Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Celebration of Life for Ken Ryall

PQRTA member, Ken Ryall, passed away, suddenly, in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Ken was a long-time musician in the Nanaimo area. He played in small and large groups, since coming to Nanaimo, in 1963. His favourite instrument was the clarinet but he also played the saxophone. Ken was a music teacher in Parksville/Qualicum School District for many years, where he taught band and elementary music from K-7.

Ken  was a member of the K-40 club and Elks Lodge.

Ken was born in Duncan and lived in Victoria and Nelson before coming to Nanaimo. He will be deeply missed by his wife Glenda, daughter Christine Calvin, and his grandchildren Brian and Catherine Calvin, as well as his brother Alan in Toronto.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at the Costin Hall in Lantzville on January 17, 2015 from 2pm-5pm. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, November 3, 2014

PQRTA Christmas Luncheon

You are invited to the PQRTA Christmas luncheon on Thursday December 11, 2014.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Fairwinds Golf Club, Arbutus Lounge
3730 Fairwinds Drive, Nanoose Bay
The wonderful buffet luncheon will be enhanced with musical accompaniment from Bill Cave

Friday, September 12, 2014

News on the Strike

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement:
Some PQRTA members have asked if the BCRTA has any news on the teachers' strike, to augment what is being reported in the media.
BCRTA President, Cliff Boldt, has sent the following note addressing this issue: 
                I have created a special file on the www.bcrta.ca web site for information about the current job action.
                Cliff :)
May you enjoy fun in the Saturday sun!
VAlerie Dyer
PQRTA Communications

Monday, September 8, 2014

Help Stock the Food Cupboards of Striking Teachers, on Thursday, September 11th

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement:
PQRTA President, Kay Howard, received the note, below, from the Mount Arrowsmith Teachers’ Association, suggesting another way that we retired teachers can help make things a bit easier for our active colleagues, as they continue their struggle for a fair contract and better working and learning conditions.

NOTE:  The MATA Office is located at #105-191 Jensen Avenue (corner of Weld Street and Jensen; the office entry is actually off Weld Street) in Parksville..
As well, dropping by the picket line to “walk the walk” and/or dropping off some cookies, muffins, hot coffee, etc. to keep the spirits of those on the picket line is much appreciated, too.
May you have much joy on these warm September days!
VAlerie Dyer
PQRTA Communications Chairperson
Good morning,

This is a reminder that any baked goods, preserves and produce can be dropped off at the MATA office before Thursday, September 11th. The plan is for members to be able to pick up some items on the Thursday afternoon after 1pm. You can also bring in non-perishable items. Bear in mind that we do not have a  fridge or freezer at the MATA office. If you can keep the items, possibly closer to the Thursday date, that would be appreciated.

Thanks for thinking of our colleagues in need!

Norberta Heinrichs
office: 250.248.3496
cell: 250.240.2009
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Support for Striking Teachers

Hello Retired Teachers!

At our recent "To Hell With the Bell" Breakfast on September 2nd, we decided to use the accumulated Q points on the PQRTA Quality Foods account to support our local striking teachers.

On behalf of PQRTA, our president (Kay Howard) and our Vice-President (Tom Manson), delivered 35 frozen turkeys to a meeting of MATA (Mt. Arrowsmith Teacher's Association) who were very appreciative.

Do you have some extra Q points to help our local striking teachers??? 

188,000 Q points = one frozen turkey (5 to 7 kilograms of $35 to $40 value)
376,000 Q points = two frozen turkeys
564,000 Q points = three frozen turkeys
752,000 Q points = four frozen turkeys
940,000 Q points = five frozen turkeys

Please contact Kay Howard to make arrangements for pick up and delivery of frozen turkeys to needy teachers.

Email:  khoward@shaw.ca
Phone: 250.752.5567

Alternately, you can get QF gift cards or boxed chicken, at the following rates:

250,000 points plus pay $29.99 = $50 QF gift certificate
250,000 points plus pay $9.99 = box of frozen chicken (2 and 1/2 kilograms)

Thank you!  Cathy Van

Here's Kay's note:

STRIKE SUPPORT – September 2014
I promised an update at our recent meeting.  This is to let you know that Tom and I delivered 35 frozen turkeys to striking MATA members at a meeting today, on behalf of the PQRTA.  They were all very appreciative of our support.  If any PQRTA member would like to buy more frozen turkeys with their accumulated Q points (188,000 points per 5 to 7 kilogram turkey), please let me know and I will arrange to pick them up and have them delivered to those that need them most.
Email – khoward@shaw.ca
Phone – 250-752-5567

Thursday, August 14, 2014

To Hell with the Bell Notice

Hello Retirees!

It's that time of the year, when we used to think about going back to school (or have the beginning of nightmares in my case!).  Instead, we gather at the beautiful Milner Gardens for a wonderful pancake breakfast and a celebratory cheer:  "To Hell With The Bell"

Monday, May 19, 2014

PQRTA AGM and Barbecue

Note: Do not reply to the sender. Send your response to Laurel Johannson at laurelcj@shaw.ca.
            Your invitation to:
The P.Q.R.T.A. Annual General Meeting and Fabulous Barbecue
            June 18, 2014

            Rotary Park Qualicum Beach
            Time: 11:30
            Agenda: Meeting agenda and committee reports available at the meeting
            Barbecued wild B.C. salmon or chicken
            Assorted salads
            Rolls and butter
            Fresh fruit
            Cost: $18.00 ( the cost is the same for all members)

            Please reply to Laurel Johannson by June4th , if you wish to attend.
State your preference for salmon or chicken.
            250 468-7040

Just a gentle reminder that the AGM is the time for the election of the 2014-15 PQRTA Executive. If you would like to submit your name for one of the following positions, please advise Val Dyer at tvdyer@shaw.c or Tom Manson at dtmanson@shaw.ca. Candidacies will also be accepted at the AGM. Many of these positions can be shared to lessen the workload and allow for members to go away on holiday, etc.
 Executive Positions:
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Programmes
  • Membership
  • Communications
  • Heritage
  • Sunshine
  • Historian

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Luncheon - April 17th

Parksville Qualicum Retired Teachers' Association
Spring Luncheon
Date:April 17th
Time: 11:30-2:00ish
Place: Tidal Room, Quality Resort Bayside
240 Dogwood Street, Parksville

Luncheon Buffet
Soup du jour
Assorted Sandwiches
Vegetable Platter and dips
Coffee & tea
Cost: $20.00 which includes 15% gratuity and 5% gst
Special guest speaker, Steve Cardwell
Topic – The Future of Teacher Education

Steve Cardwell has been an educator since 1980. He has worked in support of teaching and learning with staff and students in Delta since 1991 where he has held various positions including Assistant Superintendent, Director of Educational Programs, District Vice Principal and District Science Coordinator.
Prior to his time in Delta, Steve was a school administrator in Richmond and before that, taught for 9 years in Kitimat. During that time, Steve served as Personnel, Bargaining Chairperson and President of his local. He served as North-Coast Zone Bargaining Coordinator and was a member of the Provincial Bargaining Committee with the BCTF. Steve combined his roles in Delta with secondments as a Faculty Associate and as a lecturer at UBC (for six years) and at SFU. Steve holds a B.Sc. (Biology), Professional Teaching Certificate and a research-based M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from UBC.
Please contact Laurel Johannson by April 10th.
(Do not reply to this e-mail)
250 468-7040
PQRTA Policies and Procedures:
3.1.1: Notification of Attendance:
PQRTA members must contact the Programme Chairpersons no later than one (1) week before a PQRTA meeting to advise that they would like to attend and/or bring a guest to the meeting.
3.1.2 Member's Liability to Pay for an Event:
a) Once having indicated his or her intention to attend a PQRTA event, a member becomes liable to pay the announced cost of participation in that event, whether or not he or she actually attends. Failure to pay will render the member "not in good standing" until the debt is paid, and he or she may be denied access to future PQRTA events.
b) In the case of a member's defaulting guest(s), the guest(s) may be denied further access to PQRTA functions.
c)  A member (or guest) is relieved of the obligation to pay if he or she notifies the PQRTA of a change in plans not less than 5 days prior to the event.
d)  If at least two out of the President, Vice-President and Treasurer agree that circumstances warrant (such as bereavement or sudden medical emergency), a debt may be waived on compassionate grounds.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Volunteers Required for new Committee

Parksville Qualicum Retired Teachers
In view of the pending closure of 4 Elementary Schools in school district 69 a special committee is necessary to assist in the preservation of educational heritage items from these facilities.
Our School Board is being approached: to create a policy for educational heritage preservation (as recommended by Margaret Sutton, British Columbia Retired Teachers’ Heritage Committee), and  to  possibly provide a vacant room at one of the remaining open schools to display the heritage material (as has been accomplished in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith District).

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tax Tips for Retired Teachers

Hello PQRTA members,

Please find below some quick tips for filling out our tax forms.  Hope it’s helpful.
Kay Howard

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Deadline for Valentine Get Together extended

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement:

A gentle reminder of the PQRTA Valentine’s Get Together, on Feb. 13. If you have been meeting to let Laurel know that you wish to attend but have forgotten to do so, here is a chance to do it now. The deadline for RSVP has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Valentine PQRTA Get Together Invitation

Greetings, Colleagues in Retirement:

Please see, below and attached, an invitation from Laurel, PQRTA Programme Chairperson, to a Valentine PQRTA Get Together. As indicated by Laurel, please respond to her directly at laurelcj@shaw.ca by January 30.

A gentle reminder: Please advise Val Dyer, at tvdyer@shaw.ca and kristi@bcrta.com (the BCRTA office), of any change to your contact information.

May 2014 bring you love to share, health to spare and friends who care!

VAlerie Dyer
2013-14 PQRTA Communications Chairperson

Parksville Qualicum Retired Teachers' Association
Invites you to a Valentine get together
Date: Feb. 13
Time:1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Nanoose Library Hall
2849 Northwest Bay Road
Cost: $3.00

Coffee, tea and goodies will be served.
As this is the day before Valentine's, there will be a Valentine activity or two.
We will also have a short presentation from Andy Telfer, from the Society of Organized Services

Please respond by Jan. 30, 2014
250 468-7040