Latest news from CHF BC - June 1, 2017

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CHF BC announces president Patty Shaw's resignation

With much gratitude for her outstanding service to the co-op housing sector, CHF BC regretfully announces the resignation of president Patty Shaw.

A longstanding member of Kailasa Housing Co-op in Victoria, Patty joined the CHF BC board in 2013 and assumed the office of president in 2014.  Patty’s time on the Federation’s board included the most intense years of the You Hold the Key campaign, and she proved to be a tireless campaigner for members whose homes are still at risk as federal program operating agreements come to an end.

Patty led CHF BC through a period of expansion, including the emergence of the community land trust as a key player in the affordable housing community.  She also presided over the formation of Housing Central – a strategic alliance of the co-op and non-profit housing sectors in BC and a model of co-operation that is steadily attracting more attention across Canada.

All of CHF BC’s members, directors and staff thank Patty for her leadership and wish her well in whatever the future may hold.

Join us at the Co-op Housing Summer BBQ on June 24!

CHF BC and CHF Canada members are invited to join us for this annual celebration of summer in Vancouver's John Hendry Park at Trout Lake. We'll share a BBQ and potluck, games, kids races and "tug-o-war" and lots of prizes.

Once again we'll feature catering from Vera's Burger Shack and this year live musical entertainment by renowned performing artist Sibel Thrasher!

Remember to get there at noon so you don't miss any fun! Food will be served from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Last call for burgers is at 1:45.

Get event details here.

If you plan to come, please let us know and tell us which co-op you are from and how many are in your group (kids' ages too please). Email us at or phone 604-879-5111 ext. 140.

RSVP by June 16 please!

CHF BC welcomes Seniors Resource Coordinator

CHF BC welcomes our new Seniors Resource Coordinator, ML Burke. ML will lead CHF BC's newest initiative, Co-op Connections for Independence, a project funded with an Eldercare grant from the BC Co-operative Association's (BCCA's) national Co-operative Eldercare Project.

Co-op Connections for Independence aims to link CHF BC members with the Province of BC's broad collection of resources and information designed to help seniors stay in their homes and age with dignity in their communities. The Seniors Resource Coordinator will help CHF BC members find the resources they need to support aging in place in co-op communities.

ML (aka Mary-Lynn) grew up in North Burnaby and raised her children in East Vancouver. She brings a wealth of experience to her role with CHF BC, from her early working life with non-profit theatre companies and, later, managing volunteer programs serving seniors with Vancouver Coastal Health. Now semi-retired, ML lives in Ladner where she advocates for seniors and affordable housing. She volunteers with the Delta Seniors Planning Team, sits on the Council of Advisors to the BC Seniors’ Advocate, is on the executive of the Delta Housing Be Mine Society and is involved with the Raising the (Seniors’) Profile project. She also writes a column for the Delta Optimist and North Delta Reporter.

Watch for more information on Aging in Place resources and insights from Ms. Burke coming soon. Welcome ML!

 Upcoming Events

Co-op Housing Summer BBQ

June 24


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