Retirement News

Postgraduate Program Coordinator Sharon Story has decided to retire from Western as of May 1, 2018.  With accrued vacation, Sharon’s last working day in Family Medicine will be March 16.

Sharon joined Western on March 12, 1984. After 13 years at Ivey Business School, Sharon moved to the Department of Family Medicine on April 1, 2002.

Sharon has a vast knowledge of Western and the Postgraduate Program, and this knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed. During Sharon’s time in Family Medicine she witnessed our Postgraduate Program grow from 50 residents to the approximately 200 PGY1, PGY2 & PGY3 of today. Sharon has not only experienced the growth in the number of residents, but also in the number of faculty and full-time and core teaching sites. She has also provided guidance to numerous Postgraduate Directors over the last 16 years.

We sat down with Sharon to reminisce about her years spent in the Department.

"Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain) is the quote Sharon picked to best describe her.

She credits attending her first Family Medicine Forum (FMF) as her most memorable experience.

"It was a fabulous learning experience, " said Sharon. "Highlights were meeting staff from other universities, and sharing common issues, as well as exploring the city after hours."

To Sharon, the best part of the job has been the relationships she has developed over the years, both internally and externally.

"It has warmed my heart to have grads of our program later become faculty members, some of whom later assumed leadership positions, and with whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 16 years."

“Retirement is a journey, not a destination.” And as such, Sharon is looking forward to volunteering, hiking with fellow retirees, photography, travelling, and possibly working part-time. "It will be a new adventure and the possibilities are endless."

Please join us in congratulating Sharon on her future retirement and thank her for all her years of dedicated service.