The Victoria Health Co-operative is a community-owned enterprise in which every member-owner has equal rights and responsibilities.
The Victoria Health Co-operative is a general membership co-op. Any legal person (any entity that can sign a contract, whether a human person, a business, etc) can apply for membership, subject only to the approval of the Board. We have no geographical limits.
Our members (around 300 currently active) govern the Co-op through a Board of up to 9 members whom they elect at each Annual General Meeting. Any member-owner can stand as a candidate for the Board. Directorships run for 3 years and the terms are staggered to provide a balance of continuity and fresh eyes. The Board is answerable to the member-owners. More information is set out under our Articles of Incorporation and Rules of Association below:
Our Legal Structure:
Articles of Incorporation (PDF coming soon)
Board of Directors
Vanessa Hammond – Chair
As Chair of the VHC Board, her priorities are to continue building a strong board, ensuring full awareness and use of the co-op identity, and supporting member-owners and the community in the pursuit and maintenance of health and wellness. She feels the ideal is a range of services such as Nurse Practitioners, Nutritionists, Kinesiologists, Counselors etc working in partnership with each other and community organizations. If you are interested in shifting the focus from Medical treatment of sickness to helping our members and neighbours to maintain HEALTH, she invites you to sit in on a VHC event or Board meeting.
Vanessa has seen co-operatives as a way of serving communities and all member-owners. She has worked as a co-op developer in 35 countries – loves the work and the community-minded people. Apart from co-ops, Vanessa’s passions are her family and friends, exploring the world, flying (although she gave up her licence long ago), and the pre-history and early history of the Celtic lands.
Kelsey Meagher – Vice-Chair
Kelsey first joined the VHC as a wellness practitioner and volunteer at VHC events. As Vice-Chair, he has worked with other board members to find solutions to some of the obstacles and challenges that the VHC has faced as it works to provide opportunities and develop programs to service its owner membership. His professional background includes studying to a practitioner level in Thai massage and acupressure, being a student representative on the Board of the BC Acupressurist Association, and being a small business owner-operator.
Kelsey was born and raised in Victoria and likes to be active in the community on a holistic level, providing benefit to the wellbeing of its diverse community through his work as a practitioner and his everyday life. Kelsey believes in a holistic approach to health and strives to share that experience in a way that benefits as many people as possible, within their own experiences as they approach their health and wellness.
Dylan Bos – Secretary-Treasurer
“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dylan is a Financial Services Representative with Vancity Credit Union and is a third year accounting student at Camosun College. Born and raised in Victoria, he has seen the city grow tremendously and wants to make a positive impact in his local community. He was immediately drawn to the opportunity to join the Board, as he shares the same cooperative vision of jointly working with people in our community to help them thrive. As Secretary-Treasurer, Dylan’s main role within the organization is to oversee the financial administration of the Co-op. This includes bookkeeping, advising the board on financial matters, and generating financial reports in accordance with CRA’s standards. Dylan’s work on to Board is led by his goal to help the VHC be impactful with it’s finances.
Scott Glennie – Director
Scott manages and maintains the Victoria Health Co-op website and assists the Communications Coordinator with developing the Co-op’s web presence. He is a freelance web developer and digital media consultant and shares his work over at scottglenniedesign.com. Scott moved to Victoria in 2016 and found great difficulty finding affordable housing, health, and wellness services. It was through his work with Fairfield United Church (fairfieldunitedchurch.com) that he met Vanessa, the Chair of the Board of Directors, and took interest in co-ops that work to help people like him practice healthy living.
Selina Pieczonka – Director
Selina started her work with Victoria Health Co-op as a social media assistant and joined the Board of Directors as their Communications Coordinator in 2018. As marketing lead, she has helped to develop content and visual designs for Co-op programming, information, and events and aims to keep the Board of Directors organized and their projects on track. Her background includes a variety of volunteer positions, experience as an administrative assistant, medical office assistant, and an event coordinator, as well a degree from the University of Victoria. She has spent a combined 7 years living in Victoria, a city she is starting to call home after many years of exploring. Selina is passionate about health promotion and encourages individuals to access to health education resources to feel confident at any stage of their wellness journey.
Robin Lowry, MD – Director
BIO COMING SOON…