Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access for inclusion for persons with disabilities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Terms of reference

The Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern, including matters that require action by the City
  • Exchanges information with persons with disabilities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to persons with disabilities to disseminate information and encourage participation
  • Works cooperatively with other civic departments, agencies, and boards whose activities affect persons with disabilities
  • Works with city staff to ensure that civic events are accessible for persons with disabilities

Policy advice

The committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the committee by Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee

Collaboration

The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The committee:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Planning and reporting

The committee:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for
    information
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the committee has responded

Subcommittees

Will be listed when they are created by the committee.

Meeting frequency

The committee meets six times per year. The committee does not meet in August.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

Membership

The Committee is comprised of 15 voting members (8 is quorum).

The Committee welcomes members:

  • With or without disabilities, regardless of age, gender, neighbourhood, racial origin, income level, or sexual orientation
  • Who live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with Vancouver issues
  • Who can show relevant experience, knowledge, abilities or skills related to the committee’s work
  • Being nominated by a community group working on related issues is an asset

Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the  Council term of the Committee.

Committee members appointed in 2016 will serve until November 4, 2018.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

  • Tasia Alexis
  • Kristina Baerg
  • Varun Banthia
  • Zvonimir Basic
  • Peter Brown
  • Cathy Browne
  • Jacques Courteau
  • Mary-Jo Fetterly
  • Paul Gauthier
  • Chelsea Hitchen
  • Laura Mackenrot
  • Jocelyn Maffin
  • Anita Rudolph
  • Leanore Vlug
  • Vacant

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor George Affleck 
  • City Council: Councillor Melissa De Genova  
  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe 
  • Vancouver Public Library: Christopher Kevlahan

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

All meetings listed below are open to the public.

2017 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2017 - Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2017 - Special Meeting  Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2017 Agenda  

2016 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes 
March 31, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 28, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 29, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2016 (Special Meeting)  Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes  
June 25, 2015 Agenda  Minutes 
September 17, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
November 19, 2015 Agenda  Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 24, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 26, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 25, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2013 Agenda Minutes
February 28, 2013 special meeting Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2013 cancelled - -
April 25, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 25, 2013 cancelled - -
September 26, 2013 cancelled - -
October 24, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 28, 2013 Agenda Minutes
December 9, 2013 special meeting Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2012 cancelled - -
October 25, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 22, 2012 Agenda Minutes

2017-2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committtee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2017 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on October 12, 2017.

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

  • View the poster  (297 kb)

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Housing and support proposal for Pearson Dogwood Lands

The Committee outlined four housing and support models for future residents in response to the proposed Policy Statement for the Pearson Dogwood Lands Policy Planning Program. The Committee adopted the document on December 9, 2013

Contact the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee


pwdac@vancouver.ca

 

Staff Contact
Robyn Newton
Social Policy and Projects Division
Phone: 604-871-6866
robyn.newton@vancouver.ca

 

Meeting Coordinator
Denise Swanston
Council Operations
Phone: 604-871-6399
denise.swanston@vancouver.ca

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw PDF file (150 KB)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy PDF file (140 KB)

The Accessibility Event Guidelines help to ensure events are accessible to all, and were developed in consultation with the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee.

Accessibility Event Guidelines PDF file (210 KB)