NOMINATIONS

Organizers of the Top 7 Over 70 initiative released the names of the first-ever recipients of these awards on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017  in Calgary. The winners’ accomplishments range from becoming an internationally-awarded athlete to being nominated for a Juno. These Top 7 Over 70 recipients have started international businesses, built baseball stadiums, patented products, established charities and become leading scholars. And, this has all occurred since the winners turned 70.

“When we started this project, we couldn’t have imagined the high quality of nominees we would see,” said Top 7 Over 70 founder Jim Gray. “We were blown away by the accomplishments and achievements of these people.”

The organization received 78 nominations for the awards, said Gray, noting there could have easily been dozens of winners. (In addition to the Top 7 awards, a number of other nominees received citations of honour.)

“The competition was extremely stiff,” added Gray. “The nominations clearly show that Calgary is home to incredibly talented, and diversely talented, older adults. Their work in improving our community and economy is powerful.”

The first Top 7 Over 70 winners are:

Gerry Miller — One of the top five runners in the world in the 80-plus age group, Gerry recently won second in this category at the Boston Marathon, but says his true passion is inspiring health and positivity in others. He’s now working on complete the world’s six big marathons.

Vera Goodman — An 82-year-old educator who believes in dreaming big, Vera is planning to take her reading program called Story Circles to First Nations across Canada and to Third World communities around the globe. She recently returned from Guatemala, where she was training teachers.

Don Seaman — At 92, Don still works nine-hour days, even after six decades of making a difference in the Calgary business and philanthropic communities. He’s started a number of new business initiatives after age 70, while contributing time and funds to make the Seaman Stadium a reality.

Alan Fergusson — After being diagnosed with cancer, this now-83-year-old physicist began researching natural alternative treatments, which led to the creation and patent of an immune supplement. Health Canada has approved the supplement and it is sold around the globe.

Marjorie Zingle — This 81-year-old business warrior is the only woman in the world to own a data centre 100 per cent, in a male-dominated industry. Her company, DataHive, has made significant contributions to the Internet in Alberta.

Dr. Amin Ghali — Despite “retiring” as a U of C civil engineering professor many years ago, Dr. Ghali has stayed active researching, mentoring, writing and patenting two engineering devices that are sold around the world. This comes on top of a full slate of outdoor and volunteer activities that fill his days.

Al Muirhead — An accomplished jazz artist, this 81-year-old Calgarian had played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Rosemary Clooney throughout his career. But, he decided to switch things up when he recorded his first solo album at age 78 and ultimately received a Juno nomination.

Full profiles of the winners will be published in the coming weeks.

Top 7 Over 70 winners with organization founder Jim Gray and committee co-chairs Brian Felesky, Bonnie DuPont and Steve Allan.

 

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NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED for 2017

 

CRITERIA FOR TOP 7 OVER 70 NOMINATIONS

Description of Award – The Top 7 Over 70 recognizes individuals who have started a new adventure or reprised an existing one after the age of 70.   All these individuals will have accomplished a milestone or vision that inspires Albertans of all ages and demonstrates that age does not preclude developing new passions.

Awards will honour individuals 70 and over who have achieved excellence, inspired creativity, shaped innovation, and/or organized outstanding collaboration in one or more of the following areas:

Health & Recreation: Nominees will be enhancing individual health, community well-being or quality of life for others.

Arts & Culture: Creating, performing, teaching, mentoring or promoting arts & culture.

Science: Generating discoveries, conducting research, educating others, creating something new or writing publications.

Business: Starting a new venture or creating transformational enhancement to an existing business.

Volunteerism: Making a significant impact, dedication, innovation or level of participation; providing time, talent and/or treasure.

Environment: Taking action, creating innovation, inspiring others.

Overcoming Adversity: Conquering obstacles, facing challenges or inciting change.

Making a difference: Generating an outstanding contribution to community or another group.

Any senior who is over 70 and lives in Calgary or its surrounding communities (the MDs of Foothills, Rocky View and Bighorn, Kananaskis and Banff) is eligible to be nominated. Ideal nominees are those who have started something different or new, or implemented a new venture or idea, after age 70. The focus of the awards isn’t on past accomplishments or lifetime achievements. Rather, individuals should be nominated for new accomplishments, in which they’re achieving excellence. These achievements may be based or built on previous work or commitments, but they should have a “current” flavour or different twist, or perhaps be occurring in a completely new arena.

To nominate the deserving senior you know, please complete and follow the instructions on the following fillable form, which is also copied below.  Thank you!

nomination form – fillable form

In case you’re having problems downloading the fillable nomination form, we’ve also copied and pasted it here for your convenience:

TOP 7 OVER 70 NOMINATION FORM

 How to nominate an individual for a Top 7 Over 70 award:

  1. Complete the nomination form, below.
  2. Ensure you have contacted your nominee and obtained his/her permission to enter him/her in this award.
  3. Talk to two other people who know the nominee and obtain a letter of support for this nomination from each of them. (Details on the letter of support are below.)
  4. Gather the completed nomination form and two letters of support, and email them to top7over70@conroyross.com.
  5. Nominations should be received by Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
  6. For more information and guidelines on the award and nominations, visit https://top7over70.com/nominate/
  7. If you have questions, email top7over70@gmail.com.
  8. Winners will be announced at a Top 7 Over 70 gala on Oct. 2. Gala details are at https://top7over70.com/gala/ and tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/top-7-over-70-tickets-34521699332 .

 

 

NOMINEE INFORMATION

Title (Ms./Mrs./Mr./Dr./Other) ________

Name ____________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

City or town ________________________ Postal Code ______________

Email address ___________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________   Mobile _____________________

Date of birth _____________________________________________________

Please confirm the following statement with your initials: ________ I’ve informed the nominee that I’ve put his/her name forward for this award. He/she consents to have this nomination put forward and have his/her name included in any Top 7 Over 70 properties, such as the organization’s website, event program and news releases.

 

NOMINATOR CONTACT INFO

Title (Ms./Mrs./Mr./Dr.) _______

Name ____________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

City or town ________________________ Postal Code ______________

Email address___________________________________________________

Phone __________________________   Mobile _______________________

 

TELL US ABOUT THE NOMINEE

Nominees are individuals in Calgary and area who have started a new venture of some type after age 70. Their achievement(s) may be part a fresh endeavour or something based on previous work, but with a new twist. The focus of the awards isn’t on past accomplishments or lifetime achievements. Rather, individuals should be nominated for new accomplishments, in which they’re achieving excellence. Their achievement(s) may be occurring in one or more of the following categories: health and recreation; arts and culture; science; business; volunteerism; environment; overcoming adversity; or making a difference.

For a complete list of guidelines, please see https://top7over70.com/nominate/.

 

ACHIEVEMENT(S) AFTER AGE 70

Please list achievement(s) the nominee has accomplished since turning 70. Feel free to use additional space, if required.

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WHY DOES THIS INDIVIDUAL DESERVE A TOP 7 OVER 70 AWARD?

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HOW DOES THIS INDVIDUAL INSPIRE THOSE AROUND HIM/HER?

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OTHER INITIATIVES, ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY WORK

Please tell us about other initiatives, organizations or community work the nominee is involved in, along with a brief summary of responsibilities or contributions:

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LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Each nomination requires two letters of support from people other than the nominator completing this form. These letters should explain why the letter writer believes the nominee deserves a Top 7 Over 70 award and discuss how the nominee has accomplished a milestone or vision that inspires Albertans of all ages, demonstrating that age does not preclude developing new passions. Family members can be involved in nominating and supporting a nominee.

* Please collect these letters and include them with your nomination package. Please list the names of the individuals who will be writing letters of support:

 

Name _______________________________________________________________

Email _____________________ Phone ____________________________

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Thank you for taking the time to nominate the worthy individual you know!

Submit completed forms online to: top7over70@conroyross.com.

Or, printed forms can be submitted to:

Top 7 Over 70;  c/o Optimum Talent Conroy Ross; 3800 Bow Valley Square 2; 205 5 Avenue SW; Calgary, AB.; T2P 2V7

Note: This awards competition originally had a closing date for nominations in August. That date, in fact, is Sept. 7, 2017, as noted above.

If you are having problems completing the nomination form or are only able to suggest a name, please contact Optimum Talent Conroy Ross at  top7over70@conroyross.com.