Co-op Reports

June 20, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
By Andrea Dawber On behalf of Karma’s Board of Directors, I would like to recognize Talia McGuire, Karma’s outstanding General Manager, who began at Karma in 2009 as a retail clerk and took on the role of General Manager 3 years later. Since 2012, Talia has been Karma’s General Manager, leading and overseeing all aspects of our food co-op’s operations. Her ten years of service has provided our organization, food store, staff, and members with the stability we h...
June 20, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Dear members, It is with mixed emotions that I am writing that I have made the difficult decision to leave my position as Karma’s General Manager. I have managed the store for almost 10 years, during which time I have weathered many challenges as GM of our little co-op: right out of the gates, I was formally initiated into the role with a near store closure; I dealt with the epic floods of 2019; managed countless refrigeration breakdowns; and most recently, helped steer us through a gl...
June 09, 2022 General Manager Call to Action , Co-op reports , Events , Features No comments
On April 26, a group of Karma co-op members and the broader community participated in the Placemaking in Karma Lane webinar, part of Karma Conversation.  It was a great session where we learnt from placemaking and laneway experts about the importance of laneways and great ways to engage the community, especially children, in creating active public spaces that welcome everyone. But, more importantly, we started a conversation about the potential of Karma Laney that got everyone ex...
June 09, 2022 General Manager Call to Action , Co-op reports , Features No comments
Karma will be seeking a new Chronicle editor as of July 2022. The Chronicle Editor’s duties include: taking in and organizing content, Formatting and editing content, Recording hours for writers and production team, Communicating with writers, staff, and production team, Participating in the communications committee. The Editor has the ability to bring their vision for the future of Karma’s communications to important decisions about content, scheduling, and process. If you’re intere...
June 09, 2022 General Manager Call to Action , Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Benjamin Miller I came across “At Home in Utopia” quite accidentally one night searching for films about co-ops on Kanopy.org (a free service if you have a Toronto Public Library card). The film tells the story of an originally Jewish communist housing co-op established in the 20s and its storied history through to the 40s. The film does a great job of weaving the personal stories of the still living individuals who grew up there with the broader movements of which they were a part, an...
June 09, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Rebecca Weigand I sat down, across a zoom screen, with Karma Co-op’s first president, Richard Haney, to learn more about the early days of our co-op. He talked about the magic of enthusiasm, the power of participation, and the importance of being guided by a good decision-making process. Richard Haney will be among many guests at the laneway party of June 25, to celebrate Karma Co-op’s 50th birthday. Q – What was going on in 1972? That was a time of incredible social change...
June 07, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports , Events , Features No comments
This year marks Karma’s 50th year in business.A big milestone by any standard, but especially meaningful if you’ve been alongside Karma since the early days, back in the old warehouse basement that cost only $1 per square foot, or during the threat of closure in 2013, when the community came together and helped to keep Karma open.50 years of serving member needs and operating as a self-sustaining business — we are so proud of our members and what we have achieved together.On Saturday Jun...
May 17, 2022 General Manager Call to Action , Co-op reports , Events No comments
Fellow members, on Tuesday, May 31, please join members of Karma’s Board of Directors for a conversation about Karma’s current finances, plans underway to address low sales and low member recruitment/retention, and to improve the effectiveness of store operations. To sign up and attend, click here. A meeting link will be shared with you a week before the event. A presentation will include our current financial situation, our 90-day and 12-month plans to improve our business performance, ...
May 03, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
At the April Board Meeting, Karma’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the mandatory in-store masking policy until further notice. How did the Board arrive at this decision?  Three key pieces of information guided the final decision: Member Voting:  One hundred and thirty-eight (n=138) members responded to the Board’s survey with 76% voting “Yes” to keep the mask mandate in place beyond April 27th.Staff Voting:  Nine (n=9) staff members took the Board’s survey a...
April 19, 2022 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
Author: Andrea Dawber Karma’s Board of Directors is seeking member feedback about masking at our food co-op here by April 24, 2022.