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  26 October 2020   

A Century of Co-operation: Claire “Here everyone is like family”

Claire has lived in Amicae Co-op since it first opened 35 years ago. She remembers living in a nice two-bedroom apartment in the West End neighbourhood at the time, but her sons, age 9 and 11, were beginning to outgrow sharing a bedroom. “It was going to be a matter of me sleeping on a … Continued

  26 October 2020   

Century of Co-operation: Kathleen “Kay” McDonald “In a co-op you don’t feel lonely at all!

Kay was living in an apartment in Burnaby she didn’t like and heard about Cariboo Heights Co-op from a friend. She came to see it and applied. “I’ve been here ever since. I think it’s wonderful – I do! When you’re in an apartment you go down a hallway, shut your door and you’re in … Continued

  16 October 2020   

A Century of Co-operation: 100-year-old Jens Andersen lives “happy ever after” surrounded by his garden

When 100-year-old Jens Andersen moved with his wife Anna into 115 Place Co-op in Burnaby 38 years ago, the co-op was not quite finished and there was nothing growing between the tower apartment buildings. So the two of them built a garden. “People just came with stacks of plants and trees,” says Jens. His daughter … Continued

  15 October 2020   

Fall into Learning

Join us this fall for a variety of learning opportunities sure to spark your curiosity. Whether it’s participating in one of our evening Fall into Learning webinars or joining our first ever virtual conference, you’re sure to find an outlet for growing your knowledge and continuing to connect with co-op members across BC. FALL INTO … Continued

  14 October 2020   

Fall Education Conference kicks off with a plenary panel of Black and Indigenous anti-racism and co-op educators

If you think you know the co-op story, you might be in for a learning curve come October 31st. The Fall Education Conference kicks off with a plenary panel of Black and Indigenous anti-racism and co-op educators to discuss the history of co-ops, the lens of systemic racism through which we interpret that history and … Continued

  14 October 2020   

Call for Applications for CHF BC’s Climate Emergency Task Force

In response to a resolution adopted at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, the CHF BC board has decided to strike a Climate Emergency Task Force.  We are looking for up to four members to serve on the Task Force along with CHF BC directors and staff.  If you are a member, director or officer of a … Continued

  14 October 2020   

News Release: Voters and Candidates Urged to Make Housing Central in Provincial Election Campaign

    For Immediate Release: Voters and Candidates Urged to Make Housing Central in Provincial Election Campaign Co-op and non-profit housing sectors outline key asks to address worsening crisis in British Columbia and provide tools for voters to learn about the issues in their community VANCOUVER, B.C. (October 14, 2020) – With voting day approaching, … Continued

  9 October 2020   

2020 BC Provincial Election Campaign

Thousands of British Columbians like Mauricio are living in a nightmare. Help us tell candidates why affordable housing is the top election issue. Click on the image to watch his story. British Columbians will elect their new provincial government on October 24th, 2020. There is no question that affordable housing and homelessness are amongst the … Continued

  7 October 2020   

A Century of Co-operation: Anne Beare “The luckiest person in the world!”

Twenty-eight years ago, Anne Beare and her husband moved into 115 Place Co-op in Burnaby, relocating from North Vancouver. They had friends in the co-op and when they came to see them they liked it and decided to apply. “We saw that it was really nice and of course when we moved in it was … Continued

  7 October 2020   

A Century of Co-operation: Patricia Stewart “Like living on a small street in Ireland!”

Patsy still remembers everyone celebrating New Year’s 1990 when she moved into Amicae Co-op. She’d grown up in Dundalk, Ireland, “halfway between Dublin and Belfast. I’d never heard of co-op housing before I came to Canada.” At the time she and her husband and young daughter lived in another part of the West End neighbourhood. … Continued