Saint Mary’s University and NSGEU put silver lining in retirement

“So many of our members have an abundance of knowledge and skills they would like to put to use after they retire. SEEN will help them to do that.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.

Halifax (26 Sept. 2013) - Saint Mary’s University is partnering with Atlantic Canada’s largest union, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), to deliver an innovative, new program to retiring and retired union members.  A Memorandum of Understanding between the University’s Division of Continuing Education and the NSGEU/NUPGE formalizes an agreement to deliver the Silver Economy Engagement Network (SEEN) programming directly to union members.

SEEN provides opportunities for retiring or retired NSGEU/NUPGE members

Developed by Saint Mary’s Continuing Education Division, the SEEN offers the 50+ population new opportunities to utilize their skills and knowledge in retirement.  “SEEN targets individuals who are thinking about retirement and gets them asking what’s next,” says Paul McGinn, SEEN Project Manager.  “When people retire from an organization, they take their knowledge and skills with them.  SEEN provides a way to harness that growing pool of knowledge to make a positive contribution to Nova Scotia’s social and economic development.”

NSGEU/NUPGE excited to be part of program to keep members using skills and knowledge

As the representatives of approximately 30,000 members from a variety of occupations throughout Nova Scotia’s public sector, NSGEU/NUPGE views participation in the SEEN program as a value added opportunity to address personal and community challenges for its retiring and retired members.

“We are really excited about working with Saint Mary’s on this important initiative,” says NSGEU President, Joan Jessome. “So many of our members have an abundance of knowledge and skills they would like to put to use after they retire. SEEN will help them to do that.”

A working group of representatives from the union and the University will collaborate in making SEEN available to NSGEU/NUPGE members, of whom almost 600 retire each year.

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