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Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS) Advisory Committee



The City of Lethbridge cannot resolve complex social issues on its own. To effectively do so, we must leverage the specialized knowledge and lived experiences of those who reside in our community. 


What is the CWSS Advisory Committee?

The Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS) Advisory Committee, established in 2020, will define priorities and leverage collective impact to undertake specific work pertinent to supporting the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS), a five-year plan to improve the wellbeing and safety of Lethbridge. The Advisory Committee is coordinated by the City of Lethbridge's Community Social Development Department. 

The CWSS Advisory Committee will be composed of key community partners and sector leaders who can provide collective wisdom and diverse perspectives to leverage collective impact. Members are responsible for using their expertise to make funding allocation recommendations for social services within the community.

Membership will be drawn from a variety of sectors through an application/expression of interest and approval process. There will be a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 23 voting members.

To address identified membership gaps, and to ensure representation from diverse sectors, recruitment will occur in Q1 2023. Going forward, there will be an open recruitment call on an annual basis.


Recruitment

1. Open recruitment (annual): 

To recruit new CWSS Advisory Members, an annual standing open-call recruitment will occur in alignment with term expirations of CWSS Advisory members with new members approved at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) meeting of the CWSS Advisory in November of each calendar year.

2. Condensed recruitment (as needed): This recruitment will be targeted toward identified gaps in membership. At any point during the calendar year, the Membership Nomination
                                                                              Subcommittee
may engage in a needs assessment to identify
                                                                              gaps in membership, sector, competency or qualifications. Should
                                                                              gaps emerge, condensed recruitment may occur.  


Qualifications 

Click here for details about the Specific Skills and Experience Criteria required for CWSS Advisory Membership. 


Membership Selection

All prospective CWSS Advisory members must submit an application.

Following the application period, the Membership Nomination Subcommittee will review the applications received and rank applicants according to the CWSS Advisory guiding principles, skills matrix, and/or other governing documents. View a sample of the CWSS Advisory Skills Matrix here. 

The CWSS Advisory will then determine and approve recommended candidates.


Expectations

  • Meetings will be held monthly
  • Members should be able to meet the minimum time requirement of three hours per month (may vary should a member also participate on an Action Team)
  • Members must attend CWSS Advisory Committee voting membership meetings unless providing notice of regret to the Co-Chairs
  • Should a member have three consecutive unexcused absences, the member will receive notice that their position on the CWSS Advisory Committee will be terminated. Once notice has been sent, a community open call for applicants will commence to fill the vacancy.
  • Members to be appointed for two-year terms, up to a maximum of six years (three consecutive terms).
  • Members must demonstrate commitment to the work and Guiding Principles of the CWSS Advisory Committee
  • Members must have an understanding of the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS), or be willing to familiarize themselves with the CWSS
  • Members must read and understand the CWSS Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
  • Members must be familiar with the specific definition and criteria contained for each sector they are:                  a) applying to the CWSS Advisory Committee to represent, and                                                                            b) approved by the CWSS Advisory Committee to represent


Indigenous Community Advisory Board (ICAB)

Applicants seeking to represent the Indigenous Sector will also participate on the ICAB. 

To assist in partnership facilitation, and as part of the federal Reaching Home (RH) grant, an ICAB is also required to advise on funding allocations under the RH-Indigenous stream. 

The ICAB must have a minimum of three (3) members, which also form part of the Indigenous Sector Representation for the CWSS Advisory Committee membership.

The ICAB will be leveraged to help build relationships and provide a cultural lens on funding allocations not only under the RH-Indigenous stream but all other programs the CWSS Advisory Committee advises on. This partnership will develop ongoing communication to ensure Blackfoot perspectives are integrated and reflected in CWSS Advisory decision-making.

All three (3) ICAB Members must be present for funding allocation recommendation votes of the CWSS Advisory Committee.


CWSS Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes

​April 2023 - TBD 
​Agenda
​Minutes 


Interested in getting involved?

We are currently recruiting new members to sit on the CWSS Advisory Committee! At this time, we are encouraging members with the following sector expertise to apply:

  • Citizen-at-Large (2 representatives)
  • Indigenous Sector (2 representatives)
  • Business Community Sector (1 representative)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Sector (1 representative)
  • Immigrant and/or Newcomer Sector (1 representative)
  • Faith Sector (1 representative)
  • Lived Experience Sector (1 representative)
  • Housing & Homelessness Sector (1 representative)
  • Criminal Justice System Sector (1 representative)
  • Senior Sector (1 representative)
  • Youth Sector (1 representative)

Please refer to the CWSS Advisory Committee Terms of Reference for a sector list and definition, including qualifications. 

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023 at 4:30p.m.  

Completed applications & supporting documents can be emailed to CWSS@lethbridge.ca. 


Questions? Email cwss@lethbridge.ca