Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee

Accessibility Strategy

Members of this committee are guiding the work of the Accessibility Strategy as part of the Accessibility Committee.

The mandate of the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for persons with disabilities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Meeting updates

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:

  • Date: September 12, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Joe Wai Room, Ground Floor, City Hall; Virtual (WebEx Webinars)
  • Meeting Password: PDAC (Dial 7322 from telephone keypad)

Joining via Webinar:

  • Webex Link (will be posted closer to the meeting)
  • Enter the meeting password when prompted: PDAC
  • Webinar number: to be announced

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: to be announced
  • Enter numeric meeting password followed by pound: 7322#

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 persons with disabilities to fully participate in City services and civic life
  • Advises Council and staff on the accessibility of City initiatives, plans, and programs, including the Vancouver Plan
  • 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 Persons with Disabilities 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

Membership

Appointments end December 31, 2024

  • Tasia Alexis
  • John Atoyebi
  • Ana Booth
  • Peter Brown
  • Vikram Bubber
  • Salina Dewar
  • Mikeal Frazer
  • Tommy Leung
  • Adam Roper
  • Avery Shannon
  • Sarah van Baarsen

Liaisons

Council Liaison:

  • Councillor Boyle

Staff Liaison:

  • Paul Storer, Director, Transportation

Vancouver School Board Liaisons:

  • Trustee Christopher Richardson
  • Trustee Lois Chan-Pedley (alternate)

Park Board Liaison:

  • Laura Christensen

Vancouver Public Library Liaison:

  • Jennifer Streckmann, Coordinator, Accessible Services

Vancouver Police Board:

  • Sergeant Jim Prasobsin

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);
  • Greater than 50% of said members’ seats shall be filled by people who identify as a person with a disability;
  • 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.

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.

All meetings listed below are held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm, and are open to the public.  

2024 meetings, agendas, and minutes

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

2023 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2023 Agenda Minutes

2022 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 20, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2022 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2022 Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2022 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 15, 2022 Agenda Minutes

2021 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 4, 2021  Agenda Minutes
May 6, 2021   Cancelled  
July 15, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2021 Agenda Minutes

2020 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 23, 2020 Agenda   Minutes   
March 12, 2020      Agenda     Minutes
May 7, 2020   Cancelled  
June 11, 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2020 Agenda Minutes
December 10, 2020 
(Special Meeting) 
Agenda Minutes

2019 meetings, agendas and minutes 

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 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 5, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2017 - Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2017 - Special Meeting  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 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes 
March 31, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 28, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 29, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2016 (Special Meeting)  Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes  
June 25, 2015 Agenda  Minutes 
September 17, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
November 19, 2015 Agenda  Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 24, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 26, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 25, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 27, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2013 Agenda Minutes
February 28, 2013 special meeting Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2013 cancelled - -
April 25, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 25, 2013 cancelled - -
September 26, 2013 cancelled - -
October 24, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 28, 2013 Agenda Minutes
December 9, 2013 special meeting Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2012 cancelled - -
October 25, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 22, 2012 Agenda Minutes

2023-2026 Work Plan

Report of Activities, 2021–2022

An overview of the committee's 2022 accomplishments.

View the Committee's report (pdf)

2021-2022 Work Plan

The 2021-2022 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

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.

2017-2018 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.

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.

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.

Housing and support proposal for Pearson Dogwood Lands

The Committee outlined four housing and support models for future residents in response to the proposed Policy Statement for the Pearson Dogwood Lands Policy Planning Program. The Committee adopted the document on December 9, 2013

Staff Contact

Staff Contact
Paul Storer
Director, Transportation

Phone: 604-873-7693

paul.storer@vancouver.ca

Committee Clerk
Cassia Nasralla

cassia.nasralla@vancouver.ca

Resources for Civic Agency members

Right Fit Pilot Project

Are you a person who uses a wheelchair, and are looking for housing in Metro Vancouver?

You may be eligible for the Right Fit Pilot Project