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Polls are open between 9 am Oct. 15 and 8 pm Nov. 15, 2020. Results will be announced on our website and social media no later than Nov. 22nd.

ONLINE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please read the Board Candidate Essays below and then click the voting link to cast your ballot:

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IN-STORE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

You can also vote in stores using paper ballots. Be sure to place your completed paper ballot inside a security envelope and then both ballot and security envelope into a second envelope. Write your name and contact info on the front of the second envelope and place in the ballot box. Your vote cannot be counted if these instructions are not followed.

CANDIDATE ESSAYS


Adam Dealan-de

1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board?

I ask for your vote because I want to help the Co-op continue to grow in three areas.
One, I want to help the Co-op serve its staff and members by addressing its weaknesses and vulnerabilities to remaining an amazing success and inspiration to other cooperatives. How do we stay successful in these changing times? How do we address longstanding grievances and remaining roadblocks to stability and continuance?
Two, I want to help the Co-op, as we continue to strengthen our foundations and long term viability, to stretch and grow beyond our comfort and stagnation. How can expand into a larger store and more locations? How can we grow what we offer to include more classes and departments like merchandise and other goods?
Three, I want to help the Co-op expand its membership to serve a larger and more diverse customer base. How can we educate our greater community on the value of cooperatives? How can we expand our services and offerings to be inclusive of greater customer base without compromising our values? How can we support other cooperatives in starting up and becoming successful in other areas and industries?

2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the Board?

I am a small business owner, Adam’s Bagels and Best Clean of Olympia. I am a dad to a larger blended family. My skills are in listening and connecting. I am able to see a larger picture and help others succeed. I bring an open heart and mind and an excitement to help.

3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?

My vision is to continue to grow and strengthen what we have and stretch ourselves into new areas without risking what we have already created.

4. What else would you like to share?

Whoever becomes our board, I wanted to express my gratitude to the staff, members and past board.  As an outside observer, I get to see the hard struggles and amazing perseverance it has taken to sustain this vibrant cooperative.  Kudos to your success!


Jayana Marshall

1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board?

This position would fulfill my desire to serve the community. I firmly believe our society needs more access and education regarding food origins and how to best feed themselves from their local farmers and producers.

2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the Board?

I bring a wide range of skills for this application. I currently
serve as an Executive Assistant to the Medicine Creek
Enterprise Corporation Board of Directors who manages the
Nisqually Indian Tribe’s for-profit Enterprises. I am well versed
in Roberts Rules of Order, agenda drafting, recording written
minutes, and how to conduct business for a multi-million-dollar
corporation. Also, I’m aware and excited for the amount of time
and dedication it takes to be an effective Director.

In addition to my current position, I have experience with nonprofit Boards as well. For 3+ years, I worked as a Waldorf Grades Teacher, where I continuously worked with the Board of Directors to better our school community.

3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?

I envision the Olympia Co-op growing in the coming years.
Shoppers are becoming more vigilant in finding alternative
sources to feed their families. The Co-op can be a leading force
in this effort! For example, opening a location in east Lacey or
Hawks Prairie would better serve that area of the county.
Currently, that corner of the county is flooded with convenience
stores but with minimum healthy grocery options. Eventually,
the Co-op could look at a location like the Gateway property
around the Cabela’s store, which will ultimately become a hub
for Lacey shoppers.


Joanne McCaughan

1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board?

Hello fellow Co-op members! It has been a great honor to serve on the Olympia Food Co-op Board over the last three years; I am writing today to ask for your continued support to carry on my work as a Board Member for another term.

2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the board?

Collaboration is a key skill I bring to this work. During my tenure, our Board and Staff have worked together to resolve some fairly difficult issues, but nothing has impacted our Co-op community as much as the ongoing pandemic. Our Staff, Board, and volunteer Working Members were faced with unforeseeable, and seemingly unsolvable, situations. Our response? With the support of the Board, Staff quickly applied for & were granted federal PPP funds to keep the doors open. Soon they implemented an on-line service for grocery ordering and drive-through pick-up, serving community members who cannot shop in person.

You, our members, have been challenged by the resulting changes in our hours, limited access to certain products, and new/necessary/legal protocols for entrance into the stores to shop. These have been heavy burdens for all of us, and I want to recognize how important your flexibility and patience have been during these many months. Thank you for your understanding and continued support! As a result, our doors are open and we are continuing to provide healthy food and vital products for our community as we have done for more than 40 years now.

3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?

As the staff collective is charged with decision-making regarding operations, and the Board is charged with decision-making regarding policy, we strive to find common ground to benefit the health of the organization. However, there are times when that balance is hard to find. I believe that it is urgent that we work together to overcome these challenges for the long term health of the organization, and the benefit of all our members. The Board is planning to implement a process for staff feedback on organizational health early next year. We hope that this plan will bring us greater understanding of our strengths, as well as areas where we may look for new direction. We will work in alignment with staff to explore potential long-term improvements in the organization for the benefit of all.

4. What else would you like to share?

During my current term, I’ve had the opportunity to work with staff on several committees: Community Sustaining Fund, Hiring, Member Relations, and Expansion to name several. With your support, I hope to continue to engage in this important work and ensure the Olympia Food Co-op remains a strong partner in our community. Voting begins October 15 and ends on November 15, 2020. Your participation is very important, so please vote to continue my service as an Olympia Food Co-op.


ABOUT THE CO-OP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is the elected body that represents the Co-op membership.The Board holds ultimate legal responsibility for the operations and actions of the Co-op.

The Board establishes policies, oversees the operating and capital budgets, approves plans and recommendations, and sets general guidelines for Staff and Working Members.

Board Members are required to serve on committees such as: Ecological Planning, Standing Hiring, Finance, Expansion, Personnel, Member Relations & Local Products.

Board members commit to a three-year term of service. The position is voluntary, and elected officials receive Working Member credit for their time.

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