Important Sector Event: CHF-Canada’s Virtual General Assembly

Jun 13, 2020 | Sector Growth News

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.

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Ottawa Community Land Trust

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Careers at the Centre

Careers at the Centre

We are looking for an experienced strategist and communicator ready to take on the Development and Communication Executive Director role.
The Center was founded by a pan-Canadian network of organizations representing and responding to the needs of the community housing sector across the country. Our mission is to mobilize, network and increase the resources that will support the viability and growth of the community housing sector. Read the job description and apply here.

Meet Tim Ross

Meet Tim Ross

Tim is a nationally recognized non-profit, community, and co-operative housing policy advocate, with years of leadership experience in housing and homelessness. He is the founding President of the Centre and Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. CHF Canada is a national membership association of housing co-ops, representing over one thousand members, and home to over a quarter of a million people.

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