Abra grew up on a farm and moved to the West Kootenays where she became a member of the Co-op in 1990 — she has always appreciated the vital role that the Co-op plays in this foodshed. She is a founding member of and special advisor to the Canadian Biotech Action Network and a long-time volunteer with Kootenay Organic Growers. She champions public policy that supports healthy food systems and communities, studying and making accessible to the general public the regulatory regimes on sustainable food systems in Canada. She is a founding member and current staff of the BC Food Systems Network and is recognized nationally as a passionate, eloquent and knowledgeable food systems advocate.
Alex has been active in BC’s food co-op movement since the 1970s. After he settled in the Kootenays, he trained as a Registered Nurse at Selkirk College, starting a health care career of 40 years. He spent many years as an executive in teaching hospitals and now manages a health care management consultancy. The values and lessons from his co-op activism greatly influenced his later work. He believes that creating value in a competitive environment and managing a major change are both current challenges for the Co-op.
He lives today with his family in the Slocan Valley where they operate an organic farm and poultry abattoir. He also supports various projects in Bangladesh.
Andrew brings 40 years of business and community service experience to his role as board director, including nine years coordinating the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-op, six years on the board of Realize Co-op (an executive recruitment and management consulting co-op) and four years on the board (including founding chair) of the Upper Columbia Co-op Council (UCCC). Today, Andrew is the principal consultant of Ridgetop Consulting, providing organizational development services for organizations and individuals participating in the social economy.
Stephan has been a Co-op member since 1991. He is also the founding director of the Slocan Integral Forestry Co-op (SIFCo) and has 25 years’ experience in the non-profit and cooperative sectors.
He is the founder and president of Next Step Integral, a non-profit society working internationally in the field of Ecology-Education-Parenting and community development. He was the Project Manager for the Nelson co-housing development at Six-Mile. Stephan brings his experience as a consultant for community organizations and as the current SIFCo manager to his role as a board director.
Cathy Ann has been the Employee Director on the Board since the fall of 2013. During the day, she is the Customer Service Assistant Manager. She has lived and worked in the Nelson area since 1990 and her first job here was as a cashier at the Kootenay Co-op (then located in the Gerick’s Cycle building). At that time the Co-op was preparing for the move to its current location. During her hiatus from the Co-op, Cathy Ann build the successful Kootenay Coconut Soaps business and became a supplier to the Co-op. In a wonderful twist of fate, she has returned to employment at the Co-op as it prepares for yet another big move! Cathy Ann is pleased and proud to be serving the Co-op both as Employee Director and as part of the staff and looks forward to serving the membership and staff as we move forward with planning all aspects of the new store.
Maureen grew up in South Slocan and returned to Nelson last spring after living in Calgary. She has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years, mainly enhancing organizational and team effectiveness. She has a background in Training and Development, Teambuilding, Resourcing, Performance Management and Coaching. She’s a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Facilitator and an Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner as well as a current member of the Human Resources Management Association of BC. She also has valuable experience in Facilitation and working closely with teams and their leaders to develop and enhance team effectiveness and communication. She believes in building and maintaining strong relationships with her family, friends and community. She enjoys how the Kootenay Co-op’s values of cooperation, honesty, openness and being socially responsible are aligned with her values and she’s glad to have joined the Co-op at this very exciting time.
A retired businessman with many years of experience in law, technology and fruit variety management, John has been the General Manager and CEO of a fruit variety rights management company and have been an adviser to a number of boards of directors. He is also a Volunteer Advisor with Canadian Executive Services Organization which provided consulting services to First Nations organizations, small- and medium-sized enterprises and governments internationally. He brings his experience in law, strategic planning, budgeting, fiscal management, new marketing initiatives and employee retention. He brings his experience in entrepreneurial legal background and business management experience and hopes to contribute to the emergence of a Co-op that is even more responsive to the needs and expectations of all of its stakeholders.
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