Choosing to retire may be seen by many as a leap of faith, but for Linda Nagle, it’s a little more literal than you might think.
That’s because the outgoing city recreation program coordinator celebrated the moment by jumping out of a plane at 9,500 feet.
“Oh my God, that was a thrill,” Nagle said. “I am retiring. Because I’ve been on the Canada Day committee for so many years, I thought this would be a really cool prospect to jump with the crew.
“It’s an incredible thrill,” she said. “It’s amazing. I screamed a lot. The view from up there is amazing, and once the chute opens up, you drift off and you can see so much.
Nagle has worked for the city for 31 years, 10 of them on the Canada Day committee. Each year, she has helped set up the precision parachutists who land in Robert Ostler Park. Before retiring, she wanted to see what was going on.
This Canada Day will be no exception, with jumpers expected to land in the park carrying both the Canadian flag and the Canadian Native flag designed by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Curtis Wilson.
“They’re going to have a booth there at Robert Ostler Park and they’re hoping to make a direct connection to the jumpers on the plane,” Nagle said. “That way people can come and talk to jumpers before they go. It could be an exciting little bonus.
Even with this added bonus, Nagle wanted a little more excitement before moving on to the next phase of his life.
“I thought I would take that leap, let people know what it’s like to be up there and then I can retire happily.”
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