Important Information About the Garden of Peace Advisory Committee 

The Massachusetts Victim & Witness Assistance Board (VWAB) is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Garden of Peace Advisory Committee. Applications are due April 10, 2019.

On January 17, 2019, the Victim & Witness Assistance Board (VWAB) officially assumed responsibility for the administration and management of the Garden of Peace. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258B, Section 4(e) provides that the VWAB establish a Garden of Peace Advisory Committee.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide ongoing advice to the VWAB on matters such as:
· maintenance, capital improvements, and potential expansion of the Garden;
· outreach, education, community engagement;
· fundraising; and
· other issues as determined by the VWAB.
Eligibility and Composition

The VWAB will appoint an Advisory Committee consisting of:
· no more than five members;
· serving staggered terms;
· including at least two survivors of homicide, at least one with a loved one whose name is engraved in the Garden; and
· at least one service provider for victims of homicide.

Other Application Factors

· Strong consideration will be given to applicants who live or work in Massachusetts at the time of appointment.
· At the discretion of the VWAB, telephone interviews may be required.
· Prior to appointment, candidates may be subject to a background check.

Post-Appointment Conditions

· Advisory Committee members will serve without compensation but will be eligible for reimbursement for in-state travel including mileage and parking.
· Members must attend quarterly meetings in-person in Boston or other centrally located Massachusetts locations. Remote participation at meetings by is not permitted.
· Meeting frequency is subject to change with reasonable notice.
· The Advisory Committee and its members will be subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth’s Open Meeting laws and Conflict of Interest laws.
· Service of Advisory Committee members is at the discretion of the VWAB.

Additional Information

· Advisory Committee members will have a unique opportunity to provide input into the future of the Garden of Peace.
· Committee members must be willing to maintain some flexibility as the role of the Committee evolves.
· MOVA will serve as staff to the Advisory Committee including developing agendas, facilitating meetings, and serving as an intermediary with the VWAB at the VWAB’s regular meetings (typically eight per year).  Advisory Committee members are welcome to attend VWAB meetings but are not required to do so.