Refirement stories

1peterPeter Greaves
From Engineer to Citizen Scientist
Administrator of Birds in Reserves Project (ADU at UCT)

“ If you find retirement boring, you only have yourself to blame. Become a hedonist. Get out there and enjoy yourself before it is too late. When life is exhilarating- that’s when it really is worth living”

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1reinekeRieneke Schutte
From Stay at home mom and Tupperware agent to Program Manager for PEN. Manager of early childhood centers in City of Tswane.

“ I came to work in the city to make a difference and give back to my community. But those who stick around in the city will tell you that the city changes you and makes a difference in your own life. I thought I was coming to help others but they have helped me to become a more fulfilled person.”

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1merrylMeryll Brownlee
From psychologist to childhood and education champion
Manages the African Tutor Foundation – self-help centres in Africa manned and assisted by online Skype teachers.

“ Helping the next generation is so rewarding- you are giving back into your community, country and continent. There is so much more to do than sitting around in your older years waiting to die.”

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1reneRene Testa
From stay at home mom and pastor to building a home called Barnswallows for abandoned babies with special needs.

“ We have been trained by life itself to make a difference in the lives of others- especially those less fortunate who cannot defend themselves.”

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1louiseLouise Van Rhyn
Earned Doctorate in large scale social change and became a home-comer to help change the conversation of leadership in our schools.

“ Let us work together to make sure that every child gets a quality education and in so doing change a nation, one school at a time.”

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1izabelleIzabella Gates
From successful business owner to author and social change agent of Life Talk Forums.

“ We have used the preceding years to sweat and toil as we clamber up our particular career paths. So from 50 onwards its often great to know that we’re putting something back into society and the world”

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1bethBeth Montocchio
From retrenchment in industry to serving and caring for the aged through Twilight Care.

“ My new venture has enabled me to achieve my dreams of having the best of both worlds. Quality time with my family while still enjoying the fulfilling and rewarding work that I do to serve the elderly”

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1deborahDeborah Nichols
From the high flying world of jets to motivating movement and ageless grace.

“ My It’s never too late to begin! It’s never too early to start! Our bodies are designed to move.  Challenge yourself, your brain loves novelty and remember to keep moving”

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1anneAnne Timms
From Skills trainer to Community ECD champion

“I am a firm believer in the power of tapping into the collective wisdom of a community to strengthen what’s already there. If I could empower  only one person’s life per day, it would touch and empower a family by capacitating them with skills and knowledge”

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1louisLouis Meijer
From engineer and project manager to visionary for skills transfer

“As a Baby Boomer this is the essence of the journey I have embarked on. To find fulfillment for myself and fellow Boomers in the world of work. To explore our relevance and the nature and value of the contribution we can continue to make.”

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