Welcome Shift Delivery and BC Craft Farmers

| Business, Community, We Are Co-ops

We recently welcomed two new members to the BCCA family: Shift Delivery and BC Craft Farmers Co-op. Shift Delivery is a worker-owned co-op located in East Vancouver. They specialized in “last mile” delivery services utilizing trikes, allowing them to utilize bike lanes and park and unload almost anywhere. They can haul up to 500 lbs and deliver … Continued

We are Co-ops: Cooperation at Victory Gardens

| Community, Environment, We Are Co-ops

By Madelyn Read Welcome to our series “We Are Co-ops” in which we profile our diverse membership and demonstrate the innovation the flexible co-op model supports and enables! BCCA had the chance to catch up with Lisa Giroday of Victory Gardens and learn about their resiliency and growth as a co-operative.  Who and what is Victory Gardens?  … Continued

We are Co-ops: Braving COVID-19 in co-operation

| Business, We Are Co-ops

By Madelyn Read  Brave is a multi-stakeholder co-operative based in Vancouver whose mission is to reduce overdose deaths. They accomplish this by developing technologies that enable drug users to connect with support when they are at risk of an overdose:  Brave Button, an emergency alert button often placed in supportive housing units  Be Safe App, … Continued

We are Co-ops: How focusing on their members made Modo more resilient during COVID-19

By Samantha Lee In this week’s edition of “We Are Co-ops”, we are excited to share the story of how our member Modo put their membership at the front and centre during COVID-19 and made their co-op more resilient. We spoke with Selena McLachlan, Director of Marketing and Communications, to learn more about Modo’s story and … Continued

We are Co-ops: Filling community needs (and bellies)

| Business, Community, We Are Co-ops

By Madelyn Read Welcome to our newest series “We Are Co-ops” in which we profile our diverse membership and demonstrate the innovation the flexible co-op model supports and enables! This week’s edition features the East End Food Co-op and the initiatives that they have implemented to support their membership and community through the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continued

VALU CO-OP and Coming Together Vancouver announce mutual aid collaboration

VALU CO-OP and Coming Together Vancouver have collaborated on an exciting set of artist-designed and artist-produced specialty items available for purchase online. Made by unionized co-operative workers in VALU Co-op’s Chinatown Studio, each item will be made with care and will contribute directly to mutual aid initiatives in the Vancouver community. This grassroots initiative was … Continued

We are Co-ops: Shift, Adapt, and Overcome

Welcome to our newest series “We Are Co-ops” in which we profile our diverse membership and demonstrate the innovation the flexible co-op model supports and enables! This week, our Co-op Champion Madelyn Read, connected with Marc Baumann, member-owner of Shift Delivery, to learn about how they have been adapting to the COVID-19 crisis.   Marc … Continued

We Are Co-ops: Golden Community Co-op and Being There for Your Community

For this week’s edition of “We Are Co-ops”, we are excited to feature our member Golden Community Social Services Co-op (Golden Community Co-op) and their new hire Lori Baxendale who was brought on to fill their newly created role as Community COVID-19 Response Coordinator. Our Co-op Champion Madelyn Read, connected with Golden Community Co-op to … Continued

We are Co-ops: How VHC is Supporting Community Health and Wellness at a Distance

Welcome to our newest series “We Are Co-ops” in which we profile our diverse membership and demonstrate the innovation that the flexible co-op model supports and enables! This week, our Co-op Champion Madelyn Read connected with Vanessa Hammond, the Board Chair of Victoria Health Cooperative (VHC) to understand how they’re maintaining health and wellness support … Continued