Membership Terminations

Workshop Intro:

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come to this workshop to learn about the basic legal framework, identify the conditions for successful membership terminations, and review the necessary steps and procedures.

Workshop Date:

Workshop Location:
In Person

Workshop Type:

Workshop Duration:
2 Hrs

Sue Moorhead and Geoffrey Dabbs (Gehlen Dabbs Lawyers)


The first thing to consider about the issue of membership terminations is how to implement strategies that help to avoid them! That’s where this workshop will start.

However, there are times when your Co-op’s Board may have no choice but to engage in the process to terminate a member’s membership.

Come along to our workshop to:
• Learn about the basic legal framework
• Be able to identify the conditions for successful membership terminations
• Review the necessary steps and procedures with accompanying forms and templates
• Be able to ask questions about specific situations


Sue Moorhead has been active in housing co-ops and federations in British Columbia and Quebec for most of her working life. From 1997 to 2014 she was CHF BC’s Education Director. Now a CHF BC consultant, Sue chairs meetings, facilitates workshops and provides advice on co-op housing governance issues. An active member in her own housing co-op in Vancouver, she has served in various board and committee positions. Sue also worked as a technical advisor for Rooftops Canada in South Africa for five years, and has been on several national boards.

Geoffrey Dabbs was licensed as a lawyer in British Columbia in 1990 and has been actively involved in the housing co-op sector the entire time. His firm, Gehlen Dabbs – Lawyers, currently acts for a large number of housing co-operatives and related management and advisory organizations, advising on various issues, including rules and occupancy agreements and membership terminations and related litigation, as well as governance and financing.