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 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, 2017. Bursary application forms will be posted in October. 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 ($500)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 this online application form.

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.

$3,000 Curriculum Resource or Research Grant Application Form

Applying for a Project Grant

Grant applications will be posted in November and must be submitted 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 2014/15
Recipients Project
Robert McKague, Calgary Separate School Local No 55 Career Technology Studies Safety Resources Tool Kit for Trades and Manufacturing
Alicia Burdess, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers Local No 42 Bilingual Inquiry-Based Curriculum-linked, Differentiated Math Problems for Grades 7, 8, 9
Paylig Oltadjian and Laura Thompson, St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73 Reconciliations canadiennes: l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des vues autochtones

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)

   

2016/17 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Ackerman, Robert

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Adams, Jessica

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Adamson, Christopher

Fort Vermilion Local No 77

Bagshaw, Laura

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Baxter, Charlene

Livingstone Range Local No 14

Baxter, Adam

Three Drums of Wheat Local No 20

Beaudoin, Bénito

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Beeharry, Neena

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Bell, Shelley

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Berge, Devon

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Bergerman, Rayna

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Bird, Amelia

Evergreen Local No 11

Bishop, Jenna

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Boechler, Rita

Calgary Separate School Local No 55 

Bowes, Tracey

Rocky View Local No 35

Brown, Scott

Northern Spirit Local No 6

Carder, Shawn

Rocky View Local No 35

Claerhout, Allison

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Crosby, Nathaniel 

Foothills Local No 16 

D'Astous, Julie

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Degerstedt, Rhonda

Evergreen Local No 11 

DeJong, Mark 

Chinook Local No 29 

Diógenes, Nadine 

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21 

Fehres, Natalie 

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Feinstein, Christiane

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Fidler, Darryl 

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38 

Fomo, Guy

Unite locale francophone No 24 

Frizzley, Selena

Holy Spirit Catholic Local No 5 

Furedy, Renee

Chinook Local No 29

Geissler, Carmen

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37 

George, Rebecca

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38  

Goosney, Laurie-Lynne

Trumpeter Local No 26 

Gringhuis, Andrea

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Hallick, Chelsea

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38 

Harmer, Bethanie

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37  

Heydorn, Sabrina

Battle River Local No 32 

Humby, Melissa

Wetaskiwin Local No 18 

Huot, Avril

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10 

Ireland, Kelley

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38 

Jacklin, Kimberly

Evergreen Local No 11 

Jackson, Dan 

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37 

Jespersen, Paul

Aspen View Local No 7 

Johns-Bell, Kirstin

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Johnson, Brian

Red Deer City Local No 60 

Keon, Jody 

Canadian Rockies Local No 59 

Khulbe, Megha

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38  

Kokesch, Tracy

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Lalani, Aleesha

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38 

Lalonde, Lisa

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Langevin-Trombley, Kerri

Sturgeon Local No 27

Lepage, Ashley

Rocky View Local No 35

Letwin, Christine 

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Lo, Kevin

Red Deer City Local No 60 

Lundell, Tracy

Aspen View Local No 7 

Luong, Trang

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54 

Maas, Nicole

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54 

MacKinnon, Sarah 

Woodland Rivers Local No 40 

MacPhail, Stephanie

Evergreen Local No 11 

MacQueen, Emily

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Madsen, Joseph

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Mancell, Leonard 

Sturgeon Local No 27

Markle, Josh

Lethbridge Public School Local No 41 

Markowski, Carmen

Evergreen Catholic Local No 44

Mbikayi, Paul

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers Local No 42

McAvoy, Carly

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

McFarlane, Jennifer

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Mckay, Heather

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Mennear, Ryan

Wetaskiwin Local No 18

Mireau, Erin

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Mosca-Tonellato, Antonella

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Murtha-Toles, LeAnne

Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8

Neilson, Melanie 

Red Deer City Local No 60

Nickonchuk, Sarah

Unite locale francophone No 24

Nykjolyshyn, Dianne 

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Orzelski-Konikowski, Izabella

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Ozcan, Erhayat 

Rocky View Local No 35

Pagnucco, Daniel

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Pearce, Laura

Livingstone Range Local No 14 

Penner, Shauna

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Peoples-Sprecker, Adrienne

Northern Lights Local No 15

Pethybridge, Lise

Pembina Hills Local No 22

Phillips, Kailee

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Phillips, Tiffany 

Three Drums of Wheat Local No 20

Rabey-Weir, Shawna

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Rai Nannan, Amrit

Rocky View Local No 35

Rajan, Shahal

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Rougeau, Kirstie

Three Drums of Wheat Local No 20

Royea, Teresa

St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73

Sandboe, Heidi

Northern Spirit Local No 6

Savage, Stephanie 

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Shepherd, Barbara 

Evergreen Local No 11

Simpson, Jennifer

Park Plains East Local No 31

Sitter, Deborah

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37 

Smith, Ciara 

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Smith, Kelly

Evergreen Local No 11

Snyder, Lucille

Red Deer City Local No 60

Squires, Cathy 

Northern Spirit Local No 6

Szczesny, Anne

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Teveniuk, Patrice

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Tighe, Danielle

Sturgeon Local No 27

Towne, Alan

Red Deer City Local No 60

Tuchak, Tanya

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Tysowski, Erin

Rocky View Local No 35

Unland, Lindsay

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

van Beek, Esther

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10 

Vanderbeek, Robert

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

VanDyk, Karleen

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Veltri, Liana

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Wagner, Vanessa

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Watson, Sarah

Chinook Local No 29

Watson, Leanne 

Livingstone Range Local No 14

Weaver, Heather

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

West, Neil

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Williams, Minnie

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Wilson, Gail-Ann 

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Winch, Erin

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Wing, Shauna 

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Wong, Emily 

Pembina Hills Local No 22

Zgolak, Zofia

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Zimmerman, Teri

Red Deer City Local No 60 

   

2015/16 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Adams, Kelly

First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council

Adamson, Lori

Middle Years Council

Anderson, Laura

Career and Technology Studies Council

Ang, Jacqueline

Early Childhood Education Council

Angus, Rick

Council for School Leadership

Backer, Joshua

Career and Technology Studies Council

Bacque, Jesse

Mathematics Council

Balla, Sarah

Health and Physical Education Council

Beaumont, Cindy

Council for School Leadership

Berkner, Shannon

Science Council

Bilotta, Rosa

English as a Second Language Council

Broadhead, Dorothy

Early Childhood Education Council

Campbell, Katherine

Science Council

Chalifoux, Theresa

Mathematics Council

Chauvet, Rachel

Mathematics Council

Cloutier, Eric

Health and Physical Education Council

Crebbin, Nadine

Council for Inclusive Education

Davidoff, Gina

Council for School Leadership

Doyle, Andrew

Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council

Dubeau, Julie

Career and Technology Studies Council

Dulku, Johnny

Science Council

Edwards, Kelsey

Mathematics Council

El-Masri, Rabih

Council for School Leadership

Engel-Wood, Theresa

Council for Inclusive Education

Filiatreault, Daniel

Religious and Moral Education Council

Filipovic, Shayda

Mathematics Council

Fournier, Michelle

Science Council

Francois, Julie

Religious and Moral Education Council

Giesbrecht, Brian

Science Council

Giofu, Shirley

Religious and Moral Education Council

Glaister, Debra

Early Childhood Education Council

Gloria, Paulo

Religious and Moral Education Council

Graham, Sandra

English Language Arts Council

Granley, Lonnie

Health and Physical Education Council

Green, Juanita

Early Childhood Education Council

Hackman, Pina

Early Childhood Education Council

Hansen, Diane

Guidance Council

Hauk-Meeker, Lisa

Council for School Leadership

Hetu, Colette

Science Council

Hodges, Mary Ann

Outreach Education Council

Holdway, Michelle

Career and Technology Studies Council

Hostetler, Valerie

Fine Arts Council

Howatson, Julie

Early Childhood Education Council

Hoy, Brandi

Religious and Moral Education Council

Hunter, Donna

Council for School Leadership

Isherwood, Kirsten

English Language Arts Council

Iwoosa, Stacie

Science Council

Kaoukakis, Constantine

English Language Arts Council

Krupka, Rhalna

Early Childhood Education Council

Lowen, Adele

Council for Inclusive Education

Lytviak, Ihor

Mathematics Council

MacGregor, Krista

Council for School Leadership

Maronese, Shannon

Science Council

McCaffrey, Allison

Council for School Leadership

McCallum, Fiona

Health and Physical Education Council

McDonald, Marlene

Science Council

McElhatton, Monica

English Language Arts Council

McLaughlin, Donald

Middle Years Council

Mellsen, Evan

English Language Arts Council

Mercredi, Coralie

English as a Second Language Council

Molzan, Dianne

Council for Inclusive Education

Morrow, Dawna

Science Council

Munro, Erin

Early Childhood Education Council

Myggland, Lori

Mathematics Council

Ng, Michael

Science Council

Nguyen, Phuong

Mathematics Council

Nicholson, Deborah

Council for Inclusive Education

Parker, Jennifer

Science Council

Parr, Kimerica

Fine Arts Council

Pawelko, Carolyn

Mathematics Council

Payeur, Genevieve

Religious and Moral Education Council

Paziuk, Marlene

Mathematics Council

Pinksen, Ashley

Early Childhood Education Council

Porter, Pamela

English Language Arts Council

Pretula, Leanne

Science Council

Ramage, Melanie

Career and Technology Studies Council

Ritacco, Enza

Fine Arts Council

Rogers, Michele

Council for Inclusive Education

Ronovsky, Chantel

Science Council

Salt, Kathleen

Middle Years Council

Savich, Laura

Science Council

Seifried, Katherine

Council for Inclusive Education

Shavchook, Ronald

Mathematics Council

Smith, Shara

Fine Arts Council

Spriggs, Shane

Council for School Leadership

St Jean, Marc

Mathematics Council

Stabel, Helene

Early Childhood Education Council

Stafford, Liberty

Council for Inclusive Education

Stelmaschuk, Matthew

Health and Physical Education Council

Szaszkiewicz, Christine

Early Childhood Education Council

Tully, Ewelina

Career and Technology Studies Council

Tweedle, Andrew

Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council

Webb, Laura

Mathematics Council

Wensley, Natasha

Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council

Wilkins, Barry

Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council

Wondstra, Teena

Mathematics Council

Wong, Aaron

Mathematics Council

Woods, Erin

Science Council

Woolner, Aaron

Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council

Wotherspoon, Michelle

Mathematics Council