1. How long did it take for retirement to sink in? What are your retirement highs and lows?
I eased into retirement comfortably.
After my last day of work, my husband and I headed to our summer place for a week to relax, fish and spend time with family and friends. In September, we went on a two-week road trip, throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, and we attended the Ryder Cup.
Retirement has allowed me to appreciate the little things more often than when I was employed. I can’t think of many lows!
2. What did you do to get ready to transition from the working world to retired life? How did OMERS help?
After 41 years working, it was a hard decision to make because I loved my job, but I felt like it was time to go. I thought about retirement while on holidays. When I returned, I met with Human Resources, who then contacted OMERS to see what I was eligible for. OMERS gave me information regarding my qualifying dates to retire with no penalty. That information made the retirement transition much easier. My interactions with OMERS were all easy and positive.
I also told my doctor that I was contemplating retirement, and he advised that I would need to keep both physically and mentally active. Point taken! Not long after this discussion, a volunteer opportunity became available with MROO, and I am now the alternate director for Zone 8. Even though I’m no longer working, I can stay active in the community.
3. What is on your retirement bucket list?
My husband is in pre-retirement, so we enjoy travelling together. We’ve visited Las Vegas, Portugal and British Columbia. We’re also going to Hawaii in April. I’ll continue to volunteer with MROO. In 2017, I will also get involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.