Step 5: Recruitment

Accessibility committees, to the extent possible, should have at least half of its members be persons with disabilities or represent a disability-serving organization and one person of Indigenous background. Ideally, membership should reflect the diversity of British Columbians. Committees may include members from inside or outside of the organization.

Diversity is Key

Accessibility committees, to the extent possible, should have at least half of its members be persons with disabilities or represent a disability-serving organization and at least one person be of Indigenous background. Ideally, membership should reflect the diversity of British Columbians. Committees may include members from inside or outside of the organization.

Challenges

Each committee is going to have unique challenges when it comes to recruiting potential members. Those challenges will be influenced by population, location, history, as well as the structure of the committee and the mandate of each organization that constitutes the committee. The purpose and structure of the committee will guide recruitment choices inside and outside the organization.

Things to Consider

These are just some of the questions you need to consider are (please send us feedback if you have learned more about this process from your own experience):

  • Capacity – are you able to provide dedicated internal resources to support the committee?
  • Budgeting – will you be providing a stipend for external volunteers?
  • Membership
  • Tenure – what is the length of each term of membership and what are the rules regarding consecutive terms?
  • Recruitment Channels – how will you reach out to the community to recruit members (remembering there are, sometimes, unique challenges for people with disabilities and Indigenous people when it comes to volunteering)

View the Templates section for templates and examples used by other organizations.

Brainstorm

Brainstorm on your own or in a group about who could be part of your accessibility committee. Review the mandatory rules to make sure you meet the criteria.