Council of Advisors
The Office of the Seniors Advocate has a Council of Advisors (COA) that provides valuable insight into seniors’ issues in B.C. This group of engaged and connected seniors represents each of the province’s five health authority regions and comes from a wide range of educational, professional and socio-economic backgrounds. The COA serves as both a sounding board for the Seniors Advocate as well as a conduit to the Advocate for information and concerns from all regions of the province.
The Council meets in person twice yearly and participates in facilitated discussion on a range of topics. Five COA sub-committees were formed in 2018/19, each focusing on areas of importance to seniors:
- Federal Advisory Committee
- Rural Issues Advisory Committee
- Disability Issues Advisory Committee
- Active Aging Advisory Committee
- Multicultural Issues Advisory Committee
The authority for this council is found in the Seniors Advocate Act section 6, “Power to Establish Advisory Council”.
The inaugural Council was selected by the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO) from over 300 applications. The maximum term on the council is three years.