Board of Directors

Graham Anderson – President

Graham is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community resilience and the co-operative movement. Graham works as a Program Manager with Ecotrust Canada and he is also a founding member of Shift Delivery Co-op, an innovative worker co-op replacing truck trips in the downtown core with heavy-duty cargo trikes. Through this social enterprise, he has gained experience with business planning, member engagement, and financial management. This is Graham’s fifth term on the board and second term as board chair.

Dragana Panic - Vice President 

Dragana brings 15+ years of experience with financial and retail cooperatives, and currently works at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in Information Security. She has a passion for cooperatives and sustainable business practices and believes that through the support of local businesses, citizens help their communities thrive. When not working or spreading her seeds of cooperative knowledge you can find Dragana on the ski hills or out camping in the province’s beautiful wilderness.

Guillaume Colley - Secretary 

Guillaume is a data scientist with 10+ years of experience in Data and Customer Analytics. He currently works within the Enterprise Intelligence department of VanCity Credit Union. As a resident of East Vancouver, Guillaume has quickly made the East-End Food Co-op his main provider of healthy and local products. He believes that co-ops put communities before profit and that they have an important part to play in today’s society. As a member of the Grandview-Woodlands Citizen assembly (2014-2015), Guillaume has gained insights into the future and planning of the neighbourhood. In his free time (if any), he loves to explore the BC backcountry on skis or on foot.

Chris Galloway - Treasurer

Chris is an independent consultant who specializes in working with credit unions and cooperatives. Chris worked in the financial cooperative sector in Canada for over ten years and he represented the Canadian credit union system in Mongolia in 2012 and Malawi in 2015 as part of the Canadian Cooperative Association’s credit union coaching program. Chris is passionate about cooperatives and has fond memories of spending time with his family as a child at the local cooperative grocery, bank or social club in the UK. He believes that growing the cooperative movement is one of the keys to the sustainability of communities and is on the Board of Cooperatives First, a business development organization focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the co-op business model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada. Chris graduated in 2017 from St Mary’s University with a Masters of Management: Cooperatives and Credit Unions. 

David Handelman - Board Member

David Handelman joined the board in 2019.  He is a retired teacher and lawyer and he lives in North Burnaby.  After retiring David joined the board of directors of 411 Seniors Centre Society in Vancouver and he has become active in issues involving seniors.  Now that David is on the board of the East Vancouver Food Co-Op, he hopes to reach out to seniors who are members to learn how the co-op can meet their needs.  David is also very interested in the problem of food security for seniors.

Jorji Temple - Board Member 

Jorji resides in East Van. A teacher, student, and union organizer, they joined the board of the co-op in 2019 after 5 years as a shopper. Jorji hopes to spend their time on the board building the co-op's positive impact on its employees and the wider community. They are a  PhD student in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University and a member of the Teaching Support Staff Union. TSSU was founded in 1978 on feminist, non-hierarchical, direct democratic principles.

Sandy Forbes - Board Member

Sandy brings a combined 20+ years of experience in financial and retail cooperatives as well as IT leadership in telecommunications, transportation, and travel & leisure.  Sandy currently works at VanCity Credit Union consulting on strategic initiatives that focus on member experience and community engagement. Sandy believes that healthy and prosperous communities are built through a “triple bottom line” investment in People (social inclusion), Planet (environment sustainability) and Profit (financial returns).  He believes that cooperatives can be vital to economic growth and is passionate about supporting further development in this sector. Sandy is excited to be a part of the East End Food Coop and work towards building resilience in the local food economy. In his spare, you can find Sandy exploring the art and culinary scene in Vancouver and around the world. 

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