It's hard to believe how quickly more than four decades can pass by, and for many who reach an age when retirement is the next chapter in their book of life, it's a comment we hear often.... I can't believe it's already here.

That was one of the sentiments Sandra Toews shared with us Friday as she worked her final shift at Altona IGA after a nearly forty four year career of customer service to the community.

"It doesn't feel real," said Toews when CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Co-Host Zack Driedger chatted with her Friday morning. "It's good, I'm having an awesome day." 

Toews is one of the most recognizable faces behind the cash register and counter at the grocery store, and has connected with a lot of people over the years.

"I have loved getting to know a lot of people," she reflected. "Like yesterday, there was a woman I've been serving ever since, I don't know, her daughter was young, and I think she's about 80 by now. You make friendships, that's for sure, even if you only see each other once a week or so."

When asked about highlights while at the store, previously operated as Penner Foods for many years, Toews again pointed to the people of Altona and surrounding area.

"I would say definitely making a lot of friendships at work," she said. "Over the years I've seen a lot of people come and go, and also making friendships with customers. "

And with retirement front and centre, now what?

"We're taking a vacation for about two weeks, and then we'll see what happens after that."