Is HOOPP engaging younger members to be advocates for retirement security?

Updated : Oct 24, 2019 in Articles

Is HOOPP engaging younger members to be advocates for retirement security?


My name is Brenda Noble, and I work in Human Resources at Southlake Regional Health Centre. So I am a retiree
collecting HOOPP pension, but I’m also back working
on a casual basis at Southlake. So, I am familiar with the pension and
I understand the importance of HOOPP. One of my questions to the group here
would be, why are we not targeting more, a younger group, a younger demographic
to be a DB Ambassador. I think that we have, you know, so many
HOOPP members at our organizations, that that’s the group that we should be really targeting. I think they need to know more about their pension too. I don’t know that we always get the time
to probably go over pension information. So, I would like to see that, you know, the
employees and the employers being more involved in having HOOPP
coming to the hospital more frequently. I think that would gain a better
understanding for young HOOPP members as well. Thanks Brenda, for your question. Actually, we are targeting that
younger demographic and we would like to have more of
them as DB Ambassadors. The challenge is that for most people in that younger age bracket,
pensions is way down on the list of issues they are dealing
with in their personal lives. At a young age typically you
are trying to raise a young family, you’re buying houses, buying cars,
paying for your children’s education and pensions seem way off in the future.
They’re not really on your radar screen. But actually we would like to get some of
those people as DB Ambassadors. Probably very helpful if we had some of
our older DB Ambassadors who do appreciate the value of the
pension to try and talk some of that younger demographic into being
DB Ambassadors.

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