Retiring? Say "cheese"!

June 03, 2013

What will you be doing on July 1? Will it be your first day of retirement?

You've worked long and hard for this day, so share the excitement with your colleagues and friends.

If you're taking the leap to retirement this year send us a photo of yourself on July 1 enjoying your first day of new-found freedom. Be sure to include: your full name; your hometown; how long you taught for; and a sentence or two about what retirement means to you.

We'll collect your photos and entries and create an interactive feature, and we'll share your excitement across our social media channels, including and

Here's how you can participate:

  1. Snap a photo of yourself on July 1.
  2. Email the photo and your write-up to
  3. You can also tweet the photo to @OTPPinfo, be sure to include the hashtag #OTPP1stDay.
  4. Send us your photos and write-ups by July 31. We may edit them for clarity and length.

Need some inspiration?

Check out a sample of what our "Class of 2012" shared with us:


Joan Jeffrey, from Mount Forest, Ontario, taught for 33 years: "My retirement plans are open at this point in time. However, travel is going to play a big part of my new life. My first grandchild lives in New Zealand! Retirement means that I can take time for myself, whether it be volunteering in my community or learning a new skill. I would like to explore all my options during the first year. So here's to a new way of living!"
Vickie Soderman, from Kenora, Ontario, taught for 33 years: "So far, retirement just feels like summer vacation, but I look forward to the fall, when I can harvest and work in my gardens any day I choose, and not just on weekends. I don't have any big plans, just time to do all the things I enjoy. I also bought a boat as a retirement gift to myself."
Jane Rasmussen, from Whitby, Ontario, taught for 29 years: "So far, retirement means actually having time in the morning to sit down, have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Come September, I'm sure it will have an entirely different meaning. I want to go for a walk with my dogs on September 4 and watch all of the people rush off to work..."