AT-LARGE, ONTARIO COUNCIL
For the past two years I have had the privilege of serving on Ontario Council. I am running for re-election, seeking to continue to use my experience and dedication to co-operatives on behalf of a movement that has provided a home for my family and me for 25 years and my employment for over a decade.
Don Area Co-op (DACHI), where I live, is a long-established federally funded co-op. It is there that I learned to read financial statements and develop policies, honed chairing skills and practiced finding common ground with people from a wide range of backgrounds. It has been a secure and safe place to raise children; a supportive place in times of crisis; a challenging place when new ideas struggle to find expression. I have served on most committees at DACHI, from newsletter to maintenance, as well as a number of terms on the board, including periods as treasurer and as president.
I have also been active in my local federation. I have twice reached term limits on the CHFT board—once representing housing co-ops and once as the staff association representative. Here I learned about the importance of member services, of providing educational opportunities and the challenge of preserving the integrity of the co-operative housing movement while addressing the challenges of downloading.
Provincially, I have served on Ontario Council at the turn of the century and since 2008. The challenges faced here echoed the realities of my own co-op and our local federation but with a clearer focus on preserving and strengthening co-op communities and making sure the co-operative vision finds fresh ways of expression.
I have also served the co-op housing movement nationally—on the Co-op Development Working Group and the CHF Finance Committee over a decade ago and more recently, as treasurer of the CHF Ontario region, serving on the CHF Finance and Audit Committee.
I am committed to new co-op development, to strengthening our existing communities and continuing to work with co-op housing members to help address the problems of poverty, homelessness and marginalisation—principles that have been at the core of the co-op movement since the time of the Rochdale pioneers.
CO-OP AND COMMUNITY INVOLVMENT
Over 30 years of co-operative and community involvement in housing, food security, labour and faith-based social justice initiatives. including:
President, Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative
President, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society
Treasurer, Ontario Region, CHF Canada
Treasurer, Student Christian Movement of Canada
Member/Owner: Ganesh Community Development
Director, Bathurst Quay Community Land Trust
Director, Tenant Non-profit Redevelopment Co-operative
Member, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative
Member, WindShare Co-operative
Member, Subsidy Committee, Don Area
Shop Steward, Labourer’s Local 183
President, CoAction Staff Association
President, Don Area Co-operative Homes
Vice-President, Ontario Worker Co-operative Federation
Treasurer, Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto
Director, Rooftops Canada
Director, FoodShare Toronto
Director, CHFT Charitable Fund
Shop Steward, OPSEU Local 595
Toronto Delegate, I.W.W.
Programme Volunteer, Quaker Committee on
Jails and Justice
Co-facilitator, Mennonite Conference Eastern Canada Peace Troup
Chaplain volunteer, Mimico and Toronto (Don) Jails
Volunteer, Field to Table (Toronto)
AT-LARGE, ONTARIO COUNCIL