AUDIO: Derbyshire Retires After Nearly 40 Years

After 39 years at Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, Carol Derbyshire is retiring.

Derbyshire started her career at hospice as a patient care volunteer and worked her way up, serving 32 of her 39 years as executive director.

She says she started thinking about retirement about a year ago and adds she's confident in leaving this year because hospice is in 'good shape.'

"We have wonderful partnerships with the hospitals and agencies and I had things in my mind that when I went, I wanted to make sure were in place and they're pretty well all there," says Derbyshire.

 

Derbyshire says the biggest thing that working at hospice has taught her is 'don't sweat the small stuff.'

"We all get caught up in thinking 'woah, it's me' something is not going our way or if you have something happen in your life and you think it's the worst thing in the world — I no longer think that because of what I see day in and day out," she says.

Derbyshire's last day will be November 1st.

 

— with files from AM800's Teresinha Medeiros