Commission on Aging seeks three new members

Applicants can live anywhere in Clark County; submissions due March 25

Clark County is seeking applicants for three positions on its Commission on Aging. The commission manages and implements the county’s Aging Readiness Plan and fosters countywide awareness, dialogue and insight into challenges and opportunities for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities.

The terms would be three years beginning June 1, 2022, and continuing through May 31, 2025. Residents living anywhere in Clark County may apply.

The county is looking for people with an interest in issues and advocacy for older adults, related to: housing; transportation/mobility; supportive services; healthy communities; and community engagement, which are the five elements of the Aging Readiness Plan. The county is also looking for people who can bring ethnic, cultural, social and geographic diversity to the group.

The Commission is focusing their 2022 work on “Innovation through Connection,” and the need to connect people to resources, to information, and to each other on a personal level. These connections have been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain a challenge into the future.

The commission meets from 3:15 to 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, which includes a work session followed by a public meeting with informational presentations/discussions. Additional meetings may require an extra 10 hours per month. Meetings currently are being held in a virtual format.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to Michelle Pfenning, County Manager’s Office, at Michelle.Pfenning@clark.wa.gov. Applications also may be mailed to P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 25.

The Aging Readiness Plan covers access to housing, transportation, a variety of lifestyles, support services and civic or social engagement. For more information, visit clark.wa.gov/aging.