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Overview

The Family Court/Youth Justice Committee considers and examines the resources of the community for family and children’s work and young offenders; assists the Court when requested in individual cases referred to the Committee; makes recommendations to the Court, to the Attorney General, to the City Council or to others, as required; and acts as a Family Court when required.

Legislative Authority
The authority and duties of the Committee are set out in Provincial Legislation. Section 5 of the Provincial Court Act establishes the Family Court Committee. The Youth Justice Committee is appointed pursuant to Section 18 Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Committee reports annually to the Attorney General of British Columbia and to Vancouver City Council.

Duties
The Committee:

  • considers and examines the resources of the community for family and children’s work and young offenders
  • assists the Court when requested in individual cases referred to the Committee
  • makes recommendations to the Court, to the Attorney General, to the City Council or to others, as required
  • acts as a Family Court when required.

Reappointment
Committee members are eligible for reappointment. There are no limits on terms.

Meetings
The Committee generally meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Strathcona Room, sub-ground, City Hall.

Time Commitment
Committee meetings last for two hours. Members may also be required to spend two to four hours a month on other Committee or subcommittee work.

Subcommittees
The Family Court-Youth Justice Committee has the following subcommittees.  At description of each including work undertaken can be found here.

  • Youth at Risk subcommittee
  • Youth Liaison subcommittee
  • Restorative Justice subcommittee
  • Family Court subcommitttee

Membership

There is no set number of members for the Committee. All appointments are made by City Council and are effective for one year. Backgrounds in health, education, social services, law or corrections are considered to be assets for potential Committee members.

In appointing members to the Committee, City Council will, where possible, appoint a minimum of four youth 15 to 24 years of age as members.

2008 Committee Members

  • Paula Kueng, chair
  • Tess Lawson, vice chair
  • Ceone Veldman, vice chair
  • Mark Gueffroy, Treasurer
  • Joel Miligram
  • Mark Warwas
  • Parish Wilson
  • Dana Roberts
  • Alexander McGregor
  • Murphy Fries
  • Bryan McLeod
  • Ken McFarlane
  • Ashley de Regil
  • Douglas Kendall
  • Jacky Leung
  • Amber Hitchen
  • Slavica Malagurski
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Janet Nicol
  • Ellen Curran

Park Board Liaison:

Vancouver Police Department Liaison: Inspector Scott Thompson
School Board Liaison:
Meeting Coordinator: Pat Boomhower, tel: 873-7015

2007 Committee Members

  • Frank Tester, Chair
  • Caitlin Adam, Vice-Chair
  • Roberta Bradbury , Treasurer
  • Karey Brooks
  • Sophie Chong
  • Ashley de Regil
  • Karin Hartner
  • Amber Hitchen
  • Paula Kueng
  • Tess Lawson
  • Eileen LeGallais
  • Bryan MacLeod
  • Leslie Mitchner
  • Chantal Moore
  • Mark Warwas
  • Ashley Webster
  • Margaret Wright
  • Evelyn Zellerer
  • Tommy Zhao

Park Board Liaison: Commissioner Spencer Herbert

Vancouver Police Department Liaison: Inspector Scott Thompson
School Board Liaison: Tom Harapnuick
Meeting Coordinator
: Lori Isfeld, 604.871.6355