Standing Committees ...

City Council

Audit, Finance & Administration Committee (Past Chair/Current Vice-Chair)

Board of Health

General Issues Committee

Public Works Committee
(Past Chair)


Sub-Committees ...

Agricultural and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee

Business Improvement Area (BIA) Sub-Committee

Cross-Melville District Heritage Committee (Dundas)

Hamilton Future Fund Board of Governors

Governance Review Sub-Committee

Grants Sub-Committee

Municipal Drainage Court of Revision

Open for Business Sub-Committee

Physician Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee

Wentworth Lodge Heritage Trust Fund Sub-Committee (Chair & Trustee)


Agencies, Boards & Tribunals...

Dundas Centre for the Arts Board of Management

Dundas Community Services (Chair)

Dundas Downtown BIA Board of Management (Chair)

Hamilton Farmer's Market - Sole Voting Member

Hamilton Renewable Power Inc. Shareholder

Hamilton Street Railway Board of Directors

Hamilton Street Railway Shareholders

Hamilton Utilities Corporation Shareholder

Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors

Niagara Escarpment Commission (Past Member)


Advisory Committees...

Mundalization Committee

Civic Involvements...


Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agricultural (Attendee)

Dundas Historical Museum & Archives Board of Directors

Dundas Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair)

Dundas Senior's Day Committee

Dundas Farmer's Market Management Group (as required)

Dundas Christmas Tree Lighting


Arlene at Town Hall Meeting
 Council Meetings...

In addition to City Council, Arlene is on 31 other committees, boards and agencies, representing City Council and the residents of Ward 13. (see the left sidebar).

There are usually 21 regularly scheduled City Council meetings per year (only one in each of July and August). These meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am. Since COVID closures, in March of 2020, these meetings have been virtual (on-line) and are now hybrid (some Councillors and staff on-line remotely and others in the Council Chambers at Hamilton City Hall).

Council and Standing Committee meetings are not normally scheduled between the last Council meeting in December and the first standing committee meetings in January, except in the event of an urgent matter. These would be Special Council meetings, held only if quorum can be achieved.

In addition, there can be Special Council meetings scheduled immediately following a standing committee or other such meeting, if a matter requires and immediate Council ratification, or, occasionally, as a separate special meeting to deal with an urgent matter. These meetings are not scheduled in advance and Councillor's attendance can be subject to conflicting pre-scheduled events, meetings, other City business or pre-scheduled vacation.

All members of Council are required to sit on Standing Committees and are also assigned to additional Sub-Committees, Agencies, Boards and Tribunals, as well as Advisory Committees as City Council's representatives and liaison and other commitments they may have personally..

Members of Council also rotate monthly in the position of Deputy Mayor. In this capacity, Councillors attend events and meetings as the Mayor's delegate, and Chair the Board of Health and General Issues Committee meetings as well as the Committee of the Whole section of City Council meetings.

Council and Committee Meetings are normally only missed due to a conflicting commitment while Councillors are attending to other City business.


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