Nominations for the Co-ordinating Body have closed for 2020. You can find all the information about this year’s candidates, co-options and retirements below.

Elections

The following members will be standing for election at this year’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on the 21st October 2020.

Maureen O’Donnell

Chair of the Co-ordinating Body

Please share with the members your involvement with the Co-op to date.

I have been a co-op member and volunteer since I moved to Ireland in 2012. I have volunteered in operations (shelf stocking), the welcome desk, the communication committee, CB treasurer (2017-2019) and I followed Patrick Flynn as CB Chair in 2019. I currently sit on our Finance, Audit & Risk committee.

Please share with the members any experience you may have relevant to serving on the board of our Co-op.

I have served on the CB since 2017. Before that I served on the CB of the Fort Wayne Food Coop as Secretary, then Vice Chair, then Chair.
Feel free to share any other information with the members.

The Co-op has changed a lot since I became a member but what hasn’t changed (and is increasingly important) is a need for community. The CB needs to be at the heart of connecting and fostering our community.

Filipa Ferraz

Co-ordinating Body Member

Please share with the members your involvement with the Co-op to date.

I have been a member of the DFC for a number of years. I started volunteering in the shop, then the welcome desk and in 2016 I became a member of the Coordinating Body.

Please share with the members any experience you may have relevant to serving on the board of our Co-op.

In past years, I have worked with different staff members and CB towards an organizational re-structuring process. More recently, I supported the management team with a successful funding application to Enterprise Ireland to expand our online e-commerce.

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Besides the Coordinating Body, I am also a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee and a new group being formed which is looking at Strategy within the Co-op.

Jonas Poulsen

Co-ordinating Body Nominee

Please share with the members your involvement with the Co-op to date.

As a Kilmainham local I was delighted to learn that the Co-op was moving in “next door”. I have since the move been a weekly volunteer in the shop assisting in all aspects of the shop-keeping.

Please share with the members any experience you may have relevant to serving on the board of our Co-op.

I am currently an undergrad student in UCD, and I am certain that some of the knowledge I am acquiring here could be useful in a role on the CB. Also, as a local, I know the surrounding community.

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Access to healthy food sources is, in my opinion, a human right, and with Social Justice, being a part of my studies I feel very strongly about making the Co-op a pillar in the local Community.


Co-options

The following members were co-opted on to the Co-ordinating Body during the year and will be subject to ratification at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Paolo Bostrenghi

Co-opted Co-ordinating Body member

Please share with the members your involvement with the Co-op to date.

I joined the DFC in Dec 2018, since then I attended events, screenings, Xmas party, AGM, I was involved with the Nom&Gov committee and, in 2020, I was co-opted as a CB member. And I shop there weekly!

Please share with the members any experience you may have relevant to serving on the board of our Co-op.

In college I wrote articles on the legal reform of Co-ops in Italy and appreciate the importance of the democratic spirit of Co-ops and their owners. I am a co-opted CB member and a Nom&Gov member.

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Sustainability is very important to me and I feel the DFC is strongly pursuing these values. As an accountant and tax advisor I am bringing an analytical and pragmatic mindset to the CB.

Bróna Ní Chobhthaigh

Co-opted Co-ordinating Body member

Please share with the members your involvement with the Co-op to date.

I’ve long been a supporter of DFC and have been a member for approximately 3 years, since moving to Dublin 8 and being able to appreciate it locally. I’ve been working on the Strategic Advisory Committee this summer.

Please share with the members any experience you may have relevant to serving on the board of our Co-op.

I’ve a background in economics, public policy, and in engagement and communications. I’m experienced in supporting organisations connect, grow and thrive in a way that emboldens and embeds their core values.

Feel free to share any other information with the members.

I believe in the power of considered collaboration to shape the world we live in and we leave. I would love to support the Co-op build and grow it’s collective, community and ecologically-rounded vision.


Retirements

The following member will be retiring at this year’s AGM.

Kevin O’Farrell

Co-ordinating Body Member

Personal Statement

“Serving as a director during these new chapters in the co-op’s life was very interesting.

Our move from Newmarket to Kilmainham was so exciting with the quest for a permanent home being a priority for many years. And meeting the challenges of the pandemic wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing work by the management and staff team. 

I am grateful to have the opportunity to support DFC’s evolving story through my volunteering on the Co-ordinating body. I learnt so much over the last two years. Thank you.”

Aaron Jewell

Co-ordinating Body Member & Staff Member

Personal Statement

“After much thought, I have decided to take a step back from the CB in order to focus on my other work within the Co-op.

We have covered a huge amount as a team over the past 2 years while I have been on the CB team, it is a credit to everyone for their efforts, time, energy and expertise.

Although I’m not going anywhere from the Co-op, I want to say it has been a pleasure to work out some major progress as part of the CB and I continue to support the path that we are on. I want to keep pushing the co-operative model to success and highlight to other communities and individuals that they can develop more food sovereignty, local economies and community-supported jobs.

Finally a big thank you to the members for support during my time on the CB, and for continuing to support their Co-op.”

Remaining CB Members

The following Co-ordinating Body members will be up for re-election in 2021/22.

(left to right), Grace Wilentz (CB Member) and Rose McCaul (CB Treasurer)
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