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Looking for a co-op housing event near you?

Each year, CHF Canada member co-ops come together regionally and nationally to shape the future of co-op housing in Canada. They gather to celebrate successes, build networks, improve governance skills, voice concerns and dreams, discuss emerging issues and lobby government.

You’ll find all CHF Canada’s events listed below, with more information on how to register or take part.

For more information about events hosted by regional federations, contact the federation in your region.

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‘Co-op Futures’ Virtual Annual Meeting – On Demand National July 08, 2021 to December 31, 2021 Register

Available July 8 – December 31, 2021

The advantage of holding our annual meeting virtually this year is that we now have recordings of all the workshops and plenaries. This is a great opportunity for more co-op members to take part in high quality co-operative education and important discussions.

If you missed the Virtual Annual Meeting, we are offering access at the affordable price of $50 per person (not the same as attending live, but a great second-best option)

“I think it’s such a good idea to open up the AGM proceedings to other co-op members…A really good deal! The plenary/workshops/business meetings were so good they should be shared with more members.” – John Sharkey, Bain Co-op.

These recordings will be available until December 31, 2021 allowing you to watch it at your own pace and convenience.

Check out the Member Education Forum (MEF) workshops here, and Co-op Managers’ Conference (CMC) workshops here.

$50 per person 

 

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Just a minute: how to legally document your meetings and create the most useful records Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland And Labrador September 27, 2021 RegisterBrochure

This workshop is part of our Atlantic Fall Regional Education Event.

6:30 – 8:30 pm local time.

 

Workshop description:

Does the thought of taking minutes cause your heart to sink? Taking minutes at any meeting can be confusing, stressful and time-consuming, but minutes are a legal record, and they tell the co-op’s history, so they need to be done well.  Workshop participants will take part in a mock meeting to gain a practical understanding of the role of the minute taker and the role every member plays in supporting the accuracy of the co-operative’s meeting minutes.

 

Workshop facilitators:

Karen Brodeur, Regional Manager, Atlantic – CHF Canada

Karen brings over 25 years’ experience to the housing co-operatives sector with extensive experience in governance, management, impact of scale, and education. She holds a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University in the Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions.

Cathy Volans, Co-ordinator, Co-op and Planning Services, Atlantic – CHF Canada

Cathy brings over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and co-operative sector. She holds a Certificate in Volunteer Management from the Nova Scotia Community College and a Certificate in Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University.

Jaclyn Johnston, Regional Co-ordinator, Atlantic – CHF Canada

Jaclyn brings over 10 years’ experience in board management with experience in property, financial, and contract management. She holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Allison Ferris,  Client Services Coordinator at Housing Alternatives Inc. in Saint John, NB.

Allison has been with Housing Alternatives for 15 years and has worked on a number of initiatives during that time. Allison holds a BBA from UNB and has developed and delivered numerous workshops for CHF Canada as well as the New Brunswick Non Profit Housing Association.

 

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Models for change, growth and sustainability Ontario September 30, 2021 RegisterBrochure

This workshop is part of our Southwestern Ontario Fall Regional Education Event.

6:30 – 8:30 pm local time.

 

Workshop description:

With the end of operating agreement or end of mortgage many things are uncertain, but one thing we can count on is CHANGE.  At this workshop we will begin by exploring the important role change leadership plays in the success of a co-op.   Then we will hear from leaders in the sector who have embraced change and made a vision for growth and sustainability a reality in co-op communities. 

 

Facilitators

Denise McGahan, Program Manager, Co-op & Planning Services, SW Ontario – CHF Canada

(Others to be confirmed)

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Southwestern Ontario Fall Education Event Ontario October 02, 2021 RegisterBrochure

For full details see the event flyer.

 

Workshop descriptions:

 

Being a good director: the all important fundamentals

What is takes to be a good director at a housing co-op doesn’t change, but that doesn’t mean we always remember how to do the job well.  

In this workshop for newer directors or those who would like a reminder, we will cover the essentials:

  • the job of the director
  • meaning of fiduciary duty  
  • director’s legal liability
  • managing confidentiality
  • working as a team to form the board
  • and answer your questions too!

Workshop facilitator – Janine MacDonald

Janine has 28 years of experience as a co-op manager and currently works at two Section 95 housing co-ops in Peterborough, Ont. Over the years, she has learned a thing or two about bad contractors, long-term planning, bat guano, leaking roofs and basements, and lobbying governments. For 10 years she lived in a co-op, and her kids still refer to it as “the best place we ever lived.” She is happy to share her experiences with others so they might find their silver lining in the chaos.

 

Chairing tips and tricks: the insiders guide to the secrets of good chairing

When you witness someone chairing well it can look almost effortless. Everyone is engaged in the meeting, no-one speaks out of turn, and most importantly the business on the agenda gets done efficiently.   

In advance of this workshop we’ll ask you to send us chairing challenges you have experienced or witnessed at your co-op.  Using your experiences, we will provide tips to ensure effective and efficient meetings for all.  Learn what is takes to become a good meeting chair.

Workshop facilitator – Anjala Kulesegaram              

Anjala grew up in a co-op where she served on the board of directors. She was one of the first recipients of Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto’s (CHFT) Diversity Scholarship and served as Treasurer of CHFT’s Charitable Fund. She has served as a council member for Ontario Council, CHF Canada. Anjala’s co-op experience extends all over the world, including volunteering with a women’s farming co-operative in Benin, Africa. She currently is a Co-op Advisor and Land Trusts Co-ordinator at CHFT.

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion: what does this really look like in a housing co-op?

Description to be confirmed 

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

 

How to avoid scrapes and fender benders: knowing your role (as a member or a board member) and staying in your lane!

 Members of housing co-ops need to understand who does what, why, and when? Even in co-ops where people can wear many hats, it’s possible for roles to be clear and understood.  Knowing your role and staying in your lane will help minimize the crashes (conflict) in your co-op.

This workshop will provide a clear description of the different roles, who does them, and why. Learn what can happen when these roles are confused and how to avoid this.

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

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Manitoba and Saskatchewan Fall Regional Education Event Manitoba, Saskatchewan October 02, 2021 RegisterBrochure

For full details see the event flyer.

 

Workshop descriptions:

 

Being a good director: the all important fundamentals

What is takes to be a good director at a housing co-op doesn’t change, but that doesn’t mean we always remember how to do the job well.  

In this workshop for newer directors or those who would like a reminder, we will cover the essentials:

  • the job of the director
  • meaning of fiduciary duty  
  • director’s legal liability
  • managing confidentiality
  • working as a team to form the board
  • and answer your questions too!

Workshop facilitator – Janine MacDonald

Janine has 28 years of experience as a co-op manager and currently works at two Section 95 housing co-ops in Peterborough, Ont. Over the years, she has learned a thing or two about bad contractors, long-term planning, bat guano, leaking roofs and basements, and lobbying governments. For 10 years she lived in a co-op, and her kids still refer to it as “the best place we ever lived.” She is happy to share her experiences with others so they might find their silver lining in the chaos.

 

Chairing tips and tricks: the insiders guide to the secrets of good chairing

When you witness someone chairing well it can look almost effortless. Everyone is engaged in the meeting, no-one speaks out of turn, and most importantly the business on the agenda gets done efficiently.   

In advance of this workshop we’ll ask you to send us chairing challenges you have experienced or witnessed at your co-op.  Using your experiences, we will provide tips to ensure effective and efficient meetings for all.  Learn what is takes to become a good meeting chair.

Workshop facilitator – Anjala Kulesegaram              

Anjala grew up in a co-op where she served on the board of directors. She was one of the first recipients of Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto’s (CHFT) Diversity Scholarship and served as Treasurer of CHFT’s Charitable Fund. She has served as a council member for Ontario Council, CHF Canada. Anjala’s co-op experience extends all over the world, including volunteering with a women’s farming co-operative in Benin, Africa. She currently is a Co-op Advisor and Land Trusts Co-ordinator at CHFT.

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion: what does this really look like in a housing co-op?

Description to be confirmed 

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

 

How to avoid scrapes and fender benders: knowing your role (as a member or a board member) and staying in your lane!

 Members of housing co-ops need to understand who does what, why, and when? Even in co-ops where people can wear many hats, it’s possible for roles to be clear and understood.  Knowing your role and staying in your lane will help minimize the crashes (conflict) in your co-op.

This workshop will provide a clear description of the different roles, who does them, and why. Learn what can happen when these roles are confused and how to avoid this.

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

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Atlantic Fall Regional Education Event Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland And Labrador October 02, 2021 RegisterBrochure

For full details see the flyer.

 

Workshop descriptions:

 

Being a good director: the all important fundamentals

What is takes to be a good director at a housing co-op doesn’t change, but that doesn’t mean we always remember how to do the job well.  

In this workshop for newer directors or those who would like a reminder, we will cover the essentials:

  • the job of the director
  • meaning of fiduciary duty  
  • director’s legal liability
  • managing confidentiality
  • working as a team to form the board
  • and answer your questions too!

Workshop facilitator – Janine MacDonald

Janine has 28 years of experience as a co-op manager and currently works at two Section 95 housing co-ops in Peterborough, Ont. Over the years, she has learned a thing or two about bad contractors, long-term planning, bat guano, leaking roofs and basements, and lobbying governments. For 10 years she lived in a co-op, and her kids still refer to it as “the best place we ever lived.” She is happy to share her experiences with others so they might find their silver lining in the chaos.

 

Chairing tips and tricks: the insiders guide to the secrets of good chairing

When you witness someone chairing well it can look almost effortless. Everyone is engaged in the meeting, no-one speaks out of turn, and most importantly the business on the agenda gets done efficiently.   

In advance of this workshop we’ll ask you to send us chairing challenges you have experienced or witnessed at your co-op.  Using your experiences, we will provide tips to ensure effective and efficient meetings for all.  Learn what is takes to become a good meeting chair.

Workshop facilitator – Anjala Kulesegaram              

Anjala grew up in a co-op where she served on the board of directors. She was one of the first recipients of Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto’s (CHFT) Diversity Scholarship and served as Treasurer of CHFT’s Charitable Fund. She has served as a council member for Ontario Council, CHF Canada. Anjala’s co-op experience extends all over the world, including volunteering with a women’s farming co-operative in Benin, Africa. She currently is a Co-op Advisor and Land Trusts Co-ordinator at CHFT.

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion: what does this really look like in a housing co-op?

Description to be confirmed 

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

 

How to avoid scrapes and fender benders: knowing your role (as a member or a board member) and staying in your lane!

 Members of housing co-ops need to understand who does what, why, and when? Even in co-ops where people can wear many hats, it’s possible for roles to be clear and understood.  Knowing your role and staying in your lane will help minimize the crashes (conflict) in your co-op.

This workshop will provide a clear description of the different roles, who does them, and why. Learn what can happen when these roles are confused and how to avoid this.

Workshop facilitator – to be confirmed

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Member communications: post-pandemic strategies to build community Manitoba, Saskatchewan October 07, 2021 RegisterBrochure

This workshop is part of our Manitoba and Saskatchewan Fall Regional Education Event.

6:30 – 8:30 pm local time.

 

Workshop description:

During the pandemic, co-op communities adapted and found ways to do the business necessary to operate their co-ops.  For some, the social nature of co-ops had to be put on hold, as we waited for things to “get back to normal”.  It appears that we may need to create a “new normal” and find ways to build and sustain community that are resilient to these challenges.  This workshop will explore ideas for using new technologies and old methods in ways that help us rebuild the social bonds that make our co-ops communities.

 

Facilitator

Blair Hamilton, Regional Manager for Prairie Region – CHF Canada

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