Niagara Falls Branch News
The Niagara Falls Branch welcomes all retired women teachers to join us. Diane, our President, and Linda, our Treasurer and Membership Convenor, will be happy to answer any questions about our wonderful group. You can contact Diane and Linda at the e-mail addresses below.
Niagara Falls Executive
|Past President||Shirley Stoner|
|Phone List||Isla Robson|
‘We’re not retired from caring about kids’: Former teachers help students prepare for school.”
Retired educators donate, pack pencil cases for kids whose families may be struggling
Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls
Saturday, August 28, 2021
The way Diane Ewen sees it, teaching isn’t just a job: it’s a calling.
Long after teachers sign off and head off to retirement after decades of shaping young minds for the future, they still feel a need to help kids.
So, it was no surprise when members of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, Niagara Falls branch, decided to step up and help kids from families who may be having trouble making ends meet prepare for the school year.
The retired teachers organization’s motto is “caring and sharing,” and members routinely support charities that improve the lives of women and children through donations. In the past, members have supported causes such as Niagara Nutrition Partners, which provides meals to kids in school who might otherwise go hungry, and the Education Foundation of Niagara.
This year, Ewen said local branch executive member Linda Dueck pitched the idea to fellow members of supporting the local United Way’s back-to-school program. Dueck got the idea from her daughter, who is on the local United Way board, and fellow Retired Women Teachers members jumped on-board, donating supplies and cash for gift cards and then gathering at a United Way warehouse in St. Catharines on Aug. 25 to pack pencil cases for kids.
Ewen said making financial contributions to the United Way made sense in terms of getting the biggest bang for the buck. “The United Way has greater buying power,” she said.
The pencil cases will be donated to the local school boards, and principals will be able to ask the boards to donate cases for kids identified as being in need.
“The principals know their kids, and the teachers know their kids,” said Ewen. “It’s a discrete way of distributing to the kids in need.”
Ewen said she likes the idea of kids being given gift certificates for places such as Walmart, where they can then go and buy their own backpacks that fit their personality.
“Kids are individual, and backpacks are individual,” she said.
Ewen said helping the United Way back-to-school program was cathartic in a way for the retired teachers members, who even years after retiring still get the itch to prepare for the school year as summer winds down.
“We’re retired from teaching, but we’re not retired from caring about kids,” she said.
Retired women teachers who taught at any level are welcome to join the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario. For more information visit https://rwto.org/branch/niagara-falls/.
Paul Forsyth is a veteran of more than 30 years of community journalism who covers a wide range of issues in Niagara Falls and other parts of south Niagara, as well as topics of regional significance in Niagara.
Shown at a United Way warehouse in St. Catharines packing pencil cases on Aug. 25 are executive members of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, Niagara Falls branch, including Linda Dueck, Sherri Stokes, Jackie Sanche, and Cheryl Wyllie. – Diane Ewen photo
United Way Donation
In keeping with RWTO/OERO’s motto of caring and sharing, our Niagara Falls branch donated $250.00 to the United Way. The United Way uses donations to provide 2000 kits to school boards in the Niagara Region. In turn, the school boards will distribute the kits to kids going back to school in September. Each kit contains four pencils, two pens, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, two highlighters, a gift card for a grocery store, and a gift card for Walmart.
On August 25, members of our branch Executive, pictured below, volunteered to pack kits at the United Way warehouse in St. Catharines. Many thanks to
Linda Dueck: Treasurer and Membership Convenor
Sherri Stokes: Insurance Convenor
Jackie Sanche: Programmes Convenor
Cheryl Wyllie: Goodwill Convenor
Going back to school is an exciting time for students. We’re happy to help the United Way help kids prepare for the coming school year.
“Age is More: Meet Helen Macdonald”
Convention 2019 St.Catharines
Members over 90 who were recognized at the 2019 Convention:
We normally have five meetings/luncheons a year at Betty’s Restaurant, when we enjoy each other’s company, a delicious meal, and an interesting presentation. Although at present we can’t enjoy activities together in person, the Executive will keep in touch with members through mail and e-mail. As well, we can all stay in touch on our Retired Women Teachers Niagara Falls Branch group on Facebook. We will keep you informed about upcoming events when it is possible to hold them.
September 24, 2018
Fall Kickoff and Laughter Presentation
December 3, 2018
Christmas Themed Activities
February 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
Presentation by Aksana Kavaliova, a neurological music therapist
May 27, 2019
Penny Sale and Installation of New Executive
June 4, 5 and 6, 2019
July 8, 2019
Sept. 30, 2019
Fall Kickoff and presentation by Terry Kennedy, Broker for Manulife Insurance
Dec. 2, 2019
Christmas presentation by members of the Executive and group sing-along
Feb. 10, 2020
Membership must be paid in order to maintain your eligibility for the RWTO/OERO insurance coverage and to receive the RWTO/OERO Connections Newsletter.
The annual membership fee is $40.00 for regular members and $10.00 for associate members. Make your cheque payable to RWTO/OERO. You can mail your cheque to Linda Dueck or drop it off at her home. Please e-mail Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for directions.
Members in good standing and their spouses are entitled to enrol in the exclusive Manulife Financial Hospital and Home Care Plan and/or the Personal Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plan. The premiums are very reasonable. You can find more details at https://rwto.org/membership/insurance-plan/ or e-mail Sherri Stokes, our Branch Insurance Convenor, at email@example.com.
Cora Bailey Award Winner 2019-2020
RWTO/OERO Area 13 Niagara Falls Branch
After a rewarding career with the District School Board of Niagara, Linda retired from teaching in 2006, but she didn’t retire from “caring and sharing,” as is evident in her service to RWTO and our Niagara Falls branch, which she joined in 2007.As one example, Linda was indispensable as a Convenor for the Hospitality Room at the 63rd RWTO Annual Convention in St. Catharines in June 2019. Linda worked hard with her team to create a welcoming atmosphere in the Hospitality Room, where RWTO members from across the province could enjoy tasty snacks, socialize, and learn “Fun Facts” about the Niagara region. Feedback on the Hospitality Room was very positive. Linda has also attended several conventions as Provincial Delegate for our branch.
In 2016, Linda became our branch Assistant Treasurer and then Treasurer the following year. As Treasurer, Linda is meticulous in maintaining our financial records and proactive in arranging donations to the charities our branch supports. In addition, on her own initiative Linda took on the new role of Membership Convenor. In this capacity, Linda provides excellent suggestions for recruiting new members, invites retired teachers to join our branch, and sends welcome letters to new members. She also updates the branch Executive on important events in the lives of our members. As well, Linda prepares the write-ups and arranges for photos so that we can celebrate our “Over 90” members.
Linda is also an active community volunteer. In particular, she contributes her sewing skills to making Quilts for Valour. Through her committed service to our Niagara Falls branch and to her community, Linda is indeed a worthy recipient of the Cora Bailey Award.
In 2019, the Cora Bailey award went to Ilsa Robson
In 2019, our branch received $200 through the Barbara Bain Award in recognition of our increase in membership. We are happy to announce that in 2020 our branch was first place in Tier 2 and received $400.00 for an increase of 13 new members.
Examples Of Our Branch’s Charitable Contributions:
Niagara Nutrition Partners
Education Foundation Niagara
Isabel Seaton M.A.( Booth) ( Macdonald) Henning
Peacefully with her daughter at her side, on Tuesday March 2, 2021, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late C.H. “Bert” Henning. Loving mother of Anne Pederson (Bill Roach), and dear step-mother of John (the late Brenda) Henning, Bruce Henning, Mark Henning (Kathleen); much loved grandma of Hunter Pederson, Dakota, Yinyang, Matthew and Laura Henning. Sister of Shirley (the late Alexander “Sandy”) Macdonald and the late Norman Macdonald. Born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Isabel and her family moved to Victoria B.C., prior to the premature death of her father. Upon graduation with her B.A. from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Isabel responded to an ad for Program Director of the Niagara Falls Y.W.C.A., where she worked prior to joining Sears as a training director, working in Toronto and then Philadelphia. Isabel then moved on to Cyanamid Canada, first in their Personnel department, then as editor of the company newsletter, the Cyanamid News. She was later employed for 22 years at Princess Margaret School, initially as a teacher, and later as their Librarian. During her time at Princess Margaret School, she studied and received her M.A. at Niagara University. Isabel was a long-time member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed playing golf. Funeral arrangements private. Cremation to be followed by private family interment of the cremated remains at Lundy’s Lane Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a memorial donation to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Project Share, or Pathstone Foundation. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morseandson.com
JACKSON, Margaret Dorothy
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Margaret Dorothy (nee Pedlar) Jackson at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Monday October 5, 2020 in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late George Jackson Sr. (1998). Pre-deceased by her parents Gordon and Jane (nee Duffy) Pedlar. Loving step-mother to George (the late Joanne 2006) Jackson Jr. and the late Gary (2011) (Jackie) Jackson and Stonewall (Kim) Jackson. Caring step-grandmother to Brian Jackson, Matthew Jackson and Chris (Sonia) Bateman, Trudy Long and Robert Bateman. Dear step-great-grandmother to Nick (Melissa) MacDonald, Jordynn Bateman, Damian Long, Christina Long, Kirsten MacRae and Matthew Bateman. Step-great-great-grandmother to Abigail MacDonald, Jackson and Meredith and Emerson MacRae. Margaret was a devoted wife who loved travelling with her husband George and did everything she could for him once he became ill. She graduated from NFCVI and went on to graduate from McMaster University. Margaret pursued a career in teaching which culminated in her being the head of the Commercial Department at NFCVI. She enjoyed curling, golf, lawn bowling, travel and the theatre. Margaret was devoted to the church. She was the treasurer at Morrison United Church for many years and then joined Stamford Lane United Church when Morrison United Church closed down. She especially enjoyed days out with her closest friends, whether at the Shaw Festival or dinner and a show at the Casino. Margaret will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Margaret’s family would love nothing more than to share her life and times with you, but in accordance with the current pandemic restrictions, a private visitation and graveside service (face masks must be worn) will be held, with interment at Fairview Cemetery. A Celebration of her life will take place at a later date when restrictions allow. Arrangements entrusted to MORSE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5917 Main Street, Niagara Falls. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a memorial donation to Stamford Lane United Church.
Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morseandson.com
DICKSON, Ruth Anne 1938-2020
ROOKLEY, Janet Anne (nee Lundy) 1942-2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Janet Rookley (daughter of Edward and Jeanette Lundy) announce her passing on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, at the age of 78. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William (Bill) Rookley. She will be greatly missed by her sons Andrew (Elsie) and Cameron (Jasmin), three wonderful grandsons, Evan, Aidan, and Edward, and a very special granddaughter Tess. She also leaves her siblings, brother Graham Lundy (Micki) and his sons Justin (Allie) and Jordan and her sister Heather Reece. Janet was a teacher for many years with the Niagara South Board of Education. She began her career teaching Grade one at Orchard Park School and finished her career teaching Grade eight at Simcoe Street School where she touched many lives. Janet and Bill were fortunate that they were able to travel the world extensively. They especially enjoyed participating in many Elder hostel programmes (now Road Scholar) whether it was walking historic Boston, visiting California wineries or enjoying the amazing art in Santa Fe.
For many years Janet was a member of the Niagara Falls Curling Club where she met many wonderful people. At the present time she was a member of the Bridge Centre of Niagara where she held a Life Master in duplicate bridge. Cremation has taken place. If desired, a donation may be made to a cause that touches your heart.
Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morseandson.com