Get Involved

Become a Member-Owner of the Co-op

Please complete the Membership Application. Once accepted for membership, you have full Rights and Responsibilities equal to all other members.

Become a Program or Project Leader

Lead or support the planning, relationship building, fund raising, delivery, monitoring, reporting for any current or planned or new program. Contact any Board member or complete the Contact form.

Contribute time, skill or energy.

We do need the involvement of all our Member-Owners. It can be as little as an hour a month, as much as full time. Can you help with filing, archiving, media contact, fund raising, writing grant proposals, preparing refreshments for meetings, sector liaison or any of the other tasks of running an enterprise? Contact any Board member or complete the Contact form.

Support our Wellness and Outreach work financially.

We appreciate your contributions to the Victoria Health Co-op and the Creating Community Wellness Society (CRA 83383545) which supports our charitable work – services at no cost to the recipients. We are happy to receive contributions from $10 upwards per month or as one-time contributions. These can be made by clicking the PayPal or Canada Helps button, left at the James Bay Community Project, or mailed to us c/o 547 Michigan St. V8V 1S5, or arranged as repeat, pre-authorized transfers through any branch of Coast Capital Credit Union. Click here for the CCCU form.
We issue receipts for contributions to the Vic Health Co-op. We issue Charitable Donation Tax Receipts for donations to “the Wellness Charity”, the Creating Community Wellness. These enable us to provide wellness services for which there is no cost to the recipient.

Please contact us with any questions or fill out the volunteer form.

Advocacy

Locally.

We will continue to advocate for our own Co-op and for the sector, and on wider issues such as housing and Proportional Representation. Inviting all co-ops in the region to our AGM is one aspect of our work to raise the profile of the co-op sector as a whole as is the annual proclamation, by the Mayor of Victoria, marking our AGM as Victoria Co-op Day.

Provincially.

We are working closely with the members of the BC Association of Community Health Centres to enhance the non-physician aspects of wellness and health services. We are also exploring the possibilities of providing services without investment in brick and mortar. We continue to collaborate with other Health Co-ops in the Province, with particular awareness that the Social Determinants of Health such as social connections, clean water, good food, safe housing etc have a much greater impact on well-being than medical and surgical services. Although, when needed, these should be readily available, be of the highest quality, and be available for our entire minds and bodies, including eyes and teeth!

Nationally and Internationally.

We work closely with other Health Co-operatives across and beyond Canada.