ATA Educational Trust

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What Is the ATA Educational Trust?

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 programs encourage teachers to attend professional development activities and events.

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.

Please take this opportunity to encourage your colleagues to apply for the ATA Educational Trust offerings for the 2020/2021 school year with a reminder that the Trust’s programs allow for online courses. Apply online on the Educational Trust Website.

We ask you to consider donating individually to the Trust at any time of the year, and to consider this registered charity as a recipient for donations in memoriam or by bequest. Donation forms are available on the Educational Trust Website.

The Trust is built on a foundation of teachers supporting teacher professional development, and with your help, we can continue in this tradition of professional unity.

The ATA Educational Trust Board of Trustees wishes you good health, wellness and satisfying engagement in learning during this challenging time.


 

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

Through this grant program, the Trust encourages teachers to advance their knowledge and teaching skills by attending a Non-ATA conference, a workshop, a seminar, an institute or a symposium. Grants are paid after the recipient has attended the professional development event, submitted proof of payment and a completed claim form.

To qualify for a bursary, applicants must be planning to take part in one of the previously mentioned professional development events occurring between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the next draw is September 30, 2021. Applications for an ATA specialist council conference and academic courses are not eligible as they are supported by other ATA Educational Trust programs. Only one form will be accepted from any applicant in a given year. Applicants who have received an ATA Educational Trust grant in the past 3 years are ineligible.

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 by November.

Applications are now closed.

ATA Specialist Council Conference Grants ($500)

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, 2021. 

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. 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.  

Applications are now closed.

Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursaries ($700)

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 academic courses related to their teaching responsibilities. 

To qualify for a grant

  • 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

Once a member is awarded an Educational Trust Bursary or Grant, he or she must wait three full school years before applying again.

Selecting Recipients

The name of each eligible person whose application is received by the May 1 deadline will be entered into a draw. All successful applicants are advised of the draw results by mail before the end of June.

Apply Online Here

How the Trust Is Managed

The Trust is managed by a board of seven trustees (see below), named by the Association. 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 2020/21

  • Angelo Delli Santi (Chair), Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
  • Raiven Hansen-Downs, Public/Parent representative
  • Maxine Anderson, ARTA Representative
  • Raiven Hansen-Downs, Public/Parent representative
  • Sally Rudakoff, St Albert Public Teachers
  • Robert Stepaniuk, Edmonton Public Teachers
  • Gaylene Schreiber, Alberta Teachers’ Association representative
  • Laurie Paddock, Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38

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

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

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:


2020/21 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Beharry, Dan Council for School Leadership
Borrelli, Shirley Council for School Leadership
Dellezay, Dylan Council for School Leadership
Fuerst, Kristine Council for School Leadership
Giles, Jenn Mathematics Council 
Harle, Joanne Council for School Leadership
Hildisheim, Fan Early Childhood Education Council
House, Darcy Early Childhood Education Council
Krupka, Rhalna Early Childhood Education Council
Marino, Jillian
Council for School Leadership
McLaughlin, Don  Science Council
Minutoli, Aurelia
English as a Second Language Council
Quinn, Heather
Council for School Leadership
Sawyer, Jan
Council for School Leadership
Semenoff, Lea
Early Childhood Education Council
Sinclair, Crystal
Early Childhood Education Council
Stark, Shannon
Early Childhood Education Council
Tchir, Tamara
Council for School Leadership
Windwick-Petkau, Deborah
Council for School Leadership
Wuth, Laura
English Language Arts Council

2020/21 Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Professional Development Recipients

Andreas, Monica Bow Island
Borys, Corey Red Deer
Borys, Gerry-Lynn Red Deer
Bruinsma, Jennifer St. Albert
Cater, Carol Calgary
Dominguez, Maria del Carmen Calgary
Ernst, Jason Camrose
Gallad, Diane Calgary
Herriman, Naomi Leduc
Ivy, Elizabeth Calgary
Mclntee-Leinweber, Jennifer Airdrie
Meisner, Averie Airdrie
Nimchuk, Sasha Red Deer
Norman, Sandra Stettler
Pretty, Kelly Calgary
Scott, Andrew Beaumont
Vandertoorn, Tara Calgary
Whipple, Dalziel Taber
Williamson, Liesha Red Deer
Zandberg, Richard Ponoka

2021/22 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Alija Garcia, Jose Luis Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bailey, Scott Rocky View Local No 35
Ballance, Lindsay Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Baxter, Kyla Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Belisle, Melanie Unité locale francophone No 24
Bevan, Travis Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bodley, Andrea Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bramfield, Gordon Palliser Local No 19
Brunner, Matthew Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
Bull, Georgia Medicine Hat Local No. 1
Cameron, Braedon Grasslands Local No 34
Clease, Jodie Rocky View Local No 35
Court, Nicole Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
Delemont, Hanna Red Deer City Local No 60
Demeule, Chris Park Plains East Local No 31
Derelus, Madeleine Unité Locale francophone No 24
Dolinsky, Lisa Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Duchscherer, Caylie Prairie Rose Local No 2
Dyck, Bonnie Palliser Local No 19
Fagan, Lindsay Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Fitzpatrick, Keely Brianne Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Foshay, Laurel Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Francis, Janice Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Frey, Michele Medicine Hat Local No 1
Gualtieri, Sandi Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Harrison, Elizabeth Trumpeter Local No 26
Hollman, Nicole Red Deer City Local No 60
Inch, Steven Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Jolin-Roch, Olivier Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Kennedy, Kendra Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Koopmans, Jordan Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Kostek, Riley Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
Kubica, Barbara Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Labrentz, Christy Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Lamoureux, Nicole Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Laroue, Tara Aspen View Local 7
Letourneau, Vanessa Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Lombardo, Nicole Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Luders, Lee Canadian Rockies Local No 59
Malenfant, Karen Greater St Albert Catholic Local No 23
Mathur, Rajiv Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
McInenly , Christina Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Miller, Tracey Calgary Catholic Local 55
Mulligan, Wendy Canadian Rockies Local No 59
Nguyen, Lisa Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Omar, Ladan Unité locale francophone No 24
Parent, Tessa Timberline Local No 9
Prasad, Jaylyn Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Primmer, June Fort McMurray Local No 48
Pui, Bernice Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Reaman, Sarah Chinook's Edge Local No 17
Robinson, Clare Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Rustom, Hiba Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Saunders, Heather Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Schumack , Blake Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Shaver, Michelle Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Stevenson, Dale Westwind Local No 12
Stinson, Jeffrey Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Symons, Kathleen (Katie) Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Vandendooren, Leon Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
VanDerVeen, Mark Foothills Local No 16
Visser, Kyle Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Wang, Min Xue Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Warrier, Nirmala Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Wendell Nelson, Keely Battle River Local 32
Wong, Lydia Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Wringe, Laura Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Wytinck, Paige Three Drums of Wheat Local No 20
Zaremba, Megan
Zawyrucha, Kaylee Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers Local No 42