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Accessibility and Inclusion Committee

This page was last reviewed on November 16, 2021.

The purpose of the committee is to act as a resource to council, village staff, and other community representatives as directed by Council on issues related to accessibility and inclusion in the Village of Cumberland.

The Accessibility and Inclusion Committee aims to collaborate, educate and advise on matters of accessibility and inclusion in the Village.

The Committee is a committee of Council tasked with making recommendations to Council:

  • To promote social and political equity as follows:
    • Participate in reviewing the Village of Cumberland’s draft plans, policies and procedures to prevent the creation of barriers in the future;
    • Identify best practices in other communities and make recommendations based on the findings to promote social and political equity;
    • Participate in reviewing the Village of Cumberland’s draft plans, policies and procedures to prevent the creation of barriers in the future;
    • Draft a strategy for engaging with the community on issues relating to accessibility and inclusiveness;
    • Work with Council to increase public awareness on issues related to accessibility and inclusion for all citizen
  • A strategy to encourage and support owners of existing public and commercial buildings in making accessibility improvements.
  • Review of community event manual with recommendations to make events more accessible; and outreach with special event coordinators.
  • Consult with emergency planning staff on accessibility.
  • Explore and investigate accessible tourism, and parks and trails mapping.
  • Recognize businesses and community members who are engaging in efforts to make Cumberland a more inclusive and accessible place to live and visit.
  • Matters referred to it by Council.

The Committee may also make recommendation to Village staff on Village facilities, service provision, and other matters upon request. View the Committee’s terms of reference.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held every second month on the third Monday at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue

View meeting agendas and minutes.

Members

Judy Norbury, Vice-chair
Trond Halle
Brenda Lenahan
Jaye Mathieu
Rhianna Walz
Councillor Vickey Brown

Resources

Cumberland Guide to Inclusion & Accessibility for Businesses

Outreach & Guidance for Businesses, Appendix to Cumberland Facility and Infrastructure Accessibility Review

Key Accessibility Standards, Appendix to Cumberland Facility and Infrastructure Accessibility Review

SAFERhome Standards: A non-profit, public interest organization, encouraging a safer home environment and a better standard of living for all people through its certified building standards.

Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)

Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program: A business loans program that reduces the obstacles that people with disabilities or ongoing health issues may face when looking for financing.

Rick Hansen Foundation: We develop programs and initiatives that raise awareness, change attitudes and remove barriers for people with disabilities in the built environment.

Cumberland Facility and Infrastructure Accessibility Review, December 2016.

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