City Councillors and advisory committees working together on COVID-19 response
Mayor Kennedy Stewart
Now, more than ever, we need to hear from committee members who are plugged into their communities’ greatest hopes and fears.
Vancouver City Councillors and 10 City advisory committees are holding special working sessions on responding to COVID-19. These special working sessions are being held electronically starting this week and continuing until Monday, March 30.
Councillors are hearing from committee members representing a broad range of communities and key issues, to receive feedback on the City’s response to COVID-19 so far, and on what more can be done.
The advisory committees and Councillors involved in these special working sessions are:
|Advisory committee||Council liaison||Meeting date|
|2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee||Councillor Dominato||Friday, March 27|
|Arts and Culture Advisory Committee||Councillors Fry and De Genova||Friday, March 27|
|Children, Youth, and Families Advisory Committee||Councillors Bligh and Dominato||Thursday, March 26|
|Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee||Councillor Wiebe||Friday, March 27|
|Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee||Councillor Kirby-Yung||Monday, March 30 (TBC)|
|Renters Advisory Committee||Councillors Fry and Swanson||Wednesday, March 25|
|Seniors Advisory Committee||Councillors Boyle and Swanson||Friday, March 27|
|Transportation Advisory Committee||Councillor Hardwick||Friday, March 27|
|Urban Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee||Councillors Boyle and Carr||Monday, March 30|
|Women’s Advisory Committee||Councillors Bligh and De Genova||Monday, March 30|
A summary of these discussions will be compiled and provided to Council for their consideration as soon as possible.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart
“The City’s advisory committees have always played an important part in connecting Council directly to residents’ concerns,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Now, more than ever, we need to hear from committee members who are plugged into their communities’ greatest hopes and fears. I want to thank Councillors for their collaborative work with these committees in helping to understand what different communities need from us to help save lives and mitigate hardship.”
City Manager Sadhu Johnston
“We recognize this is a difficult time for Vancouver’s diverse communities and that we face multiple challenges. The expertise and input of our advisory committees are invaluable to Council and City staff,” said Sadhu Johnston, City Manager. “We are grateful to our volunteer committee members for helping us respond to the needs of all our residents.”