EXPERIENCE WORKS SEARCHES FOR VIRGINIA’S OUTSTANDING OLDER WORKERS
(Arlington, VA, February 27, 2007) “” Experience Works, the nation’s largest
training and employment organization for mature workers, is searching for
Virginia’s outstanding older worker. Experience Works Prime Time Awards
program is part of Experience Works’ national effort to raise awareness of the
contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated
with the hiring of all older workers. Outstanding older workers from every
state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be honored in
Washington, D.C., and in their home states for their contributions to the
workforce and local communities. This year’s search is being sponsored by
Home Instead Senior Care, an outstanding employer of older workers in 2006.
Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of
Virginia, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for
pay. The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., in
October for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with
congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks, and the awards
banquet and ceremony. Honorees have an opportunity to meet, share their
stories, and celebrate their accomplishments. Family, friends or colleagues
can send in a nomination, or older workers can self nominate.
Virginia’s outstanding older worker in 2006 was 76-year-old Myrna Mouchon, a
library aide for the Fairfax County Library Access Services/Talking Books
program. A lifelong west coast resident, she moved to Virginia eight years ago
to spend time with her granddaughter, but decided she needed more to do.
Volunteering at the library, Mrs. Mouchon became interested in the Talking
Books program, and applied for her current position. She has been providing
talking books to those who can’t read ever since, choosing books for each
patron based on their interest, serving as a reader advisor, and tracking down
requested books the library doesn’t carry. Although aspects like mastering the
computer have challenged her, she says, “The best part is when the children
and the seniors call and say ‘you’ve changed by life’.”
The search for America’s Oldest Worker for 2007 is also under way, as is the
search for outstanding employers of older workers. Last year, 104-year-old
Waldo McBurney, beekeeper and author from Quinter, Kansas, was named
America’s Oldest Worker.
An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at
www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2007.
Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that provides training
and employment services for mature workers. Established in 1965, Experience
Works reaches more than 125,000 mature individuals in all 50 states and
Puerto Rico each year. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s largest
provider of comprehensive companionship and home care services for seniors.
For more information visit www.homeinstead.com.
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