More than 600 co-op members and supporters participated in CHF Canada’s first-ever virtual AGM on Saturday, June 13. During that meeting, participants voted in regard to Canada’s co-op housing movement.
“Especially during these challenging times, it is great to see that our AGM has brought people together,” says Tim Ross, Executive Director at CFC-Canada. “Around the country, co-ops have demonstrated innovative strategies to remain connected. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the co-op sector has shown resilience and adaptivity.”
The virtual format was met with enthusiasm, especially by those who could usually not attend due to travel cost. Even coop from Nunavut was able to attend the AGM for their first time. As a satisfied co-op member put it: “A wonderful maiden voyage for this new format!” Other participants were equally thrilled:
“It was great being part of something bigger than my co-op and having a bit of a say on what goes on for otherco-ops in Canada.”
“I enjoyed the ability to participate in my first AGM! The community spirit amongst the members at the meeting was palpable. Great questions, great chair, and a great time! I look forward to the webinars.”
The Virtual AGM concluded with a livestreamed concert by Halifax musician Joel Plaskett. This concert served as a fundraiser for the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Tireless Together Fund. The collected funds will support women and girls through the COVID-19 crisis.
The full recording of the Virtual AGM is available on CHF Canada’s YouTube channel.