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 was May 1, 2017. 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.

2018 application forms will be available by October 9, 2017.

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. Application forms will be posted in May.

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.

Download application form (PDF)

Curriculum or Research Project GrantsTop of page

The ATA Educational Trust Curriculum or Research Project Grant program is currently under review and is not available for the 2017/2018 school year. Please check this page in June 2018 to see the status of this program.

Project Grant Recipients

2017/18
Recipients Project
Paul Kelba, Calgary Public Teachers
Local No 38
A World for All, Forever: What Does Sustainability Look Like in a School?

2016/17
Recipients Project
Carrie Sutton, Grande Prairie Catholic
Local No 28
Inquiry-Based Curriculum-linked, Differentiated Math Problems for Grades 1-2
Teresa Borchers, Red deer Catholic
Local No 80
Sharing the Voices of Diversity

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 2017/18
  • Don I McLaughlin (chair), Calgary Separate Local No 55
  • Maxine M Anderson, ARTA representative
  • Raiven Hansen-Downs, Public/Parent representative
  • M Rae Molzan, Elk Island Catholic Local No 21
  • Nicole M Mooney, Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
  • Gaylene R Schreiber, Alberta Teachers’ Association representative
  •  Melissa A Steeves, Sturgeon Local No 27

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.
2015 The ATA Educational Trust Board decided to name the bursary program in recognition of Dr B T Keeler, the Association’s fourth executive secretary, who died on 2015 01 01, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The bursary program, which did not have a name, was a key component of Keeler’s vision in establishing the Trust.
2016 The Trust continues to promote teachers’ professional development with 100 recipients of the ATA Specialist Council Conference Grant ($500) and 120 recipients of the Dr B T Keeler Continuing Education Bursary ($700) for a total of $134,000 awarded in the 2016/17 fiscal year.

  

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)

   

2017/18 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Adams, Grayson

Rocky View Local No 35

Allen, Irene

Wolf Creek Local No 3

Barnaby, Chayne

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Belanger, Dalon

St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73

Benham, Margaret

Pembina Hills Local No 22

Besenski, Haley

Rocky View Local No 35

Boucher, Fanie

Unité locale francophone No 24

Bowles, Timothy

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Burke, Taylor

Lethbridge Public School Local No 41

Burrell, Jaclyn

Sturgeon Local No 27

Chapman, Cheryl

Rocky View Local No 35

Choong, Lori

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Clare, Patricia

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Clark, Kirsten

Park Plains East Local No 31

Crichton, Darcy

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Cumo, Inderpreet

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Debler, Brianne

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Delainey, Jeanie

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Desmet, Tracy

Three Drums of Wheat Local No 20

Doerr, Maria-Giuseppa

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Eastly, Joanne

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Ernest, Kevyn

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Etter, Lesley

Northern Lights Local No 15

Everitt-Dallinger, Melisa

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Francis, Cori Ann

Horizon Local No 4

Garneau, Lianne

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

Gingras, Jenaia

Sturgeon Local No 27

Goldie, Brita

High Prairie Local No 62

Gusdal, Jane

Wetaskiwin Local No 18

Henderson, Dale

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Hildebrand, Ricky

Medicine Hat Local No 1

Jackson, Jennifer

Chinook's Edge Local No 17

Jacob, Shoba

High Prairie Local No 62

Jean, Danielle

St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73

Kastelic, Diana

St Thomas Aquinas Teachers' Local No 45

King-Hunter, Genevieve

Medicine Hat Local No 1

Kirkham, Brittany

Chinook Local No 29

Lal, Rita

Elk Island Local No 28

Lalani, Natasha

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Lam, Anita

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Lambert, Sara

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Lieverse, Robyn

Northern Spirit Local No 6

Lipsett, Lindsay

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Luchak, Caitlyn

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Macdonald, Carol

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

MacGregor, Regan

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

MacMillan, Kathryn

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Mailman, Adam

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Mancuso, Anthony

Evergreen Catholic Local No 44

Marsh, Kristy

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Martin, Brandy

Wetaskiwin Local No 18

Matheson, Cinty

Red Deer City Local No 60

Matsuba, Lauren

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Mauro, Kristin

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Mauro, Jonathan

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

McKerchar, Maria

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

McLeod, Candice

Battle River Local No 32

Mechkour, Souad

Unité locale francophone No 24

Melnyk, Karin

Red Deer City Local No 60

Miller, Lia

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Mohammed, Shireen

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Moody, Warren

Sturgeon Local No 27

Murray, Hana

Elk Island Local No 28

Neamtu, Raluca

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Ness Harrison, Susan

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Nixdorf, Kelli-Ann

Prairie Rose Local No 2

Northrup, Jenna

Red Deer City Local No 60

Pavlova, Svetlana

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Pokolinski, Melinda

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Pronovost, Kyla

Parkland Teachers' Local No 10

Rathwell, Krysta

Battle River Local No 32

Reichenauer, Stephen

Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

Ressler, Dustin

Medicine Hat Local No 1

Roth, Melanie

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Rowand, Elizabeth

Evergreen Local No 11

Rufiange, Chantelle

Sturgeon Local No 27

Schafer, Dana

Wolf Creek Local No 3

Shore, Shauna

Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37

Simmons, Donavin

Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8

St Jean, Marc

Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21

Stone, Chelsea

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers Local No 42

Taylor, Kristi

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Tinney, Alicia

Westwind Local No 12

Ukrainetz, Ashley

Red Deer Catholic Local No 80

Vanstone, Lisa

Northern Spirit Local No 6

Veenstra, Mary-Ann

Timberline Local No 9

Watson, Katrina

Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

Welsh, Timmery

Northern Gateway Local No 43

Westergard, Jessica

Evergreen Local No 11

Wilson, Kimeron

Calgary Separate School Local No 55

   

2016/17 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Acorn, Candace

Science Council

Allen, Kristi

Mathematics Council

Bain, Steve

Health and Physical Education Council

Bartsch, Chad

Social Studies Council

Belisle, Diane

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Bentz, Jason

Health and Physical Education Council

Bhamber, Gagandeep

Science Council

Bhamber, Sukh

Science Council

Bouma, David

Council for School Leadership

Burkard, Shonna

Middle Years Council

Cahn, Margo

Mathematics Council

Cairns, Lisa

Early Childhood Education Council

Cameron, Cathy

Council for School Leadership

Campbell, Karen

Mathematics Council

Chessor, Erin

Mathematics Council

Chevallier-Grabinska, Chrystele

Second Languages and Intercultural Council

Clark, Sarah

Outreach Education Council

Cokar, Nabeela

Early Childhood Education Council

Colborne, Donna

Mathematics Council

Daigle, Noelle

Science Council

DeMerchan,t Christa

Council for Inclusive Education

Diner, Jane

Science Council

Doshewnek, Arlene

Mathematics Council

Dunlop, Mike

Outreach Education Council

Ellis, Els

Council for Inclusive Education

Faulkner, Jeremy

Career and Technology Education Council

Fetter, Jacqueline

English as a Second Language Council

Forest, Karen

English as a Second Language Council

Forster, Coralee

First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council

Fuller, James

Social Studies Council

Gallant, Chantal

Mathematics Council

Garant, Andree

Fine Arts Council

Gascoyne, James

Council for School Leadership

Gee, Diane

Science Council

Genge, Tammy

Religious and Moral Education Council

George, Darcy

Middle Years Council

Georgi-LaCoste, Hala

Fine Arts Council

Glossop, Carmen

Science Council

Hartl, Jason

Middle Years Council

Head, Travis

Council for Inclusive Education

Hilton, Bill

Social Studies Council

Holder, Shane

Health and Physical Education Council

Holloway, Adam

Science Council

Huddleston, Betna

Religious and Moral Education Council

Hudon, Martin

Le Conseil français

Keet, Krista

English Language Arts Council

Kniel, Donna

Council for Inclusive Education

Kohut, Rachael

Council for Inclusive Education

Kosowan, James

Social Studies Council

Krabbe, Gerald

Mathematics Council

Krec, Natasha

Council for Inclusive Education

Kuly, Chris

Mathematics Council

Levorson,  Laura

Early Childhood Education Council

Lillico, Shelley

Early Childhood Education Council

Lomas, Janay

Fine Arts Council

Mably, Evangeline

Religious and Moral Education Council

MacDonald, Jason

Mathematics Council

MacDonald, Krista

Health and Physical Education Council

Mack, Barbara

Early Childhood Education Council

Maguhn, Nicole

First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council

Mah, Kathy

Early Childhood Education Council

Maione, Sarah

Early Childhood Education Council

Malcolm, Andrew

Science Council

Marshall, Dana

Middle Years Council

Matheson, Anne

Council for Inclusive Education

Maynard, Jennifer

Early Childhood Education Council

McClelland, Megan

Health and Physical Education Council

McMahon, Joanne

Early Childhood Education Council

Myroniuk, William

Science Council

Nightingale, Nicole

Health and Physical Education Council

Nitschke, Della

English as a Second Language Council

Pedersen, Tammie

Mathematics Council

Pitts, Suzanne

Mathematics Council

Plehnert, Jessica

Early Childhood Education Council

Pomeroy, Sara

Early Childhood Education Council

Powell, Kristen

Fine Arts Council

Pratt, Dennis

Career and Technology Education Council

Rahall, Najla

English Language Arts Council

Rassi Mendez, Abdel

Science Council

Rivera, Daniela

English as a Second Language Council

Schnell, Dwayne

Science Council

Schreiber, Carson

Health and Physical Education Council

Scully, Katherine

Health and Physical Education Council

Spiak, Barb

Early Childhood Education Council

Tally, Tara

Science Council

Tanasichuk, Kristi

Early Childhood Education Council

Teixeira, Susy

Council for Inclusive Education

Thompson, Kevin

Career and Technology Education Council

Thomson, Amanda

Mathematics Council

Tokusheva, Bilyana

Early Childhood Education Council

Trombetta, Sarah

Mathematics Council

Viczko, Audrey

Early Childhood Education Council

Wallace, Joanne

Outreach Education Council

Warawa, David

Religious and Moral Education Council

Wardrope, Adelle

Council of School Counsellors

Wasylik-Nicoll, Rosemarie

Outreach Education Council

Weddell, Jackie

Health and Physical Education Council

Wesley, Gregg

Council for School Leadership

Wilson, Colleen

Career and Technology Education Council

Zurfluh, Ashleigh

Council for Inclusive Education