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 May 26, MACKS hosted the Living Well Expo - a free community event showcasing the wide range of activities and resources in our community which enable those 55+ to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. The event included the presentation of the Kitchener's Senior of the Year Award, for which community nominations are sought each year. 

How do I get involved with MACKS?

Committee recruitment is currently closed for the upcoming term.  

 

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, and forward a letter of interest and resume to Carolyn Cormier.  All applications will be kept on file, qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview following the annual August 8th application deadline. For more information, contact Carolyn Cormier or call 519-741-2200 x 5345.

 

 Volunteer role description
Responsibilities:
  1. To serve a three year term and be willing to attend monthly committee meetings (Sept – June).
  2. To be knowledgeable of the MACKS Mission, Age-friendly Kitchener Action Plan and the City of Kitchener’s municipal role in supporting the community.
  3. To be knowledgeable of local issues and concerns of adults 55+.
  4. To share opportunities for engagement, especially as they relate to older adults living in the Kitchener community.
  5. To participate in MACKS decisions with preparedness and objectivity.
  6. To support MACKS decisions.
  7. To accept work assignments and participate on subcommittees willingly, and follow through with assigned tasks.
  8. To promote Kitchener’s Community Services Department programs and volunteer opportunities to the broader community.
  9. To become familiar with and adhere to the MACKS Terms of Reference.
  10. To have an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of municipal and regional governments.
  11. To understand the role of both staff and volunteers.
  12. To inform the MACKS Chairperson of agenda items prior to the meeting.
  13. To inform the MACKS Chairperson when you are unable to attend meetings.
  14. To assist with events.

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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