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2018 Wellness Challenge
Apr 1 – Jun 30 all day
Merit Travel presents… – Edmonton
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Adventure Canada Expeditions – The Northwest Passage and Beyond

Join Merit Travel and Adventure Canada for a presentation on the exciting world of expedition travel. Learn about the world’s most exciting and remote destinations from regional experts, and discover what awaits passengers on a modern expedition.

This showcase features incredible photography from voyages through the Canadian Arctic, along the west coast of Greenland, and down Canada’s east coast and Maritimes. Learn about what you can expect from expedition travel; incredible culture, majestic wildlife, and jaw-dropping landscapes all experienced from the comfort of an ice-class expedition vessel. Featuring our newly released 2019 & 2020 seasons and specials for 2018!

Martin Aldrich from Adventure Canada will host the event. Born in Halifax, Martin moved to North Vancouver at the age of nine. After completing a double major at the University in Victoria, Martin travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Central/South America. His passion for adventure and experiencing new things keeps him constantly exploring and learning. He has a keen eye for photography and a passion for physical fitness. Martin is a Business Development Manager in the Adventure Canada office and works in many roles onboard, including Cruise Director aboard the Ocean Endeavour.


CRTA Steppin’ Out Conference
Apr 26 – Apr 27 all day

Steppin’ Out 2018

The Calgary Retired Teachers’ Association is delighted to invite you to “Steppin’ Out”, their annual banquet and conference for retired colleagues and friends. We’re saving a spot just for you.

THURSDAY April 26th

Join us for dinner followed by an entertaining evening with “THE TRAVELLING MABELS,” a folk/country female trio full of spirit, spunk and laughter. This trio of singer/songwriters performs songs with intelligent, humorous lyrics, melodic harmonies, and their energetic brand of country/roots. Collectively, their songs bring a wealth of life experience to the stage.

FRIDAY April 27th

Breakfast, lunch, wind-up social and, in between, choose from over twenty exciting presentations on topics ranging from Making a Difference, Benefits, Dance, Fitness, Finance, Gardening, Health, Heritage, History, Leisure, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Spiritual Wellness, Travel, Tourism, Volunteerism, Writing and more.

Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
3515 26 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta

Complete program and registration information is available February 17, 2018
Earlybird Deadline – March 20, 2018


CRTA wishes to thank the following funders and sponsors for making our conference possible:



2018 HARTA Mini-Conference in Leduc
May 8 all day

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In May HARTA is holding a Mini-Conference in Leduc. Their theme is “Keeping Connected.” After Ron Thompson’s years working with the Wellness Committee, keeping connected was clearly important in maintaining an individual’s social, emotional, physical and mental health. May 8 is HARTA’s Mini-Conference. The keynote speaker will be Daniel Mulloy, Chief Executive Officer of ARTA. Body Composition Clinics will be offered in conjunction with the Mini-Conference.

Along with the keynote speaker, there will be four workshops, the topics are mentioned as follows:

Relationships in Retirement – Steve Carter and Bonnie Haave

Steve Carter and Bonnie Haave, Registered Psychologists in Edmonton, will be doing a session on how changing relationships can affect your mental and emotional health.

Dr. Stephen Carter has worked since 1981 as a teacher, since 1985 as a school counsellor and has been in private practice as a psychologist since 1992. He has been a counsellor in elementary, junior and senior high school and at the university level. Steve is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta.

Spring Forest Qigong – Carolynne Melnyk

Carolynne Melynk has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, mentor, healer, and speaker. Carolynne is a Certified Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group Leader and healer. She is passionate about helping others to reclaim their natural state of health and well-being through the balancing of body, mind and spirit. Carolynne blends The Five Elements Theory of Spring Forest Qigong along with intuitive awareness in her healing practice and leads Spring Forest Qigong Practice groups in Edmonton. Her vision is to help individuals awaken to their natural health and well-being from the inside-out.

Digitally Archive Your Family Photo Collection – Iona Robertson

Iona Robertson’s teaching career, primarily Junior High School Language Arts, Social Studies and Music, spanned forty-five years, eight School Districts and two provinces. Iona fully retired after twenty-eight years with Parkland School Division and now serves as the President of Parkland Area Retired Teachers’ Association.

The dispersal of their successful mixed farm in Southern Alberta thirty-four years ago initiated an unexpected, transient life for the family. They presently reside in their fifteenth home! Among the most precious possessions in all the moves were the pictures. While doing a celebration power point, it became clear that digitalizing family photos is a great way to downsize household contents and keep treasures stored securely from flood, fire, and mould. Having the pictures filed by topic also saves hours when a special historical event can be shared across the miles. Iona will walk you through a brief version of the process of digitalizing your family photos.

New Technology – Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark from The Source in Leduc will present the final session. The final workshop is a session on the various new forms of technology developed to make our lives easier. Such things as Fitbits, Internet-connected speakers and other internet-connected devices have the potential to greatly improve our lives.

The cost for all sessions and the lunch will be $25.00 for the lunch and conference. Also included is the Body Composition Clinic to be run at the same time. The Clinic is limited to the first eighteen people who book. Both events will be held in Leduc at St. David’s United Church.


2018 ARTA Annual Golf Tournament
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registrations are Now Open!

ARTA’s 2018 Annual Golf Tournament will be hosted by FRTA in High River, Alberta, on
June 21, 2018, at Highwood Golf and Country Club

Information for Golfers:

Welcome & Driving Range: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Texas Scramble Start Time: 1:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner and Awards: 6:30 p.m.
Golf Registration: $125 per person (includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, PGA Tour golf shirt, swag bag, and prizes.
Prizes: Total value of over $45,000 including cash prizes
Two Hole-in-One Competitions: 1. 2018 Toyota RAV4, 2. Florida Golf Getaway for Two (four nights accommodation, flight, golf)

Tournament profit will be donated to the Alberta Retired Teachers Charitable Foundation, designated for the two Alzheimer societies in Alberta, The Parkinson Association of Alberta, and CNIB.

No golf but you want to be part of the fun: $35 for lunch and dinner.

Special Activities for Non-Golfers:

Creative Painting with Annie Froese*
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Venue: Art and Soul Studio
124 – 6th Avenue SW, High River
Class Size: 5 – 14   Cost: $50

Over the course of this three-hour workshop, students will gain a good grasp of basic colour theory and watercolour techniques (wet brush, dry brush). Projects will be fun, and the skills learned will add to each students ability. All materials are provided.

Mug Creation with potter Connie Pike*
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Venue: Pike Studios
70 – 9th Avenue SE, High River
Class Size: 10 – 12   Cost: $40

In this class, you will make a handmade mug with wooden stamps. No experience is necessary. Connie will bisque and glaze the mugs which may then be picked up at the studio six weeks after the class.

*Registrations due June 1, 2018. Please use the ARTA Golf Tournament Registration form.

Register Today!

Planning Committee Chair: Gerhard Sawatzky 403-652-9453

Special thanks to our sponsors:

TW Insurance Brokers and Merit Travel.

Second Wind Conference
Sep 6 all day

Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Chateau Louis Conference Centre

11727 Kingsway Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta


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Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm