Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities

About the committee

The Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities recommends to the City of Hamilton policies, procedures and standards that address the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities.

The majority of members of the ACPD will be persons with disabilities in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.

Committee Membership

The majority of members of the ACPD will be persons with disabilities in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001. The membership should reflect a wide range of disabilities and should advocate for all disabilities.

  • Councillor Terry Whitehead
  • Aznive Mallet - Chair
  • Paula Kilburn - Vice Chair
  • Elizabeth (Jane) Cardno
  • Clare Cruickshank
  • Patty Lynes
  • Thomas Manzuk
  • Tim Murphy
  • Alan Nicolls
  • Tim Nolan
  • Robert Semkow
  • Mary Sinclair
  • Sylvia Soto
  • Terri Wallis
  • Kim Nolan
  • Patricia Cameron

Loren Kolar
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2604
Email: loren.kolar@hamilton.ca

Committee type: Sub-Committee
Reports to: General Issues Committee
Meeting schedule: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday at 4 pm

Scope

  • To advise Council annually about the preparation, implementation, and effectiveness of its accessibility plan required pursuant to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and related regulations.
  • To ensure that the right of access for persons with disabilities to programs and services provided by the City is sustained, maintained, and/or improved in accordance with Provincial legislation, regulations and City standards, and/or policies.
  •  To review and comment to Council and other levels of government on pertinent reports, proposed legislation and studies which affect all persons with disabilities, where appropriate.
  • To provide a forum where persons with disabilities and service representatives can express their concerns, share information and recommend improvements to the existing level of City services for persons with disabilities, while taking into consideration a wide spectrum of disabilities in discussions and decision making.
  • To educate and increase awareness to City Council on issues which affect people with disabilities.
  • To support the work of the committee through sub-committees and working groups, as required, and specifically related to the Provincial standards, including Customer Service, Housing; Transportation, Employment, Built Environment, and Information and Communications.
  • To maintain knowledge of the work of the committee through attendance at meetings and review of agendas and supporting materials.
  • To regularly review the progress and measure the success of the committee and its activities.
  • Committee members missing three consecutive meetings without appropriate notification to the Chair or Staff Liaison shall be considered as resigned from the Committee thereby reducing the required number for quorum.