Working Groups

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities follows the leadership of their organizational and individual members. Members identify areas in which action is required and groups are set up to examine the issue, provide guidance on the approach and take action towards resolution.

ADF Steering Committee

ADF Steering Committee: Members of the Alberta Disability Forum (ADF) provide advice and direction on actions of ADF through a standing Steering Committee. This group approves Working Group Terms of Reference, provides guidance on government relations, reviews position papers, provides input into advocacy efforts and helps to establish agendas for forums and conferences.

Background: The organizational members of VAD give the ADF Steering Committee the authority to act on its behalf to provide leadership and oversight on the work of the Alberta Disability Forum.

Work of the Group: Provides advice and direction to the ADF Provincial Co-ordinator on multiple projects undertaken by the VAD Office. This includes advice on action of working groups, advocacy efforts, annual conference content, and events such as Driver Appreciation Day and Giving Tuesday.

Time Commitment: Monthly conference calls. One hour in length. Term is typically 2 years


ADF Staff Retention Through Innovation

The ADF Staff Retention Through Innovation focuses their work on research and action to support attracting and maintaining a vibrant, well-trained and fairly paid workforce in the pan-disability sector. The work is aligned with actions undertaken by the broader non-profit sector strategies to address workforce issues.

Background: The organizational members of VAD give the ADF Steering Committee the authority to act on its behalf to provide leadership and oversight on the work of the Alberta Disability Forum.

Work of the Group: Provides advice and direction to the ADF Provincial Co-ordinator on multiple projects undertaken by the VAD Office. This includes advice on action of working groups, advocacy efforts, annual conference content, and events such as Driver Appreciation Day and Giving Tuesday.

Time Commitment: Monthly conference calls. One hour in length. Term is typically 2 years


 Bill C-81: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada

Bill C-81: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada Working Group is a collaborative of individuals exploring ideas and creating solutions to address accessibility and inclusion in the community. The current focus is on animating discussions on legislative solutions.

Background: On June 21, 2018 the Federal Government tabled Bill C-81 to make our country more inclusive. This paves the way for committee review in both the House and Senate and eventual passage into law. This bill is being seen as “a victory for the disability community. The Government of Canada heard our message: we are rights-holders” (Canadian Council of Persons with Disabilities August 2018). It is time for an active, clear voice by the disability sector to support this potential victory for human rights.

Work of the Group: This working group will undertake will of review the proposed legislation, identify initial observations, develop key messages to be use in communication with elected officials, provide feedback into the national approach and develop strategies to influence the passing of this bill.

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings via conference call at on-set and moving to every two months. One hour in Length. Work is completed by July 2019.


Government Relations Working Group

Government Relations Working Group will develop key messages and strategies to educate and influence individuals running for both the provincial and federal elections in 2019.

Background: The provincial election will be occurring on or before May 31st, 2019 and the federal election will be held on or before October 21, 2019. Voice of Albertans with Disabilities wants to ensure issues of importance to persons with disabilities and the disability service sector are part of the discussion. We will also be networking with the Alberta Non Profit Sector to be part of a larger group to influence discussions during the election.

Work of the Group: Develop key messages and strategies to educate and influence individuals running for both the provincial and federal elections in 2019.

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings via conference call starting in November 2018. One hours in Length. Work is completed by November 2019.

 

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these Committees or Working Groups give as a call 780-488-9088. Your knowledge and ideas are welcome.