Enjoying their moment

September 05, 2017

The last day of school is like scoring the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock, and collecting your pension is like winning the Super Bowl.  In July, more than 3,200 teachers enjoyed their moment and joined the ranks of retirees.

This year, during our retirement “play-off season” between March and July, we coached these teachers through the ins-and-outs of making it to that championship moment. A playbook gave them step-by-step instructions on what they need to do, and how to get in shape for the final bell.

We watched for common fumbles throughout the season, and published videos along the way to help other hopeful retirees avoid similar stumbles. Overall, these videos, published on Facebook, garnered more than 4,000 views.

And thanks to all the coaches in our Facebook community, those of you who offered plenty of tips on what to expect in the “postseason.” Check out one of the most memorable posts:

It takes time to find your own rhythm. Don’t stress about that – try lots of things, or even nothing – for a while. Look outward at how you can continue to make an impact in the world, just in a different way!

– Beth

Don’t bother returning to your old school to see how things are without you. Life is short, do the things you have dreamed of doing. I am starting my fifteenth year of retirement and have never looked back at the past. Look forward to all that you want to achieve.

– David

You really need to retire to _________ (fill in the blank with something you love to do).

– Elaine

Check out these top 3 postseason tips offered by fellow retirees:

  1. Notify your insurer that you no longer drive to work
  2. Make sure your personal email address, not your employer address, is on file in your Ontario Teachers’ online account
  3. Be sure to prepare for when your bridge benefit ends, the month after you turn 65. Check out this story for more