One of Calgary’s most recognizablenames in business, energy andphilanthropy, Jim Gray has long dreamedof starting an awards program for peopleover 70 years old. Now 83, he’s makinghis vision happen.
Top 7 Over 70 hopes to inspire seniors
to contribute and be active, regardless
of their age. “I have been a senior for
almost 20 years,” Gray says. “I’m aware
of how active seniors are and of their
contributions to our community and
economy—they’re moving the dial
Gray adds that it’s important to draw
attention to the value seniors bring to
society because they’re living longer,
healthier lives and contributing to their
Drawing attention to the value
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TOP 7 OVER 70 GALA
October 2, 2017
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communities in new and interestingways. “We’re opening businesses,making art, mentoring young people,working at Tim Hortons and climbingmountains,” says Gray, a longtime YMCAsupporter who begins each day with along swim at the Y’s Eau Claire pool.
The Top 7 Over 70 awards willrecognize achievements in a rangeof fields, from the arts and sciencesto philanthropy and business. Theseven finalists will be honoured at aHollywood-style gala in early October.
Money raised from the gala willgo towards programs that encourageinnovation and connect seniors whowant to mentor emerging entrepreneurs.
“We have young talented people with
technical knowledge and this kind of
program will aid in percolating that
energy,” says Brian Felesky, a Top 7 Over
70 committee co-chair.
Gray says the awards program is likelythe first of its kind on the continent.
“You’ve got to have the right timingfor everything,” Gray says, exuding hischaracteristic optimism. |a
Philanthropist Jim Gray launched an awards program to recognize seniors’contributions to communities across Alberta.