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 PresidentShirley Stoner
PresidentDiane Ewen 905-354-7402
Vice-PresidentElaine McGrath
SecretaryCarol Morningstar
TreasurerLinda Dueck 905-358-6931
Programme Jackie Sanche
MembershipLinda Dueck 905-358-6931
GoodwillCheryl Wyllie
Phone ListIsla Robson

Events 2020-2021

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

Valentine Social

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  

Provincial Convention

July 8, 2019 

Outdoor Picnic

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

Valentine Social


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 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 or e-mail Sherri Stokes, our Branch Insurance Convenor, at


Cora Bailey Award Winner 2019-2020

RWTO/OERO Area 13 Niagara Falls Branch

Linda Dueck

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:

Project Share

Eventide Home

Niagara Nutrition Partners

Education Foundation Niagara

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

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

Marion Lauder    1920 – 2019

Ann-Marie Bubna 1956-2019