Resilience Collaborative Terms of Reference – January 24, 2014 Preamble: The Resilience Collaborative evolved out of the Simcoe/Muskoka Canadian Index of Wellbeing Working Team which pioneered bringing a local focus to the national Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). By way of background information, the CIW developed nationally over the past decade as a new way of measuring wellbeing that goes beyond economic measures such as the Gross Domestic Product. The CIW is currently the only national index that measure wellbeing in Canada across a wide spectrum of domains including: Community Vitality Democratic Engagement Education Environment Healthy Populations Leisure and Culture Living Standards Time Use (For further information about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, please go to www.ciw.ca) Purpose: The primary purpose of the Resilience Collaborative is to use the CIW as a tool to promote community well-being and resilience in Simcoe County. Objectives: Arising from this purpose, the broad strategic objectives for the Resilience Collaborative are as follows: Build: Work with community partners in articulating a shared vision of what constitutes resilience and community wellbeing. Measure: Using the indicators of the CIW as a framework, working closely with community partners in developing a coordinated system of measuring resilience and community wellbeing. Stimulate Discussion: Work with community partners in stimulating discussion aimed at promoting higher levels of resilience and community wellbeing. Inform Policy: Help to inform policy and program development by providing policy makers and decision makers with constructive and practical ideas for change aimed at increasing resilience and community wellbeing. Add Momentum: Support the national CIW and other grass roots movements in support of resilience towards a more holistic approach to increasing community wellbeing. Responsible To: The Resilience Collaborative is accountable to its member agencies and will prepare an annual report based on a shared annual work plan which each member agency can then share with their respective agencies. Timeframes: The Resilience Collaborative will meet a minimum of six times per year. Additional meetings will be arranged as required. Composition/Membership: Open to interested residents of Simcoe, representatives of local agencies and organizations, and students interested in opportunities for community service learning. Every effort will be made to be as inclusive as possible, as well as seek representation from a broad cross section of people and groups. Role of Members Attend and participate in Resilience Collaborative meetings Participate, where interested, in the activities of the Resilience Collaborative Co-Chairpersons: Rotating two year positions elected by Resilience Collaborative members. Co-chairs will be elected in alternate years. Ideally, one from a civic/community group, and another from a partner agency. Co-Chair Responsibilities set, book and confirm meeting dates, times and locations set and distribute agenda a minimum of one week in advance of meetings summarize actions to be taken at meetings serve as a liaison with national CIW office prepare Annual Report in collaboration with committee share Annual Report with broader community represent the Collaborative at other networks and organizations and with the media Secretary: A role that will rotate among Collaborative members. Secretary Responsibilities record and distribute minutes in a timely fashion make revisions depending on feedback Decision Making: The Resilience Collaborative will make decisions by consensus. (It is the responsibility of people who are not able to attend meetings to read minutes from meetings and relay any concerns they have to the chairpersons). Review Date: The terms of reference will be reviewed on an annual basis.