MERS/Goodwill announces the annual kick-off of a statewide search for all-star older workers. The 23rd annual Missouri Older Worker of the Year contest begins its quest to celebrate outstanding employees this week. The contest is meant to “Unleash the Power of Age,” which is also the encouraging theme this year.
The contest seeks to honor Missouri residents who are at least 65 years of age and gainfully employed at a Missouri job site for an average of 20 or more hours per week. This year, there will be ten winners from all over Missouri. MERS/Goodwill will be coordinating the contest in the St. Louis area and St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties.
“This contest serves as a thank you to those who dedicate their time and energy to better our community through their vocations, particularly older workers,” said Dr. Lewis Chartock, President and CEO of MERS/Goodwill. “MERS/Goodwill is proud to co-sponsor the contest again this year as a tribute to workers whose wisdom, punctuality and commitment to quality, set high standards in the workforce.”
Nomination forms for 2013’s Older Worker of the Year are available on our website. Completed forms are due by August 23, 2013. Each qualifying nomination will then be reviewed by the selection committee and a winner will be selected from each region. The theme, “Unleash the Power of Age,” was adopted from this year’s Older American’s Month theme highlighted by the Administration on Aging. The winners will be invited to attend a two day award ceremony. These recognition activities are scheduled in Jefferson City, MO with a date pending.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee, consisting of the AARP Foundation; Experience Works, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph; MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; the Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; and the Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services.