First published in The Chronicle (Spring 2012)

Members' room
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 ( and I worked on the overall concept and design of the room and helped build some of it. Kai Krueger ( put an enormous amount of effort into the early renovations of the room (together with Brad Wong and Jason Moore). He also designed and built the focal piece of the room: the gorgeous and comfortable wall-to-wall bench, which is made of oiled oak and set against a microsuede backsplash.

Dennis Hale (Eco Carpentry Innovation) helped design and build the beautiful and highly functional cabinetry along the south and west walls of the room. Lastly, the table was donated by our neighbours across the alleyway (Yuillbuilt & North On Sixty). It has been great to hear the positive feedback from members and even better to see members, staff, and committees actively use the room. We are all still in the process of moving in, filling the space with community life. A small housewarming party was held on February 12.

For other projects that the Building Committee has undertaken over the past year, please see my article in the summer 2011 issue of The Chronicle. Bigger projects remain on our mind, but for the next few months, we are focusing on working with Amy [Andre, general manager at the time] and the other staff members to improve the store in many small ways. Our first two Sunday afternoon work parties to tackle a bunch of projects were held on December 11 and February 5. The next one will take place in April.

by Joerg Wittenbrinck