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 based on experience in the field of disability. Members have a lived experience of 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 4 year term; therefore, recruitment is dependent on spaces available. 

Next GRAAC meeting:

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

  • July and August (no GRAAC meeting)
  • December (GRAAC meeting will take place on the third Thursday)
Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Minutes and agendas
Date Agenda Minutes
Dec. 21, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 25, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
Feb. 22, 2018 Agenda Minutes 
Mar. 22, 2018 Cancelled Cancelled
April 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
June 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July, 2018 No meeting No meeting
Aug., 2018 No meeting No meeting
Sept. 27, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 25, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
Nov. 22, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
Dec. 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2019 Cancelled Cancelled

GRAAC's mission:

The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee assists the participating municipalities 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.

Who to contact:

GRAAC Staff Contacts

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

  • City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo
    Lolita Paroski, Phone 519-741-2200 extension 7226

    TTY Number 1-866-969-9994 Email Lolita

  • Region of Waterloo
    Gina Hickman, Phone 519-575-4757 extension 3861

    TTY Number 519-575-4608 Email Gina

  • North Dumfries Township
    Ashely Sage, Phone 519-632-8800 extension 122

    TTY Number 519-621-9595 Email Ashley

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

  • Wilmot Township
    Dawn Mittelholtz, Phone 519-634-8444 extension 230

    TTY Number 519-634-5037 Email Dawn

  • Woolwich Township
    Jeff Smith, Phone 519-669-6010 Email Jeff

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