The meeting of the Accessibility Advisory Committee was held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Magna Centre, Multi-Purpose Room #1 , 800 Mulock Drive, Newmarket.


Members Present:

Naeem Bacchus

Diane Bladek-Willett

Steve Foglia (Chair)

Ursula Rehdner (11:50 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)

Wendi Williams-Gordon



Staff Present:

Pat McIntosh, Recreation Programmer, Leisure & Inclusion Services

Chrisanne Finnerty, Council/Committee Coordinator


The Committee performed an accessibility audit of the Magna Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


The meeting was called to order at 11:50 a.m.


Steve Foglia in the Chair.


Additions & Corrections to the Agenda




Declarations of Pecuniary Interest




Approval of Minutes



Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes of April 17, 2014.




Moved by:       Diane Bladek-Willett

Seconded by: Ursula Rehdner



THAT the Accessibility Advisory Committee Minutes of April 17, 2014 be approved.




Items for Discussion



York Region Mobility Plus Eligibility Appeal Panel - Membership.




The Committee reviewed the York Region Mobility Plus Eligibility Appeal Panel package prepared by York Region.  Discussion ensued regarding cost and payment to panel volunteers.   



Discussion regarding National Access Awareness Week Wrap-up Meeting.




The Recreation Programmer provided a verbal update on the success of National Access Awareness Week events.  Discussion ensued regarding engagement of people from outside the disabled community, determining a purpose for the Celebrating Access and Abilities event, whether it is entertainment or information, partnership opportunities with other local groups, budgets and event advertising.  The Recreation Programmer advised that it was suggested that events be held at Upper Canada Mall next year in order to attract a wider audience. 


Action Item List



Action Item List Review.




The Action Item List was reviewed.

·         Legislative Services staff to arrange a date for the presentation to Council on the Committee’s accomplishments.

·         The request for a budget for the Committee to be discussed at the September 18, 2014 Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting. 

·         Committee members to review the current Terms of Reference and provide feedback to Legislative Services staff.


New Business


a) The Chair proposed that all Accessibility Advisory Committee meetings be held at the Magna Centre on a go-forward basis in the new term of Council.  There was consensus among those in attendance that alternate meeting places other than the Municipal Offices be considered. 








Moved by:       Wendi Williams-Gordon

Seconded by: Naeem Bacchus


THAT the meeting adjourn.




There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.









S. Foglia, Chair