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.

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COVID-19 and 2019/2020 Grants

The ATA Educational Trust Board of Trustees met in late April to consider the current COVID -19 pandemic and the associated cancellation of many professional development and education events.

In light of these developments, the Board has extended the deadline for 2019/2020 program recipients by one year.

  • Specifically, if you received a BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary for which submission must be complete by August 31, 2020, you now have until August 31, 2021.
  • Similarly, if you received a Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Professional Development or an award to attend an ATA Specialist Council Conference, which expires on December 31, 2020, you now have until December 31, 2021, to complete your learning and submit your final documentation.

No action is necessary on your part to use this extension.

  • Your award was based on your submission of a specific course or event, and we understand that some of these may not be rescheduled.
  • New courses that meet the program guidelines may be substituted without resubmission.
  • If you are unsure whether or not a new selected learning event meets the criteria for the program, please review the program guidelines on our website and/or contact the Trust Administrator at jessica.grayson@ata.ab.ca to confirm its eligibility.

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, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

Applying for a Bursary

The deadline for the next draw is September 30, 2019. 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 must be received by 4:00 pm on or before September 30.

Begin your application for the bursary now.

 

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, 2019. 

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 must be received by 4:00 pm on or before September 30.

Begin your application for the grant now.

 

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 for 2020 are now closed.

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 2019/20

  • Don I McLaughlin (chair), Calgary Separate Local No 55
  • Maxine Anderson, ARTA representative
  • Angelo Delli Santi, Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
  • Raiven Hansen-Downs, Public/Parent representative
  • Nicole M Mooney, Timberline Local No 9
  • Gaylene Schreiber, Alberta Teachers’ Association representative

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 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients

Ajaj, Ayesha 
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Banach, Taryn Greater Peace 13
Bartlett, Jennifer Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Baudner, Hamilton
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Belter, Melissa
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Belter, Caleb
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Brooks, Regan
Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
Chernenkoff, Lia
Black Gold Teachers 8
Ciric, Vanessa
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Cooper, Arlene
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Dalstra, Kerrie-Ann
Red Deer City Local 60
Drummond, Margaret
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Erickson, David
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Fiege, Breanne
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Gamroth, Lynda
Red Deer Catholic Local No 80
Gill, Winni
Rocky View Local No 35
Godbout Armstrong, Danielle
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Grau, Cynthia
Elk Island  local 28
Hamilton, Brandon
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Hassen, Ilham
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Henderson, Adele
Medicine Hat Local No 1
Hiscock, Sarah
Fort McMurray Local No 48
Hunter, Donna
Edmonton Public Local 37
Jackson, Laura
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Kowalchuk, Jillian
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Kunz, Michelle
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Laroche, Guillaume
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Leinweber, Kerri-Anne
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Martin, Melissa
Calgary Separate School Local No 55
McCauley, Caitlin
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Moore, David
Rocky View Local 35
Neufeld, Jeralee
Greater Peace Local No 13
Nielsen, Rachelle
Red Deer City Local No 60
Niemela, Kimberley 
Chinook's Edge Local No 17
Orchin, Brianna
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Parisien, Kirsten
Foothills Local No 16
Pittman, Jenelle
Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Reimer, Adrienne
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Ritten, Charlene
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 39
Roche, Emily
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Sather, Danielle
Battle River Local No 32
Schug, Kimberly
Edmonton Public Schools Local No 37
Siler, Nathaniel
Red Deer City Local No 60
Sproxton, Rhonda
Red Deer City Local No 60
Stabel, Diana
Edmonton Public Schools Local 37
Starnes, Krishani
Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Stromecky, Jolene
Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Thompson, Dayna
Northern Lights Local No 15
Thon, Katherine
Northern Spirit ATA Local 6
Van Middelkoop, Bradley Medicine Hat Catholic Teachers Local No 39
Virtue, Eric
Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Waldner, Stephanie Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Weintz, Kaitlin Rocky View Local No 35
Woods, Marcella Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Yu, Edward Calgary Separate School Local No 55

 

2019/20 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients

Fennell, Alyssa Early Childhood Education Council
Rivard, Amy English Language Arts Council
Depner, Angela Early Childhood Education Council
Evancusky, Annina Career and Technology Education Council
Carroll, Ashley Council for Inclusive Education
Prodahl, Ashley Early Childhood Education Council
Chan, Bunny Mathematics Council
Erdmann, Carrie  Mathematics Council
Pederson, Claudia Council for School Leadership
Rosslyn, Colette English Language Arts Council
Lacey, Colin Middle Years Council Conference
Malcolm, Colleen Health & Physical Education Council
Sevcik, Colleen Early Childhood Education Council
Sewell, David Science Council
Greer, Elspeth Science Council
Dotinga, Evan Health & Physical Education Council
Chan, Evelyn Health & Physical Education Council
Gay, Grant Religious & Moral Education Council
Tighe, Hannah English Language Arts Council
Willms, Heather English Language Arts Council
Sewell, Jacqueline Science Council
Doktor, Ian Science Council
Just, Jennifer Science Council
Goudreau, Jennifer Mathematics Council
O’Brien, Jennifer Council for Inclusive Education
Todd, Jennifer Health & Physical Education Council
Fata, Jenny English as a Second Language Council
Arsenault, Julie Science Council
Steward, Katelan Early Childhood Education Council
Lewis, Kathleen Mathematics Council
Bruin, Katrina Science Council
Harvey, Kerry English as a Second Language Council
Darling, Kimberly Middle Years Council
Wolf, Kira Early Childhood Education Council
Paton, Krista Fine Arts Council
Parsons, Kyle Health & Physical Education Council
Hesterman, Leanne English as a Second Language Council
Lau, Leon Religious & Moral Education Council
Zazula, Linda Middle Years Council
Larsen, Lori Mathematics Council
Gray, Lucinda Early Childhood Education Council
Hooper, Lynn Early Childhood Education Council
Jahner, Marie Science Council
Nychka, Marika English Language Arts Council
Kody, Marion English Language Arts Council
MacDonald, Mary English as a Second Language Council
Ramzy, Miriam Early Childhood Education Council
Ramage, Melanie Middle Years Council
Tarasenko, Michael Science Council
L’Heureux, Michelle Science Council
Szojka, Mike Science Council
Steeves, Missy English Language Arts Council
Jacober, Nicholas Career and Technology Education Council
Bechthold, Michelle Career and Technology Education Council
Politi, Rosalba Career and Technology Education Council
Heaney, Shannen Early Childhood Education Council
Lloyd, Shannon Early Childhood Education Council
Tessier, Shastina English Language Arts Council
Carrick, Shauna Council for Inclusive Education
Lachapelle, Shawn Council for School Leadership
Dow, Sheila Science Council
Reynolds, Susan Science Council
Aucoin, Taryn Early Childhood Education Council
Donald, Taryn Health & Physical Education Council
Robinson, Tracy Council for Inclusive Education
Rheault, Vanessa Council for School Leadership
Letchford, Warren English Language Arts Council
Yaschuk, Vanessa Mathematics Council
Rufiange, Wayne Council for School Leadership
Lynch, Wendy Middle Years Council

 

2019/20 Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Professional Development

Austin, Andrea St Paul AB
Cahill, Aoife Sherwood Park AB
Macknak, Ashley Lethbridge AB
Worobec, Bryan Vegreville AB
Kennedy, Cassandra Fort McMurray AB
Barabe, Claudia Calgary AB
Kowalchyk, Danielle Sherwood Park AB
Duret, Doris Grande Prairie AB
Kinahan, Guilietta Grande Prairie AB
Geiger, Haley Sylvan Lake AB
Thaxter, Joanne Lethbridge AB
Emo, Jodi Airdrie AB
Needham, Kara Medicine Hat AB
Larter, Karen Turner Valley AB
Brown, Kari Olds AB
Zandee, Kenton Airdrie AB
Marenych, Khrystyna Edmonton AB
Throndson, Kirsten St Albert AB
Hesterman, Leanne Beaumont AB
Martin, Linda Sherwood Park AB
Fraser, Lindsay St Albert AB
Bloomfield, Lloyd Edmonton AB
Couture, Loree Olds AB
Souza, Marjorie Waskatenau AB
Armbruster, Nadine Fort McMurray AB
Campbell, Raeanna Edmonton AB
Gagnon, Sarah Fort McMurray AB
Lutgen, Sarah Sturgeon County AB
Wilkie, Susan Fort McMurray AB
Gratton, Terra St Paul AB

 

Curriculum or Research Project Grants

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.

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

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.
2017 The Trust distributed 90 Dr B T Keeler Continuing Education Bursaries ($700) and 70 ATA Specialist Council Conference Grants ($500)
2018 The Trust introduces a new program entitled 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, workshop, seminar, institute or symposium.

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