Retirement Announcement: Shirley J. Cook

Hi, my name is Shirley Cook, Financial Advisor with Freedom 55 Financial and Canada Life.

Today is very bittersweet. After over 40 years in the financial services industry I have made the difficult decision to retire today. I am looking forward to spending more time with family and travelling once the current COVID-19 situation improves.

This decision was made with a heavy heart because my clients and co-workers have become close friends.

I came to work at Freedom 55 when I was 52, an age where most of my friends were retiring. It was not easy, even though I worked at a financial institution previously, I had to start learning all over again; but I persevered.

Over the past 22 years at Freedom 55 I have met a lot of new clients and clients who followed me from my previous employer. We have become family. You learn about people, share in the good times and are also there for them in the tough times.

As I look back on my career, I am going to miss my loyal clients and co-workers. I appreciate my clients putting their trust in me and for our relationship over the years.

I will miss the many meetings over tea, coffee and cookies with clients who have become close friends. This business is all about relationships, the relationships I have built with my clients are important to me and I will treasure them forever.

I will especially miss my co-workers Gerard and Sharon Nash, Grant Maddigan and my current MA Cindy Murray. I cannot forget my former MA and good friend Dorothy Maloney. Rest assured, you are in good hands with Gerard, Sharon, Grant and Cindy.

Thank you again for the many laughs and trusting me with your business. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and will miss you all dearly.

I wish you all nothing but the best.



Shirley J. Cook
Investment Representative – RETIRED!

Shirley J. Cook
Shirley grew up in Brookfield, Bonavista Bay and graduated from high school in 1962. She attended Memorial University where she obratined her Certificate Program in Business Administration. She has worked in the financial services industry for 41 years. 20 years as General Manager of a local Credit Union and 21 years with Freedom 55 Financial. She is passionate about helping people obtain their financial goals and has clients who have been with her for 41 years. Shirley lives in St. John’s with her husband and has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

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