LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

The mandate of the LGBTQ2+ Committee is to advise Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer communities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Terms of reference

The LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee:

  • Exchanges information with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to the LGBTQ2+ communities to disseminate information and encourage participation
  • Works co-operatively with other civic agencies whose activities affect LGBTQ2+ communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Provides input to City Council and city staff about issues of concern, including matters that require action by the City
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes
  • Works with city staff to ensure that City facilities and events are accessible for people who identify as outside the gender binary

Policy advice

The committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the committee by Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee


The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The committee:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Planning and reporting

The committee:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the committee has responded


People who are not members of the committee itself may serve on a subcommittee or workgroup. Membership on a subcommittee requires a time commitment of up to 4 hours every month or as activity requires.

Currently, the LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee has these subcommittees and workgroups:

  • Davie Village Revitalization
  • Housing
  • Older Adults (formerly Seniors)
  • Policing
  • Reconciliation/Two-Spirit
  • Research on Reparative Therapy
  • Youth

Email us if you are interested in joining a subcommittee or workgroup.

Meeting frequency

The committee meets six times a year and does not meet in August. Generally, the committee meets once a month on a Thursday at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

Time commitment

Committee meetings last approximately 2 to 3 hours. Time outside of meetings must also be spent on correspondence, meetings, research and networking. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.


Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

15 voting members (8 is quorum) with equal numbers of women- and male-identified people with at least one person who identifies outside the gender binary and one seat reserved for an Aboriginal person which may not be filled otherwise.

Current committee members will serve until November 4, 2018.

Members must reapply to be reappointment.

Non-voting members include:

  • One City Council member
  • One staff liaison from the City
  • One staff liaison from the Park Board
  • One staff liaison from the School Board


  • Kirsten Anderson
  • Brendan Bailey
  • Carolyn Camman
  • Jen Donovan
  • Brooklyn Fowler
  • Rob Higgins

  • Andy Holmes

  • David C. Jones

  • Jutta Kolhi

  • Rob McDowell
  • Yogi Omar

  • Linnea Strom

  • Chase Willier

  • Catherine Wong


  • City Council: Councillor Tim Stevenson
  • Park Board: Commissioner Erin Shum
  • Staff: Paul Czene, Recreation Coordinator, Access & Volunteer Services
  • Special Representative: Patti Bacchus

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2017 Agenda  
November 23, 2017    

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 31, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 7, 2016 Agenda Cancelled
October 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 24, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2015 Agenda Minutes
December 10, 2015 (Special) Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 6, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 6, 2014 Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

All 2013 meetings are on Thursdays at 5:30pm.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 10, 2013 Agenda Minutes
May 2, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2013 Cancelled Agenda
October 3, 2013 Special meeting Agenda Minutes
November 21, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 19, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 25, 2012 Agenda Minutes

Trans people welcome bathroom sign

2017-2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

Trans people welcome in City Hall washrooms

March 15, 2017 - The City is committed to ensuring staff and citizens feel safe and welcome. Many trans*, gender variant and two-spirit individuals face discrimination and even barriers to basic forms of human needs.

Washroom signage at Vancouver City Hall is being updated to state, "Trans people welcome." The new signage will also be installed over time at other City-owned buildings.

Updating washroom signage on the City Hall campus is part of a larger City of Vancouver plan, Supporting Trans* Equality and an Inclusive Vancouver (1.50 MB)

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Follow the LGBTQ Advisory Committee

Contact the LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee

Staff contact
Paul Czene
Park Board Recreation Coordinator, Access and Volunteer Services

Phone: 604-257-8420

Meeting Coordinator
Bonnie Kennett

Phone: 604-873-7269

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb)