Update to Membership August 2023

Update to Membership August 2023

Dear Van East Co-op Members:

The new Board of Directors has been in place for two months now and we wanted to give you an update on our activities to date.

This year’s Board includes the following members:

  • Al Heinemann
  • Amelia Gubana
  • Ceile Prowse, Secretary
  • Hattie Aitken, Vice-President
  • Jillian McClennan, Treasurer
  • Lynn Wittenberg
  • Masami Hanashiro
  • Pascal Turmel
  • Teresa McCarthy, President

The 1750 Grant Street Project is still underway, with work proceeding in both the upper and lower units. Michel Turmel, Chair of the Maintenance Committee, has volunteered countless hours facilitating the work in both these units. The Board has been reviewing progress as it moves forward, and completion and occupancy are expected in mid-to-late autumn 2023. We will then be pleased to welcome Amelia and Cheyenna Gubana to 1 – 1750 Grant Street and romham gallacher and Silas Woodsmith to 2 – 1750 Grant Street.

The Board is also continuing the work of last year’s Directors in facilitating internal moves across the Co-op. In July and August of this year, we have seen the following internal moves take place:

  • Tara Sawatsky, Kevin Sauvé, Sylas and Nova have moved into 3 – 1803 Kitchener Street
  • Marnie Burns and Fox Hunt have moved into 1109 Victoria Drive
  • Lynn Wittenberg and Doug Thordarson are now moving into 1855 Venables Street

All this movement has precipitated other internal moves that will occur in the autumn of 2023, once construction is complete at 1750 Grant Street:

  • Jacqueline Mousseau and Michel Turmel will move to 1867 Venables Street
  • Ceile Prowse and Julia O’Shea will move to 1896 Napier Street

We will also be welcoming a new member, Sasha Strobl, to 8 – 1220 Salsbury Drive in September 2023. She is currently an associate member living at 2033 Ferndale Drive. This unit has become available because Leo Mudhenk-Aitken, Crista Jane Pe Benito and Santino have moved to Alberta. We wish them all the best in their new home.

Once all these moves have been effected, there will be one two-bedroom unit and one three-bedroom unit available:

  • 1111 Victoria Drive
  • 2036 East Pender Street

Should there be no eligible primary members who are on the over/underhoused or lateral move lists when the Co-op works to fill these units in September/October 2023, the Co-op will turn to our external priority and external application lists.

Members may add their names to the internal move list if they wish to make a lateral move to another unit with the same number of bedrooms as the unit in which they live, as well as when they become over or underhoused.

Current circumstances allow the Board enough time to offer members who are not yet on the internal waitlist an opportunity to submit a move request to one of the two units coming up in the next three months.

We would at this time like to commend John Wong, our maintenance co-ordinator, for his hard work and effective efforts to ensure our internal moves take place swiftly and that our units are in good repair for their new occupants. We also would like to acknowledge the efforts of John and Michel in working with Lynn and Doug on the accessibility accommodations made to 1855 Venables.

Looking forward, the Board is anticipating there will no longer be any vacant units in our Co-op by the end of 2023.

We will provide you with another update in advance of our first General Meeting of the year, which will take place on Thursday, September 21st using CHF BC’s virtual meeting platform. In the meantime, we would like to thank all our members for their co-operation and work on behalf of the Co-op, on their sites and on our committees.

Yours co-operatively,


The Board of Directors

Welcome the new 2020-2021 Board!

Welcome to our 2020-2021 Board! They were elected by acclamation at the Co-op’s annual AGM on June 24, 2020.

  • Carrie Warner  (Co-Chair)
  • Jessica Wright
  • Kevin Manders
  • Lynn Wittenberg (Secretary)
  • Meghan Carrico
  • Michel Turmel
  • Steve Berger  (Treasurer)
  • Tara Matsuzaki (Chair)
  • Tara Sawatsky

Also, welcome Teresa McCarthy and Anna Kalfa as our CHF Reps, and romham gallacher as our PIPA Officer.

Thanks to Sue Moorhead and the team at CHF for hosting the meeting via Zoom. This was our first AGM using Zoom, and it went very well. And to everyone who volunteered on their sites, our committees, and on the Board over the last year, THANK YOU!


Covid-19 Message from the Board

Dear Co-op members,

We are writing to you in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to encourage you to take care of yourselves and each other. As we are being told to stay at home and keep our social distance from one another, it is also an opportunity to reach out to our neighbours and come together as a community.

Please take some time to ask your neighbour if they need groceries from the store, reassure them if they are fearful, chat on the phone if they are lonely. There is uncertainty for many people, including parents with young children wondering how they are going to be able to juggle working from home with keeping children occupied, as well as members who are immuno-compromised or otherwise vulnerable. There is worry for those with older children trying to secure safe passage for their return from studying abroad or travelling. There may be financial hardship for those with insecure employment or who are lacking sick benefits, being told to stay at home with no pay. As a co-operative community, we see this as a time where we can try to support one another while also taking the necessary precautions ourselves.

We as a board will connect with the education committee to help facilitate some community support, but in the mean time, consider reaching out to your neighbours and ask if they need anything.

Yours co-operatively,

Vancouver East Housing Co-op Board of Executives

Counting Pennies – January 23, 2020

Counting Pennies


Counting Pennies – Van East Co-op’s Draft Budget Workshop

Thursday, January 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

Location: CHF BC Meeting Room, Il Mercato, 220 – 1651 Commercial Drive

Presenter: Lisa Berting

A review of the draft budget for the coming year, using an interactive computer presentation, discussing budget estimates, exploring alternatives, and examining what the new budget may mean for housing charges. The draft will then be brought to the Membership at the Budget General Meeting in February.

Van East Co-op Music Circle

Photo by Ryk Naves on Unsplash
Sunday, January 26th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars. It will take place at the Britannia Family Centre right across from the library entrance. All ages warmly welcome.
Bring a musical instrument (or not).
Bring a song (or not).
Bring a friend (or not).
Lead and share a song, help/collaborate on a song (or not).
Social committee will provide finger snacks. Please bring your own cup and plate. And please bring yourself (yes).
Ok Time to pump up the jam…:)
Hope to share music making with you then.
for the social committee.

AGM Update

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Welcome to our 2019-2020 Board! They were elected by acclamation at the Co-op’s annual AGM on June 26, 2019.

  • Leo Aitken-Mundhenk
  • Steve Berger (President)
  • Meghan Carrico
  • Marie-Geneviève Lane (Treasurer)
  • Ceile Prowse (Secretary)
  • Tara Sawatsky
  • Leanne Smith
  • Michel Turmel
  • Silas Woodsmith (Vice-President)

Thanks to Sue Moorhead for chairing the meeting, the Social Committee for providing snacks, and to everyone who volunteered on their sites, our committees, and on the Board over the last year. Thanks also to our AGM guests, David Marsh of Marsh, Marsh & Company and Kyle Smith of Cana Management.

AGM 2019 – Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the CHF BC Conference Room

AGM 2019



When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

Where: CHF BC Conference Room, 220 – 1651 Commercial Drive

Engage with your Co-op, review the last fiscal year, and elect your next Board of Directors.

• Presentation of the Co-op’s Financial Statements
• Annual reports from the Board and Committees
• Elect Directors to the 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

Please bring the packages you received in the mail.

Please note that this meeting will be held in CHF BC’s Conference Room, which is on the second floor of Il Mercato Mall at 1st & Commercial.

Refreshments will be provided by the Social Committee and all are encouraged to bring their own plates, cups and cutlery.