That our North American culture marginalizes seniors is shameful indeed. Asian cultures — and many European ones as well — revere their seniors. Ours seems to have an inverse relationship between age and value. The older one gets, the less ‘value’ one seems to have. And yet there are scores of those of a ‘certain age’ who are doing remarkable things.

Look no further for examples than those amazing individuals recently honoured at the inaugural Top 7 Over 70 awards Oct. 2 at the Hyatt Regency. The awards were conceived by Jim Gray, the legendary oilpatch pioneer and philanthropist. One of the key goals of the initiative is to tap into the economic potential that seniors possess. To that end, the Top 7 Over 70 is creating a slate of inter-generational workshops and roundtables in collaboration with Calgary Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, the Haskayne School of Business and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The inaugural awards gala was sold out weeks prior, evidence of the traction this fantastic initiative. It’s rare that a first-time event can be this successful. Kudos to the small army of volunteers who made it a hit: Top 7 Over 70 founder and patron chair Jim Gray; patron chair Linda McNally; executive committee co-chairs Bonnie DuPont, Brian Felesky and Steve Allan; gala committee co-chairs Elizabeth Carson and Kim McConnell; marketing and media chair, Calgary Herald deputy editor Monica Zurowski; steering committee members Bob Brawn, Mary Rozsa de Coquet, David Chalack and George Brookman, to name a few.

But the big take a bow sentiments are reserved for the honorees: Dr. Richard Guy, recipient of the Citation of Unique Merit who, at 101, is a sought-after mathematician who teaches, mentors, publishes and lectures; 80-year-young marathoner Gerry Miller, who is one of the fastest …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

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