Board of Directors welcomes back Maureen Kelsey and John Kingsmill


It’s the time of the year that we, as Co-op members, elect representatives to our Board of Directors.  This year, two board members are completing their two-year terms.  We would like to thank Maureen Kelsey and John Kingsmill for their informed, passionate, and dedicated guidance to the Kootenay Co-op. You can find out more about what they bring to the Board in their bios below.

Maureen and John have applied to serve again as Board members and we are happy to welcome them back! Because the number of candidates does not exceed the number of open seats on the board,  these member-owners will be acclaimed to the Board to serve on behalf of the membership. In other words, we have the two people runnign for two seats, so there’s no need for an election.

For those who are interested in being a bigger part of your Co-op, please check out the 2018 Board Candidate Package, and express your interest in Spring 2019 when four seats will be available.  If you’re keen to get involved sooner than next fall, you  may be interested in participating in a board committee: Finance, HR, or Outreach.  Email to find out more!

Maureen Kelsey

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.


John E. Kingsmill

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.