I was inspired by the recent appoinment of a Chief Elder Officer at Revera Inc Ms Hazel McCallion. This appointment a first for Revera demonstrates their commitment to ageing with purpose and the elders of their community.

I urge you to take a few minutes to see and hear her conviction to living with purpose in the following YouTube video.

Revera Inc is an aged care provider in Canada and they are doing great things to challenge our approach to aged care and how to raise the discussion on integrating the communities.

Hazel is a former Mayor of Mississauga, so is well credentialed to be a CEO for Revera. Her role as she explains is to advocate and act as a conduit to the residents of Revera.

In her Mayoral role, one she held for 12 consecutive years, she oversaw the growth and development of Canada’s 6th largest city. She left this role at age 93.

Age CEO Hazel McCallion Revera's new Chief Elder Officer, is congratulated on her appointment by the Honourable Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Senior Affairs in Ontario. — atToronto, Ontario.
Hazel McCallion, Revera’s new Chief Elder Officer, is congratulated on her appointment by the Honourable Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Senior Affairs in Ontario. — atToronto, Ontario. Courtesy of Revera Inc Facebook page

We often think of a CEO as the head of an organisation and he/she is revered and respected in the world of work.  But why can’t we have CEO’s in the world after work.

We can, like Revera, usurp this position for some of the more experienced in our community as they shape the future of ageing. Truly honour and respect them as advocates for care.

Revera’s signature program ‘Age is More‘ program which is challenging ageism stereotypes. The social cause has its own website www.ageismore.com and is well worth a visit.

The website for ‘age is more’ has some great quizzes to challenge your thinking, age awareness tips, useful research, case studies  – it is well worth a visit as is their YouTube site. Join them is celebrating the ‘ageless spirit’.