Nominate a senior for SCC's

"Senior of Significance" Award

Let’s face it, our culture values youth.  Since the onset of the Baby Boom, we’ve been a culture shaped, if not dominated, by youthful preferences and priorities.  At its precipice, the baby boom generation was large (actually the largest ever), young and spirited to the point of being revolutionary.  A much larger generation than either the GI generation or the silent generation that followed the GIs, Baby Boomers celebrated youth and helped convince everyone else that they should too.

But now…Baby Boomers are not so young.  As we end the second decade of the millennium, the oldest boomers are well into their retirement years.  And even the youngest boomers are over fifty and at least thinking about retirement (or they should be).   Not only are they no longer young, they are no longer the largest generational group.  The most recent complete generational cohort, “Generation Y” is significantly larger and, needless to say, younger.

Despite the shift in the “generational pecking order,” today’s seniors can still be significant.  Perhaps not because of their youth, their generational size or their consuming power but for other reasons, seniors matter.   Today’s seniors are healthy, resourceful, adaptive and wise.  And, in part because they are baby boomers, they continue to shape our culture by setting an example of what continuing to live with purpose looks like.

“Seniors of Significance” is a new program from the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte  honoring seniors who remain vital, engaged and productive.  If you know of a senior over 60 who is making a difference in our community, we’d love to hear from you.  It could be a family member, a friend, a work colleague or just someone you admire.  It doesn’t matter.  Significance can happen to anyone.

Of course people of all ages can be significant for countless reasons.  Here are the criteria that matter most and by which The Shepherd’s Center will judge applicants:

  1. New Learning.  Is the senior learning new things in order to be significant?

  2. Community Impact.  Is the senior impacting others in a positive way?

  3. Generosity.  Does the senior have a sharing, self-less spirit?

  4. Sustainability.  Is the senior achieving a sustained effort (as opposed to a single event or short-lived activity)?

  5. Efficiency/Resource Mindedness.  Is the senior making efficient use of resources (possibly “doing a lot with a little”)?


 We will evaluate all submissions and announce our winner by the second Wednesday in February, May, August and November.

We hope you will think about the seniors you know and nominate someone.  The Shepherd’s Center is a “Seniors serving seniors organization” that seeks to reduce social isolation and promote vibrancy among our senior community.