Fallen Firefighters Memorial Task Force

Statement of Purpose

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Task Force will make recommendations to City Council regarding a memorial for fallen firefighters. The task force will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing options for the scope and type of the memorial, including any required research on previous losses (Phase 1)
  • Reviewing options for site selection and funding, including consideration of operating / maintenance costs (Phase 2)
  • Developing a strategy and team to plan and implement ceremonies (Phase 3)
  • Securing funding, design and implementation (Phase 4)

The Task Force will be required to report to Council for approval with a recommended project plan and ceremony strategy based on the findings of Phase 1, 2 and 3.



The Task Force shall be comprised of up to 9 members as follows:

  • Up to two citizen members, preference will be given to relatives of deceased firefighters (2)
  • Two representatives appointed by the St. Catharines Professional Firefighters Association (2)
  • Two representatives of the Fire Services Leadership Team (2) 
  • The Mayor (1)
  • Two Members of Council (2)

Term of Appointments

The Task Force will operate until the memorial is implemented and a long term strategy is in place for ceremonies, or until disbanded by Council.


Citizen Members (2)

  • Elizabeth Copeland

  • Barry Katzman (Chair)

Representatives appointed by the St. Catharines Professional Firefighters Association (2)

  • Ryan Madill

  • Chris Slota

Representatives of the Fire Services Leadership Team (2) 

  • Chief Jeff McCormick (Vice-Chair)
  • Deputy Chief Dave Upper

Council Representatives (3)

  • Mayor Walter Sendzik
  • Councillor Dawn Dodge
  • Councillor Matt Harris

Reporting Structure

The Task Force reports directly to City Council; required reporting is outlined within the Statement of Purpose. The details of this terms of reference shall be reviewed with each report to Council.

Coordination with other advisory bodies may be required, depending on the type of memorial recommended.

Administrative support to the Task Force shall be provided by Fire Services, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee. Additional staff resources will be provided, as required from time to time.

Schedule of Meetings

The Task Force will meet monthly, or as required, at the discretion of the Chair.


The Task Force 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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