A group of housing co-op members wanted to map the co-ops in their East Van neighbourhood. So they made an inventory for the Grandview-Woodlands/Commercial Drive area and found: a co-op bookstore, 2 credit unions, 19 housing co-ops, a biodiesel co-op, a woodworking co-op, a glassblowing co-op and a whole lot of car sharing spots, with honorable mention to the Vancouver Tool Library too.
They thought a good way to share the info is with an illustrated map.
I donated my time, and put together this map and brochure to show how co-ops support communities.
What makes co-ops different is that members share the profits and make decisions. This doesn’t always mean thinking small – I sometimes forget that Vancity is a co-op as well as a credit union.
It’s also the International Year of the Coop and a good time to celebrate how coops support communities. Their philosophy summarizes, “Co-ops are businesses run by and for their members: customers, employees or residents. They have an equal say and a share in the benefits. Co-ops are driven by values, not profit. Co-operative enterprises build a better world.”
Thanks to all the businesses and organizations for their support of this neighbourhood group.
A list of participating groups:
- CCEC Credit Union
- East End Food Coop
- Peoples’ Coop Bookstore
- Parker St Woodworker Co-op
- Terminal City Glass Co-op
- Modo Car Co-op
- 19 Housing Co-ops
- BC Coop Association
- NOW Organic Weekly
- Vancouver Tool Library
- Mountain Equipment Coop
- Vancouver Media Coop
- Biodiesel Coop
- Common Thread
- Co-op Radio
- and YES – a youth camp
Want to print a high-resolution version?
There was a printing mixup on one side, so I’m posting a link to download a high-resolution version here. They’re large files (3.5-5MB).
The original map and brochure will be housed with Cooperative Housing Federation of BC (www.chfbc.org).