The Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) is a volunteer committee made up of 12 residents aged 55 and over. MACKS gives an older adult perspective on city issues, ideas and projects to the mayor, city staff and service providers.

On this page:

  1. Mission
  2. Apply
  3. Volunteer responsibilities
  4. Meetings
  5. MACKS and the community

Mission

MACKS ensures effective community input to the City of Kitchener related to the impact of programs, services, strategies and policies for older adults in this community, enabling them to live well and age well. 

The Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan includes the basis for MACKS deliberation and action. The four priorities of the action plan are:

  • accessible and affordable neighbourhoods
  • access to information
  • belonging and connectedness
  • wellbeing

Apply

If you’re a Kitchener resident over 55 years old, apply to join MACKS on a volunteer basis for a 3-year term.

We’re looking for candidates who:

  • have an interest in giving an older adult perspective on municipal programs and services supported by the City of Kitchener, and in helping to move Kitchener's Age-Friendly Action Plan forward
  • know about local opportunities and issues of interest to seniors
  • want to give a representative voice for Kitchener seniors in helping to make the community a better place to live well and age well
  • can contribute six to eight hours per month to attend meetings and support committee work

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Qualifications

To join MACKS, you must be:

  • a Kitchener resident
  • 55 years old or over
  • able to attend meetings the first Thursday morning of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (from September to June) either virtually via Zoom or in-person at Kitchener City Hall and contribute a total of 6-8 hours per month to support committee work.

Selection process

Volunteer interviews take place each August to fill vacancies for the next term, running from September to June.

Volunteers are asked to serve a three-year term.


Volunteer responsibilities

  • help enhance the quality of life of older adults in Kitchener by sharing perspectives on municipal and other key issues and trends
  • promote the positive image of older adults in our community and recognize their contributions
  • encourage and offer an age-friendly lens for decision making related to policies, projects and programs in Kitchener
  • act as a resource and give advice to city council and staff
  • give input and feedback to our planning documents including, our strategic plan and business plan
  • working with staff, develop  and implement the MACKS annual work plan to help support the principles and priorities of the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan,
  • with staff, monitor progress of the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan and share an annual update with city council
  • promote awareness of the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan to engage residents, community groups, local agencies, businesses and other organizations, and to share opportunities for involvement

Meetings

Monthly meetings are on the first Thursday morning of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom or in-person at Kitchener City Hall. Meetings run from September to June.

Extra subcommittee work of six to eight hours per month takes place outside of monthly meetings and is scheduled based on volunteer availability.


MACKS and the community

MACKS members sit on committees like the Senior of the Year Award Committee and the Waterloo Region Age-friendly Network.

By attending community events and hosting information presentations and displays, MACKS promotes the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan and the steps being taken to help residents live well and age well in the Kitchener community. 

Every year, MACKS hosts the Kitchener Senior of the Year Award which honours one outstanding Kitchener resident aged 65+ who has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of their community.