City of St. Catharines Launches Recruitment Efforts For Three New Committees Focused On Equity And Inclusion

Applications are now being accepted for the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Anti-Racism Advisory Committee and LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and we are hopeful to see more people and new volunteers on these committees as we work together to become one of the most dynamic, innovative, livable and sustainable cities.”                                                                                                    – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

A News Release from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted June 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines City Hall

Niagara, Ontario – The City of St. Catharines is recruiting members for three new advisory committees focused on making the city a more inclusive and equitable place for everyone to live.

Applications are now being accepted for the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Anti-Racism Advisory Committee and LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee.

Applications can be submitted online at www.stcatharines.ca/committees<http://www.stcatharines.ca/committees> and are due by Friday, July 5, by 4 p.m.

The three new committees will report to council through the City’s Social Sustainability Committee.

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

“Thank you to the community members who worked with us to develop these new committees. We are looking forward to engaging with more people and hearing their ideas on ways we can make St. Catharines a more vibrant and inclusive community for everyone,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik.  

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and we are hopeful to see more people and new volunteers on these committees as we work together to become one of the most dynamic, innovative, livable and sustainable cities.” 

The Anti-Racism Advisory Committee will consist of up to nine members. The committee will provide leadership and advice to City Council on enhancing access and inclusion for diverse cultural communities to fully participate in City services and civic life, including advising council on eliminating barriers experienced by members of racial minorities in accessing and participating in City programs, services, and spaces.

The Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee will be comprised of up to 11 members and will provide leadership and advice to City Council on matters related to equity, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination.  Members should have a range of lived experiences, or be allies and advocates for equity-seeking groups such as immigrants and refugees, Indigenous peoples, persons with low income, women, LGBTQ2+, racialized people, persons with disabilities, vulnerable seniors and youth, and more. 

The LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee will be comprised of up to nine members, and will provide leadership and advice to City Council on enhancing access and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer communities to fully participate in City services and civic life. 

All residents are encouraged to apply.

The City will strive to ensure membership reflects St. Catharines’ diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, geographic representation, age, race, socio-economic background and ability.

New for this term, Councillors approved the inclusion of up to one member under the age of 18 on each City advisory committee, and youth are encouraged to apply. 

Interested residents can learn more about the opportunities and details about each of the three new committees, and apply by the deadline of Friday, July 5 at 4 p.m., by visiting www.stcatharines.ca/Committee<http://www.stcatharines.ca/Committee>s.

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