Service to Others

    RTO/ERO Service-To-Others Awards


These projects promote District participation in local, provincial, and overseas educational/community projects and raise the profile of retired teachers, other educators, educational support staff, and RTO/ERO and its members. As well, they demonstrate to the general public that RTO/ERO members continue to serve after retirement and express to potential RTO/ERO members that RTO/ERO is a dynamic organization to which they should consider belonging when they retire from active teaching.  (The total available funds is established annually by Senate.)

The Service To Others Committee may make a recommendation to the District 24 Executive for a Service To Others grant of up to $4000 for a project which is acceptable to the RTO/ERO National Office.

Examples of criteria followed by the National S.T.O. Committee may include but are not limited to:

  • Local Heritage and cultural projects;
  • Support for initiatives from First Nations’ communities;
  • Special arts and education programs for children;
  • Support for the disadvantaged;
  • Visitation/support programs for shut-ins;
  • Support for initiatives in developing countries;
  • Medical and social programs for the needy;
  • ESL, literacy, and numeracy programs.


Our list of previously approved projects is a testament to the value and success of Project - STO, as well as a good resource for ideas on the diverse selection of projects that receive funding.

Recent Funding

2019 Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care $3000

District 24 is celebrating the successful application for a $3000 Service to Others Grant from National. Carol Nelson, the Chair of the committee, who wrote the proposal, was proud to present a check for $3,000 for the use of the residents for crafts and excursions. This is one way that RTO gives back to the community.


 2018    Eppleworth Adult Centre’s Cooking Program $4000.00

2015    Scarborough Bluffs Music                             $2,000.00

2013    Yummy Tummy’s Breakfast Club                   $3,000.00

2012    Blessings in a Backpack                               $4,000.00

2011    Healthy Living Art Project                              $3,000.00

2010    Parent Empowerment Program – Project Cancelled

2009    Touchstone Youth Centre

            "Fun and Fix" Active Lifestyle Program          $3,825.00

2008    Photography:  Speaking Without Words

            (A Voice for People with Disabilities)              $1,200.00

2007    Books for Africa                                             $4,000.00

2006    MukiBaum Treatment Centres                       $3,500.00

2003    Clean & Safe                                                 $3,000.00

2001    Massey Early Learning Centre                      $4,000.00

2000    Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus

1999    Pickering Museum Village School House Project


A member may also check the RTO/ERO website. Here, you may download a sample application, view lists of provincial recipients, and download the official application when posted.