Nominees for the Co-ordinating Body

The following members have submitted nominations to stand for election or re-election to the Co-ordinating Body of the Dublin Food Co-operative Society Limited.

Their nominations have been reviewed by the Nomination and Governance Committee, and will be brought forward to our Annual General Meeting on the 23rd June 2021 for the consideration of our members.

We have shared their nomination form answers in full below.

Bróna Ní Chobhthaigh

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Bróna is a sitting CB member who was first co-opted in 2020 and affirmed by members at the AGM held in October 2020. She is seeking re-election for a three year term. 

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

I’ve been an active member of the DFC CB since May 2020 with a particular focus on our communications and outreach work. I have been part of the Selection Committee for our new General Manager hiring 

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

I have a background in policy making and design, including climate and environmental issues, and in communications and outreach. I hope to bring my skills in both advocacy and outreach to the Board. 

Feel free to share any other information with the members. 

I firmly believe that the value of any organisation is in the people who make up that organisation – design, delivery and empowering of others. I try and embody this practically as well philosophically. 

Could you please share any other directorships and/or possible conflicts of interest you may have? 

I am the CEO of the South Inner City Community Development Association – serving the community of the Liberties, and I am co-chair of the Irish Society for Women in Economics. I think these are complementary and provide opportunities for collaboration rather than conflict.

Brigid Corcoran

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Brigid is a current member of staff at the Co-op and is seeking election for the first time.

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

I became a Co-op member in 2019 after moving to the local area. I have worked initially as a volunteer with the Co-op in Kilmainham and I am now currently a staff member working in the shop 

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

 My background is that of a visual artist and community art workshop facilitator. As a Co-op staff member I hope to represent a shop floor perspective from a staff, volunteer and customer viewpoint.

Feel free to share any other information with the members. 

I believe in the key principles of the co-operative movement as a fairer, healthier and ethical way of engaging with each other and the world we live in. 

Skills: Life experience. I’m a good listener! 🙂

Could you please share any other directorships and/or possible conflicts of interest you may have? 

None.

Please confirm the name of the member seconding your nomination?

Jonas Poulsen

Elena San Juan Grande

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Elena is seeking election for the first time.

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

Since the pandemic started I have been an active member of our online discussion group, on Saturdays. I have deepened my knowledge of the Co-op values and history as well as our product and procurement strategy.

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

I have project management experience, team building and leadership skills, learnt through 10 years working in water engineering. I have training in conflict resolution, mindfulness and positive mental health.

Feel free to share any other information with the members. 

The Co-op promotes and sustains environmental protection, health and community building, and these resonate strongly with me.

Could you please share any other directorships and/or possible conflicts of interest you may have? 

No other involvement on committees or boards.

Please confirm the name of the member seconding your nomination? 

Patrick Doyle

Prospective Co-optee

The following member was nominated to stand for election to the Co-ordinating Body but has not been a member for the minimum 6 months required to stand.

She will therefore be put forward for consideration for co-option by the Co-ordinating Body during the year.

We have shared her nomination below, and have invited her to give a short speech at the AGM for the benefit of the members.

Natalia Cieszczyk

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Natalia is a current member of staff at the Co-op and is seeking election for the first time.

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

I started working in Co-op at the start of the pandemic. It was very tough time for everyone. We worked together to keep the Co-op open and running as smoothly as possible.

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

I work in the organic sector for over 3 years and in retail for over 12. I’m interested in ecology, sustainability and business. I’m studying Employment Law and Payroll. I work as a senior admin for G.E.O

Feel free to share any other information with the members.

We share the same values. I like challenges and I’m goal oriented, but at the same time I’m interested in building community, helping the planet and food. I read research in my spare time.

Could you please share any other directorships and/or possible conflicts of interest you may have? 

I work as an administrator for an organic farm – G.E.O  I want to be on CB as a personal goal and because it’s of my personal interest.

Registered for the AGM on the 23rd June 2021?

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