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Terms of Reference


 Terms of Reference

April 2016

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

Mission: 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.


  • To provide a forum for members to meet, exchange information, identify roles,

and propose systemic solutions related to elder abuse across all sectors.

  1. 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.
  1. To be recognized as a leader within our community to offer education, advocacy and strategies in the prevention of elder abuse

4    To consolidate linkages and partnerships with the Muskoka Network and Elder Abuse     Ontario to promote and facilitate the coordination of resources and strategies in the

prevention and response to elder abuse.

  • 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, an executive committee has been developed which has been structured to include:

  • Chair
  • Internal Communicator
  • Financial Officer
  • Education Coordinator
  • Advocacy Officer
  • Accessibility Officer
  • Peer Development Champion
  • Funding Development Officer
  • External/Media Officer
  • Intergenerational Champion

Roles of each are available upon request. Strategic Pillars have been developed and from this a strategic plan was created which will be reviewed every two years.


The Prevention of Senior Abuse Network-Simcoe County encourages representation from:

  • Public and private health care services including social services, law enforcement, legal advocates, financial services, counselling services, aboriginal, francophone, long-term care homes, retirement homes, community mental health, shelters, psycho-geriatrics, hospital staff, and physicians.
  • The designated regional representative of 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.

Executive positions are two years (staggered renewal process) to be nominated by the members and a voting process will take place if more than one person is nominated and accepts this nomination.


Agenda items are submitted to the Chair who prepares and distributes the agenda. The Internal Communicator or designate ensures minutes are taken, maintained and distributed to all members

Financial management:

Funds granted to the Network for the purpose of undertaking work by the Network are currently held at the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre.  Funds can be used following a majority agreement. The Chair has authority to approve the issue of cheques to cover these from NSMCCAC. A financial statement will be presented to the network quarterly.

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 Red Cross Office, Cedar point, 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.