Burnaby seniors needed as 'eyes and ears' for B.C. advocate

The B.C Seniors Advocate is seeking applicants from Burnaby to replace retiring Council of Advisors.

The council, made up of 25 to 30 volunteer seniors from around the province, represents diverse backgrounds, ages, geographical areas and cultures, and advises the Office of the Seniors Advocate on issues of importance to seniors in B.C.

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“I am honoured to have a group of seniors who provide so much insight,” said Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie, in a news release. “The commitment and connection they give to their communities and to my office is truly inspiring.”

COA members bring forward issues and concerns from their communities and from their own experience. They review projects, reports and recommendations developed by the Office of the Seniors Advocate.

“They are essentially the eyes and ears on the ground,” said Mackenzie. “These seniors are also an integral part of ensuring that the issues we are bringing forward to the public, service providers and government are reflective of what is top of mind for seniors in the province.”

Council members have a three-year term and meet in person twice a year in Metro Vancouver. 

Applicants (65 years of age or older) are required to be able to read material in English and use a computer either alone or with assistance. In order to reflect the vast diversity of seniors across B.C., seniors from a variety of health, socioeconomic, educational and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Selection criteria have been developed in collaboration with the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO), and COSCO will make the final recommendations for the council member appointments. COSCO is an umbrella organization made up of seniors’ organizations and individual members.

Interested seniors are requested to fill out an application and submit it by 4 p.m., July 5. New council members will be announced by mid-August.

Application forms and details are available at http://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca or email mailto:info@seniorsadvocatebc.ca for more information.

 

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