Spring training round up

March 17th, 2022 by Celia Chandler

It’s true that co‑opers are committed to the 5th Co‑operative Principle – Education, Training, and Information – even when it has to be done remotely! I have to look no further than my own calendar to see this.

January started off with a presentation on privacy in housing co‑ops for the Co‑ordinators Association of Southwestern Ontario (CASO).  As always, the group of a dozen or so women were engaged with the material and made Zoom training as fun as it can be!

Safia Lakhani and I were pleased to participate once again in the Golden Horseshoe Co‑operative Housing Federation’s Winter Workshops in January.  Safia led a workshop on employment issue during COVID and I addressed some of the human rights issues that have arisen specific to the pandemic.

Nancy Collyer from Lewis & Collyer and I will repeat the human rights workshop we developed together in 2021 and present it to CHFT members on Saturday, March 26.  There is still space – click here to register.

To prove it’s not co‑ops all the time, I’ve accepted a speaking engagement for March 30 at the Greater Sudbury Landlord Association to again speak about privacy issues in housing.  The wonders of remote teaching – I can do this for Sudburians and still walk the dogs that evening!

Three housing co‑op staff associations, Co-operative Staff Association of Central Ontario (CSACO), the Co-ordinators’ Association of Southwestern Ontario (CASO), and the Co-operative Housing Co-ordinators of Hamilton-Niagara Area (CHCHNA), will join forces this year to learn together and let off some steam at their annual (although not held in 2020 or 2021) in‑person event on April 6 and 7 at Ingersoll’s historic Elmhurst Inn.  I will connect by Zoom (rather than zooming down the 401) to present twice on April 6. The first is on smoking in housing co‑ops. In the second, I recount my favourite “Messy Human Dramas,” real life (anonymized of course) cases to illustrate important legal issues related to privacy, human rights, employment, and eviction.

Later on in April, I’ll be Zooming into the K/W area for a Central Ontario Co‑operative Housing Federation to deliver a brand-new workshop examining the relationship between members and boards, focusing on their respective rights and responsibilities.  Keep an eye on their website here to register.

The Co‑operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario has invited me to speak remotely at a meeting in May.  CHASEO will advertise it on their website here.

And most exciting of all, in June, the Co‑operative Housing Federation of Canada is hosting its annual Member Education Forum and Co‑operative Management Conference in Halifax.  I can’t wait to bust out of my home office and present in person!   You can register by clicking here.  And take note of the COVID precautions CHF Canada has adopted to make the conference is as pandemic‑safe as it can be.

If your organization is looking for speakers on legal topics related to housing, privacy, human rights, employment, ONCA, or any other legal topic related to the work we do, please be in touch.  To get a flavour for our presentation style, check out the Education tab on our website where you can see some of our past webinars.

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