The Gift of Your Abolished Position Will Happen To YOU!


  1. In March 2014 I received official notice that despite 23 years of ‘significant contribution’ my position had been abolished.

My role as a National Project Manager with a highly reputable cause driven organization and excellent benefits was about to end for good!

Don’t get too comfortable because all good (and bad) things come to an end! The news of funding cutbacks did not come as a total surprise and despite my fond admiration and attachment to amazing program and participant outcomes, my intuition told me that a life altering shift was upon me!

On some level I was feeling a bit stagnant by the way my colleagues and I were collaborating via the repetitive processes and activities of planning, organizing, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific results within a highly bureaucratic government-funded structure.

In my case, I was very fortunate to leave on a very positive note and under amicable terms, coupled with a chance to ‘line up my ducks for the big one’.

There’s an old adage that say’s ‘careful what you wish for’.….Want freedom….done! But then LIVE LIFE, DO WHAT MATTERS — go for it! – Dan Trepanier

Just remember the clock is ticking and to give up a predictable regular pay cheque can be scary. For me…..I loved the social impact my team and I created for years, but felt desperately under-challenged as I bashed my face against what many call ‘a glass ceiling’.

I was suffering from a bad case of ‘Boreout’ (The Affliction of Smart Creative People) when at 53 years of age the universe gifted me a solution, abolished my position and sent me a clear signal that it was time to ‘wake-up,’ change bearings and befriend a new group of people to get even more creative with.

Everything is temporary — never forget that!

A project is a temporary endeavour designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained), and often constrained by funding or deliverables undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. That’s a fancy way of saying don’t get too comfortable because all good (and bad) things come to an end!

  • PS: Special thanks to my previous employer for approaching change from a place of honesty, inclusiveness, health, respect and caring. When one door closes the universe opens another — this we must always believe!