A well-deserved retirement; third time’s the charm

CHARLOTTETOWN – Sept. 11, 2013 – Gary Doucette, assistant executive director of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, will soon be retiring – for a third time. But this time, he promises it’s for the last time since he will now be able to dedicate more time to travelling the world with his wife Nicole and be a grandfather to his “little dude”, Cody.

After a long career in the federal civil service, Doucette first retired in 2009. But after a year of travelling, he decided to return to work, this time within the private sector with Deltaware Systems in Charlottetown. About a year later, he was back on the retirement beat.

When he saw a job offer for an assistant executive director at the RDÉE (the provincial francophone economic development council), he decided to apply for the position, with the intention of staying there only a few years. So during his two and a half years with the RDÉE, he served as assistant executive director, executive director and then finally assistant executive director/development officer.  He will continue his current duties until the end of September.

During a recent social gathering of the RDÉE staff, after Doucette had cooked a barbecue supper for everyone, the staff and board presented him with tokens of friendship, appreciation and thanks. President Martin Marcoux gave him the gifts, while complimenting Doucette on his great work at the helm of the organization. His calmness, his good business sense, his long stories and his hilarious sayings were also duly noted.

Doucette thanked the staff, saying it had been a great pleasure working with such a group of people “who met lots of challenges but always found a way to overcome them.”

“I wish you lots of success in the future and I want to thank you for the confidence you’ve shown me during my time with you,” he added. “I will always retain great memories of our time at the RDÉE, where I always tried to give the best of myself.”

Even though he is a grandfather, Gary has no intention of slowing down and sitting in a rocking chair for the rest of his life. He and his beloved wife Nicole will soon be heading out on a series of trips down south that will take up a few months, as they’ve often done over the years.


CUTLINE: Gary Doucette, left, assistant executive director and development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island, was thanked for his two and a half years of work at the RDÉE during a recent social gathering of its employees. President Martin Marcoux presented him with some retirement gifts. Doucette will supposedly retire for good as of the end of September.

For more details
Raymond J. Arsenault
Communications officer
RDÉE Prince Edward Island
(902) 854-3439, poste 231