The next Retirement Planning Seminar is Saturday, November 2 from 12:30 - 5:30 pm. Please check regularly as we confirm more details. Thank you.

This was a day well spent. A broad spectrum of information presented by
very knowledgeable people. Highly recommend.
— Lalita Martfeld, Saskatoon, Participant, March 9 Retirement Seminar
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Power UP Your Retirement Planning Seminar

Are you one of the 400,000 Canadians retiring this year? Are you excited about your retirement, but have not yet started planning and/or you have a few fears and concerns?

Retirement is not just about getting ready financially. Although many pre-retirees are concerned about their finances, money isn’t the only thing on their minds.

The impact of non-financial issues like social and emotional factors plays a big role in a successful retirement. In fact, research has shown that almost half of people entering into retirement struggle with the transition into a post-career life.

Redworks Communications and Coaching (Marielle) is pleased to bring to Saskatoon the first Power UP Your Retirement Lifestyle Seminar.

In this half-day seminar, Marielle will speak about paying as much attention to your psychological and emotional portfolio as your financial portfolio; consequences of failing to prepare; identifying how ready you are to retire and taking action.

You will also hear presentations from an energetic personal trainer about Functional Aging and exercises to help you age well; a well-travelled travel consultant who loves to help her clients travel smart; and a savvy accountant who will give us the low-down on financial decisions to be considered prior to retirement to save us money! (Now who doesn’t want more of that!)

Retirement planning is more than just financial. Start planning today for a meaningful and fulfilling retired life.

Make a date with your gal pals or your partner and mark your calendar for:

Saturday, November 2, 2019

12:30 – 5:30 pm

Station 20 West

1120 - 20th St West

Saskatoon, SK

Tickets: Advance $39.99 plus GST; at the door $45 plus GST

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“Really makes a person think about all the factors you need to consider for retirement. Am I ready?”
— Participant, Saskatoon, Retirement Seminar, March 9


Marielle Gauthier


Marielle Gauthier, owner of Redworks Communications and Coaching, is an accredited professional executive and personal coach. She loves helping her clients plan for a meaningful and fulfilling retired life. When she is not coaching, Marielle plays the violin with the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra and volunteers with Leadership Saskatoon.

How ready are you to retire?

Marielle will talk about:

  • Canadian retirement trends

  • Retirement planning is more than just about the money – getting psychologically ready

  • Consequences of failing to prepare and plan for psychological aspects

  • Retirement Readiness Indicator

  • Taking action



Shelley Turk

Shelley is a long-time gym rat who reinvented herself in her late 40’s and turned her hobby of personal training into a new career. She found her passion for training mature clients and opened ProActive Fitness in 2015 and is on a mission to “change the way Saskatoon ages” by providing high quality small group and private personal training for folks over 50.

Live Longer, Live Better  

Shelley will present on the Functional Aging Training Model and how it can help you make your retirement years the best time of your life!

  • Why your chronological age doesn’t really matter.

  • Where are you on the Aging Trajectory?

  • To change how you age, you first have to change your mindset.

  • Learn the best kind of exercise to help you age well and continue to do the things you love to do!


Karla Amaya

Karla Amaya was born in El Salvador (Central America), raised in the US then moved to Canada 35 years ago. Along with her husband, Karla has three grown children who love to travel. The reason why Karla started her business was to help ease the stress of family travel and to help create those lasting lifetime memories that only come through family bonding.

How to Travel Smart

  • The demographics of Canadian travellers

  • importance of making a bucket list and setting your travel goals

  • travel budgets

  • the planning process and how a travel professional can add value to your experience

  • safe and low budget tour companies for single travelers

  • is travel insurance really necessary

  • importance of ensuring you have the right immunizations – the Travel Health Clinic and Multigenerational travel - a new and up-coming trend


Irene Boychuk, CPA

Irene is a Partner at EY in Saskatoon, a full service accounting firm.  She has worked with private companies, family owned businesses, and personal tax clients for her entire career. 

She works closely with clients to provide corporate and personal tax planning to ensure clients are proactively  identifying issues which would affect their income tax and after tax cash flow. 

Estate Planning and Taxation 101

Irene will talk about financial decisions which should be considered prior to retirement including:

  • Tips on how to determine if you have sufficient funds to retire

  • Discuss the different key retirement income sources and how they are taxed.

  • Estate planning and tax consequences to consider when updating your will

“You are so smart and well informed with no judgements about anything…”
— Participant, Saskatoon, Retirement Seminar, March 9
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Panel Presentation


Karen Smith

Karen retired as the Media Technologies Coordinator at the Saskatoon Police Service, Public Affairs Division in February of 2017 after 21 years of service. She previously served as a Promotions Producer for Global Television Saskatoon from 1990 to 1996. She earned her B.A. and Masters of Continuing Education degrees specializing in Communications from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990.

Since retirement, she has served on the board of governors for Commissionaires and volunteered for Saskatoon Search and Rescue. She has worked part-time for Prairie River Cruises (Prairie Lily Riverboat) on a seasonal basis between the months of May and October since 2017 as a Customer Service/Communications representative.


Sharon Siuksteris

Sharon worked as a Food Service Manager for over 30 years. The last 15 years were with the Saskatoon Health Region where she had the opportunity to work at all three acute care hospitals. 

She has been retired for the past 2 1/2 years and finds that she is busier than when she was working. 

She has chosen to volunteer with organizations where she feels that she can make a difference, using the skills she developed during her working career such as the Saskatoon Council on Aging, the Fire Department’s Remembering When program and the Wonder Hub (Children’s museum).

She also sits on the Board of Directors of her Condo corporation. She finds time to look after herself through regular exercise, learning to pole walk, learning new crafts, and keeping up to date on local, national and world news and events.

“Your lively presentation was very engaging – bringing forward things for people to think about but in a positive, problem solving way – no negativity or criticism for folks.”
— Participant, Saskatoon, Retirement Seminar, March 9
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