Well, it’s not that simple but according to Memorial retirees Dot Joy and Catherine McGrath, the recipe for a good retirement is not that complicated either.
“All you want is your health,” says Catherine who gets out walking and bowling every week with her good friend Dot. “You’ve got to get out and get moving. You’ve got to be happy and upbeat.”
Dot and Catherine have known each other for years; they have family connections and both attended Holy Heart in St. John’s.
They became good friends after starting to work at Memorial.
Catherine spent 35 years at the university, in various departments. She retired in 2003, with memorable projects under her belt, including helping set up the Office of Student Recruitment.
Dot spent her entire career in the Faculty of Education, retiring in 2008 after 30 years in various capacities. Prior to retirement she was the academic program academic program administrator with Graduate Programs, co-ordinating course schedules and faculty workloads.
While still at Memorial, the two joined Memorial’s social committee, the group that organizes the annual employee summer barbeque and Christmas party.
“Being on the committee gave us the chance to meet people from other departments,” says Dot. “So we kept our ties to the university when we retired.”
Catherine and Dot also stay active in the broader community, as volunteers with Canadian Blood Services’ mobile clinics.
Their friendly conversations with donors have earned them many fans.
“We put people at ease, and encourage them to come back,” says Dot. “And we hear that we are getting people to rebook! That feels good.”