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.

 

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.

 Applications are now closed

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, 2022 and September 30, 2023.

Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the next draw is September 30, 2022. 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.

Apply Here

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, 2022. 

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.  

Apply Here

Orest And Francina Lazarowich Bursary In CTS Technology Education – University of Alberta Students 

Field of Study: Faculty of Education

Conditions: Awarded to a student with satisfactory academic standing enrolled in the Faculty of Education. Selection based on demonstrated financial need. Preference to a student enrolled in the third year Career and Technology Studies program majoring in technology Education.

Funded by: Annually funded by the ATA Educational Trust on behalf of the donors.

University of Alberta students can apply 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

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

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:

2021/22 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Aaron Schaan McLeod School
Amber Araki Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Calgary Board of Education)
Amy Cooper
Anne Fitzgerald Catholic Elementary School
Annie Lim
Calgary Board of Education
Carmen Wasylynuik
Wetaskiwin Composite High School
Celeste Jordan
Briar Hill School
Cheryl Hart
Grant MacEwan Elementary School
Christopher Reinhart
Our Lady of Mount Pleasant
Cindy Christou
West Haven Public School
Danielle Claire Booker
SouthPointe School
Douglas Romanchuk
M.E. LaZerte High School
Fang Xu
Harold Panabaker School
Heidi Huang
Grant MacEwan Elementary
Huong Ly
Marion Carson School
Jacqueline Tomkow
Aurora Academic Charter School
Jad Abboud
Bob Edwards School - CBE
Janine Woronuk
Ecole Champs Vallee School
Jeannie Vallee
Radisson Park School
Jeff Spady
Fultonvale Elementary Junior High School
Jerrit Brandt
Ecole Charlie Killam School - Battle River School Division
Jody Gerodo
Greentree School
Jody Lynne Dennis
Chinook's Edge School Division #73
Katrina Bidulock
Valley Creek School
Katrina Boyce
Killarney School
Lila Berg
Edmonton Public School
Linda Letchford
St. Edmund IB World School
Lindsay Winslow
Alix-MAC School
Mark VanDerVeen
Foothills School Division #38
Mark Wever
Fultonvale Elementry/Jr. High
Marnie Thomas
Spitzee School, Foothills School Division
Mary D'Andrea
Archbishop O'Leary High School
Michelle Gunn
Universtiy School
Rhonda Blanchette
Fort McMurray Public Schools - Division Office
Robert James McKague
St. Brigid School
Roslyn Marcelo
St. Joseph High School
Sabrina Filiplic
St Joseph
Shannon Culbert
Spitzee Elementary School, Foothills School Division
Shannon Dube
Fort McMurray Public School Division
Sheldon Bossert
St. Theresa School - Wabasca, AB
Simone Bower
Chris Akkerman
Sophie Chen
New Brighton School
Sue Carmichael
Red Deer Public School District
Susy Teixeira
Ecole Dr. Brosseau School
Tammi Andrew
Blackie School
Tasha Roa-Yaremkowycz
University School
Tim Rodgers
Eastbrook Elementary School - Grasslands Public Schools
Tina Sauder
Savanna School
Tracy Wood
St Leo
Vanessa Amyotte
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School
Vanessa Pereira
Manmeet Singh Bhullar School

2021/22 Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Professional Development Recipients

Aaron Allison Ben Calf Robe/St. Clare School
Alexa Haugan
Canmore Collegiate High School
Amanda Bourassa
Mother Margaret Mary High School
Amanda Howrish
Sexsmith Secondary School
Cassandra Marie Anastacio
St. Joseph High School
Catherine Loor
Ecole Mountview Elementary
Cathy Hinger
St. Luke Catholic School
Claudia Pederson
Ecole Escuela Grandin
Danielle Gerla
Briar Hill School
Della Lastiwka
Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus
Dianna Michael-Lawley
St. Albert the Great
George Koufogiannakis
Austin O’Brien Catholic High School
Iris Yin
Edith Rogers School
James Grondin
Archbishop Jordan High School
Julie Scott
Ecole St John Elementary Jr. High School
Kaytie Cook
Raymond Elementary School
Kim Anderson
Vincent Massey School
LeAnna Murtha-Toles
Black Gold School Division - Robina Baker Elementary School
Lindsay Fraser
Sir John Thompson
Lindsay Nicks
Lacombe Composite High School
Marie-Claude Marcotte
Ecole St.Luke French Immersion
Meredith Angel
Riverside School
Michelle Wotherspoon
Lacombe Composite High School
Natalie Kakish
Jan Reimer School
Rebecca
Brigthview School
Rhonda Kelly
Mother Teresa Catholic School
Stephen Jez
Our Lady of Lourdes School
Teresa Cowan
CSSD - St Luke School
Trisha Chow
Soraya Hafez School

2022/23 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Anderson, Kelsey Westwind No 12
Arsenault, Andre
Lethbridge Public School No 41 
Baird, Shauna
Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers No 42
Bell-Orr, Jenny
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Brandham, Valerie
Wetaskiwin No 18
Braybrook, Tanya
Chinook's Edge No 17
Brimacombe, David
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Brochu, Chantal
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Carter, Liane
St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73 
Cassidy, Lisa
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Deligianis, Anna
Elk Island Catholic Teachers No 21
Dennis, Zack
Calgary Separate School No 55
Derksen, Heather
Elk Island No 28
Devos, Clara 
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Dewart, Eve Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Dhar Mckenty, Sanghamitra
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Fink, Ashleigh
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Fischer, Danielle (Dani)
Lethbridge Public School No 41 
Fletcher, Andrea
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
French, Alicia
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Fuerst, Kristine 
Medicine Hat Local No 1
Gartner, Amie
Elk Island Catholic Teachers No 21
Giasson, Anne-Marie 
Unité locale francophone No 24
Halladay, Tracy
Red Deer City Local No 60
Haughian, Michaelle 
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Jager, Cassandra 
Wetaskiwin Local No 18
Jones, Brianna 
Grasslands Local No 34
Josephison, Reagan
Battle River Local No 32
Kelly, Katherine
Calgary Separate School No 55
Lavigne, Lndsay
Palliser Local No 19
Lee, Amy
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Lindsay, Karen
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Lowerison, Carla
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Masson, Samantha
Calgary Separate School No 55
Matheson, James
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Mcbain, Justine
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Mccrone, Ashley
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Moores, Lori
Sturgeon No 27
Munroe, Vanessa 
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Napier, Chantel
Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers No 42
Oberhofer, Caitlin
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
O'Connor, Jennifer

Partridge, Katherine
Calgary Separate School No 55
Patel, Roopa
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Pitzel, Shelley
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Pollitt , Kailey
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Powell, Kristen
Calgary Separate School No 55
Ryan, Allison
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Seatter, Kendra
Pembina Hills No 22
Shade, Sierra
Rocky View No 35
Shepherd, Krista
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Sigman, Kristen
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Stiff, Amy
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Strum, Roy
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Talty, Caitlin
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Thompson, Ciona 
Lethbridge Public School No 41
Toniolo, Amanda
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Tosczak, Daylan
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Tumblin, Emily
Three Drums of Wheat No 20
Vandelannoite, Jessalyn
Edmonton Public Teachers No 37
Vos, Ali
Prairie Rose No 2
Watson, Andrea
 
White, Eryn
Park Plains East No 31
Williams, Jeffery
Medicine Hat No 1
Willis Arial, Kelly
Battle River No 32
Wilson, Darrin
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Wiseman, Anya
Calgary Public Teachers No 38
Yakimets, Megan
Edmonton Catholic Teachers No 54
Yawney, Deborah 
Holy Spirit Catholic No 5
Young, Lori
Park Plains East No 31