Family Council

What is a Family Council?
Family Council is described as an organized, self-led, self-determining, democratic group composed of family and friends of the residents of Long-Term Care Homes.

Shalom Manor has an active Family Council that is comprised of individuals who are family or friends of a Resident of Shalom Manor.  A staff member acts as the liaison to the Council.

Your Family Council members are:
          Frank Smeenk, Chairperson
          John Dekker

          Herman Poort
          Imie Colyn
          Effie VanderKolk
          Hilda Vanveen-Gritter
          Karen Plantinga, Staff Liaison

What is the Role of a Family Council?
The purpose of Family Council is to provide mutual support, empowerment and advocacy to the family and friends of the residents of Shalom Manor.  This can be done by:

  • providing assistance, information and advice to residents and their families;
  • offering advice to resolve disputes between the home and residents/families;
  • planning and sponsoring social and education events for families; and
  • assisting with fundraising activities to help to achieve the goals of the Home.
The Family Council may also make recommendations, provide feedback and offer advice about the operation of the Home.  The Family Council also reviews inspection reports, financial statements and operations, as appropriate.

Family Council Meetings
An individual who is of importance to a Resident of Shalom Manor is welcome to attend any meeting and is eligible to be a member of Family Council.  Family Council meets once a month (except for July and August) and hosts on education/social event for families, typically held on a Saturday in June.  Family Council is always open to new members!

Your Family Council
The Family Council is available to all families and is often accessed by new family members who are going through the adjustment process and may have questions.  If you would like to speak to a Family Council member who can provide you with a listening ear or provide recommendations, you are welcome to contact any member.

Information about Family Council is available on the information board across from the Reception Desk (above the mailbox).  Information includes recent meeting minutes, the date of our next scheduled meeting and the list of Family Council members and their contact information.