Monday, August 17, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Inclusion Committee Seeking New Members

The City’s Inclusion Advisory Committee is seeking new members to represent specific perspectives as it advises Council on inclusion and accessibility. The individuals and organizations that serve on the Committee possess a diverse range of experience and expertise and are consulted on pilot projects and major projects such as:

  • Snow clearing
  • Automated Garbage Collection
  • Bike Master Plan
  • Kenmount Terrace Community Centre
  • Re-imagine Churchill Square
  • New Mews Community Centre and Accessible Playground Development

Members of the IAC are also regularly consulted to develop solutions to barriers that exist within our city. A number of long and short-term working groups report into the Inclusion Advisory Committee and have been instrumental in the development and implementation of our policies, procedures, resources and projects.  

Long time members Empower, The Disability Resource Centre, say that the Inclusion Advisory Committee is gives the city a disability lens to be included with policy and decision making within council.  “Much accomplished within awareness around disability, especially within the areas of transportation, physical accessibility concerns, and policy making within the city. The disability lens that we are able to provide on this committee allows for our community to be inclusive to all our citizens within the City of St. John’s.”

According to our partners at Go Bus and Metrobus, the IAC has been a very valuable resource as we work towards creating a more accessible and inclusive transit system for the City of St. John's. “We rely on the expertise of the Committee to help us make well informed decisions that consider the needs of individuals with disabilities and those facing barriers to transportation in St. John's.”

"The Inclusion Advisory Committee is a fantastic opportunity for citizens and representatives of community-serving organizations to have meaningful discussions that broader accessibility and inclusion initiatives within the City of St. John's,” says Taylor Stocks, Inclusion Advisory Committee Chair. “The IAC is a useful entry point to discuss relevant LGBTQ2s+ issues and share knowledge about best practices across a broad variety of marginalized communities."

For details on the new members we are seeking and how to apply, read the call for members in public notices. The application is easy to complete and the deadline has been extended to August 28.

Consider joining our active committee. We are open to and welcome your perspectives!