Appreciating Participation

Powell River Dollars are here! Click for more info.
Powell River Dollars

Powell River Dollars have come into our community. This exciting initiative is, in my view, a welcome addition to our local economy offering diversity and adding another piece to the foundation of a sustainable community. My thanks to the PR Money Society for their initiative and their efforts!

What does this mean for Skookum?

Since the launch of PR$, Skookum has received many contributions from businesses and individuals who have exchanged their Canadian Dollars for PR$ and directed their exchange towards our cooperative.  Thank you to those who have already done this.

townsite brewery logo

Our cooperative has also, recently, been the beneficiary of a substantial donation made by Townsite Brewing through their initiative from the sale of ‘growlers’.  The $338 will be put to good use and I thank them for their generosity and participation in our thriving community.

I ask you now to consider dropping in to CMG printing at 4691 Marine Avenue on one of your forays in town and exchanging some of your Canadian dollars for PR$, directing your transaction to Skookum Food Provisioners’ Cooperative.  It is also possible for you to earmark your transaction directly to the Permaculture design course within the Skookum account at PR$, in either Canadian dollars or PR$.

By making the commitment to do this, you will be directly aiding the Cooperative, as well as taking the initiative to participate and strengthen PR$ within the community. It is my view that participation in initiatives such as these is essential if we are to ensure our region thrives with sustainable resilience.

Here are some businesses which accept PR$ which have connections to Skookum members.  For the full list of businesses and their terms, click here.

Let's Eat!
Let’s Eat!

On Wednesday January 23 there will be a potluck where we can get together socially. This event will take place at the United Church’s Trinity Hall (Michigan at Duncan, kitty-corner to City Hall) in Powell River starting at 7:00 pm sharp.  We’ll provide the mains, you bring the salads, sides and dessert.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Pete Tebbutt, President

Skookum’s New(ish) Board of Directors

Bursting with new energyideas!

Well, it’s been several weeks since Skookum’s most recent Annual General Meeting and it’s time we announce the directors of the of the Society for this year!

First, though, Skookum Food Provisioners’ Cooperative owes a big thank-you to out-going directors Nola Poirier and Julie Thorne, for all their hard work and great ideas throughout the past year. Julie is continuing on as part of the steering committee for Skookum Gleaners, and on Transition Town Powell River, while Nola reigns as Spoken Word Director for CJMP: Powell River Community Radio and myriad other projects.

(l-r) Jan, Sharon, and Pete

Our new elected board members are:

  • Pete Tebbutt, who takes over as President of the Cooperative,
  • Jacqueline Huddleston

The rest of the board elected on June 22, 2011,  is made up of returning directors David Parkinson (now Treasurer), Jonathan van Wiltenburg (returning as Vice-President), Jan Burnikell (returning as Secretary), Sharon Deane, and Giovanni Spezzacatena.

But let’s not forget that cooperatives are about the members. As always, we encourage all members to participate as project coordinators and as blazers on the local food trail any way you can. Propose a project, participate in our upcoming events, accept our open invitation to our monthly board meetings, help organize and fund-raise for Skookum, spread the word, etc. Keep reading this blog for the latest news and opportunities.