Thursday, February 16, 2017

Deep Bay - High Tea

Hello PQRTA Members:

Last April’s tour of the Deep Bay Marine Station and “High Tea” lunch received such high praise that we are offering this event again!

WHERE:  Deep Bay Marine Station - 370 Crome Pt. Rd., Deep Bay (Bowser), BC

WHEN:  Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:30 to 1:30

WHAT:  Tour and High Tea Lunch

Guided Tour of the Facility (including touch tanks, aquariums, and projects) 

Followed by “High Tea” Lunch by the Sea - served on china tiered plates
  • A selection of dainty tea sandwiches
  • Fresh pastries and homemade jams
  • Fresh fruit kebabs
  • A selection of seasonal sweets
  • Local artisan tea

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE from Cathy Van Herwaarden:
I hope that your new year is off to a good start!  Mine sure is!!!  As you read this, I am flying
off to Cuba with my husband.  Glad to leave the deep freeze behind!  YIPPEE!!!

PAST EVENTS:  R. Elaine Young (Program Chair)

November 30, 2016 - Parksville
Tour of Munchkinland, WOW (Words on Wheels) Bus & Technology Learning Centre
Four Retired Teachers were treated to an informative tour of the WOW bus, Technology
Learning Centre and Munchkinland in Parksville. Judi Malcom, the Manager of Oceanside
Building Learning Together (BLT), the society that runs all these positive programs, provided a
good update of the resources available.
Even those folks who were involved with BLT of the past, were very, very surprised by the
offerings these days. Munchkinland provides a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to
bring children for open play. A Saturday morning program (running this winter) is widely
attended by many parents, including dads. In the spring, the program moves outside to
nearby Mark’s Park, where children and parents can experience and explore nature first hand.
The WOW bus takes the programs on the road to many communities in the area. Building
Learning Together (BLT) is retiring their current bus and will be outfitting a bus provided by
School District 69.
The most “senior” friendly program is offered through the Technology Learning Centre (TLC).
This program is focused on adults, and promotes financial and technological literacy. They are
open regularly and provide many specialized workshops. Last year, the TLC offered a series of
workshops that focused on financial health after retirement, wills, powers of attorney etc.
Participants were very surprised by the width and breadth of the TLC Program.

Christmas 2016 Luncheon

December 14, 2016 - CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON – Nanoose Bay

Fifty retired teachers and friends donned their best “ugly” Christmas attire and gathered at Fairwinds Restaurant in Nanoose Bay for some scrumptious food and Christmas cheer. The room was filled with festive fun and frivolity! Maybe even the best yet!!!

This year, everyone received their meal at a reduced rate, as we have a bit of extra money to spend on our members. We gifted a poinsettia to three life members: Betty Harrower, Eva Hilborn and Art Skipsey. Other poinsettias were delivered to the homes of life members.

Bob Taverner (Past President of BC Retired Teachers Association) gave us a brief run-down on the New Societies Act and the repercussions for BCRTA and its local branches.

Bill Cave provided the background Christmas music and accompanied our carol singing. Also, many lucky people received door prizes: angel decorations, star candle holders, poinsettias, Santa candles, seasonal table runners, a stacking box snowman, a Santa doll, and a box of Purdy’s chocolates.

Thanks to Barb and Al Brett for organizing the donations for Salvation Army. There was $760 in monetary donations and a very large number of food donations. The Salvation Army was thrilled with this contribution. What a wonderful group of generous people!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 To Hell with The Bell - Photos from the Event

Retirees attending the 2016 To Hell with The Bell

 Left to right: Don Standing, Laurie Mitchell, David Osborn, and Diane Williams

Eva Hilborn (Lifetime Member)

The PQRTA Executive for 2016/2017 From left to right:

Ellen Coates (Treasurer)

Kay Howard (Past-President)

Marg Hoverman (Secretary)

Cathy Van Herwaarden (President)

Laurel Johannson (Membership)

Elaine Young (Programs)

Colleen Craig (Sunshine)

Sharon Cox-Gustavson (Heritage)

Lucinda Hendren (Vice-President)

Missing:  Val Dyer (Communication)

Betty Harrower (Lifetime Member)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

To Hell with The Bell - Sept 6

It's that time of the year when retired teachers smile smugly and say “To hell with the bell!” And so, the PQRTA invites you to join in a celebratory cheer and breakfast buffet in a new venue!

Tuesday, September 6th
                              Quality Resort Bayside
240 Dogwood Street
                                      Parksville, BC

10:00am – doors open
10:30am – breakfast served
This year, we have changed our venue so we can all be in one room.  
It is a social time where we welcome our new retirees and have a celebratory toast to retirement.

The breakfast buffet includes: eggs benny, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, toast, fruit salad, juice, coffee and tea.  As well, each person receives a Mimosa (Champagne and Orange Juice) for the cheer.

The cost is $25.00 which includes the delicious breakfast buffet, one Mimosa and a contribution towards the door prize.  As well, you can purchase tickets to participate in the “Skill Testing Question”.  Please bring cash (correct change is appreciated).

Remember to wear a name tag.  If you wish to order a PQRTA name tag, then please let us know when you register.

Please RSVP to Cathy Van Herwaarden by Wednesday, Aug. 31st    or    250.248.0412

Check out the PQRTA website:

Monday, July 4, 2016

PQRTA June News

Hello Retired Colleagues!
Just thought that you might be interested in some of the latest happenings in the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teachers’ Association:
ROTARY PARK – June 15th
-       Delicious Pot Luck Picnic with 22 members in attendance
-       Weather was changeable, but that’s the “wet” coast for ya!
-       Prizes for summer hats and door prize (beaded book bracelets)
-       Thanks to President Kay Howard and Vice-President Tom Manson for past years’ service (small gift and card presented)
-       New executive elected, as below:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 15th Pot Luck and AGM

Hello Retired Colleagues!

Time has flown!  It's already June 2nd and I know that you've been waiting for more information about our June gathering.  

In last fall's survey, there were some comments/suggestions about the barbecue, so let's change it up and try a pot luck picnic!!!

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 15th at 11:30AM until 2:00ish

WHERE:  Rotary Park - Beach front in Qualicum Beach

- Annual General Meeting with Committee Reports and Elections
- Pot Luck Picnic lunch buffet - bring your favourite item to share!
- Skill Testing Question - tickets $2 each or 3 for $5
- $8.00 to $10.00 cost per person to cover $150.00 rental fee of facility
- Summer Hat Contest - prize for best!!!