Credit union certified Age Friendly

Nearly 90 per cent of Interior Savings’ 500 employees successfully complete Age Friendly program

Clearwater credit union staff members (l-r) manager Gina Walchuk

For the first time ever, we have more people in Canada who are 65 and over than we do children 15 and under and that gap is expected to widen.

As part of its goal to become a leader in reducing ageism while also raising the standard of service for those aged 50+, Interior Savings set an intention early this year to provide Age Friendly Business training to all its staff. The program, developed by the Age Friendly Business Academy, raises awareness about some of the key and sometimes subtle challenges associated with getting older and better prepares staff to offer an exceptional experience to their members.

According to Kathy Conway, Interior Savings CEO, “There has never been a more important time to break down the stigmas surrounding age and to build a more inclusive and respectful community.”

“We all have a role to play in helping to create a community where we feel welcome, acknowledged, safe and respected,” said Conway. “We are honoured to be able to play a part in making our community a place we would all want to age into.”

For a business to earn the Age Friendly Business certification, 75 per cent of its employees must complete the training.  To date, nearly 90 per cent of Interior Savings’ 500 employees have successfully completed this program.

To learn more about the Certified Age-Friendly Business (CAFB)® program, and other programs offered by Age-Friendly Business®, go to www.AgeFriendlyBusinessAcademy.com.

About Interior Savings:

 

Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically-controlled credit union with 21 branches, 16 insurance offices, a member service centre, and two commercial services centres.