Isabelle Daellenbach

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I am passionate about local food systems and Bloomington as a community, and would love to get involved with the BCD BoD to further its reach, growth, and local impact. I'd like to share my academic background and experiences in policy and sustainability, with enthusiasm and creativity."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I've been a Bloomingfoods owner-member for a year and an active participant in programming and events. I also serve as the Volunteer and Garden Coordinator at Ekah Yoga - Bloomington's cooperative yoga studio. Working with that cooperative taught me initiative and flexibility, as well as the importance of organization."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I've served as VP of Operations for Net Impact, a sustainable business organization at IU, where I blended the needs of general members with the vision of the executive board. Currently, as a Farmer's Market manager, I work with volunteers and vendors while coordinating market operations."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"I just graduated from IU with a Bachelor's in Environmental Management and a minor in Economics, during which I took classes in food systems, ecology, and permaculture. I conducted my honors thesis on community gardens and accessibility, with a special interest in community-driven, grassroots organizing as a form of governance."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"I've always been motivated to live a sustainable personal life. But environmental and social sustainability cannot solely exist at a personal level, as they require community effort and global cooperation. Bulk bags alone cannot mitigate climate change, but a coordinated effort at all levels of society can."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"I see BCS as a hub for the community - a place to purchase sustainable, quality products; an area to learn about sustainability, arts, and civic engagement; and a space to socialize and network with a diverse group of patrons who share an interest in the values of the cooperative."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"I see intersections as areas of opportunity, like the permaculture concept of edge, or overlap. Edge can mean community partnerships or skill sharing - bringing different ideas, people, and organizations together. I see accessibility and inclusion as a constant challenge for every organization, an area that always merits continuous evaluation and action."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"As a recent grad, I am full of ideas and energy for building strong and sustainable communities. I am passionate about food systems and have strong ties to the IU student body and a history of community collaboration that I would love to bring to BCS."

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