If Bob Grant doesn’t have another meeting to attend or deadline to keep after November 1, he won’t be crying the blues. Not a chance.
The Parks and Recreation manager has announced his retirement plans, which don’t include any responsibilities except tennis and golf.
Before joining Oliver Parks and Rec in 1997, Grant worked for Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre in Victoria for many years. His desire was to get out of the city, so he applied in Oliver and landed a job as recreation facility attendant. He later got the job as manager.
“I was blessed to have worked with some great mayors like Hovanes and Hampson, and directors like Cardoso and Patton to allow me free reign.”
Grant also recognized past municipal councils and “wonderful” board members. “I think we have raised the bar for services, with our programs and clean facilities.”
Grant said the highlight of his career in Oliver was the establishment of the Kinsmen water park.
“I can truly say that I’ve made a difference in this community.”
But there are things he won’t miss in his retirement. “I look forward to having no deadlines and no responsibilities . . I won’t miss the meetings.”
Bob and his wife Kirsten have purchased a place in Mesa, AZ, where they plan to live five months of the year. He plans to stay in shape by playing lots of tennis and golf. “I’m going to take a year off (when I retire). I don’t want to go back to work.”
By Lyonel Doherty