Life at Beechwood Co-op
Beechwood Co-op is based on the principle of participatory democracy, and its operation is controlled by its members. Residents are members, not tenants, and there is no landlord.
The co-op is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the members to oversee the daily functioning of the co-op. The Board of Directors consist of a President, Vice-President, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer and four other Directors. There are also up to two non-voting Youth Representatives who can attend the non-confidential portion of each Board meeting.
The members of the Board of Directors for 2017/2018 are:
President: Shelley M.
Vice-President: Wendy C.
Corporate Secretary: Deleana R.
Treasurer: Jackie C.
Directors: Melissa D.; Jody G.; Tammy B.; Michele L.
Youth Reps: Torin S.
Each member is expected to assist in some aspect of co-op operations. This can include attending general meetings, being a part of one or more committees, taking on tasks around the co-op. The co-op is very proud of the level of community involvement, which helps to build community spirit, make the co-op more democratic and keep housing charges as affordable as possible.
The Property Management Committee is responsible for ensuring that the co-op buildings and grounds are well maintained. It organizes annual Spring and Fall Clean-up Days, usually followed by a community barbeque.
The Community Development Committee plays a very important role in creating fun events for members and their children. Past events have included a Spaghetti Night, a Pancake Breakfast, an annual Halloween Party, a Toy Swap Day, and a Carnival Day.
The Personnel Committee administers the employment contracts with the Community Coordinator and other employees.
Two short term committees are created each year -- a Budget Committee to collect information and draft a Budget for Board and member approval, and a Nominating Committee to recruit members to run for the Board of Directors.
For more information on how to join a committee or get involved in other ways, please feel free to call the Beechwood Co-op office at 519-886-0359.