In 2002, the Vancouver Island Co-op Housing Association (VICHA) merged with CHF BC. The result — one Federation serving housing co-ops across the province — has been a resounding success. Two of the 12 seats on the CHF BC board are reserved for Vancouver Island Directors. The Vancouver Island Council meets three times a year and facilitates communication with and among our Island members.
The Vancouver Island Council is made up of delegates to the Federation appointed by Vancouver Island members. The Council meets three times a year and is a liaison between CHF BC and our members on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island Council meetings are the place where CHF BC’s Vancouver Island Directors report to and receive input from members on Vancouver Island. At these meetings, Vancouver Island members can address concerns to CHF BC directors and staff, and influence the formation of policies and other decisions affecting them. There is also an opportunity for members to talk with CHF BC directors and staff.
Some of our group buying program partners service members province-wide. Others focus on Vancouver Island.
To meet the needs of Vancouver Island members, CHF BC has partnered with GFL Environmental (for waste management) as well as other province-wide partners like Trail and Rona. Over the course of a year, members have the chance to meet with our group-buying partners at Island events such as Island Council meetings.
At our annual Island Education Day, Island members can meet with one another, learn from experienced workshop leaders, enjoy lunch and see displays from group-buying partners.
CHF BC's Vancouver Island office is located at the Paramount Executive Centre, a shared space at 300 - 848 Courtney Street, in downtown Victoria.
Our office includes a meeting room with teleconferencing capacity. It is shared with COHO’s Vancouver Island staff.