Has your co-op exited its operating agreement? Ask your board to answer our survey! - July 14, 2017

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If your co-op has exited an operating agreement, we need your board to answer our survey

About 60 co-ops in the province had an operating agreement with CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) expire before July 1, 2017. We receive many inquiries about how co-ops react to the end of their original operating agreements, so we know how important this subject is to co-op members.

If your co-op has an expired agreement, we've sent your board a letter asking the directors to designate someone to complete our survey – ideally a board member, or someone with a good understanding of the co-op’s recent practices. 

All co-ops that participate in our survey will be helping other housing co-ops and be assisting CHF BC so we can better develop resources for co-ops facing post-agreement challenges. We can all learn from the  experiences of those that have already faced expiring agreements. The survey should take about 15 to 20 minutes and will close at the end of the day Friday, August 4

After the survey closes, we will share the aggregated results.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rodgers (mrodgers@chf.bc.ca or 604-343-2356, or 1-866-879-5111 toll-free).

Thank you in advance for your help: an example of the sixth co-op principle in action, co-operation among co-operatives!

Calling all Island co-op members - registration for the Island Education Day is open now!

Don’t miss our biggest Island Education Day yet with six workshops to choose from! We’re giving you lots of notice to make sure your co-op is represented at this event. Whether your interest is in the area of planning, membership or finance we have a session for you. We are ramping up our education services to support housing co-ops due to exit their operating agreements. Or for some of you, as you begin your co-op’s life post-operating agreement!

With two workshops directly focused on the end of operating agreements, you can go home equipped with a list of actions required to successfully manage this transition. Others can register for workshops on membership, a topic right at the heart of your co-op.

Some discounts are available on a first-come first served basis. Some prizes are only available for early bird registrants – both good reasons to register soon!

All this plus networking, lunch and great prizes!

Hope to see you and lots of other Island members there!

Call for workshop proposals - deadline August 25

Got a great idea for a Fall Education Conference workshop?  We're looking for workshop proposals from adult educators for our education conference on October 28.

If you or someone you know has experience with adult learning, and has something to offer the co-op housing sector, please consider submitting a proposal.

Deadline for submissions is August 25, 2017.

 Upcoming Events

Post-operating agreement survey

August 4

Call for workshop proposals

August 25

Century of Co-operation Awards nomination deadline

August 31

Yikes, I'm the Secretary

September 9

Member Forum

September 11

Model Rules 2.0 three years on: Free Information Session

September 14

Vancouver Island Education Day

September 23

Model Rules 2.0 three years on: Free webinar

October 19

Growing in Place

November 27

Co-op Housing Basics

December 14


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