Women's Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Women’s Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for women and girls 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
  • Advises Council and staff on the Gender Equality Strategy* as it is developed, implemented and updated 

*The Gender Equality Strategy expresses the City of Vancouver's commitment to gender equality. This strategy builds upon existing policies and initiatives, and outlines additional steps to promote equality between women and men, and challenge gender discrimination.

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

  • Increased Leadership, Representation and Participation of Women and Girls
  • Economic Equality and Opportunity for Women and Girls
  • Create a Safe City for Women and Girls
  • Ensure that Gender is Mainstreamed

Meeting frequency

The committee meets four times each year. The committee does not meet in August.

Time commitment

Outside of regular meetings, one to 2 additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, research and networking. Optional membership on a sub-committee requires an additional one to 2 hours every month. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings wthout obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

Membership

The Committee consists of 15 voting members (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. Being able to speak a second language 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 2015 will serve until February 28, 2017.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Non-voting members include the following:

  • A serving City Council member (2 members)
  • A staff liaison (1 member)
  • A Park Board liaison (1 member)
  • A School Board liaison (1 member)

Members

Current appointments have been extended until new members are appointed in early 2015.

  • Kamal Basra
  • Anastasia Gaisenok
  • Jarrah Hodge
  • Ingrid Kolsteren
  • Fiona McFarlane
  • Erica Pinsky
  • Andrea Radlovacki
  • Paria Saremi
  • Rhonda Sherwood
  • Marion Smith
  • Wendy Williams
  • Julie Wong

Liaisons

  • City Council:  Councillor Elizabeth Ball
  • City Council: Councillor Andrea Reimer 
  • Park Board: Commissioner Niki Sharma
  • School Board: Trustee Sophia Woo 
  • Staff: Jennifer Dawkins, Fire and Rescue Services 

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. 

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
Dates to be announced

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
March 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2014  Agenda Minutes
June 17, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 5, 2013  Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2013  Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 3, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
December 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes

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More ways to contact us

Contact the Women's Advisory Committee

womensadvisorycommittee
@vancouver.ca

Staff contact
Jennifer Dawkins
Fire and Rescue Services

jennifer.dawkins@
vancouver.ca

Meeting Coordinator
Leslie Tuerlings

Phone: 604-873-7015

leslie.tuerlings@vancouver.ca

Resources for potential and appointed members

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

Procedure Bylaw  (156 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  (145 kb)

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