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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br /> Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 <br /> Location: Zoom Meeting <br /> Present: Donna Hartzler, Shannon Sweeney (City of Kitchener), Heather Clark-Harris, Rob Bender, Brenda <br /> Robinson (Co-Chair), Paula Saunders, Lolita Paroski (City of Kitchener), Jolene MacDonald, Trevor Tamlin, <br /> Carrie Speers, Teresa McQuillin, Melanie Garbarz (Region of Waterloo), Tamara Bell, Robyn Jackson, Dawn <br /> Clelland (Co-Chair), Mamie Sealey-Baker, Ashley Sage (Township of North Dumfries), Ilidia Sa Melo <br /> (Township of Woolwich) <br /> Regrets: Janis McKenzie (City of Kitchener), Tracey Murray (Township of Wilmot), Councillor Debbie <br /> Chapman (City of Kitchener), Lindsay Raftis (Township of Wellesley), Councillor Sue Foxton (Region of <br /> Waterloo), Councillor Sandra Hanmer (City of Waterloo), Berny Wesselink <br /> Absent: Brad Sayles <br /> 1. Welcome and Introductions <br /> 2. Approval of November Minutes and December Agenda <br /> Dawn motioned to accept December agenda; Jolene seconded. All in favour. <br /> Donna motioned to accept November minutes; Heather seconded. All in favour. <br /> 3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br /> None <br /> 4. Region of Waterloo, Status Update, Melanie Garbarz <br /> - Melanie provided the Annual Status Update. <br /> - The summary of the report will be posted on the Region website. <br /> - Engaged regional depts and GRAAC. <br /> - The COVID-19 Pandemic and focus on vaccination distribution posed challenges for advancing some <br /> actions. <br /> - There was a GRT Mobility Plus service review. GRAAC also consulted on the GRT on-demand Service <br /> to Breslau, the multi-use trails, website resource — page assist, micro mobility, site plan review and many <br /> other items. <br /> - Accessibility audits completed for libraries and museums. <br /> - There are some key actions for 2022 <br /> o Completion of"The Working Mind" training by regional department <br /> o There will be a diversity, equity and belonging team added in Human Resources <br /> o Diversity Census <br /> o Training on creating accessible videos <br /> o Wayfinding on ION stations <br /> o Tactile crosswalks <br />