The mandate of the Seniors' Advisory Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for seniors, the elderly and their families to fully participate in City services and civic life.
Terms of reference:
Role of Advisory Bodies
The primary role of all advisory bodies is to provide input to Council and / or staff on issues of concern related to their unique mandates. Furthermore, an advisory body:
- Considers matters which may be referred to it by Council or staff;
- May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government as they relate to its mandate;
- 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.
The Seniors’ Advisory Committee is established by Council resolution under authority of the Vancouver Charter section 159.
- Advises Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for seniors’ to fully participate in City services and civic life; and
- Monitors City programs to ensure that the needs of the elderly and their families are considered.
Reporting and Accountability
The Seniors’ Advisory Committee reports to Council, provides input to Council and City staff and undertakes the following reporting activities:
Joint meetings with other advisory bodies:
The Chair and staff liaison work collaboratively with counterparts from other advisory bodies to identify opportunities for quarterly joint-briefing sessions on overlapping issues of interest.
Collaboration with the public and external agencies:
- Works co-operatively with external agencies whose activities affect constituent communities;
- Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest; and
- Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities.
Annual reporting activities:
- Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by 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.
All advisory bodies should conduct their activities in accordance to the Guidelines for Advisory Bodies which set out the roles and responsibilities for advisory body members, chairs / co-chairs, staff and Council liaisons.
The Seniors’ Advisory Committee holds six regular meetings per year, in addition to regular working sessions, generally scheduled during intervening months throughout the year.
A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.
- Stuart Alcock
- Sana Aziz
- Donna Clarke
- Penny Goldsmith
- Conrad Guelke
- Varouj Gumuchian
- Linda Johnston
- Jenny Konkin
- Anthony Kupferschmidt
- Dale Lutes
- Jose Mendoza
- Andrea Sara
- Susan Scott Gabe
- Jacqueline Weiler
- Marc White
- Council Liaisons: Councillor Boyle and Councillor Swanson
- Vancouver Park Board Liaison: vacant
- Vancouver School Board Liaison: vacant
- City Staff Liaison: Winston Chou, Manager, Traffic and Data Management
- Park Board Staff Liaison: Ian Broadbent, Supervisor of Recreation Services, Kerrisdale Community Centre
- Vancouver Public Library Staff Liaison: Karen Liebel, Coordinator, Accessible Services
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.
- 15 members of the public (8 is quorum)
- 2 non-voting Council liaisons
- 1 non-voting Park Board Commissioner liaison
- 1 non-voting staff liaison
- 1 non-voting School Board Trustee liaison
- 1 non-voting Vancouver Public Library staff liaison
- 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 November 6, 2022.
- 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
Advisory body members shall serve without remuneration.
Meetings, agendas, and minutes
All meetings are open to the public.
In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.
2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 22, 2021||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 19, 2021||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 21, 2021||Cancelled|
|July 16, 2021||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 17, 2021||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 19, 2021|
2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 10, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 6, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 1, 2020||Cancelled|
|June 5, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 4, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 2, 2020
|November 6, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|June 14, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 6, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 8, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 19, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 16, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 11, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 20, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|August 17, 2018||Special Agenda||Special Minutes|
|September 21, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 27, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 17, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 12, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 21, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 15, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 17, 2017||Agenda||Minutes|
2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 27, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 11, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 20, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 8, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 23, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 18, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|March 20, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 19, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 18, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 20, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|January 17, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 9, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 12, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 21, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|February 22, 2013||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 17, 2013||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 20, 2013||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 15, 2013||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 13, 2013 (Special Meeting)||Agenda||Minutes|
2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes
|April 20, 2012||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 15, 2012||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 21, 2012||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 16, 2012||Agenda||Minutes|
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
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 Report of activities
2012-2014 Council of Council presentation
An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Councils in December 2014.
Fall 2012: Advised and supported the City's Seniors Dialogues
The City of Vancouver held six Seniors Dialogues to ask local seniors, their caregivers and seniors service providers to share their ideas on how Vancouver can prepare for a growing seniors and older adult population. In particular, the City wanted to hear how City facilities and services can be more age-friendly – how they can be made more accessible and inclusive of older residents with diverse needs, an important consideration in pursuit of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy goal of making a healthy city for all.
Contact the Seniors' Advisory Committee
Manager, Traffic and Data Managment
Resources for advisory committee members
- Accessible events checklist and resources
Helps for planning events that are equally accessible and inclusive, including for people with disabilities, seniors, and people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
- Code of Conduct Policy PDF file (228 KB)
Sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials and advisory body members in carrying out their functions
- Guidelines for Advisory Bodies PDF file (260 KB)
Explains the roles and responsibilities of members and liaisons and provides an overview of member procedures
- Diversity on Advisory Bodies PDF file (30 KB)
Establishes targets to achieve diverse demographic composition on advisory bodies.
- Procedure Bylaw PDF file (206 KB)
Regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies