Family Council

“Family, like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, but our roots remain the same.”

What is the Fairhaven Family Council?

It is a group of resident family members and persons of importance who meet to work together foward improving resident quality of life by:

• Building community, providing mutual support and working toward a common goal

• Providing a mechanism for learning through educational opportunities and information and resource sharing

• Advocating regarding collective concerns by working toward initiatives,
problem-solving and new projects and/or ideas

• Enhancing two-way communication between families and persons of importance,
residents, staff, and administration

Family Council and the Ontario Long-Term Care Homes Act

• Family Councils are included in the legislation governing long-term care homes

• Role of the family council is to assist, advise, and support residents and their families and friends

• Membership is to include resident family and friends, not administration or licensees

• Family Council may request the home to appoint a staff member Family Council assistant

• It is an autonomous, self-led group that creates its own Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

• Terms of Reference includes goals, structure, and operating procedures such as
membership which will be reviewed in 2022

Family Council Terms of Reference 2016

Student Bursary for Volunteerism

• Available to secondary students graduating from Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board or Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board

• Students who have made lasting and meaningful contributions to the volunteer activities at Fairhaven

• Bursaries of $250 will be awarded to each of the successful applicants (maximum of 2 students)

• Students must be pursuing post-secondary school studies at a recognized
post-secondary educational program, have good character, and community service involvement

• Selection committee includes individuals from administration, Fairhaven employees and
Resident and Family Councils

Support for the Fairhaven Family Council is provided by Leanne Anderson, Registered Social Services Worker. Please contact Leanne for more information about Family Council by phone at 705-743-0881 ext. 292 or by e-mail at [email protected].