Since COVID-19 arrived in Canada, many of us have reconsidered the meaning of essential work. We have watched our governments struggle to maintain our economies and communities through this crisis only with the help of frontline workers. Food is, of course, essential—and our staff continue to be engaged in providing us all with this necessity.
Karma has really come together during this pandemic. Staff put in many, many hours during the first two months to develop and implement new procedures to keep Karma open and all of us safe. In recognition of Karma’s staff team’s efforts, the board is providing meaningful bonuses to all staff members who contributed to our pandemic response. Many members have contacted the Board to express their appreciation of our staff’s key role as frontline workers. A significant number of members wish to demonstrate their support with donations, contributions or tips.
Moving forward, Karma members and shoppers will have the option to show their support of Karma’s staff when checking out by making a donation, tip, or contribution towards a staff appreciation fund, as of Tuesday, June 2, 2020. At the end of each month, the funds will be reconciled by our bookkeeper, who will then disburse the funds proportionally among all staff, based on the number of hours each person worked that month.
At this time I would also like to recognize that an enormous volume of work has also been performed during COVID-19 by our dedicated and hard-working volunteers who’ve provided essential support for store operations at the door, for set up and clean up each business day, delivering groceries to fellow members, and engaged in committee or board work to keep our community informed. Karma has continued to function well during COVID because our staff and members care about the store and each other.
Food has the power to bring people together and create community. I look forward to when it is safe for us all to gather, share a meal, and socialize as a community once more.
Vice President, Board of Directors