Transitioning Positively to Retirement
Claude was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba but spent most of his early years in Carrot River, SK where he took his entire public education.
He is a retired optometrist. In the course of his 52-year career, he served as a mentor to many young optometrists who were starting out in the profession. And for the past five years he has been doing a very different type of mentoring, with refugee families.
He vividly recalls reading a Saskatoon StarPhoenix review of Riley E. Moynes’ 2016 book The Four Phases of Retirement: What to Expect When You're Retiring. It helped him understand that mentoring is not only a way of giving back, but also a way of getting tremendous benefits on the personal level. It allows you to repurpose what you once excelled at and find a sense of validation at home and in the community at large.
Currently, Claude is the mentor to a Burundian family of seven, two parents and five children. He visited the Manirakiza family twice weekly for the early months of their mentoring relationship but is now trying to visit at least once weekly. Transportation being a challenge for them, he does a lot of driving to help them in as many ways as he can. They recently held a barbecue at nearby a park, and it took a few car trips to get everyone there.
If you will soon be moving into retirement or have already retired, you too could join our mentoring program.