Cultural Sustainability Committee

Cultural sustainability is actions and issues that affect how communities manifest identity, preserve and cultivate traditions, and develop belief systems and commonly accepted values.

Advisory Committees

  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Advisory Committee 
  • Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • St. Catharines Museum Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose


The Cultural Sustainability Committee is an advisory committee comprised of members of Council and citizen members, and is established to:

  • Review and approve the work plans of advisory committees assigned to their sustainability pillar to ensure that work is aligned with Council’s strategic priorities and guiding documents, including the Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure that advisory committee work plans do not overlap or conflict with the work plans or terms of reference of other advisory committees.
  • Identify opportunities for advisory committees to collaborate, coordinate or consult when terms of reference or work plans involve related matters.
  • Recommend to Council changes to advisory committee terms of reference, composition or continuance as required.
  • Make recommendations to Council about advisory committee appointments.
  • Receive advisory committee presentations / reports.
  • At the request of Council, review strategies, projects, policies, and initiatives that align with the Strategic Plan’s cultural sustainability goals and action items.

Advisory Committees assigned to the Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committee will report to that Committee and not directly to Council, except as determined by the Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committee.



 The committee shall be as follows:

  • Up to 3 members of Council;
  • Each Chair of those advisory committees that report to the Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committee; and
  • 2 members of City Staff appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer.

Council members of the Cultural Sustainability Committee shall be ex officio members of all advisory committees, but shall be non-voting and are not included in the quorum of advisory committees.


The Committee may invite non-member participation at the discretion of the Committee.


Term of Appointment

 Term of Council, or as determined by City Council

Reporting Structure

The Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committee reports to City Council.

Administrative support to the Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committee shall be provided by the Mayor's Office, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee.

Additional staff resources as required from time to time will be provided by the applicable departments.

Schedule of Meetings

 The Committee will meet quarterly or at the discretion of the Chair.

Membership List

Council Representatives

Committee Representatives

  • Sandy Middleton, Chair, Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Brian Narhi, Chair, Heritage Advisory Committee and Co-Chair, Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • Michael O’Neill, Chair, Museum Advisory Committee
  • Stephen Remus, Public Art Advisory Committee 
  • Robert De Wolfe, Co-Chair, Heritage Permit Advisory Committee

Staff Representatives

  • Tami Kitay, Director, Planning and Building Services
  • Jeff McCormick, Director, Fire Services
  • Ashley Judd-Rifkin, Culture Coordinator (Staff Liaison - Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and Public Art Advisory Committee)
  • James Nielson Heritage Planner (Staff Liaison - Heritage Advisory Committee and Heritage Permit Advisory Committee)
  • Kathleen Powell, Supervisor Historical Services & A/Supervisor Cultural Services (Staff Liaison - St. Catharines Museum Advisory Committee)
  • Julie Hughes, Administrative Support


The Committee shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies






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