To get work done in COPE, a series of committees have been created. All COPE members are invited to take part in committee meetings, whether as an active participant, or simply as an observer. Please contact us if you have any questions about these committees or would like to get involved. You don’t need any experience or qualifications to join a COPE committee, and we strive to make them accessible to people with all levels of knowledge about how COPE and the city government work.
The minutes from committee meetings are available to COPE members at the COPE office. If you can’t make it to the office and are interested in accessing minutes, please give us a call and we will make other arrangements.
The COPE Executive Committee is the only elected committee in COPE. While all major decisions are made by our membership, the Executive Committee administers the organization in between General Membership meetings.
Policy and Constitution Committee
Our Policy and Constitution Committee meets on a regular basis to administer our constitution, by-laws, and policy, and make it more accessible to COPE members.
If you would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Finance Committee deals with COPE’s day-to-day finances, and makes sure that our limited funding is spent appropriately. It meets on a monthly basis.
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The Housing Committee discusses and develops policy on housing to recommend to the COPE membership as well as monitoring neighbourhood issues.
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The membership committee makes sure that the COPE database is up to date, and is chaired by our membership secretary. It makes sure that members get the information they need about the organization, about what being a member means. It also organizes social events, such as pub nights and book clubs, for members to better get to know eachother.
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The Communications Committee meets bi-weekly to talk about our communications strategy, develop materials, and talk about the current political climate.
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Arts Culture and Heritage Committee
The Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis.
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Our Labour Committee is made up of workers in Vancouver, and talks about the issues facing workers and how we can make sure that the many issues facing working people in Vancouver are included in our policy and platform.
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Our Council Committee meets the week before City Council meets to go over the items that are being brought forward at City Hall. It does this by looking over the council agenda, flagging issues, and reaching out to groups who might be affected by them.
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Our School Committee develops and advocates for policies at School Board that affect students, teachers, and parents. It meets before School Board meetings, which usually take place on Mondays every two weeks.
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Our Parks Committee meets before Parks Board meeting to advocate for more parks, better accessibility, better representation in parks needs and infrastructure, and other issues COPE members feel are important to advocate for regarding Vancouver’s green spaces.
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Because COPE members are encourage to get together and work on whichever issues they see as being important, there are usually several other ad-hoc committees, which might not be on this website. These include fundraiser planning committees, equity committees, policy committees, and more.
If you would like to be kept informed of ad-hoc committees, or would like to know which ones are currently active, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.