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District 48 is a district of the Retired Teachers of Ontario. RTOERO is a voluntary organization of over 80,000 retired teachers and others who worked in the education field. It provides its members with comprehensive health and travel insurance plans, a travel program, and acts as an advocate for retirees, seniors, children and active educators.

Located in beautiful, historic Leeds and Grenville counties, our membership comprises over 700 retired teachers, support staff and active employees  who primarily worked with the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and/or their predecessor boards. 
At present, all activities have been suspended as we stay home to stay safe, including our annual Charity Golf Tournament, which we will reinstate in 2021, we hope. In the fall, we hope that we will again meet for monthly breakfasts in Brockville, Gananoque, Merrickville and Lansdowne, to celebrate our retired lives. 

Renseignement en français

Si vous voulez du renseignement de la région en français, veuillez contacter le site EstaRIO . Si vous voulez inscrire à RTO/ERO, vous aurez tout renseignement nécessaire en français. Veuillez contacter nous.

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 District 48 Contributes $2,100 to Local Food Banks 

Since the advent of Covid-19, the District 48 executive has practised social distancing by meeting virtually on Zoom, As a result, money bugeted for mileage for meetiings has not been spent. The Executive, on behalf of the members of District 48, has allocated this money to 11 food banks in Leeds and Grenville, in Athens, Brockville, Delta, Elgin, Gananoque, Merrickville, Portland, Kemptville, Seeley's Bay, South Grenville and Westport. A cash contribution will allow the food banks to purchase in bulk at reduced cost, and also to purchase perishable items like meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables. 


Serving Our Community

Retired educators have developed skills much in demand in their community. Over the years, they have proved themselves to be well organized, skilful in communications, interested in people and community, helpful, and calm under pressure. Using these skills, retirees and seniors contribute significantly to the volunteer workforce. 

District 48 provides funds to support local projects under the Project Service to Others local program. You can read about it and download an application form in MS Word here. A PDF version for completion is here.

There are funds available provincially for Community Service Projects as well. You can download an application here. If you decide to apply for provincial funds, please note that your application must be approved by the District Executive. Please forward your application to Lisa Leroux.

Finally, a great place for you to volunteer your time is to become an active worker in District 48. Please contact any member of the executive if you are interested.

RTO/ERO Charitable Foundation

In 2011, RTO/ERO established a charitable foundation with the goal of raising funds in support of research and programs that benefit Canada's aging population. The first goal, accomplished in 2013, was to establish a Chair of Geriatric Research at the University of Toronto. Dr. Paula Rochon was appointed to the position. Since then, the Foundation has provided $100,000 in further grants to institutions for research into aging, and for training post-secondary students in geriatrics and gerontology. 

This year, the Foundation has committed itself to raise $100,000 to fund research into social isolation of seniors. Social isolation often occurs when a senior loses a spouse, or experiences decreasing mobility or diminishing mental or physical health. It is a serious and complex problem.  

Click here to donate to research and programes dedicated to end social isolation. 


News and Updates

RTO/ERO offers a scholarship to students in their final year of university, college, apprenticeship or other post secondary education.

District 48 has an active Facebook page. We post articles of local interest and updates on member activities and RTOERO news almost daily. Please join us!

Applications for  District 48 Project Service to Others grants (up to $500 available for locally focused projects which have significant participation by District 48 members) are now available.