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Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee (CYFAC) is to advise Council and staff on matters that relate to children, youth and families.

If requested by the Court, the CYFAC is also mandated as a family court committee under the British Columbia Provincial Court Act and as a youth justice committee under the Youth Justice Act.

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 and take under consideration matters proposed by the Vancouver Board of Education;
  • Reviews and advises Council and staff on the development, implementation and assessment of City policies and services related to children, youth and families;
  • Identifies barriers to participation and engagement for children, youth and families;
  • Advocates for the best interests of children, youth and families;
  • Initiates and works on projects that enhance access, inclusion and engagement of children, youth and families;
  • Identifies opportunities and empower children and youth to have a voice in civic decision making;
  • Provides recommendations to staff and Council on issues affecting children, youth and families;
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee; and
  • Acts as a family court committee under the BC Provincial Court Act, Section 5 and/or a youth justice committee under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Section 18.

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;
  • Presents accomplishments and progress to date at the annual Council of Councils event; and
  • 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.

Time commitment

Regular meetings will last up to 2.5 hours. A minimum of 1 to 2 additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, other meetings, networking, and promotion. Additional preparation time to review documents and participate in preparatory working sessions for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Membership

  • Aleks Besan
  • Clark Childerhose
  • Jane Childerhose
  • Ashini Dissanayake
  • Tyler Doucet
  • Janice Douglas
  • Maeve Downing
  • Joseph Dunn
  • Sola Ebina
  • May Fan
  • Rylan Huckabone
  • Eesir King
  • Attila Kovacs-Mendes
  • Mab Oloman
  • Angie Osachoff
  • Simrit Sandhu
  • Anthony Santelices
  • Priya Singh
  • Edward Wong
  • David Zhang

Terms end December 31, 2020.

Liaisons

  • Council Liaison: Councillor Rebecca Bligh
  • Council Liaison: Councillor Lisa Dominato
  • Park Board Liaison: Commissioner Camil Dumont
  • School Board Liaison: Trustee Jennifer Reddy
  • Staff Liaison: Gillian Guilmant-Smith, Vancouver Public Library
  • Staff Liaison: Erica Mark, Park Board

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to an advisory body shall meet the following essential criteria:

Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues in Vancouver; and
Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.

Composition:

21 members of the public (11 is quorum) representing the following three age groups in equal thirds:

14 or younger;
Between 15 and 21; and
22 or older.

2 non-voting Council liaisons
1 non-voting Park Board Commissioner liaison
1 non-voting School Board Trustee liaison
2 non-voting staff liaisons

The appointment of civic members to each advisory committee shall meet the composition objectives set out in the Diversity on Advisory Bodies policy.

Length of term:

Committee members are appointed until December 31, 2020.
No member of the public shall serve for more than four consecutive years on the same advisory body. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year out of office.

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

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2019 Agenda  
November 28, 2019    

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 31, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 25, 2018 Agenda Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 11, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2016 (Special) Agenda Minutes
June 2, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 7, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2016 - cancelled Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 24, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2015 Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
October 30, 2013 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 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.

Resources for advisory committee members

Contact the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee

cyfac@vancouver.ca

Gillian Guilmant-Smith
Head, Children's Library, Vancouver Public Library

Phone: 604-331-3695
gillian.guilmant-smith@vpl.ca

Erica Mark
Recreation Services Coordinator - Community Youth Development, Vancouver Park Board

Phone: 604-257-8407
erica.mark@vancouver.ca

Kathy Bengston
Committee Clerk

604-871-6146
kathy.bengston@vancouver.ca

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