Palmerston and District Branch News

September 2022 began on a high note as we welcomed the members of Listowel RWTO to our group. Now we can say, if you are a retired teacher living in North Wellington, North Perth, or the surrounding area, you are most welcome to join us!

Our branch embraces about 85 caring, sharing members who mix, mingle, laugh, socialize and give back to our communities. We have four business luncheons a year, starting with a meet and greet at 10:30 a.m. followed by business at 11, a delicious meal at noon, and an interesting program.   Our meetings are held in the James Street U.C. in Palmerston, ON.

At present, we have two social gatherings a year: a brunch on the first day of school, and a Christmas Luncheon.

For more information about our Palmerston & District Branch,

Please contact Kathy Watt (President) at

James Street U.C., in Palmerston

10:30 a.m.  Meet and Greet

11:00 a.m.  Business Meeting

Luncheon at 12:00


Palmerston RWTO 2022-2023

Tues.Sept.6Brunch @9:30 Pike Lake Golf Course; Entertainment – singing duo “Sam & Robin”.

Fri.Sept.30Meal -Turkey Pot Pie; Charity– Ramoth House; Speaker – Ann Soltys – armchair yoga

Fri. Oct.28Meal – Roast Pork; Charity – S.C.A.W.; Speaker Nutritionist Paula Seifried.

Fri.Dec.2Christmas Social Meal – Turkey Dinner; Charity Auction – Food Banks; Carol Singing.

Fri.April 28Meal – Lasagna; Charity – CACHA- Children of Tanzania; Speaker – Debra Kalb -Packing for a Trip.

Fri.May 26Meal – Cold Plate; Charity – Salvation Army Backpacks for School; SpeakerProvincial President Judy; Memorial Service & Installation of Executive; Singsong.

Unless otherwise informed, all meetings start with meet-and-greet at 10:30 a.m. at James Street U.C., Palmerston, ON



Colleen Robertson was the unanimous choice of her fellow teachers for the 2020 Cora Bailey Award. She has contributed outstanding service to our Palmerston Branch (Area 2) during her term as President. She is presently the Secretary for our Branch.

Colleen will be honoured both locally and provincially, with flowers, a framed certificate, and will receive a Cora Bailey pin. Her history as an educator will live on in the RWTO-OERO Archives.

Colleen graduated from The University of Toronto in 1979 and began her teaching career in Instrumental Music at Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston. After a number of years, Colleen received her credentials and became a Consultant in Special Education for The Upper Grand Board of Education (formerly Wellington-Dufferin). Colleen returned to Norwell for her remaining years as Special Education Head at Norwell D.S.S. Colleen retired in June of 2010. Her teaching career spanned 31 years.

As President of our Palmerston Branch, Colleen emphasized the RWTO-OERO’s motto of CARING AND SHARING. She was active in our Branch’s charities. Colleen also organized a yearly memorial slide-show, combined with music for our annual spring service honouring deceased members.

In her retirement, Colleen continues to share her love of music as organist and choir director in local churches. She is a French horn player and joins other musicians from The University of Toronto who are also retired and reside in her new community in the Bancroft area.

Colleen and her husband have two grown sons and one grandson. Her other interests include gardening, baking, cooking, and traveling.

Colleen is a loving and faithful friend to all who know her.