The Fall Education Conference on October 27 stood out not only for the usual lively crowd and workshops that grounded members on co-op essentials. This time members came from further afield than ever with co-op members travelling from Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Castlegar to attend.
The other stand-out of the event was the lineup that was peppered with a plenary and workshops devoted to taking a closer look at how co-op communities can open their doors to more diversity and inclusion.
These included two longer workshops in the morning, the Kairos Blanket Exercise and Inclusive Strategies for Thriving Communities, a plenary on opening doors with five guest panelists, and a full afternoon of shorter workshops on everything from youth engagement, in We Are Young, the Getting Home Project to help women and families escaping violence, The Duty to Accommodate, Building Relationships with Indigenous Communities, Member Stories of Opening Doors and Inclusive Policies.
Members who attended gave enthusiastic feedback:
“As a new co-op member and a new board member, I found the depth and breadth of information presented within such a tight time constraints remarkable.”
“I’m a huge fan of the conference – the opportunity to connect with members from other co-ops around the province is invaluable.”
“I highly recommend attending the CHF BC conference. Every co-op in BC should send representatives to learn about running co-ops and keeping their members engaged.”
If you attended the conference you can download workshop materials from our website.