Mayor's Engaged City Task Force

Mayor's Engaged City Task Force

Vancouver residents long for a greater sense of connectedness with their neighbours, and in how they engage and interact with City Hall.

The mandate of the Engaged City Task Force is to increase neighbourhood engagement, and improve upon the many ways the City connects with Vancouver residents.

The task force will focus on the following priority issues:

  1. Enhancing how the City engages with citizens, including immigrants and youth.
  2. Improving the way the City consults with citizens on policy.
  3. Increasing voter turnout.
  4. Enabling community connections at a neighbourhood level.

Progress made by the Task Force and City

Engaged City Task Force final report goes to Council

April 2, 2014 – The Engaged City Task Force was thanked by Council today for their contributions to a ground-breaking final report. The report was officially received unanimously by Council. Staff have been requested to report back with recommendations for implementation.

March 31, 2014 – On Wednesday, April 2, the final report will go to Council.

This report outlines 19 priority actions that Vancouver City Hall can undertake to make Vancouver an engaged city, including:

  • Increasing voter turnout
  • Enhancing consultation
  • Better engaging with newcomers and new immigrants across the city

The report also includes six recommended ideas for community action that residents can do to contribute to making Vancouver a more engaged city.

Questionnaire on three Mayor's Engaged City Task Force quick start recommendations

March 24, 2014 – To help develop pilot programs for three Engaged City quick start recommendations, staff have created a short questionnaire to get your feedback. Share your thoughts and help shape Mobile City Hall, City Hall 101, and Block Party Days. This questionnaire will be open until midnight on April 14 and should take approximately 10 minutes.

Mayor's Engaged City Task Force releases final report

January 30, 2014 – The task force released its final report today.

3-1-1 begins pilot project of limited service on Twitter

November 2013 – 3-1-1 begins a pilot project of limited service on Twitter from Monday to Friday, as outlined in the Engaged City Quick Starts guide.

During the pilot period, 3-1-1 aims to understand the workload required for staff to provide Twitter service, as well as identify training needs, collaboration processes, and appropriate service levels to ensure citizen needs are met within our means. 3-1-1 will be continually evaluating its work during the pilot.

Engaged City Task Force working on final report

November 2013 – Thank you for your feedback! The Engaged City Task Force is drawing on stakeholder conversations, public feedback, and best practices to create their final report. These recommendations will go to Council in early 2014.

City launches new online space for public engagement

September 11, 2013 – As part of the Engaged City Task Force's quick start recommendations, we invite you to be a part of Talk Vancouver, an online space for civic participation. Help us build a better Vancouver by becoming a member of the City's online community of trusted, local advisors. We will keep you connected to the latest City initiatives and invite you to participate and voice your ideas.

We have launched this online community panel to enable citizens to engage regularly with the City and provide feedback on civic issues. Using interactive survey and dialogue tools to collect feedback, this panel – with membership in the thousands – will provide a new avenue for citizen input that builds on existing structures for engagement. The online panel will allow for more in-depth feedback and the ability to ensure that responses are demographically reflective of Vancouver.

City implements Task Force quick start recommendations

Make it easier to register to vote

June 20, 2013 – With only 35% of eligible voters casting a ballot in the 2011 municipal election, how do we increase low voter turnout in Vancouver? By encouraging early voter registration! It makes you much more likely to vote in the 2014 election.

To promote registration, The Task Force urged the City to make signing up simple and easy. Today, our website includes a permanent link to the Elections BC Online Voter Registration website.

Improved development signage

June 19, 2013 – A key recommendation in the Task Force Quick Starts Report is to improve communication around property development. The City is introducing a clean, engaging design for rezoning and development signage that features:

  • Easy-to-understand language and details
  • Improved visuals (a sketch and site map)
  • Information on how residents you can give input online or in person

The questionnaire closed on July 26, 2013.

The first site with the new signage is 720 – 730 East Hastings, where Vancouver Public Library (VPL) and YWCA Metro Vancouver seek rezoning for a proposed six-storey mixed use building.

Share your ideas with the Task Force

May 24, 2013 – How do we become more connected to our neighbours and our communities? Double voter turnout in Vancouver’s next municipal election? Increase more positive and meaningful civic engagement in Vancouver?

The Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force wants to hear your ideas – big and small – to help answer these questions and to improve the City’s role in creating a more engaged community. Your ideas and comments will inform the final report and set of recommendations that the Task Force is preparing this summer, to be presented to Council.

The questionnaire closed on September 9, 2013. Thank you for your interest.

First report released

May 22, 2013 – The Engaged City Task Force released their first report that contains a set of 16 recommendations that the City can take to enhance public consultation, improve the effectiveness of civic communications, and foster collaboration and connection within neighbourhoods. These quick starts are recommendations that the taskforce believes could be accomplished by the City within a six-month time frame.

Members selected

December 5, 2012 – The Mayor announces the 22 citizens who will serve on the Engaged City Task Force. The members were selected from 117 applicants.

Task force established

October 3, 2012 – Vancouver City Council passed a motion to establish the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force, with the mandate to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve upon the many ways the City connects with Vancouver residents.

Making the City a leader in civic engagement

The task force begins work in December 2012, and will report to City Council in June 2013.

Made up of a diverse group of citizens from all corners of Vancouver, the task force will examine innovative best practices for civic engagement, and work to improve the ways the City engages and communicates with citizens.

Task force co-chairs

  • Mayor Gregor Robertson
  • Councillor Andrea Reimer

Task force

  • Waldo Brino: Vice president, Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre; member, City Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Mark Busse: Host, Creative Mornings Vancouver; past president, Society of Graphic Designers, BC Chapter
  • Mary Elisa Campbell: Former executive director, UBC Centre for Sustainability; past chair, Trafalgar Elementary PAC
  • Dennis Chan: Former chair, current director of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Samuel Chen: SFU PhD student, studying transformational change in the Faculty of Education
  • Hannah Cho: Curator of engagement and dialogue, Museum of Vancouver; former project manager Youth Outreach, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Catherine Clement: former vice president public engagement and communications, Vancouver Foundation
  • Curtis Davey: Volunteer/operations director, KitsFest
  • Richard Delaney: President, Canadian Institute for Public Engagement
  • Olive Dempsey: Facilitator and engagement strategist; former communications coordinator, Get Your Vote On
  • Meharoona Ghani: Director of strategic planning, community engagement and outreach at Reel Causes
  • Jennifer Gray-Grant: Executive director, Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood House
  • Peter Greenwell: Chair, Vancouver City Planning Commission
  • Lizzy Karp: Creator, Rain City Chronicles, a fun way for residents — both new and long-standing — to meet and share their stories about Vancouver
  • Tara Mahoney, Creative Director, Gen Why Media
  • Colleen McGuinness: Current member, City Seniors Advisory Committee; director, Dunbar Residents Association
  • Lyndsay Poaps: Former Vancouver Parks Commissioner; former communications specialist on public engagement, City of Toronto
  • Scott Sheldon: Co-Founder, Vancouver Change Camp, which seeks to renew relationships among citizens and government through innovative dialogue approaches and internet tools
  • Marten Sims: Design specialist, Vancouver Design Nerds and Civic Renewal Lab; lecturer, Emily Carr University and Vancouver Film School
  • Paul Taylor: Executive director, Gordon Neighbourhood House; former executive director, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
  • Julien Thomas: Arts-based community engagement specialist; facilitator, Late Night Art series, and Gather Round and Stick Shift public art projects
  • Tesicca Truong: SFU student in Environmental Science; facilitator for citizenU, an anti-discrimination program for youth

Support

The Task Force will be supported by staff from the offices of:

  • The Mayor's
  • The City Manager's
  • Corporate Communications

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