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)

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:

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 grant, applicants must

  • Applicants must be planning on taking a course in the upcoming summer or school year 
  • Applicants must not have received a Trust bursary or grant in the past three years.
  • The course must have a tuition cost
  • The applicant must be able to provide a mark of course completion at the end of the course
Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the 2018 draw was May 1, 2018. Only one form will be accepted from any applicant in a given year.

Selecting Recipients

The name of each eligible person whose application had been received by the May 1 deadline was 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.

2019 Application form will be available October 1, 2018.

Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Development ($600)Top of page

Through its bursary program, the Trust encourages teachers to advance their knowledge and teaching skills by attending a conference, workshop, seminar, institute or symposium. Bursaries are paid after the recipient has attended the professional development event, submitted proof of the amount paid in fees or tuition and proof that the event been completed.

This is the inaugural year for this program; the Trust will award a number of bursaries to certificated Alberta teachers wishing to take part in a conference, workshop, seminar, institute or symposium related to their teaching responsibilities. To qualify for a bursary, applicants must be planning to take part in one of the previously mentioned professional development events in the upcoming summer or school year.

Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the next draw is September 30, 2018. Applications for a specialist council conference and academic courses are not eligible as they are supported by other ATA Educational Trust programs. Only one form per program 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 September 30 deadline is entered into a draw and selected at random. All successful applicants are advised of the draw results by mail before the end of October.

Download application form (PDF)

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. The application deadline is September 30, 2018. 

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)\

How the Trust Is ManagedTop 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
2018/19 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients
Aguilar Dydak, Marie Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Argento, Adam Foothills Local No 16
Aura, Leanne Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Bajac, Stephanie Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Bartlett, Stephanie Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bauman, Debbie Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bliska, Amanda Greater Peace Local No 13
Candler, Alexandra Elk Island Local No 28
Caron, Michelle Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Caron, David Unité locale francophone No 24
Clelland, Taylor Evergreen Catholic Local No 44
Coté, Megan Northern Gateway Local No 43
Coyne, Catherine St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73
Davey, Megan Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Doolaar, Kelsey Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Ferguson, Chris Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Fisher, Sharon Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Fitchett, Aaron Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
Garcia, Henrietta Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Gates, Erin Fort McMurray Local No 48
Green, Melissa Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Hakda, Aneesa Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Hlavacek, Annette Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Hoffman-Burke, Pamela Rocky View Local No 35
Holland, Justine Elk Island Catholic Local No 44
Irvine, Rachelle Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Isaak, Alison Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Istchenko, Danielle Rocky View Local No 35
Jacobi, Robyn Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Jaworski, Melissa Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Johnson, Kimberlee St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73
Kaddoura-Saghir, Samia Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Kovacik, Martin Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Kruse, Jennifer Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Lake, Kayla Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Lewis, Jaclyn Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Lo, Benny Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
MacNeil, Stacey Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Malenfant, Karen Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
McDonald, Rochelle Grande Prairie and Disctrict Catholic Teachers Local No 42
McElhinney, Megan Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
McGarry, Amanda Medicine Hat Local No 1
McGuiness, Jennifer Evergreen Catholic Local No 44
Medlicott, Kara Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Merhej, Rebecca Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Mireau, Vincent Northern Gateway Local No 43
Mitchell, Katrina Pembina Hills Local No 22
Nakonechny, Luke Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Neary, Raymond Medicine Hat Local No 1
Perszon-Traudt. Jeanine Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Peterson, Aileen Parkland Teachers' Local No 10
Podruzny, Jaclyn  Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54 
Ponce, Anna Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Quraishi, Uroog Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Raaymakers, William Rocky View Local No 35
Rachid, Moe Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Rice, Amy Elk Island Local No 28
Rudance, Stephanie Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Saccomanno, Rosanna Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Seatter, Kendra Pembina Hills Local No 22
Summerfield, Brittney Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Sweeney, Annette Elk Island Local No 28
Taylor, Alicia Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Thomlinson, Nicole Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Waldner, Stephanie Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Whitson, Lisa St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73
Wolfe, Andrea Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Yung, Alfred Elk Island Local No 28
Zapesocki, Kimberly Elk Island Local No 28
Zottl, Christopher Grasslands Local No 34

2017/18 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients
Auch, Marianne English Language Arts Council
Brown, Joshua Mathematics Council
Brown, Katrina Mathematics Council
Bussard, James Career and Technology Education Council
Bussard, Corina Health and Physical Education Council
Caufield, Beth Ann Career and Technology Education Council
Chmilar, Meghann Science Council
Collins, Derek Outreach Education Council
Contessa, Alessandra Science Council
Cooper, Amy Council for School Leadership
Coughlan, Tim Religious and Moral Education Council
D'Andrea, Mary Anne Council for School Leadership
Dawson, Kimberely Council for Inclusive Education
Donald, Teagan Early Childhood Education Council
Doyle, Veronica First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council
Dragich-Malica, Nada Early Childhood Education Council
Duncombe, Alysha Early Childhood Education Council
Dyer, Jill Early Childhood Education Council
El Cid, Caroline Council for School Leadership
Eliuk, Kendra Health and Physical Education Council
Fouquette, Jessica Mathematics Council
Fraser, Lara Early Childhood Education Council
Garbe, Andrea Council for Inclusive Education
Gascoyne, Cheryl Council for School Leadership
Gray, Jolene First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council
Halliday, Sunata Religious and Moral Education Council
Harty, Tracey Career and Technology Education Council
Hofmeyer, Stephanie Mathematics Council
Hula-Hetu, Kim Science Council
Johnson, Kimberlee English Language Arts Council
Klassen, Laurie English as a Second Language Council
Krar, Jeff Science Council
Laurin-Hagg, Nicole First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council
Leibel, Barton Middle Years Council
Lerouge, Jeff Career and Technology Education Council
MacDonald, Amy Lyn English Language Arts Council
McRae, Nicole Mathematics Council
Michaud, Renee Mathematics Council
Munn, Peggy English Language Arts Council
Murray, Sheree Mathematics Council
Muth, Tracy Council for Inclusive Education
Myers, Kristan Early Childhood Education Council
Nicholson, Amber Council for School Leadership
O'Gorman, Judith Middle Years Council
Ouellette, Kirsten Mathematics Council
Pady, Brigette English Language Arts Council
Perry, Jennifer Council for Inclusive Education
Peterson, Terri Council for School Leadership
Pittman, Marvin Health and Physical Education Council
Potvin, Dan Health and Physical Education Council
Ramaswami, Jayashree English as a Second Language Council
Reed, Mandy English as a Second Language Council
Reynolds, Rachel English as a Second Language Council
Rickards, Rhoda Fine Arts Council
Robinson, Rob Council for School Leadership
Rollheiser, Bonnie Council for Inclusive Education
Rolph-DeVicque, Nicole Religious and Moral Education Council
Rylance, Caterina English as a Second Language Council
Sacawa, Patricia Fine Arts Council
Saddiki, Abdelhak Mathematics Council
Sandford, Kyle Council for School Leadership
Sandy, Christopher Career and Technology Education Council
Schaan, Aaron Science Council
Schwandt, Patricia First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council
Staro, Anne Early Childhood Education Council
Taylor, Linda Early Childhood Education Council
van den Bijgaart, David Health and Physical Education Council
Wright, Bonnie First Nations Metis and Inuit Education Council
Wright, Heather Outreach Education Council
Zhang, Krystal Mathematics Council

Curriculum or Research Project GrantsTop of page

The ATA Educational Trust Curriculum or Research Project Grant program has been discontinued. The past curriculum research projects can be accessed through the ATA library.

Past 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).

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.

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