What Is the ATA Educational Trust? Top of page

The ATA Educational Trust is a registered charitable organization closely affiliated with the Alberta Teachers' Association. Each year, the Trust offers bursaries and grants to Alberta teachers and educational researchers. Through its bursary program, the Trust encourages teachers to advance their knowledge and teaching skills by enrolling in courses of study. The Trust's grant program encourages teachers to attend specialist council conferences, and develop resources or undertake research in education that will be of practical value to colleagues.

Since its inception in 1978, the Trust has received ongoing support from the ATA, many of its local associations, the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association and private individuals. The Trust is managed by a board of seven trustees appointed by the Association.

Trust Objectives Top of page

  • To encourage and support research and studies about teachers and teaching that advance knowledge of teaching
  • To provide funding to help teachers advance their knowledge and skills in teaching
  • To encourage and fund projects to advance public knowledge and interest in education and educationally related matters

In addition, through the University of Alberta, the Trust offers, through the University of Alberta, the Orest and Francina Lazarowich $1,000 Bursary in Technology Education for third-year education students enrolled in the U of A's CTS program. For information on applying for this bursary click here.

Donating to the Trust Top of page

Financial contributions are needed to realize the objects of the Trust. Bequests, personal donations, donations to celebrate a colleague's successful career in education, and donations in memory of a favourite teacher or individual are encouraged. Receipts are issued for income tax purposes. To donate to the Trust, please fill out one of the forms below.

Personal donation form (PDF)

Donations to honour someone special form (PDF)

Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursaries ($700)Top of page

Through its bursary program, the Trust encourages teachers to advance their knowledge and teaching skills by taking courses. Bursaries are paid after the recipient has completed the course, submitted proof of the amount paid in tuition fees and proof that the course has been completed.

Each year, the Trust awards a number of bursaries to certificated Alberta teachers wishing to take courses related to their teaching responsibilities. To qualify for a bursary, applicants must be planning to take a course in the upcoming summer or school year.

Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the next draw is May 1, 2016. Application forms will be posted in September. Only one form will be accepted from any applicant in a given year. Applicants should not have received an ATA Educational Trust bursary or grant in the past three years.

Selecting Recipients

The name of each eligible person whose application has been received by the May 1 deadline is entered in a draw. All successful applicants are advised of the draw results by mail before the end of June. Recipients will be invited to attend an official award presentation arranged by their ATA local in the fall.

ATA Specialist Council Conference Grants ($400)Top of page

Each year, the Trust awards a number of grants to help defray the costs associated with attending an ATA specialist council conference. Eligible expenses include registration, accommodation, fuel and food. Only expenses not covered by other grants will be considered for compensation. To apply for this grant please complete and mail the application form by September 30.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must

  • register or plan to register for an ATA specialist council conference.
  • take full advantage of other sources of funding available.
  • not be a conference organizer.
  • not have received a Trust bursary or grant in the past three years.
  • have completed and submitted to the ATA Educational Trust by September 30 a grant application form. (Only one form will be accepted from any applicant.)

In October, the names of all eligible applicants are entered into a draw and a set number of names are selected at random. School jurisdictions, ATA locals and specialist councils are notified of the results. The September 30 deadline is strictly applied. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Successful candidates will receive a claim form in October. Once they have attended the conference, they will need to submit the form along with original receipts for the expenses incurred.

Curriculum or Research Project GrantsTop of page

Each year, the Trust awards a number of project grants of up to $3,000 to help individuals or groups conduct research or develop practical classroom materials for Alberta teachers. The materials and resources produced through these grants are placed in the ATA library where they can be borrowed by interested teachers.

Any individual or group involved in education and planning to undertake such a project during the next school year is eligible to apply. Submissions in the areas of special education, global and environmental education, languages, Francophone education, aboriginal education and early childhood education are of particular interest to the Trust.

Applying for a Project Grant

Grant applicants must complete in detail, the application form available here, and submit to the ATA Educational Trust no later than May 1. Applicants should send three signed and dated copies of their proposal to the ATA Educational Trust (11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5N 2R1). To be considered, applications must be received on or before the close of business on May 1st. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

How Applicants Are Selected and Awarded

After reviewing the applications that meet the eligibility criteria, the Trust board selects those that, in its view, will be of most practical benefit to teachers, parents and/or students in the province. The maximum that the board will allocate to a single project is $3,000.

All applicants are notified in June as to whether or not they were selected to receive a project grant. Successful candidates are asked to confirm in September that they have accepted the amount offered and that they are proceeding with the project. In the fall, ATA locals (or the Trust board, in the case of nonmembers) will organize special events at which successful candidates will receive a framed award certificate. Successful applicants will be sent an advance cheque for a portion of the total amount granted. The remaining grant will be paid (up to a year later) after the recipient has completed the project and submitted the following items:

  1. A detailed statement of the expenses incurred, accompanied by receipts equaling or exceeding the total amount of the grant. (Expenses incurred before the grant was awarded are not eligible.)
  2. Two original copies of the final report or teaching resource that has been produced. These materials must acknowledge the financial support of the Trust.
  3. Projects must be completed by August 31 of the year following the award.
Project Grant Recipients 2013/14
Recipients Project
Dr Adriana Bejko, Calgary Separate SchoolLocal No 55 ELL Parent Outreach - The missing puzzle in Diverse Teaching and Learning

  

Project Grant Recipients 2012/13
Recipients Project
Kim Adams, University of Alberta
Bonnie-Lynn David, Edmonton PublicTeachers Local No 37
Making “Hands-On” Activities Accessible to Everyone
Dr Pamela Winsor, University of Lethbridge
Elizabeth Cormier, University of Lethbridge
Exploring the World: Seven Continents in One Global Micro-Library

  

Project ReportsTop of page

The ATA library currently has over 125 teaching resources and project reports funded by the Trust. For a brief description of these resources, download the ATA Educational Trust booklet titled Project Reports (PDF). Interested teachers are encouraged to borrow these materials by phoning the library at 780-447-9400 (in Edmonton) or 1-800-232-7208 (elsewhere in Alberta).

How the Trust Is Managed Top of page

The Trust is managed by a board of seven trustees (see below), named by the Association, who meet twice a year. The ATA supports the day-to-day operation of the Trust by providing office space and staff. The Trust operates with complete autonomy and reports once a year to the Provincial Executive Council of the ATA. The Trust's annual report and audited financial statements are presented to the Annual Representative Assembly of the ATA in May of each year.

Board of Trustees for 2013/14
  • Roxane R Holmes (chair), Horizon Local No 4
  • Donna L Armstrong, Medicine Hat School District No 76
  • Rose Marie Sackela, ARTA representative
  • Heather Kovach, public/parent representative
  • Dania L Hill, Red Deer City Local No 60
  • David Cracknell, Calgary Separate School Local No 55
  • Gaylene R Schreiber, Alberta Teachers' Association representative

History of the Trust Top of page

1977 The ATA Educational Trust is initiated with a bequest of $13,700 to the Alberta Teachers' Association from the estate of an Alberta teacher, Frederick William Powell, who taught at Dewberry High School in Vermilion.
1978 Under the guidance of Dr Bernie Keeler, Executive secretary of the ATA, the new trust is registered as a charitable organization. A Board of trustees is appointed and a Deed of Trust is established. The first donations are accepted.
1981 The Alberta Committee for the International Year of Disabled Persons donates $33,857 to the Trust and the trustees create the Look Beyond Education Fund. This fund and the interest earned on itare used for the next 14 years to finance educational projects and to develop teaching resources for special education teachers.
1985 The friends and relatives of the late Violet L Fishbourne donate $20,000 to the Trust to assist elementary teachers in the classroom. The Trust uses this donation to create the Vi Fishbourne Memorial Fund, which funds classroom projects in the area of reading and writing at the primary level.
1988 Friends and colleagues of ATA Executive Secretary Bernie Keeler make donations to the Trust on the occasion of his retirement.
1990 The Trust receives the first in a series of donations from a private donor in memory of Philibert and Louise Brugeyroux to fund projects on Francophone education.
1992 The friends and relatives of ATA Staff Officer Allan Jamha make a significant donation to the Trust in his memory.
1993 The Trust receives several donations in memory of Joseph Durand, a former executive secretary of the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association and a former board member of the Trust.
1997 The ATA's Global Education Project, upon its disbandment, transfers to the Trust a donation of $20,000 from Helen Tkachenko.
2000 The Trust establishes the Helen Tkachenko Global Education Fund. Ms Tkachenko helps select the first project to be paid from her fund.
2003 $65,000 has accumulated under the fund started by Ms Brugeyroux in memory of her parents. She passes away in 2003 after a long illness, without setting clear guidelines for the fund.
2004 The Board approves the first project to be paid out of the Philibert and Louise Brugeyroux Fund.
2007 Friends and former colleagues of Nik Hrynyk, former Associate Executive Secretary of the ATA, make a number of donations to the Trust in his memory.
2007 Orest and Francina Lazarowich make a donation to the Trust to fund a new bursary in technology education that will be offered each winter to a third year education student enrolled in the University of Alberta CTS program.
2008 The Trust receives a $105,000 bequest from the estate of Ruth Whaley (1916-2007).
2009 The Trust receives over $22,000 from the Pierre and Madeleine Monod Foundation.
2010 Thanks to generous donations, at its June 2010 meeting the Trustees agreed to award over $80,000 for projects, grants and bursaries in the 2010/11 school year.
2011 Through donations and an increase in long term investments, the Trust increased educational bursaries to $600 and specialist council conference grants to $400.
2012 The Trust receives a bequest totalling $40,008 from the estate of Ms. Peggy Skett.
2013 The Trust celebrates reaching the $1,000,000 mark in awards to Alberta's teachers since its inception in 1977.
2014 Thanks to an increase in donations, including the highest amount ever received from locals at 2014 ARA, the Trust awards 100 $400 conference grants and 125 $600 continuing education bursaries to Alberta teachers.

  

Contacting the Trust Top of page

Further information about the Trust and its award programs is available from these ATA staff members assigned to the operation of the ATA Education Trust:

Renseignements en français (PDF)

   

2015/16 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Altrogge, Lisa

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Altrogge, Doug

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Aly, Ghada

Charter School

Amey, Shannon

Canadian Rockies Local No 59

Ammanethu, Sibin

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Arial, Kelly

Battle River Local No 32

Armstrong, Susan

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Arsenault, Shawn

Evergreen Local No 11

Baldwin, Amanda

Rocky View Local No 35

Barsalou, Ashleigh

Trumpeter Local No 26

Bartz, Erin

Elk Island Local No 28

Baskerville, Craig

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Bechert, Lynsey

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Benoit, Demara

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Beres, Sandra

Park Plains East Local No 31

Berry, Charlene

Westwind Local No 12

Bilyk, Mathew

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Bjorge, Venessa

Evergreen Catholic Local No 44

Brown, William

Timberline Local No 9

Bruinsma, Katherine

Red Deer City Local No 60

Buchan, Tyler

Elk Island Local No 28

Bymak, Rhonda

Foothills Local No 16

Calverley, Tara

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Charlton-Brennan, Cathy

Chinook Local No 17

Chomistek, Matthew

Rocky View Local No 35

Ciezki, Amy

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Connop, Ronda

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Cotnoir, Colleen

Red Deer City Local No 60

Covey, Janice

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Cowper, Corey

Foothills Local No 16

Croft, Elizabeth

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Crowther, Holly

Greater St Paul Local No 25

Danco, Taras

Northland Local No 69

Davies, Allison

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Doerksen, Janet

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Doktor, Ian

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Ficht, Amanda

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Filgate, Christy

Pembina Hills Local No 22

Fudge, Roxanne

Fort McMurray Local No 48

Girling, Angie

Fort McMurray Local No 48

Gonty, Kara-Leah

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Goodfellow, Trevor

Chinook Local No 17

Greenwood, Shelley

Sturgeon Local No 27

Gruber, Lisa

St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73

Guloien, Paula

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Hall, Angela

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Hallworth, Allyson

Rocky View Local No 35

Haston, Andrea

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Holt, Dale

Medicine Hat Local No 1

Horpyniuk, Paul

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Jensen, Lisa

Lethbridge Public School Local No 41

Jerome, Yvette

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Kine, Sherise

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Klassen, Carla

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Knight, Shelina

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Koelmans, Nathan

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Korner, Kathleen

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Korsbrek, Stacey

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Kucy, Tara

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Lebowitz, Bonnie

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Liao Chen, Sophie

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Love, Deborah

Prairie Rose Local No 2

Luckwell, Carrie

Red Deer City Local No 60

MacInnis, Devon

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

MacLean, Kathryn

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Macleod, Rachel

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Mann, Jennifer

Red Deer City Local No 60

Martin, Stephanie

Lethbridge Public School Local No 41

Martinovich, Pina

Evergreen Catholic Local No 44

McDonald, Louise

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Millican, Dilys

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Mitchell, Kelley

Elk Island Local No 28

Murawsky, Tim

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Mushka, Melissa

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Rebecca

Horizon Local No 4

New, Daniel

Rocky View Local No 35

New, Kaeli

Rocky View Local No 35

Newsome, Allen

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Nguyen, My

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Nielsen, Holly

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Omobhude, Ejodamen

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Oviatt, Christine

Lethbridge Public School Local No 41

Patterson, Claire

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Peters, Lisa

Red Deer City Local No 60

Pilipchuk, Amanda

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Pottage, Stephen

Red Deer City Local No 60

Puurunen, Jessica

Chinook Local No 17

Rachmistruk, Peter

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Rackow, Rosemarie

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Reilly, Brooke

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Riez, Moni

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Ruszkowski, Melanie

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Salyzyn, Danielle

Elk Island Local No 28

Savard Seniuk, Annie

Greater Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8

Schellenberg, Henry

Palliser Local No 19

Scott, Micheal

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Sillery, Sheila

Red Deer City Local No 60

Smyth, Christine

Fort McMurray Local No 48

Spencer, Kristine

Foothills Local No 16

St Denis, Amanda

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Taylor, Mike

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Tkachuk, Scott

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Toone, Cody

Westwind Local No 12

Umarji, Nafisa

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Vance, Brad

Rocky View Local No 35

Wajda, Kathy

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Warawa, Kendall

Greater St Paul Local No 25

Wasylynuik, Carmen

Pembina Hills Local No 22

White, Angie

Woodland Rivers Local No 40

Whitehouse, Shannon

Red Deer City Local No 60

Wing, Michelle

Sturgeon Local No 27

Wood, Deborah

Greater St Albert Catholic Local No 23

Youngberg, Ginger

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Zatcha, Mireille

Fort McMurray Local No 48

Zydek, Leslie

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

   

2014/15 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Altin, Jessica

Middle Years Council

Anderson, Kimberley

Fine Arts Council

Asnong, Annie

Science Council

Barrajon, Inma

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Beaton, Kelly

Outreach Education Council

Bell, Kathy

Early Childhood Education Council

Brenneis, Mo

Outreach Education Council

Brent, Lisa

Early Childhood Education Council

Browne, Adam

Council for School Leadership

Brownlee, Chantelle

Social Studies Council

Byer, Jason

Religious and Moral Education Council

Campbell, Cathy

Mathematics Council

Chang, Herman

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Choromiec, Allen

Fine Arts Council

Chung, Yee Wah Eva

Early Childhood Education Council

Daugela, Marian

Guidance Council

de Flerriot, Laura

Religious and Moral Education Council

Deering, Sabrina

Religious and Moral Education Council

DeGagné, Derrique

Fine Arts Council

Delarosa, Janae

Early Childhood Education Council

Deschênesm, Myléne

Health and Physical Education Council

Doiron, Corine

English Language Arts Council

Doroshenko, Maria

Mathematics Council

Dressaire, Danielle

Early Childhood Education Council

Dubland, Lorenna

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Dushanek, Mandi

Science Council

Ehman, Grace

Fine Arts Council

Eisenkrein, Nicole

Science Council

Elcid, Caroline

Mathematics Council

Ellett, Dianne

Special Education Council

Epp, Chrissie

English Language Arts Council

Fischer, Luke

Religious and Moral Education Council

Fitzgerald, Kieran

Social Studies Council

Foltinek, Melissa

Career and Technology Studies Council

Foster, Jennifer

Health and Physical Education Council

Gluwchynski, Jennifer

Special Education Council

Gowans, David

Science Council

Harrison, Andrea

Social Studies Council

Hemphill, Jonathan

Council for School Leadership

Hendrick, Lawrence

Guidance Council

Hollman, Jennifer

Mathematics Council

Hoogewoonink, Tara

Science Council

Jenniex, Stephanie

Early Childhood Education Council

Kahanyshyn, Nadine

Guidance Council

Kahanyshyn, Cathy

Guidance Council

Kaminsky, Brad

Guidance Council

Keyowski, Stephanie

Mathematics Council

Kokot, Catherine

Fine Arts Council

Kremzar, Katherine

Special Education Council

Kristel, Carmen

Outreach Education Council

Lacey, Colin

Science Council

Laevens, Marci

Health and Physical Education Council

Lo, Benny

Le Conseil Français

Magliocco, Patricia

Religious and Moral Education Council

Mah, Hilda

English as a Second Language Council

Malito, Skyler

Guidance Council

Manglovic, Nikola

Career and Technology Studies Council

Martens, Nicole

Health and Physical Education Council

Mason, Jeff

Social Studies Council

McCullough, Kristie

Middle Years Council

McCullough, Chris

Middle Years Council

McKague, Robert

Career and Technology Studies Council

Meeker, Greg

Council for School Leadership

Meyer, Jennifer

Special Education Council

Mitchell, Jill

Special Education Council

Mullally, Brian

Council for School Leadership

Mullen, Adrienne

Health and Physical Education Council

Murdoch, Megan

Special Education Council

Nawrocki, Anita

Early Childhood Education Council

Perigny, George

Special Education Council

Posteraro, Monica

Science Council

Prodor, Jessica

Early Childhood Education Council

Raugust, Corry

Religious and Moral Education Council

Regimbald, Henri

Religious and Moral Education Council

Reinhart, Christopher

Health and Physical Education Council

Rich, Curtis

Career and Technology Studies Council

Richardson, Sarah

Middle Years Council

Robertson, Will

Social Studies Council

Roulstone, Sandy

Early Childhood Education Council

Sangster, James

Health and Physical Education Council

Shaw, Dolph

Mathematics Council

Shim, Carmelina

Council for School Leadership

Shogren, Candice

Mathematics Council

Snyman, Nadine

Science Council

Stanski, Ken

Social Studies Council

Stewart, Katherine

Religious and Moral Education Council

Stewart, Katherine

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Sugden, Tracy

Guidance Council

Sutherland, Jennifer

Social Studies Council

Talarico-Stabile, Teresa

Middle Years Council

Telfer, James

Health and Physical Education Council

Terrenzio, Amanda

Health and Physical Education Council

Timtim-Ramirez, Yvette

Fine Arts Council

Vetsch, David

Guidance Council

Whittingham, Brad

Social Studies Council

Wiens, Megan

Outreach Education Council

Wilcox, Laura

Mathematics Council

Wujcik, Tracey

Special Education Council

Yaremko, Janice

Science Council

Zimmerman, Joelle

Second Languages and Intercultural Council