Committees and Commissions

The Mayor and Council establish committees, commissions and other advisory bodies from time-to-time to handle matters that are brought before it for consideration. All input, decisions and recommendations received from its advisory bodies are subject to Council approval or formal ratification.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to the public. Notice of, and agendas for, meetings of committees and commissions are posted on the Municipality's website and on the Municipal Hall public notice board a minimum of 72 hours before the time of the meeting. The minutes of committee and commission meetings are forwarded to the next regularly-scheduled Council meeting for Council's review, and consideration of any resulting recommendations.

Please see the Committee Handbook [PDF - 221 KB] for further information on North Cowichan Committees, roles and expectations of committee members, and meeting guidelines.

Advisory Committees

Council establishes select committees to inquire into or consider any matter and then report its findings and opinions to council. North Cowichan's Select Committees Bylaw [PDF - 112 KB] guides the establishment, structure, general procedures and terms of reference for the following advisory committees:

  • Forestry Advisory Committee

Standing Committees

The Mayor may establish a standing committee for any matter that the mayor believes would be better managed and regulated by means of such a committee. Matters are referred to the committee and then the committee reports back to council with or without a recommendation.

  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Regulatory Review Committee

Boards and Panels

  • Joint Utilities Board (governed by Duncan-North Cowichan Joint Utilities Agreement Bylaw 1977)
  • Parcel Tax Review Panel (governed by Community Charter Section 204)

Cowichan Valley Regional District Board

Mayor Al Siebring (Chair)
Councillor Debra Toporowski
Councillor Kate Marsh
Alternates in order:
Councillor Christopher Justice
Councillor Tek Manhas
Councillor Rosalie Sawrie

External Liaison Appointments (Voting Members)

Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (City of Duncan)
  Alternate
Councillor Rosalie Sawrie Councillor Kate Marsh
Island Savings Centre Commission
  Alternate
Mayor Al Siebring Councillor Rob Douglas
Councillor Kate Marsh Councillor Rosalie Sawrie
Councillor Tek Manhas Councillor Debra Toporowski
Tourism Advisory Committee (City of Duncan)
  Alternate
Councillor Tek Manhas Councillor Debra Toporowski
Vancouver Island Regional Library Board
  Alternate
Councillor Debra Toporowski Councillor Rosalie Sawrie

External Liaison Appointments (Non-Voting Members)

BC Forest Discovery Centre

Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce

Councillor Tek Manhas

Mayor Al Siebring

Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Cowichan Communities Health Network

Councillor Kate Marsh

Councillor Rosalie Sawrie

Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society

Cowichan Housing Coalition

Councillor Rosalie Sawrie

Councillor Kate Marsh

Cowichan Success-By-Six

Crofton Community Centre Society

Councillor Debra Toporowski

 Councillor Rob Douglas

Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

 Maple Bay Community Association
 Mayor Al Siebring  Councillor Christopher Justice

Social Planning Cowichan Board

Somenos Management Committee
 Councillor Christopher Justice  Councillor Christopher Justice
Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society
Councillor Christopher Justice