Seniors' Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Seniors' Advisory Committee is to advise Counciil and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for seniors, the elderly and their families to fully participate in City services and civic life.

 

Terms of reference:

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 city staff and 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
  • Monitors City programs to ensure that the needs of the elderly and their families are considered

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

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Communications

Meeting frequency

The committee meets six times a year and does not meet in August. Generally, the committee meets once a month on a Friday at City Hall.

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 membes (8 is quorum).

The Committee welcomes members:

  • Of all ages, genders, city neighbourhoods, racial origins, income levels and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities
  • Who live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with Vancouver issues
  • Who can show relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills

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 their first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

Committee members appointed in 2015 will serve until February 28, 2017.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

For the term of March 2017 to October 2018, the committee members are:

  • Monica Camporese
  • Thomas Crean
  • Eddy Elmer
  • Clemencia Gomez
  • Beatrice Ho
  • Anthony Kupferschmidt
  • Gudrun Langolf
  • Dellie Lidyard
  • Dale Lutes
  • Colleen McGuinness
  • Ashok Puri
  • Scott Ricker
  • Elaine Wass
  • Jacquie Weiler
  • Honghao Xu

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor Elizabeth Ball
  • City Council: Counillor Tim Stevenson 
  • Park Board: Commissioner Erin Shum
  • School Board: Carrie Bercic
  • City Staff: Taryn Scollard, Director, Streets Division

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

All meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2018    
March 16, 2018    
May 11, 2018    
July 20, 2018    
September 21, 2018    
October 19, 2018    

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 23, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
March 20, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 19, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes 
November 20, 2015  Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 21, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 22, 2013 Agenda Minutes
May 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes 
September 20, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
December 13, 2013 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 16, 2012 Agenda Minutes

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.

2017-2018 Work Plan

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

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.

2012-2014 Report of activities

2012-2014 Council of Council presentation

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

Fall 2012: Advised and supported the City's Seniors Dialogues

The City of Vancouver held six Seniors Dialogues to ask local seniors, their caregivers and seniors service providers to share their ideas on how Vancouver can prepare for a growing seniors and older adult population. In particular, the City wanted to hear how City facilities and services can be more age-friendly – how they can be made more accessible and inclusive of older residents with diverse needs, an important consideration in pursuit of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy goal of making a healthy city for all.

Contact the Seniors' Advisory Committee

seniorsadvisorycommittee
@vancouver.ca

Staff contacts

Winston Chou

Manager, Traffic & Data Managment
Phone: 604-873-7913

winston.chou@vancouver.ca

 

Meeting Coordinator
Terri Burke

Phone: 604-871-6353

teresita.burke@vancouver.ca

Resources for advisory committee members

Accessibility Event Guidelines

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 (405 KB)

Code of Conduct Policy

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)

Guidelines for Civic Agencies

The Guidelines for Civic Agencies explains the roles and responsibilities of members and liaisons and provides an overview of member procedures.

Guidelines for Civic Agencies PDF file (431 KB)

Procedure By-law

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

Procedure Bylaw PDF file (150 KB)