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      Lori SandersLori Sanders
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      Should individual members have more autonomy within FCL? This is an interesting question, particularly in 2020, with Calgary Co-op’s decision to remove itself from the Food Program within FCL. What if every retail wanted more autonomy – would we have any co-operative retails left in the system? Isn’t the definition of a co-operative an association working together to meets their needs? If we all wanted something different and something special for our retail, would we truly be a cooperative?

      I think that by electing strong, intelligent, dedicated board members to communicate and represent our individual retail’s interests at FCL’s Board table each retail would have representation at that table. The need to work together, with strong leadership and communication is vital to the survival of FCL and the member retails they serve. The member retails, however, must do their parts to promote the brand, support the system and work cooperatively, understanding that we all work together for the betterment of the Cooperative Retailing System.

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney
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      Good observations, Lori. It’s true, for the CRS to survive, all the locals must be very attuned to the idea of strategic interdependence, for which FCL acts as a coordinating mechanism. How do you think the recent changes in Calgary will affect the rest of the CRS?

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      Lori SandersLori Sanders
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      Well Jen – we’re working on it together!

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