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)

Continuing Education Bursaries ($600)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, 2014. 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.

Mail the completed formprior to the May 1 deadline, to The ATA Educational Trust, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5N 2R1. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

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 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 (PDF). (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 2012/13 
Recipients Project
Kim Adams, University of Alberta
Bonnie-Lynn David, Edmonton Public Teachers 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 Grant Recipients 2011/12
Recipients Project
Cathy Cameron, Connie Coe and Teresa Borchers, Red Deer Catholic Local No 80 Supporting English Language Learning at School and at Home: Backpack Resources for English Language Learners
Heather Beaton, Sturgeon Local No 27
Yoga Tools for Schools: Implementing Yoga for Children with Special Needs
Aileen Marie Taylor, Calgary Separate School Local No 55 Aboriginal Students’ Perceptions of Social and Academic Success in School


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.

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)

Recipients for 2013/14Top of page

2013/14 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Name

Council

Argento, Adam

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Arnold, Dawn

Outreach Education Council

Bak, Juliana

Mathematics Council

Bakos, Cassandra

Mathematics Council

Balance, Nicole

Guidance Council

Barkwell, Mary

Special Education Council

Barnaby, Chayne

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Beglau, Brianna

Early Childhood Education Council

Bernier, David

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Bilodeau, Richard

Career and Technology Studies Council

Brandt, Jerrit

Health and Physical Education Council

Bruinsma, Jennifer

Guidance Council

Bui, Alice

English as a Second Language Council

Burkinshaw, Ann

Guidance Council

Calderon, Carla

Educational Technology Council

Carrell, Wyatt

Health and Physical Education Council

Conacher, Sandra

Special Education Council

Cowley, Carrla

Career and Technology Studies Council

Crabbe, Amanda

Early Childhood Education Council

Culbertson, Jennifer

Religious and Moral Education Council

Cust, Sheldon

Le conseil français

Custódio, Christine

English as a Second Language Council

deBoer, Margaret

English Language Arts Council

Desa, Elsa

Special Education Council

Devolder, Sherri

Mathematics Council

Doshewnek, Holly

Social Studies Council

Dyck, Lenora

Middle Years Council

Dyer, Cynthia

Career and Technology Studies Council

Erickson, Nicole

Special Education Council

Fatica, Giulia

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council

Gysen, Karen

Early Childhood Education Council

Haldane, Kimberly

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Hamp, Leanne

Guidance Council

Haugland, Pat

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Hendriks, Meredith

Special Education Council

Hubick, Mike

Outreach Education Council

Jensch, Laurie

Outreach Education Council

Kerr, Coralie

English Language Arts Council

Kneeland, Alicia

Career and Technology Studies Council

Knoll, Bonnie

Guidance Council

Korver, Amy

Social Studies Council

Lamothe, Jocelyn

Council for School Leadership

Lamoureux, Troy

Religious and Moral Education Council

Leibel, Barton

English Language Arts Council

Liao Chen, Sophie

Early Childhood Education Council

Makovichuk, Cam

Early Childhood Education Council

McComish, David

Mathematics Council

McCormack, Lise

Le conseil français

McKeen, Mark

Social Studies Council

McLarney, Gerard

Religious and Moral Education Council

McMullen, Karen

Science Council

Mohammed, Shireen

Outreach Education Council

Mugisha, Janice

Le conseil français

Mulloy, Marla

Special Education Council

Nesbit, LeeAnn

English as a Second Language Council

Nowell, Helen

Educational Technology Council

Parent, Julie

Le conseil français

Piper, Sarah

Health and Physical Education Council

Quinn, Heather

Social Studies Council

Ragosin, Laura

Guidance Council

Raven, Lucy

Fine Arts Council

Reichel, Marian

Science Council

Rosato, Lina

Fine Arts Council

Segger, Jason

Health and Physical Education Council

Shields, Noela

Guidance Council

Shih, Diane

Special Education Council

Snihur, Michelle

Early Childhood Education Council

Sosnowski, Kathy

Early Childhood Education Council

Spackman, Heather

Guidance Council

Sudyk, Chris

Science Council

Sweileh, Belal

English as a Second Language Council

Voss, Tina

Early Childhood Education Council

Ward, Cheryl

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Watson, John

Science Council

Wellock, Melissa

English Language Arts Council

Wight, Linda

Special Education Council

Wild, Adriana

Religious and Moral Education Council

2013/14 Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Androschuk, Chelsea

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Anheliger, Carrie

Calgary Separate School

Bachor, Jennifer

Edmonton Public Teachers

Bagshaw, William

Edmonton Public Teachers

Bartlett, Stephanie

Calgary Public Teachers

Bates-Church, Alison

Calgary Public Teachers

Bohn, Andrea

Elk Island

Bosch, Lon

Medicine Hat Catholic Teachers

Boyd-Stadelmann, Donna

Clearview Teachers

Brennan, Ryan

Palliser

Brown, Kristy

Elk Island Catholic Teachers

Brown, Dean

Medicine Hat

Chuchmuch, Alison

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Comeau, Guillaume

Calgary Public Teachers

Critch-Fitzpatrick, Allison

Grasslands

D'Aoust, Gregory

Calgary Public Teachers

Davidson, Breanne

Palliser

Davies, Georgia

Edmonton Public Teachers

Demassi, Krista

Calgary Public Teachers

Dembicki, Myrna

Livingstone Range

Dowhaluk, Terra

Sturgeon

Dubyk, Jerrold

Edmonton Public Teachers

Dumais, Todd

Calgary Separate School

Dykema, Stefan

Palliser

Edgington, Natalie

Northern Spirit

Emerson, Shannon

Grasslands

Fletcher, Heather

Calgary Public Teachers

Foss, Pia

Calgary Separate School

Gaffney, Jessica

Calgary Separate School

Gau, Michelle

Elk Island Catholic Teachers

Gilowski, Gail

Calgary Public Teachers

Gould, Holly

Northern Spirit

Grassick, Dan

Calgary Public Teachers

Hatton, Paula

Calgary Separate School

Hiemstra, Lorna

Pembina Hills

Hill, Jeffery

Westwind

Hodgson, Brianne

Red Deer City

Holland, Trina

Calgary Public Teachers

Hood, Heather

Calgary Public Teachers

Howes, Nicole

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Howrish, Brett

Northern Spirit

Hunter, Angela

Calgary Separate School

Johnston, Natalie

Edmonton Public Teachers

Kangles, Sarah

Calgary Public Teachers

Kannekens, Camille

Prairie Rose

Klassen, Paula

Evergreen

Knafla, Philip

Calgary Public Teachers

Konschuh, Michele

Calgary Public Teachers

Kovacik, Martin

Calgary Separate School

Kraemer, Jackie

Horizon

Kupchenko, Heather

Greater St Paul

Lachapelle, Shawn

Grasslands

Laroche, Guillaume

Unité locale francophone

Lazzaretto, Valeria

Holy Spirit Catholic

Lewis, Heather

Greater Black Gold Teachers’

Lewis,Terry Lynne

Rocky View

Loiselle, Yvon

Unité locale francophone

Lorenz, Wayne

Chinook

Lotoski, Marina

Greater St Albert Catholic

Lowerison, Carla

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Lutzmann, Carly

Calgary Public Teachers

MacAuley, Erin

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Macbeth, Donna

Elk Island

MacCormac, Jennifer

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Mackinnon, Danielle

Calgary Public Teachers

Maltais, Wendy

Wetaskiwin

Maplethorpe, Lois

Wetaskiwin

Martin, Melissa

Calgary Separate School

Martin, Dennis

Canadian Rockies

Maxwell, Carrie

Fort McMurray

McClaskey, Stacy

Calgary Public Teachers

McCloy, Janet

Calgary Public Teachers

McCrady, Elaine

Calgary Public Teachers

McCulloch, Amanda Lee

Fort McMurray

McEwen, Melissa

Fort Vermilion

Melenchuk, Robert

Red Deer Catholic

Miller, Rachel

Park Plains East

Mitchell-Pellett, MaryAnn

Rocky View

Moore, Anna

Calgary Public Teachers

Moore-Kilgannon, Colleen

Edmonton Public Teachers

More, Jacqueline

Calgary Public Teachers

Myles, Angela

Calgary Public Teachers

Nguyen, Odessa

Edmonton Public Teachers

Nieumierzycki, Danusia

Calgary Separate School

O'Leary, Chelsea

Calgary Public Teachers

Perez, Melania

Calgary Public Teachers

Perkins, Michelle

Northern Spirit

Peters, Jaime

Elk Island

Petterson, Joanne

Lakeland Catholic Separate

Porteous, Jason

Prairieland

Poulin, Nathalie

Unité locale francophone

Ramirez, Glenis

Calgary Public Teachers

Randhawa, Anureet

Calgary Public Teachers

Raugust, Blair

Prairieland

Rawlings, Leah

Chinook's Edge

Rawlyk, Teresa

Trumpeter

Reid, Nedessa

Fort McMurray

Reinhardt, Sheri

Sturgeon

Ritchie, Sara

Calgary Public Teachers

Sakofsky, Virginia

Three Drums of Wheat

Sauder, Lisa

Elk Island

Schutz, Nicole

Aspen View

Shantz, Nola

Edmonton Public Teachers

Sherwin, Christine

Calgary Public Teachers

Smitham, Ryan

Foothills

Sprake, Clair

Edmonton Public Teachers

Spronk, Matthew

Battle River

Squires, Danielle

Chinook

Steeves, Melissa

Sturgeon

Stratulat, Cynthia

Calgary Separate School

Swain, Anthony

Calgary Separate School

Taplin, Anna

Greater Peace

Tapping, Debra

Calgary Separate School

Thielmann, Ruby

Edmonton Public Teachers

Thompson, Dawn

Fort Vermilion

Traynor, Jackie

Calgary Separate School

Van Ham, Jaimie

Horizon

Venhuis, Kara

Calgary Public Teachers

Vergara, Mario

Calgary Separate School

Wallace, Carly

Edmonton Catholic Teachers

Walsh, Erika

Fort Vermilion

Woitas, Greg

Calgary Separate School

Woodford, Nikki

Sturgeon

Zarichny, Dwayne

Horizon

Zimich, Luisa

Calgary Separate School