There is always something happening at IRMC. Keep up to date on things like the Year-Round Community Market, memberships and fundraising.
The Proposed Island Roots Market Co-op Market at Beban Park - Nanaimo Commons, May 17th 2017
Market Co-op, City working on lease for year-round market in Beban Park - Nanaimo News Now, May 13th 2017
Michele Greene is very excited to be the new market manager. Her recent completion of a Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management from VIU fueled her passion for sustainability, food security, and creating community. Prior to working with Island Roots, Michele has worked with brain-injured clients, worked as an administrator at a preschool/daycare, and owned and operated a successful professional organizing company.
Michele has been living in Nanaimo almost 17 years. She is a mom, wife, and dog-lover, and is into gardening, fitness, volunteering, and simplicity.
At its first meeting in 2017 the Regional District of Nanaimo Board (RDN) voted to approve their staff recommendations, they are at page 40 and 97 of the RDN's Agenda (link below). The RDN will grant Island Roots $25,000 and RDN Staff will assist us with grant applications to other potential funding sources.
At its last meeting in 2016 the Regional District of Nanaimo Board (RDN) voted to support the Island Roots Market Co-op's Project at Beban Park and asked its staff to prepare a report on the specific ways the RDN can help. Their staff prepared 2 reports, they are at page 40 and 97 of the RDN's Agenda (link below) and will be dealt with by the Board on January 10 at 7 pm.
2016 was an exciting and successful year for the Island Roots Market Co-operative. We are working closely with the VIEx and Indigenous Peoples' Place of Culture. We have developed a plan which was well received when it was presented to the public at the Beban Park Open House in August.
Island Roots Market Co-operative is a registered community Co-operative in which anyone can purchase a share for a nominal fee. This means that the community, anyone who wants to participate, and no one person or small group of people stand to benefit from the profits the organization might make. Grantors that understand this usually accept it as the equivalent of not for profit. Our Beban Park project meets Revenue Canada's definition of a Charitable Purpose but we do not have charitable status so we can not issue tax receipts.