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From the GM—November 2019

posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2019

We’re starting to gear up for the holiday season here at Karma, but don’t worry, you won’t even notice until December. 😊 The first sign of the holidays for us is our annual shipment of Darn Tough socks, and yes, they have arrived and we will begin putting them out very soon! If you aren’t yet aware of these socks, check them out. They are amazing and make great gifts!  🧦

The last couple of months have been big ones for Karma in terms of maintenance expenses. The drain saga of 2019 is one to go down into Karma’s history books. After careful investigative work and an initial dig in our members’ room, a major blockage was located in our neighbour’s front yard. The blockage has been removed and our store is now back to normal. Thank you for your patience as we underwent that work. I would like to say a big thank you to Yuill McGregor, Cathy Tafler, Chair of the Building Committee, her partner Doug Rylett, Mark Tholen, and Paul Dixon for all of their support, time, and expertise during this ordeal. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all the amazing Karma staff who took this big inconvenience in stride. I never heard a single complaint, and we were all able to approach it with a little humour. This made things bearable. Thanks you guys! 

We also just recently had our parking lot repaved. The lot was in a very bad state and was becoming dangerous for those using it. We are glad to have that repair completed. Thanks to Yuill McGregor and crew for working hard to get the lot repaved in the pouring rain. 

This month we will be rolling out the new process for taring container weights! We’re moving to a less wasteful process that won’t require you to print a label or juggle two four-digit numbers in your head! You’ll simply have to record your tare weight, fill up, and bring your filled jars to cash. This change will be happening soon, so stay tuned! 

I am happy to report the 2019 Annual General Meeting was a success. There was so much interest from members to be on the board of directors, that we actually voted! I am thrilled to welcome so many new faces to the board this year. Some have been Karma members for many years (some even with previous Karma board experience), and some are relatively new to the co-op. I am very much looking forward to working with you all in the coming year! 

In staff news, a new collective agreement was successfully negotiated for staff in September. Also, Robbie has been hired to take over the role of Member Records Secretary. Robbie comes to the role with experience as a Member Support Specialist at MEC. Congratulations on your new position at Karma, Robbie! You’ll be great! 

See you around the store!
Talia

Talia McGuire
General Manager
Karma Co-op
manager@karmacoop.org