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Kamloops-Thompson Branch Executive


Title Name Phone Email
President Sheila Park 250-372-2806
Past President Darrel Johnson 250-372-3194
First Vice President Vacant    
Secretary Betty Karpuk 250-372-7606
Secretary Carolynne Miller 250-372-5835
Heritage Marie Laroche 250-376-2597
Pensions Shelia Park 250-372-2806
Treasurer Sandy Baird 250-554-4720  
Bursary Bev Maxwell 250-374-2205
Sunshine Marie Laroche 250-376-2597
Social Concerns/Advocacy/COSCO Rosemarie Stoltze 250-374-9746
Seniors Connector Evelyn Baziuk 250-554-3409  
Membership Raven Ritcey 250-318-0963
  Donna Sharpe (email) 250-554-2499  
Programme Suzanne Legualt 250-828-0133
  Glenda Miles 250-372-9228
The Bridge Frank Veszely 250-377-7517

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The Kamloops Retired Teachers’ Association (KRTA) has just had another busy year.General Meetings with Luncheons were held in:
September:  Our contingent who attended the BCRTA AGM reported to the meeting, – at this meeting once again we shared garden crops: flowers, fruits and vegetables. BCRTA and COSCO information about the upcoming Federal Election was shared.
October: Members had a fun Hallowe’en luncheon. Frank Ritcey, Provincial Coordinator for Wildsafe BC, did a presentation on Keeping Safe on Both Sides of the Glass.
November:  Our Christmas celebration and we always have a great turn out – the entertainment was Christmas Songs by the Ukulele Group. We also collected for the Food Bank and Christmas Amalgamated.  
January: The General Meeting Program was a presentation by Kent Wong about Chinese New Year Customs. All enjoyed a Chinese meal catered by the Moonwok Res.
February: The General Meeting Program was a Mike Miltmore from Riversong Guitars he did a presentation about his business in Kamloops.
March meeting was April 8th due to early Easter time.  A Silent Auction was held with donations by many members – this year the $ 1659.00 was raised went to pay for our CHES student for two years. Additional funds will go to the RR Smith Bursary Recipient.
April:  April 29th was our AGM luncheon we were treated to a presentation by Linda Breault about Women of the World.
June: Members attended the annual KTTA/BCRTA/SD73 Retirement Banquet. The president spoke to new retirees and promoted the BCRTA and KRTA and distributed welcome letters, BCRTA forms and coupon for their first KRTA luncheon.Other Items:
•    The KRTA Executive meets 7 times a year to organize the our 7 monthly luncheons and programs.
•    Bursary Fund Raising: Mystery Bag Draw/ Bring a Book Take a Book for a $1.00 /Loose Change Containers/ Dona        tion Envelopes (cheques to TRU and KRTA Fund on memo line for tax receipts). The Mystery Tour and every second year we get the proceeds from a Silent Auction.
•    Mystery Tour organized by one of our members and the Bursary Committee as a bursary fund raiser was held on July 5th. 42 members went on a heritage tour to Ashcroft and Yale. Thanks to Marianne Trestain for organizing.
•    The Bridge News Letter: is mailed out and also on the KRTA website bye annually. Frank Vezely is our editor.
•    The Membership Email List – for contact to members who have the internet – notices of meetings, other items of interest to members such as: community meetings, volunteer opportunities and notifying members if one of our members passes away/funeral etc
•    Heritage Committee: Our Heritage chairperson has compiled the History of KRTA Branch Presidents and doing a History of our Bursary Fund and Recipients. The KRTA passed motions and Sheila Park (KRTA President) wrote letters and did a presentation to the SD 73 Board of School Trustees about the change of names of Kamloops schools, they were removing the names honouring former pioneer teachers. We won! They kept the name. Beattie Elementary.
•    MEDOC: The KRTA lobbied Johnson and Johnson through the BCRTA to return the breakdown of medical and travel cancellation costs in their annual renewal letter for MEDOC. BCRTA took this forward and the company hopes to have it resolved for next years’ plans.
•    Hand Rails at Sagebrush Theatre: The KRTA continues to lobby the city to have handrails installed at Sagebrush Theatre for the safety of theatre goers. The city has engineers working on this.
•    The KRTA is a member of COSCO and The BC Coalition On Health Care – Rick Turner was our delegate to the conference in the fall and reported to our meeting on April 29 2016.
•    KARESS: The KRTA has a team that participates in the Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories. This year the walk was Sunday May 2nd – it is all across Canada on this day. KARESS – Kamloops Administrators, Retirees, Educators and Support Staff. The team has been at all the walks since 2010. This Suzanne Legault was our Team Captain this year.
•    BC MEDOC Travel Insurance: Sheila Park has asked the BCRTA to ask Johnson and Johnson to develop a BC Travel Insurance plan for our members.
Hopefully to be linked to our out of province and out of country plans. It is being looked into.

•    KRTA Name Change: The KRTA is requesting that the name of our organization be changed to the KTRTA The Kamloops Thompson Retired Teachers Association – this will recognize the North Thompson section of our organization.


Sheila Park,



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