ACER-CART AGM Report
Respectfully submitted by JoAnne Hoyak. ACER-CART Director and
RTAM Vice President, 2019 - 2020
June 5, 2020, via ZOOM attended by JoAnne
Hoyak: Director; Peggy Prendergast, Observer.
1. The executive for 2020 - 2021: President: Gerry
Tiede, BCRTA; V.P.: Martin Higgs, RTO/ERO;
Regional Representatives: Eastern: Margaret
Urquhart, NBSRT; ON: Martha Foster, RTO/ERO;
Western: Marilyn Bossert, ARTA; Past President:
Bill Berryman, RTO NSTU.
2. Priorities for the upcoming year are Pharmacare
and long-term care facility reforms, as well as
strong defence of defined benefit pension plans.
3. Marilyn Bossert is spear heading the ACERCART
web page reform which is reaching
completion and will be available soon. It is a
HUGE improvement and will do us proud.
4. For those for whom this is an issue: the
financial situation has our national organization
operating with a surplus. This indicates two
things: We owe a debt of gratitude to the CTF
which provides a working space for Roger, as
well as accessibility to office staff time as the
minutes etc are done by them. Secondly, an
increase in support dues doesn’t seem to be
desired or needed.
5. As far as the AGM ZOOM format is concerned:
not the same as an in-the-flesh meeting,
that’s for sure. BUT, the preparation and
organizational pre-work done by Roger and Bill
allowed us to accomplish in four hours what
is usually a two-day affair. They deserve huge
commendation for that. Having said that, the
vote was taken to abrogate all the established
policies and bylaws to allow for this. All motions
had been previously moved and seconded, no
nominations from the floor for Board positions
were allowed and there was no election process.
A very strict three minute time limit per
report was adhered to. This format was a welldisciplined
meeting process and is certainly
a lesson for us. On a personal observation,
the miracle of modern technology allowed
directors and observers, from Newfoundland to
BC, to visually meet together from our homes. I
wondered what my parents would think of it all.
6. Finally, my appreciation of our national
organization and the connections it allows us to
make with other stakeholder groups continues
to deepen. It is invaluable to retired teachers
specifically and all seniors generally.
In closing, I have included a message from newly
elected ACER-CART President, Gerry Tiede, that
elucidates succinctly the characteristics of our
Message from newly elected ACER-CART
President Gerry Tiede:
Greetings to all thirteen Provincial and Territorial
Associations and their membership that currently
totals a growing number of over 160,000!
June 5, 2020, marked a first for ACER-CART – our
first Annual General Meeting via Zoom. While
we missed the social interactions, the exchange
of ideas and camaraderie of being together in
Ottawa, our meeting moved efficiently through our
COVID-19 generated a disturbing effect around the
world, but it has brought those of us who are retired
teachers closer together in a common purpose.
The pandemic has exposed issues that illustrate
the overwhelming vulnerability of seniors. This
directed us to adopt an ambitious agenda for this
coming year in support of our members and other
retired seniors across Canada.
• We will advocate for the development and
implementation of a National Seniors’ Strategy
that includes a universal pharmacare plan with a
national formulary. We will monitor the bilateral
health funding agreements and advocate for a
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