Story Contest: What Does Retirement Mean to You?

The world seems to focus on the differences, and never has that been more apparent than in the past year. We focus on what separates us — whether it be physical distance or differences in opinion. Even within the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association, it is easy to focus on what you aren’t. Not all of our members live in Alberta, not all are Retired, and many didn’t come from the Teaching profession!

But no matter our differences, we are bonded together by our ability to create connections. Each of our ARTA members served their community throughout their careers with continuous service and dedication and improved the lives of others.

What continues to unite us in ARTA is our common mission of living engaged and active lifestyles in retirement, so this contest is designed to share what unites us, even if we execute it differently!

How to Enter

We want to hear your retirement stories! No, not the story of how you retired, but the story of the retirement you’ve built for yourself! If you’ve got a story related to the month’s topic, we encourage you to share it!

There are two ways to enter:

  1. Email your story to
  2. Post it on social media – use the hashtag #ARTAstory in your description and tag ARTA.


Winter is here in Alberta. How many of you have already escaped to somewhere warmer? If you consider yourself a snowbird or any other kind of warm-weather nomad, tell us your story! How did you finally know it was time to say goodbye to winter, and how has it enriched your retirement?

Is there a trip you dreamt of taking your whole career, but couldn’t find the time? Maybe you wanted to visit the village your great-grandparents’ called home. Or maybe it was an adventure, far removed from your everyday routine. Tell us the story of the trip you finally took once you retired, and what it meant to you.

Volunteering allows us to give back to the organizations and communities that enrich the world around us. Maybe you volunteer your time for a faith organization, a charity, or a community group. If you’re a proud retiree-volunteer, tell us the story of how you got started, and what it means to give your time so freely.

Retirement can be a great time to rekindle old friendships or even forge new relationships. If you’ve become part of a new social group in retirement, tell us your story! How did you all come together? What unites you? How do these social relationships enrich your retirement lifestyle?

Contrary to the old adage, you’re never too old to learn some new tricks. Have you dedicated yourself to learning a new skill in retirement? Maybe you’re learning a new language or learning everything there is to know about history. Whatever your new passion is, we want to hear about it. Tell us about your discovery of this new interest and what it means to be a lifelong learner.

Whether you live in Alberta or Nova Scotia; are a retired teacher or a retired nurse; or maybe you’re not even fully retired yet — we are all still ARTA! We’re connected in our common purpose of living an engaged and active lifestyle. Show us in a picture or video what your definition of ARTA is — and let us know where you call home, and what you spent your career doing!

There’s no more commute to make, the kids are grown up and on their own, and you decided it was time to move into (or stay in) your dream retirement home. Does that sound like you? Tell us or show us what makes your dream home such a dream, and what did it take to turn that dream into a reality?

Painting, woodworking, tennis, birding, collecting. Many of us have hobbies and passions that we lost touch with during our busy careers, but retirement offered us the time and energy to rekindle our interest. If that sounds like you, show us how you reconnected with your lost passion, and how it has shaped your lifestyle in retirement.

Retirement doesn’t always mean a life of leisure; some continue to find passion in work. Have you started a new job since you retired from your old one? Maybe you’re working part-time or started a small business selling your homemade wares. Tell us the story of how you got started, and why your work continues to be so meaningful to you.

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