It is wonderful to see our residents take the lead and host groups that are important to them right here on site. The ‘Retired Women Teachers of Ontario’ have many chapters all over the province. Luther Village is where the Waterloo Chapter comes together as a few of our residents are members.
Anne Cameron (Waterloo Chapter Lead) and Ruth Atkinson (Waterloo Chapter Member and resident of Luther Village) shared the inspiring story and incredible history of this group.
It all started with a sincere care for women’s rights and equality.
In the early days, this political group was advocating for women teachers. They formed in 1956 to correct the pension gap between men and women teachers. They were successful in closing that gap after being persistent in their stance and engaging with the government. Today there are 5000+ women members across Ontario with various chapters throughout the regions.