Retirees Paying it Forward: A Retiree/Faculty Mentorship Program


  • Sanne Kaas-Mason, PhD (c) University of Toronto
  • Janice Waddell RN, PhD Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Karen Spalding, RN, PhD Queen's University, Kingston Ontario
  • Dr. Wendy Freeman Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Mary Wheeler Donner Wheeler Career Consultants



Mentorship, Retiree Mentors, Mentees Across the Career Continuum, Professional Development, The Mentoring Relationship


Retirees often have a desire to offer meaningful contributions to their academic community after retiring from their academic roles. This article presents findings from a pilot study of a multi-component career development mentorship program conducted in a Canadian post-secondary institution. In the study, retiree faculty served as mentors to faculty members from across the academic career continuum. A Merriam-informed case study approach was used to delineate the study of the multi-component mentorship program, and analysis of the data was informed by established processes for reflexive thematic analysis (TA), a method for systematic analytic engagement with qualitative data to produce themes. 

Author Biographies

Sanne Kaas-Mason, PhD (c), University of Toronto

Education Research Fellow, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network (UHN); PhD candidate, University of Toronto

Janice Waddell RN, PhD, Toronto Metropolitan University

Professor Emeritus, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Karen Spalding, RN, PhD, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario

School of Nursing, Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Wendy Freeman, Toronto Metropolitan University

Associate Professor, School of Professional Communication, Creative School

Mary Wheeler, Donner Wheeler Career Consultants

R.N. Med Certified Coach. 


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How to Cite

Kaas-Mason, S., Waddell, J., Spalding, K., Freeman, W., & Wheeler, M. (2024). Retirees Paying it Forward: A Retiree/Faculty Mentorship Program. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 23(1), 62–144.