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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!  Like the national office, 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 is, therefore, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2021.

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October 2021 Newsletter

See the right sidebar to read the October 2021 Horizons 27 newsletter.


Visit our Political Advocacy Committee page

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Vibrant Voices webinar series

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RTOERO is hosting Vibrant Voices webinars that focus on our key advocacy issues—geriatric health care, seniors strategy and environmental stewardship—and will feature experts and thought leaders in the industry.

All RTOERO members are invited to attend the webinars to learn more about our advocacy issues, ask questions and connect with panelists.


Ottawa Voyageurs Walking Club (OVO)

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Tribute to Educators

A special Walk entitled “Tribute to educators" is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th. It is a charity walk with all proceeds going to the Safe and Caring Exchange in Ottawa-Carleton.

> Find out more (PDF)

Newred 2021 RTOERO District 27 Ottawa-Carleton
University Scholarship program (established in 2017)

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Apply before October 31, 2021
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, 2021.

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

Visit our Scholarship & Bursaries page regularly

2021 RTOERO Retirement Planning Workshops are available online

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Attend a free retirement planning workshop 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.

No matter where you're located, reserve your spot. You have a choice of dates.

> Retirement planning workshops - RTOERO

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

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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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 Newsletter October 2021

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October 2021 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Seeking Volunteers


Entre-Nous Choir

Photo Galleries

Live Feed From Provincial HQ

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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