After almost a half a century as a public health nurse, Joanne Calvi will retire today from her nursing position with the Vermont Department of Health.
Calvi, 70, grew up in the Fair Haven and Castleton area. She has been with the health department for 38 years.
Calvi admitted to feeling “ambivalent” about retirement.
“People have said, ‘You’ll know when it’s time.’ I really haven’t felt like that. … I would have liked to have worked a little bit longer to see COVID declared over,” she said.
However, Calvi said she was concerned about possible changes to state pensions and decided to move forward with the process.
“I just thought, ‘Well, it’s a good time,’” she said.
In the near future, Calvi will visit her grandchild in Utah, but said she doesn’t plan to leave Vermont where her other two children live.
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1973, Calvi decided to pursue her longtime interest in public health.