Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Cultural Communities Advisory Committee*) is to advise Council on enhancing access and inclusion for Vancouver's diverse cultural communities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

* Committee name change approved by Council on March 6, 2019

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
  • Reviews and advises Council and staff on the development, implementation and assessment of City policies and services related to strengthening ethno-cultural engagement, addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and equity in the City;
  • Supports and advises on cultural celebrations and events in the City;
  • Works with Council and staff to identify and research issues, and advocate on behalf of residents to remove barriers to City services and enhance participation in civic life for racial minorities communities; and
  • Meaningfully engages with Council, staff, residents and other organizations as appropriate to advance Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity in the City.


The committee:

  • Works cooperatively with other advisory bodies as appropriate;
  • Acts as a resource for staff in public engagement processes and / or civic events; and
  • Exchanges information with the public on issues of interest.

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

Meeting frequency

The committee meets six times a year and does not meet in August. Generally, the committee meets once a month on a Thursday at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

Time commitment

Outside of regular meetings, one to two additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, research and networking. Preparation time 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.


  • Felix-Marie Badeau 
  • Crecien Bencio 
  • Ignatius But 
  • Alexandra Gunn
  • Naz Gurbuz
  • Bindy Kang-Dhillon 
  • Nikki Koutsochilis
  • Naomi Kronitz
  • Rei Ga-Wun Leung
  • Anabel Lopez
  • Sonia Medel Borja 
  • Amal Rana
  • Juggy Sihota
  • YarOn Stern
  • Kevonnie Whyte 

Terms end December 31, 2020. 


  • Council Liaison: Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung
  • Park Board Liaison: Commissioner Camil Dumont 
  • School Board Liaison: Trustee Allan Wong 
  • City Staff Liaison: Baldwin Wong, Social Policy
  • City Staff Liaison: April Sumter-Freitag, Social Policy 
  • Park Board Staff Liaison: Marie Lopes, Recreation Services Coordinator, Roundhouse Community Centre 

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.

Persons appointed to the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee shall meet the following additional criteria:

Be a member of visible or cultural minority groups.


15 members of the public (8 is quorum)
1 non-voting Council liaison
1 non-voting Park Board Commissioner liaison
1 non-voting School 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. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 20, 2019  Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2019     

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2018 cancelled Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2018 cancelled Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2017 cancelled Agenda Minutes
May 25, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 25, 2017 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2016 cancelled Agenda  
November 3, 2016 cancelled Agenda Minutes
December 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
June 4, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
October 8, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
November 26, 2015 Agenda  Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 3, 2014 cancelled Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
March 7, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 4, 2013 cancelled Agenda -
October 2, 2013 Agenda  Minutes
December 5, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 8, 2012 Agenda Minutes
December 13, 2012 cancelled Agenda Cancelled

October 19, 2018

On October 19, 2018, the CCAC released their Spaces Report as well as a Final Report, upon the complettion of their term.

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.

August 28, 2017

On August 28, 2017 the CCAC released a statement condemning the recent rise in anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic protests, violence, and vitriol.

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

Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee 

Staff contacts
Baldwin Wong
Social Policy

Phone: 604-871-6637

April Sumter-Freitag 
Social Policy 

Phone: 604-871-6424

Meeting Coordinator 
Tamarra Wong 

Phone: 604-871-6355