Outstanding Older Worker nominations sought

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nominations are currently being accepted for Missouri's 23rd annual Outstanding Older Worker of the Year contest.

Nominees must be Missouri residents age 65 or older, employed at least 20 hours per week at a Missouri job site, while being dependable and dedicated. The nominee must also have successfully demonstrated success in learning new skills and job training.

Regional winners will be selected from across the state and recognized in September during a two-day awards ceremony in Jefferson City.

"Older workers play a vital role in our communities," said Diane Chambers, state director for Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program and one of this year's organizers. "As the fastest-growing sector of the American workforce, they're highly valued for qualities such as judgment, commitment to quality and their strong work ethic."

Betty Greenlee, 71, of Weldon Spring, was one of last year's honorees. Greenlee is the housekeeping director at Lutheran Senior Services at Breeze Park, where she ensures 264 apartments, patio homes and resident rooms are in top shape. During her 12 years of work, she has only missed 12 days.

Deadline for nominations is Aug. 23. For more information or a nomination form, call 877-872-4740 or e-mail scsepemployment@ health.mo.gov.

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