The Age-Friendly Community Ad hoc Committee completed its work/mandate in February 2018 and made recommendations to Council based on feedback and information generated from the community. The recommendations were contained in the “Village of New Maryland Age-Friendly Ad hoc Committee Community Assessment & Recommendations” report that was approved by Council February 21, 2018.
As part of that report, recommendations were made to establish a Seniors Advisory Committee which would be entrusted with creating an action plan for assessing and, where advisable, implementing recommendations contained in the ‘Community Assessment & Recommendations’ report. On February 28, 2018, an amendment to the Procedural By-law No. 50 was enacted at a Special Session of Council meeting that allowed for the establishment of a new Standing Committee of Council – the Seniors Advisory Committee. The “New Maryland Age-Friendly Community Action Plan” was adopted by Council on March 21, 2018.
The mandate of the Seniors Advisory Committee is as follows:
- to act as a resource to Council on matters effecting seniors;
- to develop an action plan for Council on recommendations made in the Report with a primary focus on the needs to attract and develop senior housing options; and
- to update recommendations made in the Report based on future findings and needs of the community and advise Council on such matters.
It is the responsibility of the committee to provide input and recommendations to Council, and the committee will have no decision-making authority. The committee will provide input and recommendations to Council on how to implement the recommendations in the Report and improvements to matters relating to seniors within the community.
Members of the community interested in serving on the committee must complete and submit the Expression of Interest to Volunteer for the Village of New Maryland Senior Advisory Committee form. When a vacancy arises, or the term of membership is due for renewal of a current committee member, notification will be posted that a position is available. Residents, including a current member whose term is about to expire, interested in a membership role must complete and submit the Expression of Interest to Volunteer for the Village of New Maryland Senior Advisory Committee form for Council’s review and approval via Resolution of Council.
The committee will meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. During the months of July, August and December, meeting dates may change.
The Chairperson shall be the Mayor, and the Vice-Chairperson shall be the Deputy Mayor. All other members of Council will serve on the committee. The Assistant Clerk shall serve as the staff representative for the committee.
The committee consists of a maximum of six (6) members of the community: Gary Campbell, Jane Findlater, Arthur Standing, Jeff Tapley, Mariet van Groenewoud, and David Wiezel.
March 26, 2018 – The committee held its first meeting on March 26, 2018 and reviewed the Terms of Reference that were established for the committee. Councillor Gisèle McCaie-Burke gave a verbal overview of the work that the former Age-Friendly Community Ad hoc Committee accomplished over the past year. Deputy Mayor Scholten led the committee in the review of the New Maryland Age-Friendly Community Action Plan which includes the eight World Health Organization (WHO) domains of age-friendly communities.
April 23, 2018 – The committee felt that an age-friendly page should be created on the website that could provide links to sources of information on a varying range of topics that would be beneficial to seniors. Staff will be working on posting information on the Village website that pertain to seniors housing, aging in place, home renovations, government supports, funding and other available services and programs that could be of interest to seniors.
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