Co-op Reports

November 07, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
Thank you, everyone, who planned and participated in Karma’s first-ever virtual AGM.It was a surprising success—81 Karma members registered and 53 participated! Next year, we hope to build on this success, integrating zoom for our 2021 AGM as either a hybrid meeting if we can meet or virtual again. Thank you, Kitty Choi, Karma friend and Zoom IT expert, Kristy van Beek, our President and meeting organizer extraordinaire, and Howard Kaplan, IT specialist and our vote-vetting program desi...
November 03, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
Photo by Isabella and Louisa Fischer on Unsplash Another AGM down in the history books! Our 48th and first ever virtual AGM was a great success thanks to the hard work of the Board of Directors. Special thanks to Kristy van Beek for leading the charge and ensuring a smooth AGM. Also, a very big thank you to Kitty Choi who volunteered her time to help us with the technical aspects of leading a virtual AGM, and to Howard Kaplan for ensuring our voting process was fair and accurate. With ove...
October 07, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Karma’s General Manager, Talia McGuire As the growing season comes to an end, we are welcoming all of fall’s bounty! Conversations about the countless types of squash and apples available are frequently heard at cash. Carnival or Sunspot? Akane or Freedom? The produce display is such a beautiful sight these days, it’s hard to hold back on your produce purchases.  Bring on the squash I say!  October is the month of our Annual General Meeting, where a new Board of Directors ...
October 06, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I wish to extend my warm and heart-felt appreciations to every one of you for contributing to the amazing success of our food co-op during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a massive co-operative effort by staff, board, members, and community to navigate so many changes, so quickly, and in the midst of so much uncertainty during the past six months.  Every aspect of Karma’s operations has evolved during the crisis, and we have accom...
October 06, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
As we prepare to host our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, October 19, 7-9pm, we’re hoping for our best member participation ever using Zoom for our first virtual AGM. We encourage members to become a nominee for Karma’s 2020-21 Board. To apply, simply submit a brief biography highlighting relevant governance skills, Board experience, and engagement with/commitment to Karma Co-op. The Nominations Committee will compile a nominees list to be circulated to co-op members in advance of...
August 11, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Dear Members, It’s hard to believe we’re already in August! 5 months ago we were scrambling to make shopping at Karma a safe place to shop and work. Since my last store update in May, things have settled somewhat into a new “normal”for us here at the store. We’ve settled into a routine with new cleaning protocols, increased sales and packing orders for people for curbside pick up and delivery. We’ve reworked member labour opportunities so they allow for proper distancing so members can once a...
August 11, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Statement to membership  Some of you may have noticed Karma’s silence in the wake of the horrifying instances of police violence against Black and Indigenous people, which, since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, have been the subject of popular uprisings around the world. Many of you have also expressed your desire for Karma to be more active on this front and to be more engaged in matters of social justice and equity. Social justice is part of the fabric of our organization and, ...
May 29, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
Everyone at Karma has their “How did you find Karma?” story. As a new member and, now, head of the new Marketing & Communications Committee, I would like to share mine. I think my story provides some potentially useful insights into how we can create a bright future for the Co-op. But I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I grew up in Toronto but was a bit disillusioned working here, so I moved to Europe, where I lived for 15 years. When I came back home about 13 years ago,...
May 28, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
  It has already been seven months since our Annual General Meeting, when our new board began to meet, and quickly got to work. It has been a very busy seven months! Here is a snap shot of a few of the things we’ve been working on: 2020 Karma Shopper Survey One big project which has been underway was developing the 2020 Karma Shopper Survey. We need your help! By sharing your Karma experience, we will have access to data that will inform our decisions, policy updates, and marketing...
May 22, 2020 Karma Webmaster Co-op reports , Features No comments
First published in The Chronicle (Spring 2012) A program taking place in Karma’s members’ room In line with its purpose, the members’ room was built entirely by members, who brought their creative and professional expertise with them to build a hub for meetings, having lunch, hanging out, and building the Karma community.  Mark Tholen (t-yyz.ca) and I worked on the overall concept and design of the room and helped build some of it. Kai Krueger (kaileather.com) put an enormous...