Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who collectively support the Co-op in developing its vision and realizing its mandate. Directors meet at least once a month. Currently, one Board member is elected by the Co-op staff, and other Directors are elected by Co-op members at the Annual General Meeting. Directors are elected for a 2-year term. For more information about becoming a member of the Board, to receive Board meeting minutes, or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with the Co-op, please email eastendfoodcoop@gmail.com.

Current East End Food Co-op Directors:

  • Graham Anderson (President)
  • Bill Bargeman (Vice-President)
  • Dragana Panic
  • Guillaume Colley
  • Marie Dickens
  • Skye Lowry
  • Clay Braziller
  • Anna Vinelli (staff representative)

Graham Anderson – President

Graham is a social entrepreneur with a passion for the community resilience and the co-operative movement. Graham is a founding member of Shift Delivery Co-op, a innovative worker co-op replacing truck trips in the downtown core with heavy-duty cargo trikes. Through this social enterprise he has gained experience with business planning, member engagement, and financial management. This is Graham’s second term on the board; he is also a past director of the Grandview-Woodland Area Council and HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition).

Bill Bargeman – Vice President

Bill is a retired teacher and local teacher union president.  He lives in the ‘hood, shops by bike, and has been a member of the East End Food Co-op for over 25 years. He joined the Board in 2009.

Dragana Panic

Dragana brings 10+ years of experience with financial cooperatives, and currently works at Vancity Credit Union as a Fraud Investigator. She has passion for cooperatives and sustainable business practices and believes that through support of local businesses, citizens help their communities thrive. When not working or spreading her seeds of cooperative knowledge you can find Dragana on the ski hills or out camping in the province’s beautiful wilderness.

Guillaume Colley

Guillaume is a data scientist with 10+ years of experience in Data and Customer Analytics. He currently works within the Enterprise Intelligence department of a financial cooperative, First West Credit Union. As a resident of East Vancouver, Guillaume has quickly made the East-End Food Co-op his main provider of healthy and local products. He believes that co-ops put communities before profit and that they have an important part to play in today’s society. As a member of the Grandview-Woodlands Citizen assembly (2014-2015), Guillaume has gained insights into the future and planning of the neighbourhood. In his free time (if any), he loves to explore the BC backcountry on skis or on foot.

Marie Dickens

Marie is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 20 years of financial, human resources, information systems and facility experience in the private sector, including 12 years in a community based organization. She started her career with KPMG in Metro Vancouver and Chicago, obtained her designation as a Chartered Accountant and then joined the Vancouver Aquarium eventually becoming the Sr. VP Finance and Operations. After leaving the Aquarium, she worked in private industry providing expertise in financial management, human resources and information systems as a Sr. Financial Professional.

Skye Lowry

 

Clay Braziller

Clay leads market development programs for organizations, government, and for profit and not-for-profits, which are focused on products or services in the sustainability and health technology sector.  He is the past chair of the Neil Squire Society, provides business coaching to individuals in the Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society (Embers), and is an executive in residence for the BC Technology Association and a lecturer with the SFU Beedie school of business.

 

Anna Vinelli (staff representative)

 

Gus Abato – General Manager

Gus AbatoGus was born of an Italian immigrant family in New Jersey and majored in psychology at Rutgers University. While working as an insurance underwriter in Washington, D.C., he began practicing meditation and became a member of the local Buddhist community, which continues to be important to him today. After moving with his family to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Gus founded Nova Scotia’s first and only Italian foods market. Growing it from scratch, he added a full service deli, a bakery and eventually full kitchen and dining room. Over ten years of steady growth, Gus expanded the store to a second location and moved the original location to a facility with twice the square footage and staff. Over 50% of the store’s sales were from locally made products. Leaving behind what had become the largest specialty foods Italian store in the Maritimes, in 2011 Gus decided to sell his business in order to join his two sons in Vancouver, BC. He is excited to make the city his permanent home. As the General Manager of the East End Food Co-op, Gus is dedicated to improving operations in all key areas of the Co-op for the benefit of its members, customers and staff, along with the broader community.

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