MAYVILLE -Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards and Office for the Aging Director Dr. MaryAnn Spanos are seeking two individuals from Southern Chautauqua County or the Jamestown area to serve on the Office for the Aging Advisory Council.
"This year our Office for the Aging is celebrating their 40th Anniversary," Edwards said. "Over the last four decades, the OFA has expanded their services and continues to be dedicated to and successful in their mission to help our county's seniors. Many of these successes are through the leadership of Dr. Spanos and the excellent work of her staff, but our continued success would not be possible without the dedicated residents who are willing to serve and volunteer their time on the Office for the Aging Advisory Council. It is through their involvement and feedback that our OFA is able to refine, strengthen, and create services that meet seniors' needs."
The Office for the Aging Advisory Council was first formed in 1973 by Local Law 4-73. The council consists of the Director of the Office for the Aging, OFA's Nutrition Director, two legislators and 10 members of the public.
The council advises the OFA Director on matters concerning the elderly, provides feedback on new initiatives for seniors, administers guidance on services, helps determine costs for new programs, notifies the director about important issues to highlight in articles for seniors, selects annual recipients for the Susan Yager and Elias Laughlin awards and is instrumental in determining the use of the proceeds for the Mac McCoy/Office for the Aging Memorial Fund. The council also provides advice for the OFA's focal points of delivery, information and referral services, advocacy and any other services provided by the OFA.
Potential members should be either consumers of senior services or caregivers of seniors and should have some background in working with the elderly.
The council meets quarterly and usually holds lunch meetings with two held in Mayville, one in the North County and one in South County. Members serve a two-year term and have the opportunity to be re-appointed after their initial term has expired.
Citizens interested in being considered to serve on the council should submit their contact information and a brief biography to the County Executive's Office by Friday, June 14. Letters of interest can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 753-4756 or mailed to Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, Office of the County Executive, Gerace Office Building, 3 N. Erie St., Mayville, N.Y. 14757.
For additional information about the application process, call the County Executive's office at 753-4211. For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the council, contact Spanos at 753-4471.