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Counting Pennies 2024 – Draft Budget Workshop

DRAFT BUDGET WORKSHOP Presenting, Reviewing, and Revising
the Draft Budget
Topic: Counting Pennies – VECHA Draft Budget Meeting
Time: Jan 25, 2024 07:30 PM Vancouver
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Please join us for a review of the draft budget for the coming fiscal year! Using a special interactive computer presentation, we’ll review and discuss the budget estimates, explore alternatives, and examine what the new budget may mean for housing charges. The purpose of this meeting is to seek your input and answer your questions about the budget proposal your Board and members will consider for approval in the weeks ahead.

VAN – Draft Budget Notice

Board Report to the September 2023 GM

Board Report to the September 21 General Meeting

Board Report to the September 21, 2023 General Meeting


In the first quarter of this board term, our efforts have been concentrated on the final stages of the 1750 Grant Street project, along with unit vacancies and the work necessitated by moves. Due to the number of moves occurring in 2023, repair work has been prioritized over renovation in this round of moves.


We have also carried on the work started by last year’s board on The Agency Action Plan, a filed copy of which can be found in the General Meeting package. Policy revision and renewal will be a focus for this year’s board, work which will continue over the next two board terms.


There will be some major projects coming up this year, including remediation of drainage, building and deck repair at 2035 East Pender Street, roof renewals at 1803 Kitchener and 1774 Grant, and potentially heating/cooling remediation work at 1220 Salsbury.


The Board is also looking toward creating more continuity across board terms, with resources and templates that will be available from one board to the next.


The Board devotes considerable time to member correspondence and issues, as well as the day-to-day governance work that arises across its term, including the oversight of committees, contracts, and our maintenance co-ordinator.


As always, the Board would like to encourage members to join our committees, get involved in community meetings as we start our policy renewal process, and connect with your fellow members on your site and across the Co-op.


Yours co-operatively,


The Board of Directors

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!


Annual General Meeting – June 28, 2018

AGM Poster


When: Thursday, June 28, 2018 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 2018 – 2019 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 Education Committee and all are encouraged to bring their own plates, cups and cutlery.

General Meeting – May 23, 2018

May 23 GM


When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:30pm

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

There will be two proposed policies put before the Membership at this meeting:

• The proposed Over/Under Housing Policy
• The proposed Associate Member Policy

Please bring the packages you received in the mail, they include copies of the proposed policies, along with copies of our current Membership Policies.

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 Education Committee and all are encouraged to bring their own plates, cups and cutlery.

Budget General Meeting

At last night’s Budget General Meeting, we had a turnout of 22 Members, who made the following decisions:

  • To change the name of the Capital Fund to the Futures Fund and to retain it.
  • To move half of the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year’s audited surplus into the Futures Fund.
  • To reduce the legal services budget (GL #81030) to $34,000.00 and to institute a 4% housing charge increase for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year.

The Education Committee also handed out a special edition of the Scatter Chatter – if you didn’t get your copy, let the Committee know!

Games Day at the Co-op

Hello Everyone,

The Education Committee will be hosting a Games Day at the co-op office beginning at 1pm on Sunday, February 25th.

We will have Pictionary and Pandemic on hand. My kids will bring some card games as well.

If you like you can bring a snack to share.

We should wrap up around 3pm.

We hope you join in.

If you would like to RSVP to me at this address to give us an idea of how many members are coming that would be great but if you decide at the last minute to join us you are more than welcome.

on behalf of the Education Committee