Board Elections

Everything you need to know to Vote!

Meet your 2020 Candidates!

Voting Starts Tuesday March 24th, 2020 and Ends Tuesday April 14th, 2020

Danielle Falcon

Danielle Falcon

As someone who moved from the West Side to Downtown Ann Arbor in the past year, initially my interest in the PFC was sparked by what a great resource it is for us townies who prefer to walk, bike, or use public transportation when grocery shopping. However, as I learned more about the PFC’s commitment to “promote the local economy, environmental sustainability, health, and economic justice” – work that they are already doing well and hoping to do even better, I was inspired to get more involved and run for a position as a PFC Board Member.

In terms of knowledge, skills, experience, and energy that I’d bring to the board. I’ve spent my career in the public and business side of education. In all my professional roles, I’ve acted as a forward-thinking consensus builder with a history of successfully driving new initiatives. My career has been focused in education/training, business development, and project management and I believe these skills and experience give me a perspective that would be valuable as the PFC continues to evolve.

The PFC’s role in the broader community is truly special. In today’s world small businesses that push forward initiatives which are important to their communities are unfortunately a rarity. The PFC’s relevant and purposeful mission and location put it in a unique position to engage the growing number of downtown residents both in membership and in driving it’s ends policies forward in the wider community.

The priorities I consider most important to a strong, sustainable future of our co-op, include:

• Financial viability, ensuring the coop is operated
in a way that ensures the continuation of its
important mission.
• Understanding who in the community the coop is
serving and how we can both continue to serve
that group, while expanding it’s reach.
• Community education, working to ensure the
community understands what the coop is and the
benefits of ownership.

Thank you for you consideration, if you’re interested in learning more about my professional background here’s my LinkedIn Profile.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellefalcon/

Victoria Westman

Victoria Westman

I’m interested in serving on the PFC board because I love co-ops! I also love grocery stores. People’s Food Co-Op is such a special part of Ann Arbor that has stayed constant for decades. I’d like to do what I can to help the co-op reach continued success!

While living on the west side of Michigan, I was deeply involved in several cooperative organizations and was on the board of a few of them. While living in a housing co-op for three years, I had the opportunity to learn the in’s and out’s of cooperative governance. I really like to nerd out about policy, and PFC seems like a great place to do it.

I have a passion for food justice and volunteer weekly with Cooking Matters as a Culinary Instructor, teaching members of my community to cook nutritious meals on a budget. I really love all things food, and have been working at a grocery store for almost 5 years.

As a member-owned organization, PFC owes the broader Ann Arbor community a grocery store and cafe that represents them. PFC provides an open, inclusive space that offers delicious, eco-conscious and sustainable food at a good price. And those veggie samosas on the hot bar! The people need those samosas.

There are a few big priorities that I think would be most important to a strong, sustainable future of the co-op. First, either opening or moving to a new location with more space and parking would open up a lot of great opportunities for community engagement. Second, making healthy, local food more affordable for low-income members of the community would be a meaningful contribution to Ann Arbor. The co-op recently started participating in the Double Up Food Bucks program through
Michigan SNAP benefits, which is a huge
accomplishment. Let’s do more things like that! Lastly, educating members about PFC, co-ops in general, and our specific business model would increase community participation.

Please consider electing me as one of your new board members at PFC! I’m here to help in any way I can!

Patrick Zabwa

Patrick Zabwa

Dear Coop Members,

I’d like to submit my application to join the People’s Food Coop Board of Directors. I’ve been actively serving the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community for the 13 years I’ve lived here and feel called by your request for Board of Directors’ applications to be of service to the People’s Food Coop.

I have been a coop member for many years and fairly regularly shop there. I believe it has an important place in our community as a gathering space for
people of all backgrounds and a source of quality food as the only grocer left in downtown Ann Arbor. Because those aspects are unique to it, it is irreplaceable in our community. Because of its stature, I believe it also has a place leading and inspiring the community in the way it conducts business: as a member-owned cooperative, opening its doors to all, paying living wages, and leading the way in providing sustainable and environmentally-conscious products.

I believe the People’s Food Coop has many challenges: Competitive pressure from Washtenaw County’s plethora of grocers and convenience stores, hiring and keeping staff, and raising capital, among others. I do think, however, that the Coop is well-placed to face these challenges because of the increased growth in the residential population of downtown Ann Arbor in the recent decade and the growth of the sustainable and environmentally-conscious products markets. Emphasizing that the Coop can serve so many of our community’s needs as a grocer, community space, environmental leader, and more should be its priority to give it a strong, sustainable future.

I moved to Ann Arbor from my native Warren, Michigan in 2005 to start my freshman year at the University of Michigan. In 2009, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering, but I’ve also always kept service to the community as a focus on my life. I was an active participant in multiple programs at St. Mary’s Student Parish during my undergraduate education, including serving one year on its Parish Pastoral Council. I started a group for young professionals at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia while I lived in Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2013 and began and continue to run the Queer Young Professionals of Ann Arbor/
Ypsilanti networking group since I moved back to Ann Arbor that year. I briefly lived in the Quaker community’s Quaker House in Ann Arbor and eventually formed and continue to live in an unofficial queer cooperative in downtown Ann Arbor.

Should you elect me, I look forward to serving you and our Washtenaw County community.

Sincerely,
Patrick Zabawa

It’s Election Season!

Let your voice be heard! VOTE! With the continuation of online voting, it is so easy to participate. Vote at home, vote in the store, request a paper ballot: just vote! This is an important opportunity be an active member of OUR member-owned store. This opportunity for participation is what sets PFC apart from other stores in the community. The board members steer the direction of the store by creating the policies that the PFC general manager and staff follow. As board members we represent YOU! So take the time to learn about the candidates and vote!


VOTING STARTS TODAY!

Go here to vote!

Voting online is easy!

  • Go to pfc.simplyvoting.com
  • Enter your member number and last name to access the ballot. Your name and number must match that in our records.
  • To find your member number look on the back of your key-tag or member card, i.e.: 4 0000012345 4 (the numbers 12345 in the example is your member number).
  • If you don’t remember your member number call PFC (734)994-9174 or ask a cashier.
  • Choose no more than three candidates.
  • Hit continue to submit your ballot.

All voting will begin Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and end Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6pm sharp!

If you have any questions, contact us at (734)994-4589 or info@peoplesfood.coop.

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting more involved at the Co-op, serving on any one of several board committees is a great option! We are always looking for members to lend their time and energy to help make PFC a better co-op. To find out more information about which committees exist and what efforts are needed at this time, contact our vice president or attend this month’s board meeting. We’d love to have you join us!