Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 Peninsula Coop Elections

If you are a member you get to vote.

You should have recieved your ballot if one of the following applies
You voted in either the 2011 or 2012 elections
People that joined between April 1st 2012 and March 31st 2013
Members that spent more than $100 on food store purchases between April 3rd 2011 and March 31st 2012
Members that spent more than $1,000 on petroleum and convenience store purchases  between April 3rd 2011 and March 31st 2012

Four people are being elected, the top three will serve for a full three year term and the four place finisher who will complete a two year term created by the resignation of Cathie Ounsted in February 2013.

There are eight candidates in total

  • Norman Arden - an accountant
  • Christopher Causton - former mayor Oak Bay
  • Pat Fafard - former General Manager and CEO of Peninsula Coop for 31 years before retiring this year
  • Gordon Griffiths - has served on the board since 2000
  • Paul Hames - has served on the board since 2003
  • Roger Hart - he is involved with cooperatives in the Cowichan Valley
  • Doug Potentier - has served on the board since 2001
  • Jeanette Sheehy - she is the only candidate not endorsed by the Nominations Committee.   She is director of the Lifestyles Project and that alone I think would make her an interesting addition to the Coop Board

I honestly do not know enough about all the candidates to know who will make for a good board and who would not.  I would like it if the Coop hosted a couple of evening events for people to come out and meet the candidates.

At the moment I am leaning towards voting for Roger Hart, Christopher Causton and Jeanette Sheehy


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