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Provincial Advisory Council on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Department

Children, Seniors and Social Development

Authority

At the direction of Cabinet

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Purpose:

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 serves as a secretariat to the Council and supports its meetings and activities.

The Council:

  • Brings knowledge and understanding of disability related issues to government
  • Advises government as it develops policies, programs, strategies and recommendations to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Promotes awareness of barriers faced by persons with disabilities and how to remove and prevent them.

Under the Transparency and Accountability Act, the Advisory Council is a Category 3 Public Body and must submit an annual report to be tabled in the House of Assembly, as well as prepare and submit three-year activity reports. For more information on the role of the Advisory Council, please visit http://www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/advisory_council.html

Structure:

The Advisory Council consists of 12 -18 individuals who provide a balance of primary disability types (cross-disability); who represent nine provincial regions (urban/ rural); age and gender. Following the application process through the Independent Appointments Commission, Advisory Council members are appointed by the Minister Responsible.

Competency Profile:

Members of the Advisory Council collectively possess the core competencies of:

  • Knowledge of barriers experienced by persons with disabilities, including disabilities related to mobility, vision, hearing, Deaf, intellectual, mental health, learning and neurological
  • Knowledge of barrier removal and prevention processes and disability rights
  • Strategic management and organizational change
  • Executive experience

Qualifications:

Members of the Advisory Council meet the following qualifications:

  • demonstrated leadership in advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • personal and/or professional experience with disability
  • flexibility, responsiveness and willingness to consider others’ opinions
  • experience with cross-disability issues and solutions
  • high ethical standards and integrity
  • able to take a wide perspective on issues
  • ability to listen and work as a team

Time Commitments:

Advisory Council members 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.

Members are expected to spend additional time to review materials and other preparations for council meetings.

Term:

Advisory Council members follow the application process through the Independent Appointments Commission on the Public Service Commission website. After this process, the Minister Responsible will then appoint Advisory Council members for two-year terms and appoints the chairperson for a three year term.

Additional Information:

Advisory Council members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive remuneration. Members receive reimbursement for expenses to attend meetings as per the allowable travel and meal rates established by the Human Resource Secretariat. 

Vacancy Profile:

There are currently six Advisory Council membership vacancies in the following:

  1. Active in disability rights
  2. Disability experiences particularly in vision disabilities and Deaf community
  3. Provincial regions: Corner Brook-Rocky Harbour, Gander-New Wes-Valley,Labrador West, Burin, St. Anthony-Port au Choix and Clarenville-Bonavista.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Corcoran-Jacobs, Ms. Paula MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Gill, Mr. Dennis MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Gillis, Ms PaulaMemberMinisterial2017-03-162019-03-15
Khaladkar, Mr VikasMemberMinisterial2017-03-162019-03-15
Marsh, Ms NicoleMemberMinisterial2017-03-162019-03-15
Moores, Ms. Patricia MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Oldford, Mr. Bruce MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Peach, Mr CyrilMemberMinisterial2017-03-162019-03-15
Piccott, Mr FraserMemberMinisterial2017-03-152019-03-15
Reid, Ms. Nancy MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Roxon, Ms. Katarina MemberMinisterial2014-01-082019-03-15
Ryan, Ms MarieChairMinisterial2017-03-162020-03-16

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