PORTABLE
WORKSHOPS

The workshops below are our most popular and focus on core topics in the areas of governance, management, community and planning. Review them all-together or filter by type for a shorter list. Portable means we send one of our facilitators to come and deliver the workshop on-site at your co-op. (If your co-op is not a member and you’re interested in our workshops, please contact education@chf.bc.ca.)

For workshop-related questions or if you have difficulty making a selection through the website, please email CHF BC at education@chf.bc.ca.

Aging in our co-op communities

Co-op members are getting older. Aging in place is a process that enables older members to remain in their homes for as long as possible. It can have substantial benefits for older members, their families and the co-op community.

3 HOURS

Community
Governance
Management
Planning
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Legal duties of directors

Most of us can recite the legal duties of co-op directors from memory. Who doesn’t know about fiduciary duty and the duty of care? But how do these important concepts translate into the daily demand for good governance and principled leadership in our co-ops?

3 HOURS

Governance
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Governance tools

Come and learn tools that you can use to support successful governance in your housing co-op. Choose from 15 tools live within the workshop that will meet your co-op’s needs. It could be a meeting agreement, a member satisfaction survey or a good governance test. Try them out and discuss how and when you can use them.

3 HOURS

Governance
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The Co-op Compass

The Co-op Compass is a facilitated process that brings your housing co-op membership together to develop a shared mission and vision based on co-op housing values. This grounds decision-making and informs your future planning.

VARIOUS: 2 – 12 HOURS.
The full process is twelve hours over two to four visits – engage in the full process at the outset or take it one step at a time.

View the Co-op Compass flyer and the different options available.

 

Planning
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Maintenance 101

You need skilled professionals to get great maintenance results, but there is still a critical role for members in looking after your property and buildings. We’ll help you understand what is (and isn’t) a member’s responsibility; how to address preventative and routine repair needs; and how to use a maintenance calendar.

3 HOURS

Management
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Create a member orientation package

How do you welcome new members into your co-op? Is it easy for new members to understand how things get done, what is expected of them, and where to go for more information? Successful member orientation leads to engaged members. This is a very practical workshop and after the three hours you will have a full template member orientation package for your co-op.

3 HOURS

Community
Governance
Management
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Organize it!

Do you have decades of semi-organized papers and dusty records in your co-op office? Handwritten, typewritten, photocopied, folded and battered documents piling up? Get your office in order and make your documents live again with an understanding of what records are meaningful, useful and legally required.

2 HOURS

Management
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Educating your co-op

Does your co-op have a commitment to educating your members?  In this practical workshop you will identify the learning needs that are tied to your co-op’s goals and priorities. You will complete an education strategy template and be given a sample education policy and education committee job description that you can adapt and use at your co-op.

3 HOURS

Community
Governance
Management
Planning
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Co-op housing essentials

This guide to co-op living is just what you need to update your co-op’s orientation for new members, as a reminder for long-standing members, or even for prospective members at the top of your wait-list!

2 HOURS

Community
Governance
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Ten things to look for in your co-op’s financial statements

Help for the non-expert to understand the financial statement: the single most important indicator of your co-op’s financial health.

3 HOURS

Governance
Management
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