Please take a moment to read about our food co-op’s call-out for the Board of Directors and consider applying or sharing it with your networks. Thank you!
In this pivotal moment of the store’s 38-year history, the East End Food Co-operative (EEFC) is excited to seek nominations for new board members.
About the Co-op:
The East End Food Cooperative is Vancouver’s only member-owned, unionized grocery store featuring organic, fair trade and locally grown food. It is also Vancouver’s longest running retail food cooperative. The EEFC was founded in 1975 as a volunteer-run buying club, focused on providing members with access to a broad range of natural foods at affordable prices. Initially operating out of a warehouse, the EEFC has evolved into a storefront operation offering a much broader range of products but retaining its primary focus on local, healthy, organic and fair-trade food. Today, with over 9,000 members (approximately 6,000 of whom are currently active), 19 full- and part-time staff, and with gross annual sales exceeding $2.7-million, the EEFC is an important part of East Vancouver’s food community.
Over the past few years, the EEFC has experienced challenges related to the relatively small scale of our current store; expansion has been highlighted as a key strategic opportunity. With strong support from members, the co-op is actively pursuing store expansion so we can improve our offering in the neighborhood and continue to thrive as a local food co-op.
In the past year we have made strong progress- completing an expansion market study, conducting a member engagement survey, rekindling member outreach with an electronic newsletter, and increasing our presence at community events. Over the next year are continuing to set a foundation for expansion by focusing on personnel solutions and more effective marketing strategies for the co-op.
The EEFC Board has historically been comprised of community volunteers from the co-op’s membership. We’re seeking new directors to provide leadership and strategic direction supporting store expansion, rebranding, and personnel solutions. Applicants with the following skills and experiences are specifically sought in 2013:
- Accounting & Financial Management
- Marketing & Communications
- Human Relations & Member Engagement
Board applicants will seek nomination and election by membership at the 2013 AGM on October 24th. If you are not yet a member and would like to contribute to the board, you can join in store or at the meeting for just $20. If you are interested in supporting at another level, volunteer and committee participation is also welcomed and appreciated!
A nomination form is attached to this message– to apply, please return the form to Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 7. Thank you for your consideration, and please forward this message to others you believe may be eligible & interested!
Graham Anderson, Vice President
East End Food Co-op
Aboriginal Programs Liaison
Institute for Aboriginal Health Garden and Community Kitchen Coordinator
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm