Desiree VandenhovenDesiree Vandenhoven

Like Lorie mentioned “strength and legitimacy has been tested” is an ongoing matter. It seems we as Co-operatives are held to a different standard.
We too, always make sure when there is a complaint or even a positive comment we respond to the people as soon as possibble and make sure the interactions end on a positive note. Staying in touch with the membership is so important and we keep looking for ways to do this outside of an AGM. Trying to stay in touch with as broad a base as posible.
Being active in different communities can sometimes be a challenge. But with proper communications we have come a long ways!


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”