SCHEDULED
WORKSHOPS

We support our members by offering workshops at our CHF BC locations and webinars. Send representatives from your co-op and learn alongside other members!

Discount options are available for bulk registrations, and for those who have to travel further to attend – see our fees page.

Please note that the program will be updated through the year and may be subject to change.

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

Ten Things to Look for in Your Financial Statements WEBINAR

Have you ever looked at your co-op’s financial statements and wondered what it all means?

Most directors don’t have training in bookkeeping or accounting, and it’s not easy to get much out of those statements if you’re not sure what to look for. That can be a problem, because the financial statement is the single most important indicator of your co-op’s financial health.

We’ll help the non-expert get more from co-op financial statements without going back to school. And we’ll learn about ten key things to watch for when reviewing your co-op’s finances.

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You can download and print a poster of this workshop for your co-op notice board here.

26 March
Governance
Management
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Housing Pets – NEW

Pets can be an absolute nightmare. At the same time, they can make all the difference to your members’ well being and can even enhance your co-op community. Face the nightmares, and discover ways to house people and their pets while building community and saving the co-op unnecessary expense.

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

This workshop will provide the tools necessary to make decisions about housing pets in your community. Topics will include liability of the co-op for animal issues, how to screen for responsible pet-owners, what animals can be appropriately housed, what kind of policies ensure responsible care, what animals need from their housing, and how to resolve common animal issues.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their own issues and seek suggestions to take back to the co-op. A mix of presentation and group discussion will ensure participants are engaged and leave the session with resolve.

 

Workshop facilitator: Amy Morris

Amy has a Master’s of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and has worked in policy, strategic planning and program implementation for the BC SPCA since 2012. Amy assists co-operatives, as well as market and non-profit housing organizations to develop pet policies as well as screening procedures that ensure the people and pets housed are set up for success: long-term accommodation and respectful sharing of space.

6 April
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Leading Change – NEW

Shift from responding to change, to leading and inspiring change. This workshop will provide you with a strong foundation for implementing change leadership practices. Learn practical tools to deal with the human dynamics that lead to success or failure in implementing change, and identify concrete steps you can take immediately.

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

This workshop will empower you to shift from responding change, to leading and inspiring change and will take an interactive, discussion-filled format. Topics will include understanding how change takes place within organizations, preparing your team with tools to understand and embrace change and adopting an organizational life-cycles lens to target change management strategies.

By the end of this session participants will begin to:

  • Identify the difference between change and transition and embrace the principles of change leadership
  • Identify concrete steps you can take immediately to build your capacity to lead, implement and manage change.

 

Workshop facilitator: Mark Friesen

Mark is the Director of Capacity Development at Vantage Point, where he assists not-for-profit organizations throughout BC with strategic planning, governance, and capacity building. Mark excels at assessing governance structures and finding democratic solutions to organizational challenges. At Vantage Point, Mark can be found facilitating new and seasoned not-for-profits at various stages in their organizational life cycle. 

6 April
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Disputes Under the CRT – NEW

In 2019 the provincial Civil Resolution Tribunal will assume jurisdiction over some disputes between members and their housing co-ops. The CRT promotes itself as an online tribunal that will provide greater access to justice. Find out how this will impact your co-op and what you can do to prepare.

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

The CRT promotes itself as an online forum that will provide greater access to justice at low cost with swift results; this could prove a benefit to our housing co-op sector.

So what is the best way to handle disputes going to the CRT? Not to have to!

If your members are treated fairly, if you respect your legal duties and follow due process, if members have the opportunity to express dissatisfaction and have the co-op take action where warranted, then you may never hear about a dispute filed through the CRT!

That is why we are offering this workshop before the CRT has actually started hearing co-op disputes: to give you a chance to prepare and make it so that members at your co-op don’t even need that recourse.

Grant Haddock, lawyer with Haddock & Company, will share his CRT experiences over the last two years in helping corporations and strata owners to navigate the CRT, and will give us some clues as to what housing co-ops might expect.

Sign up to this workshop, and:

  • Become aware of Bill 22 Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) Amendment Act
  • Understand the likely steps in taking a dispute to the CRT
  • Consider the impact this could have on your housing co-op
  • Discuss ways you can prepare for disputes going to the CRT

 

Workshop facilitators: Ed Dagsaan and Grant Haddock

Ed is Co-op Viability Advisor at CHF BC. Before joining CHF BC, Ed Dagsaan worked in  housing co-op management for over eight years in Toronto and surrounding areas. His experience includes working closely with co-op Boards in an advisory capacity and supporting greater community engagement. He brings to his current role with CHF BC his passion for community-building and good governance.

Grant opened Haddock & Company in 2001 and his core areas of practice are co-operative housing law, strata property law, residential and commercial tenancy, human rights, privacy and construction law. Grant has acted for numerous housing providers at all levels of court and at various tribunals and is also a frequent contributor of articles noting interesting and industry specific legal topics for periodicals published by CHFBC, CHOA, BCNPHA and LandlordBC.

6 April
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Overdose Prevention – NEW

Approximately 90% of overdose fatalities happen indoors, where people are using drugs in the privacy of their homes. This session will cover overdose prevention, identification and naloxone administration in the housing co-op setting.

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

There are many places in Vancouver (mostly in the Downtown East Side) for people to inject previously obtained substances under observation; however people will continue to use drugs in the privacy of their own homes for many reasons.

The purpose of this workshop is to examine the unique needs of overdose prevention in co-op housing. Participants of this session will learn about educational and supply resources, tools to help assess overdose risk for unique settings, and drug checking and overdose surveillance reporting. Participants will also learn about community resources that are useful for all people at risk of an opioid overdose. These resources include information about the Overdose Outreach Team, Opioid Agonist Therapy (Suboxone and methadone) and Peer support.

The presenters will train participants to both identify when someone is at risk for overdose, and how to administer naloxone. Naloxone kits will be available.

 

Workshop facilitators: Shannon Riley and Kali Sedgemore

Shannon is a Registered Nurse and a Clinical Educator for the Overdose Emergency Response for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) in British Columbia, Canada. She has been working in the overdose response since the emergency was declared in April 2016. At this time Shannon had just completed her Masters in Public Policy which focused on overdose prevention in housing settings.

Kali has been in their current role as a Harm Reduction Leader with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for a year. Their focus has been both outreach and leading Take Home Naloxone training. Kali also represents the youth peer voice at the Harm Reduction Strategies and Services Committee meeting for the VCH Region.

6 April
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Redevelopment – NEW

Learn how BC Housing is working with non-profit providers to facilitate the redevelopment of affordable housing. Take part in a facilitated Q & A with the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, and discuss how to apply case studies to the co-op housing sector.

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

This presentation will share learning from BC Housing’s Redevelopment Case Study Series, which highlights examples of how BC Housing has worked with non-profit providers to facilitate redevelopment of affordable housing sites and capture lessons learned. Through these case studies, workshop participants will learn:

  • Examples of approaches for redevelopment of non-market housing
  • Roles of stakeholders
  • Examples of challenges, mitigation strategies, and lessons learned

A facilitated Q&A session will follow, co-facilitated by the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC. Participants will discuss how to apply the learning from the case studies to the co-op housing sector. Case studies will include:

  • Pleasantvale Housing – redeveloped existing site and two adjoining plots
  • Lynnhaven Manor – land swap
  • Kiwanis Towers – sale of portion of site; redeveloped remaining portion

 

Workshop facilitator: Sheryl Peters

Sheryl joined BC Housing in 2009, with a portfolio that included partnerships with other senior government agencies, municipalities and non-profit housing providers in the delivery of affordable housing solutions in B.C. Sheryl is a certified Project Management Professional with academics in urban geography (UBC) and architectural and building technologies (BCIT). She has over 19 years of experience in design, marketing, development and construction management, in both the private and public real estate sectors. Her career portfolio is a diverse range of projects that includes multi-residential developments; master planned / mixed use communities; hotels; neighbourhood shopping centres; and regional retail centres.

6 April
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The Chair’s Nightmare! – UPDATED

The chairperson’s objective is to get meeting business done while making sure that the process is fair and legal. Even the most challenging chairing situations can be resolved – find out for yourselves when we have fun with CHF BC’s favorite chairing nightmares!

2:30 am – 4:45 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

A good chairperson thinks on their feet and multi-tasks.   In any meeting there’s a lot going on that requires your attention and immediate action.  Things can unravel quickly when one or more members throw the chairperson a curve ball.

We thought it would be fun to share some of CHF BC ‘s worst case chairing scenarios.  Come with your chairperson hat on because we’re going to put you right to work on tackling chairing nightmares. This workshop promises some healthy competition, role play and a lot of laughter!   You’ll take home some tips and tools to help navigate even the most challenging meeting.

 

Workshop facilitator: Kerry Panter

Kerry’s work in the housing co-operative sector spans twenty-five years. As Member Services Director Kerry joins her CHF BC colleagues in providing support for Model Rules 2.0 and assisting co-ops with the challenge of end of operating agreements. Kerry often assists with the development of CHF BC governance materials. As a consultant, Kerry chairs meetings, facilitates governance workshops, and provides consultation and conflict resolution to co-ops experiencing difficulties.

 

6 April
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Navigating Difficult Conversations

There can be conflict in co-ops. In this session learn about difficult conversations: why they happen, their benefits, the drawbacks of not managing them well, and key communication skills to help when they do occur.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

Workshop facilitator: Raj Dhasi at Turning Point Solutions

Raj is a leading expert in conflict management who has been providing intervention services to workplace organizations, school districts, families and communities for over 15 years.  Raj specializes in assessing and resolving complex multi-layer conflict situations. Raj holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Conflict Analysis and Management, a Specialized Degree in Adult Education and continues Post Graduate Studies in Neuroscience. In addition, Raj works as a Faculty Member at the Centre for Conflict Resolution and as a trainer at Fraser Burrard Community Justice Initiatives.

6 April
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Coast Salish Co-op Reconciliation – NEW

Developing healthy relationships with First Peoples and to the land is key to fostering community health. This session will explore the meaning of colonization, de-colonization, restitution and reconciliation as applied to individual members and to their housing co-ops.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

Workshop facilitator: Shari Laliberte

Workshop presenters: Scott Clark , Executive Director of Aboriginal Life Vancouver and Tami Pearce from Indigenous Education and Community Engagement at Vancouver Community College 

Shari has lived at Kaslo co-op for the past six years, has served on the Board twice and is currently the chair of the newly created Kaslo Cooperative Action Committee (Kaslo CAN). With her background in population health promotion, Shari sees co-operatives as a key part of creating healthy communities and is interested in exploring ways to foster the engagement of co-ops in wider community organizing initiatives. 

6 April
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Ask the Lawyers – UPDATED

Bring your toughest legal questions for our team of experienced co-op lawyers. Get the answer to that question you’ve always had about the Co-op Act, model rules, human rights, privacy, membership termination, governance, and more! Win a prize for the workshop’s toughest question.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Co-operative Housing Education Conference – Westin Wall Centre, Richmond.

For more details view the flyer here and to register visit the event listing.

 

Workshop moderator: Thom Armstrong, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC.

Workshop panelists: Geoffrey Dabbs of Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers and Grant Haddock of Haddock & Company Lawyers 

Geoffrey is a founding partner of Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers and has been providing legal services to housing co-ops for 29 years, advising on various matters, including rules and occupancy agreements and membership issues, membership terminations and related litigation, as well as governance issues and building envelope and other types of refinancing.

Grant opened Haddock & Company in 2001 and his core areas of practice are co-operative housing law, strata property law, residential and commercial tenancy, human rights, privacy and construction law. Grant has acted for numerous housing providers at all levels of court and at various tribunals and is also a frequent contributor of articles noting interesting and industry specific legal topics for periodicals published by CHFBC, CHOA, BCNPHA and LandlordBC.

6 April
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