ATA Educational Trust

September 25, 2018

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 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.


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

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.

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 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.

Click here for Online Application Form.


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.  

Click here for Online Application Form.


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

  • 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.

2020 Applications will be available October 2019.


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 2018/19
  • 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
  • Nancy Luyckfassel, Alberta Teachers’ Association representative
  • Melissa A Steeves, Sturgeon Local No 27

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:

2019/20 Dr BT Keeler Continuing Education Bursary Recipients
Alberts, Michelle Foothills Local No 16
Bader, Joy Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Bains, Kristina Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Baranyay, Emily Foothills Local No 16
Barnes, Rianna Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Benko, Pamela Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Berco, Marylou Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Brisbois, Sophie Christ the Redeemer Local No 29
Brochu, Chantal Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54
Brown, Leslie Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Brunner, Jody Red Deer City Local No 60
Bundy, Darcy  
Chalmers, Susan Elk Island Local No 28
Christie, Sarah Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Cloutier, Sabrina Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers Local No 42
Clovis, Brenda Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Cusveller, Justine Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local No 21
Da Cunha, Nathaniel Evergreen Catholic Local No 44
De Jong, Meagan Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Deneau, Patricia Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Desmarais, Kimberly Timberline Local No 9
Doucette, Natalie Fort McMurray Local No 48
Drake, Sarah Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Esposito, Fiorina Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Flowers, Paul Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Grenon, Marie Rocky View Local No 35
Hummel, Jenn Rocky View Local No 35
Jean, Danielle St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73
Kruhlak, Vivianne Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Legge, Dana Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Lema, Trish Greater St Albert Catholic Local No 23
Lidgren, Alissa Chinook's Edge Local No 17
Lindskoog, Derek Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
McHugh, Joanne Lethbridge Public School Local No 41
McRae, Cindy Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Mertins, Idell Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Mudry, Charlene Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Nanavaty, Jillian Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Nizinkevich, Shane Canadian Rockies Local 59
Oberhofer, Caitlin Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Ohl, Connie Sturgeon Local No 27
Petterson, Joanne  
Pitre, Rebecca Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Podolski, Andrew Greater St. Paul Local No. 25
Pollard, Andre Unité locale francophone No 24
Proctor, Celia Wetaskiwin Local No 18
Properzi, Elan Northern Gateway Local No 43
Psalios, Angela Evergreen Catholic Local No 44
Quinton, Murvyn Scott Westwind Local No 12
Schaar-Ney, Wendy St Albert Public Teachers Local No 73
Severson, Leaha Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Shahi, Jasdish Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Shumka, Samuel Foothills Local No 16
So, Darylle Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Strand, Katlin Foothills Local No 16
Strychalski, Shelia Wolf Creek Local No 3
Turner, Shawna Grasslands Local No 34
Villneff, Amy Northern Gateway Local No 43
Visscher, Michelle Parkland Teachers' Local No 10
Wagner, Kyle Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Walker, Michelle Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Warburton, Monica Erin Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Waring, Jennifer Evergreen Catholic Local No 44
Watling, Lyle Edmonton Public Teachers Local No 37
Watson, Kendall Black Gold Teachers' Local No 8
Yang, Xue Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Zarco, Monica Calgary Public Teachers Local No 38
Zhang, Qian Horizon Local No 4
Ziadeh, Suad Calgary Separate School Local No 55
Zubot, Jennifer Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local No 54

 

2018/19 Specialist Council Conference Grant Recipients
Anderson, Pam First Nations, Metis and Inuit Council
Anthony, Diana Early Childhood Education Council
Armitage, Katie Social Studies
Artym, Corbett Mathematics Council
Aymont, Savannah First Nations, Metis and Inuit Council
Bain, Patricia Early Childhood Education Council
Baker Bowen, Bradi Outreach Education Council
Ballhorn, Molly Health and Physical Education Council
Barkwell, Erin Fine Arts Council
Beagle, Jody Council for school Leadership
Bell, Jeanien First Nations, Metis and Inuit Council
Bell, Carolyn Early Childhood Education Council
Brochu, Maria lourdes Early Childhood Education Council
Brodie, Dianne Mathematics Council
Bunker, Andrea Early Childhood Education Council
Carlson, Margaret Council for School Leadership
Carlstad, Darci Science Council
Chambers, Mallory Early Childhood Education Council
Clarke, Meagan Health and Physical Education Council
Cloutier-Enders, Michelle Mathematics council
Cormier, Josh Council for Inclusive Education
Cote, Diane Middle Years Council
Deligianis, Anastasia Council of School Counsellors
Delli Santi, Angelo Terra Science Council
Dowhaluk, Beth Fine Arts Council
Doyle, Corina Council for School Leadership
Eldon, Katherine Early Childhood Education Council
England, Janine Early Childhood Education Council
Fehr, Marlene Social Studies
Fernandes, Martina Mathematics Council
Forest-Wallace, Marlene Council for School Leadership
Forney, Annie Early Childhood Education Council
Fullarton, Craig Early Childhood Education Council
Gadon, Grace Fine Arts Council
Gagnon, Lynn Mathematics Council
Gale, Laura Early Childhood Education Council
Gerein, Emily Early Childhood Education Council
Goetjen-Lienau, Lori Science Council
Hammel, Helen Mathematics Council
Hatton, Paula Career and Technology Education Council
Hinton, Kristine Early Childhood Education Council
Holst, Kara Mathematics Council
Honey, Shelley Early Childhood Education Council
Hrycun, Teddy Early Childhood Education Council
Jung, Kate Science Council
Kelly, Carolyn Science Council
Knoll, Bonnie Council of School Counsellors
Kuz, Dawn Mathematics Council
MacDonald, Chana Mathematics Council
Mathew, Renu Fine Arts Council
McCaffrey, Allison Patrick Middle Years Council
McKay, Brian Council of School Counsellors
Nasseri, Neda Second Languages and Intercultural Council
Otto, Addie Mathematics Council
Payeur, Genevieve Science Council
Pohl, Karla Science Council
Pylypiuk, Brittney Health and Physical Education Council
Ritter, Kathryn Council of School Counsellors
Royea, Teresa Council of School Counsellors
Scarrow, Michelle Outreach Education Council
Strumm, Kristie Early Childhood Education Council
Taran, Viktoriia English as Second Language Council
Tetz, Amy Mathematics Council
Thomson, Amanda Mathematics Council
Trautmann, Tracy Mathematics Council
Vandermeer, Janna Career and Technology Education Council
Wold, Kayley Health and Physical Education Council
Woodworth, Diane Science Council
Wotherspoon, Michelle Mathematics Council
Yin, Yin English as Second Language Council

 

2018/19 Morgex/Johnson Insurance Centennial Fund for Teacher Professional Development
Allouche, Monia Calgary AB
Armbruster, Chrissy Grande Prairie AB
Baker, Jaime Grande Prairie AB
Carpenter, Kennedy Lethbridge AB
Cochlin, Kerri-Lynne St Albert AB
Dean, Sara Calgary AB
Decaire, Michelle Calgary AB
Gardiner-Hadford, Sasha Calgary AB
Gauthier-Saucier, Marie-Eve Calgary AB
Gibbs, Greg Okotoks AB
Goodall, Sherri Airdrie AB
Hanlan, Trevor Calgary AB
Harrison, Keith Lethbridge AB
Hinton, Kristine Okotoks AB
Holland, Kevin Lethbridge AB
Huculiak, Randy Edmonton AB
Johnston, Lael Calgary AB
Jung, Kate Calgary AB
Leslie, Janice Calgary AB
McBean, Kevin Edmonton AB
Mogenson, Janice Calgary AB
Monasterski, Kristen Grande Prairie AB
Roa Yaremkowycz, Tasha Calgary AB
St-Onge, Simon Edson AB
Swainson, Andrew Lac La Biche AB
Walker, Kristy Lethbridge AB
Ware, Carole Calgary AB
Wennekamp, Jillian Cochrane AB
Wolfe, Erinne High River AB
Wood, Tracy Calgary 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.

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 Reports

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.

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