2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee

The mandate of the 2SLGBTQ+ Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, Two-Spirit and queer communities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Meeting Updates

Meeting Format:

Civic Agency meetings may be in-person, electronic (as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law), or a hybrid of the two. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted online under the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Virtual Meeting Platform:

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Webinars (formerly Webex Events). No software download is required.

Attending Meetings:

  • To view a meeting online or listen by phone, follow instructions provided below.
  • Join link is made available at least 24 hours before the meeting.
  • For in-person attendance at City Hall, seek directions to the meeting room from Security staff. If arriving after 5:00 pm, enter via the 12th Avenue entrance by using the intercom (this entrance is equipped with a wheelchair ramp).

Note:

Unlike meetings of City Council, there is usually no public speaking option during Civic Agency meetings. Virtual attendees will be muted and unseen by meeting participants. If you wish to get in touch with a Civic Agency, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Next Meeting Details:

Next Meeting Details:

  • Date: May 16, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Business Centre, 2nd Floor, City Hall; Virtual (Webex Webinars)
  • Meeting Password:  (Dial 5428 from telephone keypad)

Joining via Webinar:

  • Click Join the Meeting (link provided closer to meeting date)
  • Enter the meeting password when prompted: LGBT

Joining by Phone (Audio Only):

  • Dial 1-604-646-8916 (Local) or 1-855-699-3239 (Canada/US Toll-Free)
  • Enter the access code followed by pound: (link provided closer to meeting date)
  • Enter numeric meeting password followed by pound: 5428#

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy:

To view or participate in meetings virtually, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering civic agency meetings. For virtual Civic Agency meetings, your contact information will be shared with the City’s web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the Director of Access to Information and Privacy by emailing privacy@vancouver.ca or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

Mandate and scope

  • Advises Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities to fully participate in City services, and civic life
  • Works with staff to ensure that city facilities and events are accessible for people who identify outside the gender binary
  • Works collaboratively with counterparts from other civic agencies to identify opportunities for joint action on issues of mutual interest
  • Works co-operatively with external agencies and groups whose activities affect constituent communities
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Meeting and administrative procedures

  • The 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee holds six regular meetings per year, in addition to working sessions generally scheduled during intervening months throughout the year.
  • Type A Advisory Committees may, at their discretion, establish sub-committees focused on relevant topics of interest, non-members may participate in sub-committees and attend regular meetings if invited.
  • A member who is absent from more than two consecutive regular meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Remuneration

  • Type A Advisory Committee members and alternate members are eligible to receive reimbursement for certain meeting-related expenses.
  • Non-member subcommittee participants are not eligible to receive reimbursement.
  • A light meal will be provided to Type A Advisory Committee members attending in-person regular meetings held over lunch or dinner hours.

Eligibility

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee 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 related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity

Term limit

Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve for more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

Terms of Reference

Members

Appointments end December 31, 2024

Saif Al Shamaa
Eddy Elmer (Co-Chair)
Mathew Fleury
Tara Fraser (Co-Chair)
Hana Chisako Acorn
Rick Hurlbut
Tristan Lai
Ilaine Marjoribanks
Chris Morrissey
Bradley Sarandi
Viplav Subramanian (Vice-Chair)
Michael Yus

Liaisons

Council Liaisons:

  • Councillor Rebecca Bligh
  • Councillor Peter Meiszner

Staff Liaison: 

  • Sonmin Bong, Equity Consultant, City Manager's Office

Vancouver Public Library Liaison:

  • Samantha Mills

Vancouver School Board Liaison:

  • Trustee Joshua Zhang 

Park Board Liaison:

  • Commissioner Brennan Bastyovanszky

Vancouver Police Department Liaison:

  • Constable Bryan Watson 

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to a Type A  Advisory Committee 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 related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver;
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver;
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body;
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity.

Composition:

  • Up to 12 members of the public (quorum is a majority of appointed members) with at least 50% being self-identified women and/or non-binary, genderfluid, trans, Two-Spirit, or gender non-conforming, and one seat reserved for an Indigenous person which may not be filled otherwise;
  • Greater than 50% of said members’ seats shall be filled by people who identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community;
  • Up to 2 non-voting Council liaisons (appointed by Mayor);
  • Up to 2 non-voting staff liaisons (appointed by City Manager).
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioner liaison and/or staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver School Board Trustee liaison( optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Public Library staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Police Department staff liaison (optional).

Length of term:

  • Term ends immediately before the first Monday after November 1 in the year of a general local election. However, no regular meeting shall be held between the last day of the nomination period and general voting day.
  • Members are appointed until December 31, 2024, at which point appointments are automatically renewable to the end of the term, and recruitment shall be conducted to fill any vacancies arising.
  • Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve in more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

 

Volunteer opportunities will be posted on the City’s vacancies webpage when available.

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.

2024 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 7, 2024 Agenda Minutes
May 16, 2024    
July 4, 2024    
September 12, 2024    
November 7, 2024    

2023 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2023 CANCELLED*  

*Regular meeting cancelled in advance due to lack of quorum, and continued as working session.

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.  

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2022 Agenda Minutes 
March 31, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2022 Agenda Cancelled
June 14, 2022 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
July 21, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 22, 2022 Agenda Minutes

 

2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.  

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 18, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 22, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 16, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 25, 2021 Agenda Cancelled

 

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 23, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 5, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 7, 2020 Cancelled  
June 4, 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2020 Agenda Minutes

 

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2018 Agenda Cancelled

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 31, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 7, 2016 Agenda Cancelled
October 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 24, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2015 Agenda Minutes
December 10, 2015 (Special) Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 6, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 6, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 10, 2013 Agenda Minutes
May 2, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2013 Cancelled Agenda
October 3, 2013 Special meeting Agenda Minutes
November 21, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 19, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 25, 2012 Agenda Minutes

Report of Activities, 2021–2022

An overview of the committee's 2022 accomplishments.

View the Committee's report (pdf)

2019-2020 in Review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2019-2020, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

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.

Trans people welcome in City Hall washroomsTrans people welcome bathroom sign

March 15, 2017 - The City is committed to ensuring staff and citizens feel safe and welcome. Many trans*, gender variant and two-spirit individuals face discrimination and even barriers to basic forms of human needs.

Washroom signage at Vancouver City Hall is being updated to state, "Trans people welcome." The new signage will also be installed over time at other City-owned buildings.

Updating washroom signage on the City Hall campus is part of a larger City of Vancouver plan, Supporting Trans* Equality and an Inclusive Vancouver (1.50 MB)

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.

Follow the 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee

Staff Contacts

Staff contact
Sonmin Bong, Equity Consultant

Phone: 604-829-9865

SonMin.Bong@vancouver.ca

*Contact the Staff Liaison for subject matter expertise and information on City programs, services, and initiatives.

Clerk
Terri Burke, Meeting Coordinator

teresita.burke@vancouver.ca 

*Contact the Clerk for information on meetings, schedules, agendas, minutes, correspondence, and procedure.

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