RTO-ERO District 3 Algoma

Welcome to RTOERO District 3 Algoma

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RTOERO National has sent a strongly worded letter to the Minister of Long-Term Care (and others), expressing our deep concern regarding the tragedy taking place in LTC during the pandemic & the need for permanent change.


District 3’s very own
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In the midst of a Pandemic…


Support Immediate Improvements to Long Term Care by CLICKING HERE to send your support in a personalized letter to your elected representative!

Project Service to Others 2020
Ontario Finnish Resthome (Sault) receives $4,000 Grant!

ALL District 3 Meetings are cancelled until further notice!

The Authors Among Us

Lea Springer:  The Yuletide Knight
Members give top ratings
to RTOERO health plans

RTOERO is the largest national provider of nonprofit group health benefits for education community retirees; serving over 80,000 members and insuring over 100,000.

The health plans continue to be the number one reason members join RTOERO and keep their
membership for life.

Here are some highlights from our 2019 member survey:
* 90% of members are satisfied with the Extended Health Care plan.
*  90% would recommend the Extended Health Care plan to a friend or colleague.
*  87% agree there is a good balance between coverage and affordability.

Next General
Membership Meeting

All Meetings are CANCELLED, until further notice!  Stay Safe!!

Jack Wheeler turns 100!

Blair Sterling – 2020 Recipient of the Mickey Contini Award of Merit

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“Horrendous, intolerable conditions”
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Retirees and the Pension Conundrum
Opinion by Roseanne Iland

Travel Allowance
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Phone Committee Contacts

Wawa – Barbara Jarvis 705-852-0287

Echo Bay – Jean Campbell

Desbarats – Marny Pollard

Hilton Beach & Richards Landing –       
             Alice Ward 705-246-2392

Thessalon – Linda MacDonald

Elliot Lake – Carol Rossetto  

Iron Bridge – Laurian Montgomery

Algoma Mills & Blind River –
           Blair Sterling 705-356-7072

Bruce Mines – Rita Rawn

Hope everyone is keeping safe! Thank you to all members of this committee, your work is appreciated! I would like to remind everyone to please inform me or one of the executive members if you change your phone number or email or address, it will help keep our lists updated.  Thank you.  Carmelina Spry


Please don’t be a
Meeting “No Show”!

If you’ve committed to attend
a meeting but are unable,
please contact
Carmelina – 705-942-3916

“No Shows” Cost Us $$

THANK YOU Callers!!!

If you are willing to help the telephone committee, contact
 Carmelina, 705-942-3916

RTOERO District 3 – 1,179 members and growing!

Importance of providing your Contact Information to RTOERO

For those who have yet to share their email address / phone number with the RTOERO office we strongly encourage you to do so. Providing your most up-to-date contact information allows you to receive timely and important information from RTOERO and your district.

To provide or update your CONTACT INFORMATION, email membership@rtoero.ca or call 1-800-361-9888.

Once you have provided your email address you can easily manage your preferences by clicking on the subscription preferences link included at the bottom of all RTOERO eblasts. This is where you can decide which type of electronic communications you’d like to receive.

Please act now!

Update about fee collection for 2021

  • RTOERO membership fees have been simplified to improve the membership experience and provide long-term financial stability for the organization.
  • For 2021, members will pay no more than $70 for their annual membership fee.
  • Current members whose 2020 fee was less than $70 will see an inflationary increase of 1% – consistent with the OTPP annual inflationary adjustment.
  • RTOERO continues to offer free membership until retirement – or in the first year of joining for those who are already retired.

We have created an information page on our website, with information and FAQs:  Read the FAQs

Next steps
Members whose membership fee is paid through OTPP pension deduction will receive notices in December and January, as part of their pension statement.

  • Starting Nov. 16, members who pay by credit card or through pre-authorized debit will be notified by email or mail.
  • Members who joined as free members and are paying the fee for the first time will also receive an eblast to give them additional information.
  • We will be running a Member December campaign to support the fee payment process. Members who switch to pension deduction will have their 2021 membership fee waived. Members who switch from credit card or cheque to pre-authorized debit or who pay by Dec. 31 will be eligible for draw prizes.

More information

If you have further questions about the 2021 fees, please visit the membership fee page or contact our office – finance@rtoero.ca or 1-800-361-9888.

The RTOERO District 3 Executive supports the following letter.

Dear Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, and Ross Romano,

As an educator with more than 40 years of experience; as the Director who led the amalgamation of the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board and was recognized by the Education Improvement Commission for “outstanding leadership”; as an educator with an undergraduate degree and 3 graduate degrees (M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.) in education, and a Specialist in Special Education; and as a researcher, I am writing to express my concerns about the government’s lack of leadership when it comes to safely reopening schools in September.

For months, teachers, parents, and education experts have been urging the government to develop a plan for how to return to classroom learning, while ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the government has not been listening. To date, the announcements from Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have only caused confusion and concern.

Ontarians want to restart our economy and get parents back to work. We also want to get students and teachers back to the classroom, where they learn and work best. But we do not support putting our children, their teachers, our neighbours, and ourselves at risk.

These are just a few of the things all schools must have to facilitate a safe reopening:

–  Personal protective equipment for staff and students.

–  Proper ventilation and handwashing stations.

–  SMALLER ELEMENTARY class sizes to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Elementary classrooms do not allow for 2 meters physical distancing between students when there are 20+ students in a classroom.

–  Class sizes MUST be fewer than 15 students.

–  Additional professional supports to help students deal with mental health issues and address learning gaps.

The Ford government has done a tremendous job leading the successful controlling of the spread of COVID-19, but public health officials say we must remain vigilant. It is incredibly dangerous for the government to be telling school boards to reopen schools without providing the necessary funding. I am calling on the government to engage with teachers and other experts to develop a real plan, including significant investments, to get students and teachers back to class safely. I am willing to be part of a team to assist in the re-opening of schools.

NOTE: I am recommending to all those who ask, not to send their elementary children unless classroom sizes are 15 or fewer. My own grandchildren will remain at home until class sizes are lowered. They are too precious!

Cecile Somme,
B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed., MBA, Ph.D., Specialist in Special Education Specialist in Religious Education


Welcome ! Musings from the President

It was a time of change at RTOERO this year.

We had our first AGM via Zoom. We learned to vote via an app. It was different but strangely satisfying to know that our organization can continue to support all of you, our members, during this unique time.

Congratulations to Rich Prophet, who is the new Chair of the RTOERO Board of Directors. Did you know this is the third time we have had a President/Chair from District 3, Algoma?  Weldon Abernathy, Mickey Contini and now Rich Prophet have all served RTOERO. The RTOERO Vice Chair also has a connection to Sault Ste Marie and District 3, Algoma. We congratulate our friend Bill Huzar. Gayle Manley, also on the RTOERO Board, is the Benefits Chair.  We are so proud of you and your commitment as volunteers to our organization.

At the RTOERO Annual Meeting, in addition to the elections, the Corporate Members (a new term for the Senators) also dealt with a number of motions presented as By-Law changes, Policy changes , the appointment of Auditors, and the new RTOERO Strategic Plan 2021-2025 be approved. (You will hear more about the Strategic Plan in the coming days, as we continue to move RTOERO into the future.)

We had our first District 3, Algoma, Zoom Executive Meeting October 13, 2020. This published slate of officers was elected.

President: Kathryn Greening

First Vice President: Chris Rous

Second Vice president: Wayne Greco

Secretary: Barbara Perry

Treasurer: Bruce Avery

Past President: Folgo DellaVedova
(Natural progression from President)

We celebrated this year’s recipient of the Mickey Contini Award of Merit Blair Sterling at an informal picnic in Blind River.

We also celebrated our Project Service to Others recipient the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association Audio and Large Print Books for their libraries. Many thanks to Sandy Fulcher and her fellow RTOERO members who worked on this project. We presented their cheque for $4000 on October 30, 2020.

As the end of 2020 approaches, I would like to comment on the changes in our lives. It has been difficult to socially distance, wear a mask, and spend an inordinate amount of time away from family and friends. We, in District 3 Algoma, would like to congratulate you all on meeting the challenge of this difficult year. It appears that 2021 will also reflect the new normal that covid-19 has thrust on us all. There is little chance that we will be meeting face to face in the near future. As a group we would like to reach out to you all in a variety of ways. Suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. Let us know how we can support you.

As the season of Light approaches, regardless of your way of celebrating, my wish to you all is this:

May the spirit of the season bring you peace,
May the gladness of the season give you hope, and
May the warmth of the season grant you love.

Take care,

Kathryn Greening
President District 3 RTOERO