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Provincial News

RTO/ERO PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS                    ---  Click HERE for more information The Retired Teachers of Ontario are looking for students attending a Faculty of Education in Canada who wish to receive a $1000.00 Scholarship. To qualify a student must be in attendance in a full or part-time program at a Faculty of Education in the year in which they apply and be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant. They must also be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephew, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or stepchild of an RTO/ERO member who will become their sponsor. They would apply on the RTO/ERO website and must use the RTO/ERO member's membership number. The deadline for applying is August 1 of the year they will be in attendance at the Faculty of Education.
NEW Strategic Focus  ---  The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation Following intensive consultation, discussion and deliberation over the last few months, including an Aging/Granting Think Tank session with input from 21 community thought leaders, the DFR survey results and an all-day planning session with the Foundation Board of Directors, a new strategic focus has been established for the Foundation. A more detailed plan outline will be shared in the coming months - here are the highlights: The Board reconfirmed our commitment to seniors and slightly modified our vision as follows: Vision: - Enhance the quality of life of ageing adults.   Our granting focus will be broadened as follows: 1. Geriatrics/gerontology research and training at post-secondary institutions 2. Social Isolation addressed through partnerships with community organizations - NEW Dr. Rochon The first published research findings under the name of the RTO/ERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine have just be published.  They appeared in the prestigious Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and were also referenced in a Globe & Mail article in which Dr. Rochon is quoted.   Congratulations to Dr. Rochon and RTO/ERO! Globe & Mail article - LINK Full Scientific Article  --  (RTO/ERO is listed under the acknowledgements) Women's College Hospital Connect Newsletter with Dr. Rochon's recent paper - LINK
Foundation Update By Bernice Whalen The  RTO/ERO can take great pride in the Ontario Foundation. Although not an advocate in the initial stage, I have done a 360 degree turn around regarding  this endeavour. Our Vision statement for RTO/ERO states that we are “committed to improving the lives of seniors”. The Foundation certainly inches us forward to making this vision a reality! Through the Foundation geriatric medical training is being pushed to the forefront. This fall the Foundation announced funding to address the challenges of social isolation in older adults. One project in particular excites me----the “program for post-secondary health care students.” With seniors who develop dementia often challenging behaviours emerge. All too frequently these behaviours are neutralized with sedative medications.  Non-medical intervention to curb the challenging behaviours is being researched through this project. Indeed this poses dignity to those suffering with the horrors of dementia. District 3 has placed beautiful Foundation cards at every funeral home. Should you want to extend a hug in sympathy to someone and you are uncertain where to direct your donation, give the Foundation consideration as it is an investment in providing quality senior medical attention for all. Foundation UpdateInvesting in Healthy and Active Aging
Join the Foundation Awesome Years Monthly Donor Club! The RTO/ERO Foundation relies solely on the support of Members and Friends to carry out its mission to advance research and training in geriatrics and gerontology, and to support community-based projects addressing the challenges of social isolation.   By becoming a monthly donor to the Foundation - for $10, $20 or even $40 a month - you will be helping to enhance the quality of life for older adults in your community, across Ontario and beyond.   And we will provide you with your own semi-annual report on the impact your support is having. Just go to https://www.rto-ero.org/support-the-foundation/donate-now and pledge your support for the Foundation.
President’s Report on Governance Recommendations At the Fall Senate next month, a number of recommendations are being brought forward which, if approved, will alter the governing face of RTOERO. The process began almost two years ago when the provincial executive and six presidents reviewed risks pointed out by accountants. Consequently we have made a number of recommendations and presented these across the province. This past winter and spring I made presentations to ten districts of RTO/ERO. The changes are focussed on reducing risk for the new Board of Directors and the Senators. We want to ensure that we have the highest level of good governance, that we are compliant with the “Not for Profit Corporations Act” and that we are managing any and all potential risk factors. Our responsibility is to not only protect our members but also their health plans. We must ensure that the health plans are secure and that the members are represented as they have been in the past. Our recommendations will reduce the chance of risk. We want to ensure that the health plans are stable, similar to our pension plan. The changes will provide more governance expertise and security while still ensuring members are represented in the same way they always have been. Presently the annual operating budget of RTO/ERO is more than $8 million.Our annual health plan premiums are about $145 million and our reserves to support our health plans are approximately $150 million. The Provincial Executive will be replaced by a Board of Directors who shall have full authority to manage the affairs of RTO/ERO with the standard duties, responsibilities and accountabilities of a Board. The individuals elected to the Board will receive extensive training in the critical area of governance. This training will not only occur at the outset of their term, but on a continual ongoing basis. As a result we anticipate that there will be extremely effective decision-making for the benefit of our membership. Presently most senators attend four meetings of which two are basically learning scenarios. It is unfair to ask these people to make weighty decisions which have major impact on the RTO/ERO organization. This new Board will consist of nine members and two outside experts, who will have three year terms. The Districts will continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as they always have. The Districts and the members will continue to elect senators who shall represent your voices and views at the Annual General Meeting which shall be held in late May of each year.  The senators will now elect the members of the Board of Directors, appoint a public accountant, act as an advisory body to the Board of Directors as well as approve the strategic plan that our organization shall follow. These impending changes will have no negative impact whatsoever on the service to our members. Effectively the recommendations can be summed up in the following four statements; 1) The Board of Directors shall replace the Provincial Executive 2) The Board of Directors shall assume the duties, responsibilities and liability previously held by the Senate 3) All committees shall be accountable to and make recommendations to the Board of Directors 4) These changes, if approved, shall take effect at the Annual General Meeting in May 2018. Rich Prophet President, District 3 Second Vice President, Provincial
RTO/ERO Strategic Plan 2020 Please share your views In 2016, Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l'Ontario is developing a new five-year strategic plan for our organization. Your views and feedback will help to make certain this plan reflects the voices of our members, district and committee leadership and important external partners. Click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTO-ERO_stratplan2020
RTO/ERO Position Papers (Click icons to view/download each)

Age-Friendly Communities

Bill-33 Amending the

 

Long-Term Care Homes Act

Elder Abuse          Pharmacare Water Bill C-27 Amending the Pension   Benefits Standards Act Geriatric Training ALL Position Papers, in one file
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

Provincial News

RTO/ERO PROVINCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS Click HERE for more information The Retired Teachers of Ontario are looking for students attending a Faculty of Education in Canada who wish to receive a $1000.00 Scholarship. To qualify a student must be in attendance in a full or part- time program at a Faculty of Education in the year in which they apply and be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant. They must also be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephew, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or stepchild of an RTO/ERO member who will become their sponsor. They would apply on the RTO/ERO website and must use the RTO/ERO member's membership number. The deadline for applying is August 1 of the year they will be in attendance at the Faculty of Education.
NEW Strategic Focus  ---  The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation Following intensive consultation, discussion and deliberation over the last few months, including an Aging/Granting Think Tank session with input from 21 community thought leaders, the DFR survey results and an all- day planning session with the Foundation Board of Directors, a new strategic focus has been established for the Foundation. A more detailed plan outline will be shared in the coming months - here are the highlights: The Board reconfirmed our commitment to seniors and slightly modified our vision as follows: Vision: - Enhance the quality of life of ageing adults.   Our granting focus will be broadened as follows: 1. Geriatrics/gerontology research and training at post- secondary institutions 2. Social Isolation addressed through partnerships with community organizations - NEW Dr. Rochon The first published research findings under the name of the RTO/ERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine have just be published.  They appeared in the prestigious Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and were also referenced in a Globe & Mail article in which Dr. Rochon is quoted.   Congratulations to Dr. Rochon and RTO/ERO! Globe & Mail article - LINK Full Scientific Article  --  (RTO/ERO is listed under the acknowledgements) Women's College Hospital Connect Newsletter with Dr. Rochon's recent paper - LINK
Foundation Update By Bernice Whalen The  RTO/ERO can take great pride in the Ontario Foundation. Although not an advocate in the initial stage, I have done a 360 degree turn around regarding  this endeavour. Our Vision statement for RTO/ERO states that we are “committed to improving the lives of seniors”. The Foundation certainly inches us forward to making this vision a reality! Through the Foundation geriatric medical training is being pushed to the forefront. This fall the Foundation announced funding to address the challenges of social isolation in older adults. One project in particular excites me----the “program for post-secondary health care students.” With seniors who develop dementia often challenging behaviours emerge. All too frequently these behaviours are neutralized with sedative medications.  Non-medical intervention to curb the challenging behaviours is being researched through this project. Indeed this poses dignity to those suffering with the horrors of dementia. District 3 has placed beautiful Foundation cards at every funeral home. Should you want to extend a hug in sympathy to someone and you are uncertain where to direct your donation, give the Foundation consideration as it is an investment in providing quality senior medical attention for all. Foundation UpdateInvesting in Healthy and Active Aging
Join the Foundation Awesome Years Monthly Donor Club! The RTO/ERO Foundation relies solely on the support of Members and Friends to carry out its mission to advance research and training in geriatrics and gerontology, and to support community-based projects addressing the challenges of social isolation.   By becoming a monthly donor to the Foundation - for $10, $20 or even $40 a month - you will be helping to enhance the quality of life for older adults in your community, across Ontario and beyond.   And we will provide you with your own semi-annual report on the impact your support is having. Just go to https://www.rto-ero.org/support-the-foundation/donate-now and pledge your support for the Foundation.
President’s Report on Governance Recommendations At the Fall Senate next month, a number of recommendations are being brought forward which, if approved, will alter the governing face of RTOERO. The process began almost two years ago when the provincial executive and six presidents reviewed risks pointed out by accountants. Consequently we have made a number of recommendations and presented these across the province. This past winter and spring I made presentations to ten districts of RTO/ERO. The changes are focussed on reducing risk for the new Board of Directors and the Senators. We want to ensure that we have the highest level of good governance, that we are compliant with the “Not for Profit Corporations Act” and that we are managing any and all potential risk factors. Our responsibility is to not only protect our members but also their health plans. We must ensure that the health plans are secure and that the members are represented as they have been in the past. Our recommendations will reduce the chance of risk. We want to ensure that the health plans are stable, similar to our pension plan. The changes will provide more governance expertise and security while still ensuring members are represented in the same way they always have been. Presently the annual operating budget of RTO/ERO is more than $8 million.Our annual health plan premiums are about $145 million and our reserves to support our health plans are approximately $150 million. The Provincial Executive will be replaced by a Board of Directors who shall have full authority to manage the affairs of RTO/ERO with the standard duties, responsibilities and accountabilities of a Board. The individuals elected to the Board will receive extensive training in the critical area of governance. This training will not only occur at the outset of their term, but on a continual ongoing basis. As a result we anticipate that there will be extremely effective decision-making for the benefit of our membership. Presently most senators attend four meetings of which two are basically learning scenarios. It is unfair to ask these people to make weighty decisions which have major impact on the RTO/ERO organization. This new Board will consist of nine members and two outside experts, who will have three year terms. The Districts will continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as they always have. The Districts and the members will continue to elect senators who shall represent your voices and views at the Annual General Meeting which shall be held in late May of each year.  The senators will now elect the members of the Board of Directors, appoint a public accountant, act as an advisory body to the Board of Directors as well as approve the strategic plan that our organization shall follow. These impending changes will have no negative impact whatsoever on the service to our members. Effectively the recommendations can be summed up in the following four statements; 1) The Board of Directors shall replace the Provincial Executive 2) The Board of Directors shall assume the duties,     responsibilities and liability previously held by the Senate 3) All committees shall be accountable to and make     recommendations to the Board of Directors 4) These changes, if approved, shall take effect at the Annual     General Meeting in May 2018. Rich Prophet President, District 3 Second Vice President, Provincial
RTO/ERO Strategic Plan 2020 Please share your views In 2016, Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l'Ontario is developing a new five-year strategic plan for our organization. Your views and feedback will help to make certain this plan reflects the voices of our members, district and committee leadership and important external partners. Click the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTO-ERO_stratplan2020
RTO/ERO Position Papers (Click icons to view/download each)

Age-Friendly Communities

Bill-33 Amending the

 

Long-Term Care Homes Act

Elder Abuse          Pharmacare Water Bill C-27 Amending the Pension   Benefits Standards Act Geriatric Training ALL Position Papers, in one file