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Young leaders like Jasmine Borden can attend AGM with 50 percent discount

Published March 07

Members under 30 who want to attend this year’s 50th anniversary Annual Meeting, June 6-9 in Victoria, can do so more affordably thanks to a 50 percent discount designed to engage and support emerging young leaders in the co-op housing movement.

“This incentive allows us to send more staff, up to 15 or 20,” says Homestarts Manager, Co-operative Housing Operations, Jasmine Borden.

She says that, for young people in the movement starting off in their careers, it can be a challenge to attend and the incentive can remove barriers to participation. “The movement is in transition with the end of operating agreements, and it’s crucial for young people to be able to attend because they will be leading a new movement going forward.”

Having attended two previous AGMs, Jasmine says the meeting is “a great opportunity to network with co-operatives across the country, to know what other co-ops and managers are doing, and to get updates on the sector.” She also mentioned the “cool” dinner and dance, presentations, workshops and training as highlights of the meeting.

If you’re under 30, consider applying for a young member bursary to help make your AGM even more affordable! Thanks to AGM sponsors, seven bursaries of $650 each are available to young members who either live or work in a housing co-op.

For members who are 30 or older, there are several other incentives to help attend the 50th anniversary AGM. Fees for alternates and observers are lower this year, and provincially-funded bursaries can help co-ops send delegates in B.C., Manitoba, and Nova Scotia.