Pam Weaver

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"It's been a great pleasure and privilege to serve on the board for the past three years, and especially nice to work with people who support an organization that so-closely matches my own values. I'd like to continue to do that work for another three years."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I've been serving on the Bloomingfoods board for the past three years and have been a member since (I think) 1993."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I've been part of a countless number of large and small professional and volunteer working groups and boards. Working in those groups I'm always amazed at how much better group-discovered solutions are, and how much a dedicated group can accomplish."
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 have volunteered in the areas of sustainability and equity for two decades and am currently a member of the city's Commission on Sustainability. In the past three years I've also called on my MBA training and my many years of corporate experience in marketing, technology, and general management."

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

"A lifetime of eating farm to table is a legacy from my mom, who grew up in an extended farming family. The lesson that buying local and cooking real food is more economical, more nutritious, and important for local economies has literally been part of my reality my whole life. "
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"As competitors have come and gone and copied various aspects of the co-op, Bloomingfoods has steadfastly carried an unwavering banner on behalf o the real thing: local, healthy foods. I think it's important to now step up our role in the areas of food education and equity."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Co-ops are the victims of their own success at providing healthy foods; every competitor now carries "local" and organic foods. It's time for us to do it again: double down on education and food equity, and model the kind of store we want to compete with 15 years from now."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"The fact that big box grocery stores have copied co-ops is a powerful motivator because it points out how much influence local co-ops can have. With that in mind the board has started a new visioning project and I'm excited to continue with work during the next three years."
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