Take it from an expert
Take it from an expert: Jeanetta Watt
What can you expect from life after retirement? We interviewed retired member Jeanetta Watt about her retirement experience.
Jeanetta retired in 2007.
What was your profession before you retired?
I was an HR receptionist before retiring. I was in that role for about 13 years.
What’s the best part about being a plan member?
I would have to say the best part about being a plan member is knowing my pension and benefits are safe.
How did you feel about your pension when you first started your career versus now?
I didn’t think a great deal about retirement when I first started my career. When I was younger, there were times that I begrudged the money being deducted. When I look back now, I am so grateful pension deductions were required and not optional.
What was the first question you had when it was time to stop receiving a paycheque and start receiving your pension?
The first question probably was, “Will we be able to maintain the good lifestyle we’ve enjoyed for so many years?”
Did you have any concerns about retirement?
One of our biggest concerns was whether we would adapt well to moving to a rural community after having lived in the same house, in a busy city, for 36 years.
What do you look forward to in the next few years?
I love retirement. Nordic poling is something I could enjoy seven days a week. I joined a Zumba class that I can pole to and from. Gardening in the warmer months is a great passion.