The Council informs and advises the Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities (Minister Responsible) on disability-related issues. The Disability Policy Office of SWSD serves as a Secretariat to the Council and supports its meetings and activities
For additional information on the Provincial Advisory Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, please visit http://www.swsd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/advisory_council.html
The Council consists of 12-18 individuals with a representation from each of the nine rural secretariat regions, primary disability types (cross-disability) and a balance of gender, urban / rural and age.
Members of the Council collectively possess the core competencies of:
Members of the Council meet the following qualifications:
Members of the Council are available to meet in person four times a year for a two-day meeting plus required travel time, as well as to attend conference calls at the call of the Chair and attend other events, engagement sessions and meetings at the request of the Chair.
Board members are expected to spend additional time to review materials and other preparations for council meetings.
Members of the Council are appointed for two-year terms with exception of the chairperson who is appointed for a three-year term. Subsection 175(6) of the Corporations Act allows directors to continue to serve until reappointed or replaced.
Advisory Council members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive remuneration other than reimbursement for expenses to attend meetings as per the allowable travel and meal rates established by the Human Resource Secretariat.
Currently there are Council membership vacancies in rural secretariat regions: St. Anthony-Port au Choix, Gander-New Wes-Valley, and Clarenville-Bonavista. Current knowledge gaps include personal experience with intellectual disability and representation of indigenous people.