50-plus awards celebrate older workers

Only 3 employers make the list
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

An 82-year-old employee at Bethany Care Society in Calgary has pledged to stay on the job for two more years so he can be the oldest person to receive a five-year service award at the not-for-profit organization.

Senior workers at the provider of health, housing and support for seniors and people with disabilities are made to feel welcome, through targeted recruitment and retention initiatives. And these efforts were recognized with a Best Employers Award for 50-Plus Canadians for 2011 from the Workplace Institute in Toronto.

Bethany Care has changed and strategized its recruitment efforts with marketing directed at the older community that emphasizes meaningful work and long-term relationships, said Darrell Lang, vice-president of HR at the organization.