Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee


Committee Room
  • Dorothy McFarlane, Chair
  • Gino Vendetti, Vice-Chair
  • Amit Arora
  • Shanjay Kailayanathan
  • Lisa Knowlton
  • Julia McCrea
  • Yvonne Parks
  • Anagha Sumant
  • Councillor McConkey
  • Adeel Haq
Also Present:
  • J. Lane, Council-Committee Coordinator
  • F. Bianchet, Council-Committee Coordinator

The Chair called the meeting to order and stated that all members of the Committee were participating from the Committee Meeting Room except Gino Vendetti, Shanjay Kailaynathan, Amit Arora and Anagha Sumant who were participating electronically and Julia McCrea (entered the meeting at 6:54 p.m) and Adeel Haq were absent.

The City of Oshawa is situated on lands within the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Anishinaabeg and the signatories of the Williams Treaties, which include the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, Curve Lake, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations, and the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Rama and Beausoleil First Nations.

We are grateful for the Anishinaabeg who have cared for the land and waters within this territory since time immemorial.

We recognize that Oshawa is steeped in rich Indigenous history and is now present day home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We express gratitude for this diverse group of Indigenous Peoples who continue to care for the land and shape and strengthen our community.

As a municipality, we are committed to understanding the truth of our shared history, acknowledging our role in addressing the negative impacts that colonization continues to have on Indigenous Peoples, developing reciprocal relationships, and taking meaningful action toward reconciliation.

We are all Treaty people

Cajetan Adigwe, Project Manager, Facilities Management Services provided a presentation concerning the Bond and Simcoe Street Urban Square Design.

Members of Committee questioned the Project Manager.

Julia McCrea entered the meeting during questions. 

Catherine Richards, Senior Manager, Special Events and Culture and Susan Kordalewski, Supervisor, Culture and Development Programs provided a presentation concerning the year-long series of centennial celebration events.

Members of the Committee questioned the Senior Manager, Special Events and Culture and the Supervisor, Culture and Development Programs.

  • Moved byYvonne Parks
    1. That the City of Oshawa's 2023 Year End Status Update - 2023-2027 Oshawa Accessibility Plan provided as Attachment No. 1 to Report OAAC-24-04 be received as information; and,
    2. That a copy of this report be included in the Information Package to Council. 
    Motion Carried
  • Moved byJ. McCrea

    That Report OAAC-24-10 being the Sixth Report of the BUILT Environment Subcommittee, dated March 11, 2024 be received for information.

    Motion Carried
  • Moved byRosemary McConkey
    1. That the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (O.A.A.C.) request that Council proclaim May 26 – June 1, 2024 as National AccessAbility Week to celebrate the City’s commitment to the development of an inclusive, healthy and safe community; and,
    2. That the O.A.A.C. flag be raised at City Hall from May 26 to June 1, 2024.
    Motion Carried
  • Moved byLisa Knowlton

    That in accordance with Report OAAC-24-12 concerning the 2024 Accessibility Award Nominations, dated March 15, 2024, the Chair, O.A.A.C. and the Director, Innovation and Transformation recommends that the Canadian Blood Services – Oshawa Blood Donor Clinic be nominated for the 2024 Accessibility Award.


    Motion Carried
  • Moved byLisa Knowlton

    That Report OAAC-24-13 being the 2024 OAAC Work Plan Update - First Quarter, dated March 15, 2024 be received for information.

    Motion Carried
  • Moved byRosemary McConkey

    That the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee reconsider the composition of the BUILT Environment Subcommittee (Requires 2/3 vote of members present)

    Motion Carried
  • Moved byYvonne Parks

    That the BUILT Environment Subcommittee complement be increased by one resident member; and,

    That Steven Moenster be appointed to the BUILT Environment Subcommittee.

    Motion Carried
  • Moved byRosemary McConkey

    That the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee recommends to the Economic and Development Services Committee:

    1. That Snow Placement Zones be clearly indicated on all site plans for multi-residential projects, including long term care homes, schools and senior residential buildings; and,
    2. That the Snow Placement Zones not be located within proximity to designated accessible parking spaces.
    Motion Carried
  • Moved byRosemary McConkey

    That the meeting adjourn at 8:07 p.m.

    Motion Carried