Councils determine our future

My journalism career has meant going to countless community and public meetings at all levels of government. With a 50-year […]

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My journalism career has meant going to countless community and public meetings at all levels of government. With a 50-year award from the Minnesota Newspaper Association on my wall, that’s a lot of years of meetings.

One trend I have taken note of is how challenging it can be for various boards, commissions, councils and committees to find members. I’ve been at Access Press for more than 16 years. I’ve covered the city of St. Paul for community papers for more than twice as many years.

We’ve gone from group assignments that were coveted and prized, to folks practically begging for new members. It’s a very troublesome trend. When groups cannot get enough people to form a quorum or a simple majority, that means key business doesn’t get done.

Here’s an important remember from our state council of centers for independent living. Council member are needed! The news release is below. Consider applying and making a positive difference.

Are you a person with a disability who is interested in enhancing the quality of life for you and your peers? Are you a parent, guardian, or professional enthusiastic about working with people with disabilities and the independent living philosophy?

If so, we are inviting you to apply to serve on the Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (MNSILC). This council seeks to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by promoting the idea that they have the right to live independently and be fully integrated into their community. Legally, at least 51 percent of MNSILC members must be people with disabilities who do not work for a Center for Independent Living or a state agency, but any citizen in Minnesota is eligible to apply. In January there will be eight vacancies on the MNSILC, including one representative of a Center for Independent Living and seven public members. The council is specifically asking for individuals with disabilities, parents, or guardians of people with disabilities, business owners, advocates, and educators to apply to serve as public members.

Upon completing an application to serve on the MNSILC, candidates will be interviewed to further determine their qualifications for service, and qualified individuals will be referred to the office of the Governor for final consideration. Appointment terms are three years, and members can serve for up to two consecutive terms.

The MNSILC meets by-monthly on the second Thursday of every odd numbered month from 9 AM-2:30 PM. Meetings are hybrid, held in-person at the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Avenue West in Saint Paul or are available via Zoom. Members of the MNSILC serve as volunteers.
You may apply at:

https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/Agency/Details/152

Any questions regarding the Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council should be directed to Jo Erbes at: [email protected]

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