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Darin Jackson

Darin Jackson lives in Barrie and retired in July 2015 after working for North York and the City of Toronto for 33 years.

Recently retired member, Darin Jackson, a member of CUPE local 416, says that he didn’t always understand the value of his OMERS pension. "When I started working for the city in the early 1980s, I complained about OMERS to my union rep and tried to get out of joining the plan."

Today, Darin sees OMERS in a completely different light. "When I ran into that same union rep some 25 years later, I apologized," he says. "OMERS is the greatest benefit that I got from working for the city." Darin points out that "It’s hard to conceptualize a pension when you’re in your twenties." He also says that if someone were to ask him whether or not they should join OMERS, he would definitely recommend joining. "It’s cash for life. OMERS pays off over the long term."

When asked about his retirement dreams, Darin says, "Someone told me once that you really start living life when you retire and that’s what I want to do.

"I kicked off my retirement with a 70-day trip to British Columbia with my wife, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, which is something I haven’t been able to in the past. I will also do more travelling."