East Parry Sound Branch News

Welcome to the East Parry Sound Branch Website!

We are a small branch of just over 50 members, who live within a large area of the Near North. Our branch takes its name from the former East Parry Sound Board of Education, and many of our members retired from years of teaching with that board or with its larger successor, the Near North District School Board. Still, others of us have retired to this beautiful part of Ontario, after teaching careers in southern Ontario and beyond.

Whether you’ve lived in this area all your life or have recently moved here, you’ll be sure to find a warm welcome, wonderful friends and interesting programs and activities in our branch. Our members live in or near many of the little villages in East Parry Sound, namely, South River, Sundridge, Burk’s Falls, Magnetawan, Kearney, Loring, Nipissing, Port Loring, Powassan, and Trout Creek.

We post two newsletters a year on this site, one in September and one in April, to outline our events and activities. Our Outreach projects include offering annually a bursary to a graduating high school student in our area who is pursuing post-secondary studies. We live by the motto ‘Caring and Sharing’ and for us, that always includes having fun.

Our meetings are always the third Thursday of September, October, April, May and June, and if you’re a retired teacher living in this area, and are interested in our organization, we would love to have you join us. Please consider coming to one of our meetings. There’s always a place for you, here!

Contact Susan: rwto.eastparrysound@gmail.com for further information.


Our Summer Garden Party

Each year, East Parry Sound Branch joins together for an afternoon to enjoy what we call “The Visit”. With the cooperation of the weather, we sit outside and chat,  enjoying laughter, stories and catching up on news. Although our regular meetings always include a social time, this event is devoted solely to socializing, to caring and sharing and having fun!  Members bring finger food to share and the hostess provides tea, coffee and punch. It is very popular with the group.


The East Parry Sound RWTO Uncommon Woman Award

This award is given at the discretion of the branch executive to honor an exceptional woman within our unit.  She may or may not fit the criteria for a Cora Bailey award. This honor will not necessarily be given every year as there might not always be a suitable candidate.

We defined our criterial attributes of an Uncommon Woman as follows:

  • Many years of service in the teaching profession;
  • A current, longtime and supportive member of RWTO, not necessarily as an officer in the branch;
  • Active in the community, making a significant contribution while enhancing the image of retired teachers;
  • Demonstrates continued interest in education and young people.

This is the general idea; feel free to tailor it to your own use.