What is the cowichan elder care co-operative?
Run by and for seniors in the Cowichan region, the Cowichan Elder Care Co-operative will make referrals, arrange sub-contractors, or arrange volunteers to help seniors get services such as: companionship, house cleaning, meal preparation, home repairs, care services, nursing, yard work, and other service needs as identified by co-op members.
What's been done so far?
We have secured funding through the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Foundation to do all the preliminary research and preparation for launch. To date we have:
- Held wide community consultation to agree on the main business idea
- Filed for incorporation as a co-operative
- Formed an interim board of directors to coordinate the start-up phase until the first annual general meeting in late summer/early fall
- Engaged a local co-operative developer to conduct a Feasibility Study and write a Business Plan that will guide the start up of the co-operative
what are the BENEFITS of joining?
Services are not free: co-operative members will agree on appropriate fees for services to ensure that high quality service is provided with fair compensation to the care-givers, while also covering all costs of the co-operative. Benefits to joining the co-op include:
- Safe, quality service - pre-screening and ongoing evaluation provides members with peace of mind that they will get a safe, reliable service
- Protection - CECC can help the senior assess if they received good service, and help address any instances of bad service, abuse or unfair pricing
- Fair price - CECC does not promise lower prices, but does help members know what a fair price is for services
- Convenience - CECC will offer a comprehensive, one-stop service, providing members with referrals to a wide range of services
- Ownership - CECC is run by seniors, for seniors, and provides a sense of belonging. All members have the chance for input into decision-making
- Relationship-based - Volunteers, directors and care providers are all members of the co-op, so seniors are always dealing with someone who cares and is part of the same group
How can i get involved?
We are currently accepting new membership applications at a $10 cost for the redeemable membership share. During this start-up phase, members' involvement includes:
- Receiving updates on the progress of the feasibility study and business plan, with opportunity to provide input and fresh ideas, and
- Participating in our first Annual General Meeting on October , during which members can be nominated to run for the board of directors, and of course vote for that democratically-elected board.
to learn more or apply for membership
To learn more about this initiative or to apply for co-op membership, please contact: