RETIREMENT SPEECH – for August 29, 2011
In 2005, I put in my notice of retirement to occur on March 31, 2010 and those five years flew by much to my surprise and as the time of retirement drew near I felt that I was not ready for that big step. So as any government employee would do, I requested and was promptly granted a one year extension which was in turn extended for another six months, and then another month. The time has actually arrived and I go with mixed feelings. Many plans that I had have now changed due to the death of my wife, Shay, so I will have to reassess what I will be doing in retirement. I started with Brandon Land Titles Office on June 6, 1982 and for quite awhile I was not that keen on the work. There wasn’t the training or resource material available then that there is today so I was basically on my own in regard to learning what Land Titles was all about. The work seemed dry and boring, but during my more than 45 years of service that changed dramatically. For many years, I have loved the work that I do in Land Titles. Mind you, the more responsibility you have the more interesting the work gets. The closure of the Brandon Land Titles Office was quite a trying experience. All the staff were relocated and had to leave their families and friends. I was not thrilled about moving to Neepawa because it had a reputation of being a rough town – and still does for that matter. With that being said, I should mention that not only was I moving to a rough town…but also to work in a basement. However, I advanced from a Land Titles Clerk II to that of a Land Titles Clerk IV. I was the first and only LT Clerk IV in the district offices. Shortly after, I was promoted to Document Examiner. Our 27 years in Portage have been rewarding and advantageous in respect to many opportunities which would not have been available in Brandon.
The move of the Neepawa Land Titles Office from the core of the basement to the present location was a great...
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