Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas A diverse, skilled and knowledgeable labor force contributes to the strong, healthy economy of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Older workers bring stability, expertise and a sense of continuity to the workplace; and

Whereas Older workers are increasingly accepting the challenge for life-long learning and have embraced new technologies to enhance their employability and their value in building a knowledgeable workforce through the Senior Community Service; and

Whereas The Senior Community Service Employment Program has improved the quality of life of older workers in the Commonwealth through employment and training assistance and as a valued Workforce Development partner; and

Whereas The Executive Office of Elder Affairs in partnership with Senior Service America, Inc., National Senior Network, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging,  National Urban League, Citizens for Citizens, Inc., Elder Services of Berkshire County, and Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, continue to strive for excellence in providing employment and training opportunities for older workers across the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 16th -22nd, 2012 to be,

Employ Older Workers Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this thirteenth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                      
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts