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Terms of Reference


 Terms of Reference

April 2014


All seniors in Simcoe County live with dignity and respect in a safe environment


The Prevention of Senior Abuse Network- Simcoe County promotes community participation in a network that is dedicated to promoting awareness, prevention and response to senior abuse in Simcoe County through advocacy, education and collaboration.


  1. To provide a forum for members to meet, identify, discuss, advocate and solve problems related to elder abuse across all sectors.
  2. To identify gaps and inconsistencies in supports and services across Simcoe County pertaining to identification and prevention of, and response to elder abuse, and to advocate for these to be addressed.
  3. To be recognized as a leader within our community to offer education, advocacy and strategies to prevent elder abuse
  4. To consolidate linkages and partnerships with The Muskoka Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, The York Prevention of Elder Abuse Committee and Elder Abuse Ontario to promote and facilitate the coordination of resources and strategies to prevent and respond to elder abuse.
  5. To identify and explore potential funding sources, for the development, maintenance and/or expansion of initiatives and programs to respond to the issue of elder abuse.
  6. To expand and maintain our membership to meet our vision, mission, and strategic plan.


The Prevention of Senior Abuse Network-Simcoe County is an open inclusive group of individuals and agencies that are committed to the above mission and vision. In order to facilitate the implementation of the Network’s strategic plan, it has been structured to include:

  • Co-Chairs (2)
  • Communication officer
  • Advocacy officer
  • Financial officer
  • Executive committee
  • Ad hoc Committees as required

Roles of the co-chairs, Communication officer, Advocacy officer and Financial officer are available. The, Executive Committee has it’s own terms of reference. Ad Hoc committees will establish these as they are formed.


The Prevention of Senior Abuse Network-Simcoe County encourages representation from a variety of agencies, service providers and interested community members. This includes:

  • Public and private health care services including special needs, social services, law enforcement, financial services, counselling services, aboriginal, francophone, long-term care homes, retirement Homes, community mental health, legal, shelters, psycho-geriatric regional consultants, and physicians.
  •  The designated regional representative of the Elder Abuse Ontario.
  • A designated representative from the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre as the main provincially funded organization for Home care.
  • Community Seniors
  • Additional members and associate members as needed to meet the goals of the Network.

Terms of Office:

Two years (renewable) for all members in April.

Executive positions are two years (renewable in April) to be nominated by the members and a voting process will take place if more than one person nominated and accepts this nomination. The Co-chairs will complete terms on opposite years to ensure there is one experienced chair leading at all times.


Agenda items are submitted to the Chairs who prepare and distribute the agenda. The Communication officer ensures minutes are maintained and distributed to all members following approval from the Chairs. The Advocacy officer will be responsible for information being distributed to others outside the network including media reports

Frequency of Meetings:

Bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month or at the call of the Chair.  Changes to this will occur following a majority vote by the members.


Location is at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge, Essa Road, Barrie, however location can be changed to facilitate the greatest participation from across Simcoe County and to meet the Network’s requirements. Teleconferencing and videoconferencing will also be considered, if feasible, to enhance member’s involvement.


Terms of Reference will be reviewed every 2 years or at the request of the Chair.