I am 57, and started with a HOOPP employer when I was 25. I am retiring young, after a very fulfilling career. HOOPP has helped me to ensure a very comfortable and stable retirement. My "aha" moment was about 14 years ago. We had just paid off our house after 15 years of mortgage debt. It was liberating! So, with the flexibility of extra cash flow, my initial thought was investing more in my RRSP. But then I really started to pay attention to the value I was accumulating in HOOPP. If I continued my healthcare career, my desired retirement income would be fully achieved without additional RRSP contributions. My target retirement income became my reality. For the last decade, my family and I have travelled extensively - the need to continue to save for my retirement was something that has already been taken care of with my HOOPP pension. I know I'm more than fortunate to have a defined benefit pension plan. I value and appreciate the stewardship HOOPP provides for its members. My HOOPP pension is my family's largest asset. I'm looking very forward to beginning my pension early next year.
Thank you HOOPP for helping me achieve my dreams!