Notice of AGM


The Kootenay Co-op Board of Directors will welcome some talented new members in September.  Three Directors will step down after helping shepherd the Co-op through the transition into the new store. Alex Berland, Andrew Jarrett, and Stephane Martineau decided not to run for re-election, while Abra Brynne, who served as President of the board during the last term, will serve again. Maureen Kelsey and John Kingsmill will continue their two-year terms.

With four candidates to fill four vacancies, the candidates will be appointed by acclamation at the Annual General meeting  on September 20, 2017.  Employee Director Cathy-Ann Glockner will  step down after four years of service, and staff members will elect a new representative to the Board of Directors, with the  newly elected representative to be announced at the AGM.

We extend our gratitude to our outgoing Directors for their faithful service to the Co-op, even as we offer a warm welcome our new and returning Directors.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on September 20, 2017 at the Adventure Hotel Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 for light refreshment and live entertainment, and the meeting will begin at 7:30.

Abra Brynne

Abra Brynne grew up on a farm in the Okanagan Valley and, as part of a family of 13, learned the value of co-operation, good food, and hard work from an early age. Abra has worked closely with farmers and on food systems for more than twenty-five years, with a priority on food value chains and the regulatory regimes that impede or support them. She led a team that undertook the community consultation and drafting of the RDCK’s Agriculture Area Plan. For three years, Abra worked with Food Secure Canada as the lead on a national initiative to support regional food systems. She is a founding member and currently the Director of Engagement & Policy of the BC Food Systems Network. Locally, she is the Co-ordinator of the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council. She has volunteered on numerous boards over many years, including the Co-op. She has been a member of the Co-op since moving to the area in 1990.

Alexandra Forsythe

My name is Alexandra Forsythe, and I was born and raised in Nelson, BC. After living away for 7 years I was ready to come back to my roots. Now living back in Nelson, it’s time for me to get active in the community. I’m a Registered Massage Therapist, which allows me to hear the voices, wants, and needs of our local residents. Millennials are great at having opinions, and I want to put these opinions into action. I want to help in taking the next step and initiate change and healthy growth in our community.

Ina Pockrass

Ina Pockrass is a retired attorney and eco-entrepreneur. She has extensive experience on non-profit boards from small, local organizations like Sustainable Berkeley, to organizations with international scope, like Women’s Earth Alliance. Ina co-founded an educational organization designed to transform the dental industry, the Eco-Denistry Association, and has collaborated with stake-holders to develop standards for environmentally-sound dental offices. She has utilized her legal, strategic, and negotiation expertise to the benefit of the many organizations she has worked with, and she has been passionate about the role of food a s a force for changes since the 1970s, when she founded a small catering company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ina has ties to the Kootenays starting in 2000 and is now the proud steward (with her husband) of 24 acres in the Harrop-Procter area, where she is growing blueberries and other fruits and vegetables using sustainable methodologies.

Maggie Jones

The natural/organic and local food movement has always been a part of my life. From working in natural food cafés and stores to growing my own food on our farmstead, it is my passion.

I also spent 18 years working in the brokerage/distribution end of the business and developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the work done by the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

I am an easy-going, committed, hard-working team player who enjoys a challenge. I love to cook and I have taught classes for the co-op for many years. I am very excited about having the opportunity to serve as a board member for Kootenay Co-op.