Applications open for City’s Advisory Committees

City of St. Catharines press release – Residents looking to make St. Catharines a better place to learn, live and grow are encouraged to shape their City by joining a committee.

Applications are now open for volunteer members of the City’s boards, task forces and Advisory Committees of Council. The City’s advisory committees provide informed advice and feedback to Council on a variety of issues, and offer citizens the opportunity to share their expertise, enthusiasm and civic pride, while helping develop policies, programs and initiatives to enhance quality of life and support Council’s strategic plan and goals.

Applications are available at www.stcatharines.ca/Committee and are due by Monday, March 11/2019, by 4 p.m.

During its Feb. 11 meeting, Council approved its committee structure for the 2018-2022 term. New for this term, Councillors approved the inclusion of up to one member under the age of 18 on each advisory committee, and the development of a working group to develop terms of reference for an advisory committee on diversity and inclusion. The working group will also consider issues such as anti-racism and gender and sexual diversity.

“The City’s advisory committees, boards and task forces are a great way to get involved and share your ideas and experience with Council and your city,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Our diverse community is one of our greatest assets and we are hopeful to see more people and new volunteers on the committees as we work together on our path to become one of the most dynamic, innovative, livable and sustainable cities.”

Under the advisory committee structure, each committee has a specific mandate and falls under one of four sustainability committees. Applications are currently open for the 2018-2022 term for the following:

Cultural Sustainability – Advisory Committees

  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Museum Advisory Committee

Economic Sustainability – Advisory Committees

  • Downtown Development and Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Committee (New)

Environmental Sustainability – Advisory Committees

  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee

Social Sustainability – Advisory Committees

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee

Other opportunities to be appointed to committees, boards and task forces include:

  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Property Standards Committee
  • St. Catharines Public Library board
  • St. Catharines Transit Commission
  • Downtown Parking Study task force
  • Outdoor Aquatic Facilities task force

All residents are encouraged to apply. The City will strive to ensure membership opportunities reflect St. Catharines’ diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, geographic representation, age, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and ability.

In addition, the City is creating a terms of reference for a youth forum task force, which will include representation from St. Catharines high schools, that will plan and implement an annual youth forum. The City is also preparing terms of reference for an Older Adult Committee that will meet quarterly.

Interested residents can learn more about the opportunities and apply by visiting www.stcatharines.ca/Committee. A recruitment fair / open house is also scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 3-7:30 p.m., at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St. This is a chance for the public to ask questions and learn more about the committees. The City will also have community booths at the Pen Centre on Friday, Feb. 22, and Fairview Mall on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 


 

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