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Bow Valley College Announces Creation of Institute for Aging Well

December 13, 2016

CALGARY - Bow Valley College is very proud to announce the creation of the new Institute for Aging Well, designed to optimize opportunities for senior citizens who wish to give back to their communities and pursue a greater purpose in life by sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Institute for Aging Well will deliver programming designed to; create a positive perspective of healthy aging, opportunities for innovation in research and entrepreneurial opportunities, advance societal perspectives on healthy aging, and create a collaborative working environment of clients, donors, learners, industry and staff.  

Sheila O'Brien has been named the Chair of the Advisory Council for the new Institute. She has 35 years of experience in the energy, petrochemicals and pipelines sectors and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Gildan Activewear, and PPP Canada. O'Brien has been on the boards of numerous corporations in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors in Canada and the U.S.  

"The Institute for Healthy Aging will position Bow Valley College as community leaders in changing the perception of healthy aging," O'Brien said. "Through forging linkages with the external community we will weave together a tapestry of the services and opportunities available to those in their 'Encore' years. There will be a clear focus on optimizing the experience and the contributions of the community of people who wish to contribute in a unique way framed by their flexible lives and the wealth of career and life experiences they have enjoyed."  

O'Brien has dedicated much of her community service to the advancement of women, human rights, education and health and welfare. She was also Co-Chair of The National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.  

The Institute will strive to build a holistic image of healthy aging by conducting research and delivering real-world solutions. "Tomorrow's seniors will have an unprecedented ability to direct how they will age," says Bow Valley College President and CEO, Sharon Carry.

"With seniors living longer and healthier lives, there is an opportunity for them to mentor younger generations, especially as it pertains to aging well. Conversely, they are presented with opportunities to model healthy aging through greater independence, find a new purpose in senior years, and pursue life-long learning."  

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Editor's Notes 
Sheila's contributions have been recognized through her receipt of the Women of Distinction Award; a Citation for Citizenship - Government of Canada Award for community leadership; and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her contributions to Canada. In February 1999, Sheila was invested as a member of the Order of Canada-the country's highest honour.  

About Bow Valley College
Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 15,000 full- and part-time students, is a leader in business and health career training, community studies, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning.      

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