As you may be aware, the City of Ottawa has decided to reduce the number of advisory committees from fifteen to five, plus a Built Heritage Sub-Committee reporting to Planning Committee on heritage issues. The Committee will be composed of four Councillors (Councillors Harder, Hobbs, Clark and Moffatt) and three citizens.
While Heritage Ottawa is pleased that there will be Councillors on the Built Heritage Sub-Committee, we objected to an advisory committee composed of more councillors than citizens, but such is the decision of Council.
One of the complaints that the City had with respect to the advisory committees was that they could not recruit suitable candidates. Heritage Ottawa has now been asked to assist with recruitment; please see the information below, from Ms Blais, the Program Manager of the Advisory Committees, which we are forwarding to our members and posting on our website.
If you apply to any of the advisory committees, we would be very interested in learning about your experiences with this process.
Thank you for your support of Heritage Ottawa.
Message from the City of Ottawa
You may be aware that, Ottawa City Council recently approved a new Advisory Committee structure. These Committees provide advice to City Council and contribute to the development of policies, programs and initiatives.
Accordingly, the City of Ottawa is launching a recruitment process for volunteer members to serve on these Advisory Committees. Ads will appear in local newspapers beginning September 14th and information is available at:
In addition, Drop-In Information Sessions are planned between September 25 and October 10 and the deadline for submitting applications will be October 18 with appointments to be approved by Council early in 2013.
We believe the more people are aware of these volunteer opportunities, the greater our chances of ensuring the City’s committees are reflective of Ottawa’s diverse community. Further, the more committees are reflective of the community, the better our chances of ensuring the City meets the needs of all its residents. To this end, we hope you would be willing to help us get the word out to your membership and/or networks throughout the community.
We are asking if you will circulate this information to as many people as possible during the coming weeks. With your help, we hope to ensure that the City’s committees are truly representative of the community.
If you need more information about the City’s governance structure, the mandates of committees and boards, or the upcoming recruitment process, please feel free to contact Diane Blais at 613-580-2424, ext. 28091 or by e-mail: committees@Ottawa.ca.
Program Manager, Advisory Committees