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RTOERO hands out $77,000 in grants for community projects across Ontario

Toronto, Nov. 16, 2020 – The education community’s positive impacts do not stop in the classroom. This year, RTOERO, a national membership organization for education sector workers and retirees, is funding 20 projects for a total of $77,000 under the annual Project – Service to Others (PSTO) campaign.

In each RTOERO district, members take on many volunteer and advocacy roles. Districts apply for PSTO grants that support a local, national or international program. The grants average $4,000 per project.

The projects can be education-related or cover a wide variety of community initiatives. This year’s PSTO grants range from providing reading resources to a home for seniors to supporting a youth camp to reducing barriers to education in Cameroon.

Each fall, a committee of RTOERO members assesses the merits of each PSTO submission. Since the inception of PSTO 20 years ago, RTOERO has donated $1.6 million to more than 500 programs and projects.

“RTOERO members care about their communities and serve them every day,” says Rich Prophet, the chair of the board at RTOERO. “The PSTO grant program is another way we can give back.”

The full list of the 2020 PSTO projects:

  • District 3 Algoma: audio and large-print books for seniors at the Ontario Finnish Rest Home in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • District 5 Cochrane and Temiskaming: promoting engagement in meaningful activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment at the Villa Minto Long Term Care in Cochrane.
  • District 6 Parry Sound: a community oven project at the Mary Street Centre in Parry Sound.
  • District 7 Windsor-Essex: funding to purchase sleeping bags for the Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor.
  • District 9 Huron Perth: making improvements at Camp Klahanie for youth in Goderich.
  • District 10 Bruce Grey Dufferin: funding to support 72-hour family emergency kits in Lion’s Head on the Northern Bruce Peninsula.
  • District 12 Norfolk: supporting the Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild to make quilts for those in need.
  • District 13 Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand: Good Shepherd’s Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre in Hamilton, to help young moms finish high school.
  • District 15 Halton: Burlington Able Sail to provide summer recreation for people with physical or cognitive disabilities.
  • District 17 Simcoe County: Days for Girls Barrie, to supply kits of feminine hygiene products to girls in the developing world.
  • District 18 Haliburton Kawartha Lakes: supporting a climate change poster contest in schools.
  • District 23 North York: funding for a stress management program for local students.
  • District 26 Kenora: Nutrition on Weekends program for elementary students.
  • District 27 Ottawa-Carleton: providing free books to children in vulnerable communities through Kids Today!/Les Enfants d’aujourd‘hui
  • District 31 Wellington: COVID-19 survival kits in Guatemala.
  • District 32 Prescott-Russell and District 45 EstaRIO: quilts for cancer patients through Victoria’s Quilts Canada and Courtepointes Victoria’s Quilts.
  • District 35 Dryden: funding for Cycling Without Age to purchase a trishaw bike for seniors with limited physical abilities or cognitive impairments.
  • District 43 Nipissing and District 44 Région du ciel bleu: textbooks for displaced children in Cameroon, Africa.
  • District 47 Vancouver Island: renovating the intake transition room, for victims of domestic violence, at the Haven Society in Nanaimo.
  • District 48 Leeds & Grenville: Days for Girls’ hybrid kits in Brockville.

RTOERO is a bilingual trusted voice on healthy, active living in the retirement journey for the broader education community. With 81,000+ members in 51 districts across Canada, the organization is the largest national provider of non-profit group health benefits for education retirees. Members work in or are retired from the early years, schools and school boards, post-secondary and any other capacity in education. They believe in a better future, together.


RTOERO media contact:

Sylvia Link, Director of Marketing and Communications, [email protected], 416-209-1249 (cell)