Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors

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Volunteer applications are currently being accepted for the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS).  Application details below.

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.

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.

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 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?

Between June-August, MACKS invites Kitchener residents aged 55+ to apply for a volunteer position with the committee. Volunteer interviews take place each August to fill committee vacancies for the new term, starting each September. Volunteers are asked to serve a three year term.

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.
  • Are knowledgeable of local issues and opportunities 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.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a Kitchener resident.
  • Must be 55 years or over.
  • Able to attend meetings the first Thursday morning of each month (September-June) at Kitchener City Hall.

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 August 8 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 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.  The representative must reside in Kitchener.

   2.  The representative must be an adult age 55 or over.           

   3. Able to attend meetings the first Thursday morning of the month from 9a.m.-12p.m., September-June.

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