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Trans* and Gender Variant Inclusion (TGVI) Steering Committee

The TGVI Steering Committee works to create safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for trans* and gender-variant individuals. It does this by giving important advice and helping implement recommendations from the 2014 report “Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All”.

Trans* (with an asterisk) is an inclusive umbrella term used to refer to communities and individuals with gender identities and/or expression not matching gender binary stereotypes.

Terms of reference

We have a mandate to:

  1. Assist Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in implementing changes so Vancouver can be the world’s most inclusive jurisdiction for trans* and gender-variant (TGV) communities
  2. Assist the Park Board with the implementation of actions recommended in the report “Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender Variant Community Members” including:
    • Signage and literature
    • Public spaces (including washrooms and change-rooms)
    • Human-resource training and staff policies
    • Programming
    • Collaborative public and community partnerships
  3. Advise the Park Board on matters referred to us by the board, its committees, or staff

Read the complete terms of reference (220 KB)

Collaboration

We act as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events.

Awareness and outreach

We engage in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities.

Planning and reporting

We produce an annual work plan based upon the recommendations of the working group report, in partnership with the Park Board and designated staff, for distribution to Park Board and civic departments for information.

We also report to the Park Board annually to describe our accomplishments for the year, including a reference to each objective set out in the annual work plan and any arising issues to which we responded.

Subcommittees

People who aren't members of our committee itself may serve on a subcommittee or workgroup.

Membership on a subcommittee requires a time commitment of up to four hours every month or as activity requires.

Email us if you want to join a subcommittee or workgroup at tgvi@vancouver.ca.

Meeting frequency

Meetings are bi-monthly with additional working sessions as required.

Time commitment

Committee meetings last about two to three hours.

Commitments outside of meetings may include correspondence, research, and networking.

Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than two consecutive meetings. The Park Board may revoke a member's appointment unless the committee authorizes the absence.

Membership

Committee members are selected through the Vancouver Park Board's public selection process.

The committee chair is selected by the appointed members at the first meeting for a term of two years.

The committee has eight appointed community members (five is quorum).

Committee members are chosen to provide expert advice and insight from an inclusive range of the TGV community. Representation includes, but isn't limited to, a diversity of genders, cultures, socioeconomic status, and age, plus cis allies, families, and guardians.

Committee members appointed in 2015 will serve until June 30, 2017. Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Park Board and staff liaisons include:

  • One Park Board commissioner
  • One senior staff member appointed by the general manager, to act as co-chair
  • One staff member, appointed by the general manager, to provide support and act as a resource to the steering committee

Appointed committee members

  • Aftab Erfan (co-chair)
  • Cindy Holmes
  • Dora Ng
  • Felix Gilliland*
  • Jaedyn Starr
  • Jazmine Khan
  • Lisa Salazar*

* Community members appointed for one year term to fill committee vacancies.

Commissioner and staff members

  • Park Board: Commissioner Michael Wiebe
  • Park Board Manager, Citywide Services, Darren Peterson (co-chair)
  • Park Board Aquatics Supervisor, Sean Healy
  • Park Board Coordinator, Access and Volunteer Services, Paul Czene

Liaisons​

  • City of Vancouver, Equal Employment Opportunity
  • City of Vancouver, Human Resources
  • City of Vancouver, Real Estate and Facilities Management
  • Vancouver Public Library

In addition to our regular meetings listed here, we also meet several times per year for informal working sessions as needed. For more information, please contact the staff liaison.

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes 

Date Agenda Minutes
November 22, 2016    
September 22, 2016 Agenda  (144 KB) Minutes  (100 KB)
July 13, 2016 Agenda  (134 KB) Minutes  (103 KB)
April 13, 2016 Agenda  (70 KB) Minutes  (239 KB)
January 11, 2016 Agenda  (136 KB) Minutes  (471 KB)

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Date

Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2015 Agenda  (124 KB) Minutes  (253 KB)

Park Board rolls out trans* awareness campaign

Spring 2015 – The Park Board unveiled a powerful and personal trans* public awareness campaign at Hillcrest Centre. It reinforced a key Park Board priority to make community facilities more friendly, safe, and open to everyone – including trans* and gender-variant people.

Example poster from trans* awareness campagin

Inclusive fitness program "The Healthiest Winner" welcomes trans* and gender-variant people

Spring 2015 – Get encouragement and support as you pursue a healthy lifestyle with The Healthiest Winner program at Hillcrest, Kensington, and Trout Lake fitness centres.

Here's what a trans* participant had to say about the program: "I have been attending the Healthiest Winner Program since January 2015 and it’s not an understatement to say that it’s changed my life dramatically. I was initially afraid to start the program, not just because it’s been many years since I’ve exercised, but also because I’m a trans* identified person. I can say from experience that it’s a very trans* inclusive program."

Healthiest Winner participants of all genders, shapes, sizes, and abilities

Hillcrest and Templeton pools launch inclusive signage

Winter and spring 2015 – Trans* people and staff are now recognized on washroom and change room signage at the two swimming pools.

Universal change room sign that welcomes trans people

Templeton Park Pool trials a trans* inclusive swim

Winter 2015 – The trans* inclusive public swim is the first in a series of Park Board initiatives fulfilling its mandate to provide accessible parks and recreation for all. The swimming pool offers safe and welcoming washrooms and change rooms. Trans* individuals and families told us they wanted to swim and now they'll feel safer about going to the pool – some for the first time in their lives. This brings Vancouver one step closer to becoming the world’s most inclusive city.

Swimming pool staff trained on trans* inclusivity

Summer and fall 2014 – Over 500 of Vancouver Park Board aquatic staff were introduced to the trans* and gender variant community through community members' personal stories and experiences in public facilities.

Park Board unanimously accepts report to reduce barriers

April 28, 2014 – The Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group presented its final report called "Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender-Variant Community Members" to the Board on April 28, 2014.

The Park Board unanimously received the report that, when implemented, will help make trans* and gender variant people feel more comfortable in the City’s parks and recreation facilities.

The board directed staff to provide a status update on the implementation and outcomes within one year. The working group will remain in place until December 1, 2014, to help implement quick start recommendations.

Staff were also directed to create a new Trans* and Gender-Variant Implementation Steering Committee starting on December 1, 2014, to help implement mid- and long-term priorities.

The report came after an initial draft went through an intensive community review process. Residents provided input towards building a more accessible city at community town hall meetings, through in-person and online surveys, and with many emails and phone calls.

Resources for potential and appointed members

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 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.

Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All  (2.6 MB)

The report "Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All" outlines 77 recommendations to reduce barriers for trans* and gender-variant community members. The steering committee implements the reports mid- and long-term recommendations.

Trans*, gender variant and two-spirit inclusion at the City of Vancouver  (1.5 MB)

Vancouver School Board, sexual orientation and gender identities policy  (1 MB)

Parks and recreation for all

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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