There are many advantages to becoming a member of the BCIT Retirees’ Association, and perhaps the greatest of these is the opportunity to maintain a rewarding connection with people you have known and worked with for many years. People who, like you, have also retired.
As we graduate into our retirement years, we face a very different dynamic in our lives; one that is unfamiliar, is without the structure of an established work week, and without exposure to the familiar faces we have seen on a day-to-day basis during our working careers.
Here we find ourselves now, with free time to do whatever we choose, and we know that we are very fortunate. We appreciate our retirement, but often find ourselves at loose ends, missing the productivity that our jobs afforded us, and missing the connection with friends we have made at work. The transition to retirement can be a difficult experience, and at the very least it will take some time to settle into this new way of life.
The BCIT Retirees’ Association exists to provide members with an avenue to maintain those connections that were interrupted by retirement. We remain integrated with BCIT through our work with the BCIT Foundation and the ongoing growth of the BCITRA Endowment Fund. We are invited to BCIT events, such as the BOG Christmas Reception, Open House, Presentation Idol, and Convocation. Your cherished ties to BCIT do not have to end because you have retired, our Association is recognized and welcomed by BCIT Administration in as many ways possible.
Our Association is undergoing its own revitalization, and our membership is growing. We are in regular communication with our members through a process we call ‘e-blasts’, providing newsletters, information on upcoming events and workshops, offering opportunities to volunteer in the community, and extending information on a wide variety of pertinent topics. We have a vibrant and current website that provides answers to questions and links to other helpful sites.
We want you to join us, and whether it is to just read the Newsletters and e- blasts that go out, or to become actively involved in the events and workshops that we organize, there is no doubt that you will enjoy feeling connected once again.
Here are some perks that might pique your interest:
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