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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br /> Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 <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), Ashley Sage (Township of North <br /> Dumfries), Ilidia Sa Melo (Township of Woolwich), 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, Amy Ross (City of Waterloo) <br /> Regrets: Janis McKenzie (City of Kitchener), Mamie Sealey-Baker, Tamara Bell, Robyn Jackson <br /> 1. Welcome and Introductions <br /> 2. Approval of December Minutes and January Agenda <br /> motioned to accept January agenda, Carrie seconded Trevor. All in favour. <br /> motioned to accept December minutes, Berny seconded Carrie. All in favour. <br /> 3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br /> None <br /> 4. City of Waterloo 2021 Status Update, Amy Ross <br /> Accessibility Policy <br /> ➢ The City of Waterloo Accessibility Policy was, updated in May 2017 and continues to be reviewed and <br /> updated as required. <br /> ➢ The Accessibility Policy is available to the public on the city website. <br /> Accessibility Plan <br /> ➢ In 2018, Council approved The City of Waterloo Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for 2018-2022. The <br /> Accessibility Plan is available to the public on the city website. <br /> ➢ The annual status update is presented to the City of Waterloo's Accessibility Advisory Committee at the <br /> end of each year. <br /> ➢ The annual status update is available to the public on the city website. <br /> Procurement <br /> ➢ In 2021, one on one Procurement training with new Project Managers continued with a section <br /> highlighting accessibility in the training. <br /> ➢ The City of Waterloo Buyer's Guide that is distributed to all new staff includes accessibility <br /> requirements to follow. <br /> ➢ The Purchasing By-Law, approved by council in 2019 also references the need to incorporate <br /> accessibility requirements. <br /> ➢ All City of Waterloo RFX's include an AODA clause. <br /> ➢ Project Managers are requested to include accessibility requirements in the RFP and RFT on a project <br /> specific basis. <br /> Training <br /> ➢ New staff receives mandatory accessibility training through corporate orientation or through e-learning <br /> modules. <br />