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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee

About the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (GRAAC)

GRAAC is a cross-disability municipal advisory committee which provides advice to the local municipal Councils of the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo and the Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, Wilmot and North Dumfries.  Members are chosen for their experience in the field of disability, and are people with lived experience with disability-issues or are agencies serving persons with disabilities.  Members must have a willingness to work within the framework of a municipal advisory committee.

GRAAC Recruitment:

Recruitment for GRAAC typically opens by Mid-September each year for the term starting January of the following year.  The committee consists of a maximum of 15 members. The commitment is a four year term; therefore, recruitment is dependent on spaces available.

GRAAC meeting schedule:

GRAAC meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Conestoga Room with the following exception:

  • July and August - no GRAAC meetings are held
  • December (GRAAC meeting will take place on the third Thursday)

Minutes and Agendas:

Date Agenda Minutes
Jan 25, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Feb 22, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Apr 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Jun 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 26, 2018 No meeting  
Aug 30, 2018 No meeting  
Sep 27, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Oct 25, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Nov 22, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Dec 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes

GRAAC's Mission:

The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee assists the participating municipalities to fulfill the purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by providing advice in regards to the removal of barriers (physical, architectural, technological, informational, communicational, attitudinal and policy/practice).

GRAAC's Terms of Reference:

GRAAC Terms of Reference as adopted by the Councils of the participating municipalities.

GRAAC Staff Contact:

We welcome you to contact the staff from your municipality directly.

City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo
Lolita Paroski, Phone 519-741-2200 x 7226
TTY Number 1-866-969-9994 Email

Region of Waterloo
Gina Hickman, Phone 519-575-4757 x 3861
TTY Number 519-575-4608 Email

North Dumfries Township
Ashley Sage, Phone 519-632-8800 x 122
TTY 519-621-9595 Email

Wellesley Township
Amy Black, Phone 519-699-3968 Email

Wilmot Township
Dawn Mittelholtz, Phone 519-634-8444 x 230
TTY Number 519-634-5037 Email

Woolwich Township
Jeff Smith, Phone 519-669-600 Email