarships

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Apply before October 31, 2020
If you have a family member enrolled in the last year/semester of a program that is recognized at a Canadian publicly-funded or not-for-profit university, you may want to sponsor him or her. The application deadline is October 31, 2020.

• Download a University Scholarship Program application form in Word: .docx
• Download a
University Scholarship Program application form in PDF format: PDF

Visit our Scholarship & Bursaries page regularly

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

In memory of former District 27 President,
Loran Raymond (Ray) Ball

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Loran Raymond (Ray) Ball
1936 - 2020
A tribute to Ray Ball

Sadly, Loran Raymond (Ray) Ball, 83, of Ottawa, passed away on August 12, 2020 after a lengthy illness. He was born to parents Loran and Isabel Ball, on 12/11/1936 in Granby, Quebec.

A celebration of Ray’s life was held at Lac d’Argent on August 22nd.

>Read Death Notice

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

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 October 2020
Interim Newsletter

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Calendar of Events

Seeking Volunteers


Entre-Nous Choir

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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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