Social Sustainability Committee

Social sustainability considers actions and issues that affect all aspects of society, including poverty, violence, injustice, education, healthcare, safe housing, labour and human rights. 

 Advisory Committees 

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Older Adults
  • Anti-Racism Advisory Committee
  • Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Social 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 economic sustainability goals and action items.

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


The committee shall be as follows:

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

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 Social Sustainability Advisory Committee reports to City Council.

Administrative support to the Social 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 direction of the Chair. 

Membership List

Council Representatives

Committee Representatives

  • Haley Bateman, Chair, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Marissa Daniels / Rick Kennedy, Vice-Chairs, LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee
  • Diane Foster / Michelle Sanders, Co-Chairs, Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • TBD, Chair, Town and Gown Advisory Committee
  • Jim Richardson, Chair, Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Gail Riihimaki, Chair, Advisory Committee on Older Adults
  • Saleh Waziruddin, Chair, Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

Staff Representatives

  • Phil Cristi, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Jeanette Pillitteri, Director of Corporate Support Services
  • Megan Detlor, Human Resources Consultant, Accessibility (Staff Liaison - Accessibility Advisory Committee)
  • Karen Doyle, Tourism Marketing Officer (Staff Liaison - Town and Gown Committee)
  • Eric Lamothe, Manager of Business Planning and Strategic Services and Jessica Button, Project and Development Planner (Staff Liaisons - Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee)
  • Shannon McHugh (Staff Liaison - Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee)
  • Koby Vanyo, Programs Supervisor (Staff Liaison - Advisory Committee on Older Adults)
  • Leanne Kurek, Administrative Support


Council members of the Social 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 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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