Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors

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The Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) is a volunteer committee of the City of Kitchener's Community Services Department comprised of 12 Kitchener residents aged 55+.

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 provides 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, and well-being.

What does MACKS do?

At monthly meetings, MACKS engages in direct dialogue with the mayor, city departmental staff and community service providers to share an older adult perspective on municipal issues, ideas and projects.

MACKS develops an annual work plan, which outlines projects it will pursue during the year consistent with it's mission and Kitchener's Age-Friendly Action Plan.

Committee members seek knowledge and awareness of current initiatives and services in the community by inviting city staff, regional staff or community organizations to share information of relevance to older adults at meetings throughout the term, and participate in subcommittee work and projects to help move Kitchener's Age-Friendly Action Plan forward.

How does MACKS engage with the community?

MACKS provides member representation to community committees such as the Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region and the Region of Waterloo's Moving Forward Transportation Master Plan stakeholder committee.

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

On June 12th MACKS hosted 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.  Congratulations to all twelve 2019 nominees and to Randy Farrell for being named Kitchener's 2019 Senior of the Year!

How do I get involved with MACKS?

Between June-August each year, MACKS invites Kitchener residents aged 55+ to apply for a volunteer position with the committee (application details below).

Volunteer interviews take place each August to fill committee vacancies for the next term, running from September-June. Volunteers are asked to serve a three year term. Monthly meetings take place the 1st Thursday morning of each month from 9-11:30 a.m. at Kitchener City Hall.  Additional subcommittee work of approximately 6-8 hours per month takes place outside of monthly committee meetings and is typically scheduled based on volunteer availability.

 We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have an interest in providing 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.
  • Are knowledgeable of local opportunities and issues of interest to adults aged 55+.
  • Would like to provide a representative voice for Kitchener adults 55+ in helping to make the community a better place to live well and age well.
  • Are able to contribute 6-8 hours per month to attend meetings and support committee work.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a Kitchener resident.
  • Must be 55 years or over.
  • Able to attend meetings the first Thursday morning of each month from 9-11:30 a.m. (September-June) at Kitchener City Hall, and contribute a total of 6-8 hours per month to support committee work. 

To apply:

Please review the volunteer role description below. Complete an online application or download a copy of the application form to complete and submit. All applications will be kept on file, qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview following the August 1st application deadline.

Submit your application to:

Bethany Pearce

Rockway Centre

1405 King Street E. 

Kitchener, ON N2G 2N9

Contact bethany.pearce@kitchener.ca or call 519-741-2200 x5081 to request a print copy of the application form, or for any accommodations required to apply.

 

 Volunteer role description
Responsibilities:
  • Enhance the quality of life of older adults in the City of Kitchener by representing their 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 provide an age-friendly lens for decision making related to policies, projects and programs within the City of Kitchener.
  • Act as a resource and provide advice to City Council and staff.
  • Provide input and feedback to the City of Kitchener’s planning documents including, but not limited to, the City of Kitchener Business Plan and the City of Kitchener’s Strategic Plan.
  • In collaboration with staff, create and implement an annual work plan that supports the identified principles and priorities of the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan, and aligns with the City of Kitchener’s Business Plan and Strategic Plan.
  • With staff, monitor progress of the Age-Friendly Kitchener Action Plan and present an annual progress report to 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Must be a Kitchener resident.
  2. Must be age 55 or over.           
  3. Able to attend meetings the first Thursday morning of the month from 9-11:30 a.m. (September-June) at Kitchener City Hall, and contribute a total of 6-8 hours per month to support committee work.

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