NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
The role of seniors in the province and the changing face of the workforce were some of the topics on the agenda when Premier Dwight Ball took the mic in Marystown on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Ball was guest speaker for the banquet during the 43rd annual Newfoundland and Labrador 50+ Federation convention.
“I see a lot of familiar faces here in this room and it really shows the dedication — you do not make this for one year, but continue to make it year after year,” Ball said to the approximately 425 50+ members in attendance.
“I also see many of you in our communities, it’s the same faces, you’re working with your 50+ Plus club, but you’re also doing the work in communities as well, and continue to be a working individual for quite some time.”
Ball also spoke on how seniors in the province are becoming a sought after resource for businesses setting up in the province.
“Interestingly enough, we made an announcement a few weeks ago about a company (S&P Data contact centre) that was coming into the province employing some 500 people,” he said, “and one of the things that they found attractive about coming here was that there were many people that were looking for something different to do.
“They’re not retiring, they’re just shifting to a different phase of their life, and they were looking at the category of people to help them with the employment needs as well.”
Ball said seniors in this province are rich in experience of getting through the first phase of their life, “so you want to pass that experience on to the new and younger generation.”
During his address, the premier also spoke briefly on long-term care, power rates and education.