The Food Co-op Board of Directors election is coming up May 2-15, 2016. You can read more about the election, and all of the candidates, on the Board Elections page.
You are also invited to join the candidates for cake, coffee, tea and conversation at our Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00pm in The Food Co-op dining room.
In the mean time, we will be introducing the candidates one by one here on the blog. Four candidates are running for four available seats. This blog features Monica Le Roux. The other candidates are Marty Canaday, David Wayne Johnson, and Owen Rowe.
Monica le Roux
1. Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.
My family moved to Port Townsend in 1988, in time for me to attend 6th grade here. In 1995 I graduated from Port Townsend High School, and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Having spent 7 years in Seattle, and 3 on the East Coast, I returned to Port Townsend in 2006, and settled happily in to work at William James Bookseller, and eventually the Rose Theatre as well. I ran for the Co-op Board in spring of 2013, and was elected in May of that year. I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a home in January of 2014, which has enabled me to feel like my roots finally have an anchor. I look forward to seeing what might come next!
2. Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?
I feel like my work on the Board of Directors this last three years has been both productive, and immensely satisfying. It’s been a huge learning curve as well—it’s only in the last year and a half that I could truly say I’ve found my footing. These next three years are going to be crucial to the evolution of our organization, and I would like to continue to contribute my time and experience to our upcoming discussions and decisions.
3. Describe your interests, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s activities.
I am deeply interested in the health of our local food system, in food security during challenging times, and in financial stability in an economic climate that I believe may become increasingly difficult. My time on the Board and the education pieces we’ve participated in—workshops and conferences—have given me what I believe to be a good grounding in Co-op governance. I am also two-thirds of the way through completing a certificate in Bookkeeping, which has been very useful in providing a greater depth of knowledge in financial matters.
4. What experiences have you had contributing to successful group efforts?
I believe that I have learned a great deal about teamwork and collaboration in my last three years on the Board. This has only reinforced what I’ve learned in various other situations in my life: in the past, as a member of the crew of the sailing ship Adventuress and others, and now, participating in the management of the Rose with a wonderful group of people.
5. The Strategic Plan’s first long range goal is Market Position, and it includes the following strategy: Develop and implement our long term facilities plan. What do you think should be considered in developing such a plan?
I think that whatever option we choose, we need to commit to it whole-heartedly for success to be assured. If we are to pledge serious time and resources to a project, it should one that serves our current and future member-owners’ needs well, that links us more thoroughly to the greater community, and that can be sustainable for the longer term—preferably the next 15 to 20 years.
6. How would you encourage greater member-owner involvement in elections, member-owner forums and meetings?
The best way I’ve seen to make involvement rise is to give member-owners issues to care about and a clear way to participate—well advertised, accessible locations for physical meetings, and on-line options for those who have difficulty making it to a meeting in person. Clarity in the process is crucial as well—for more complex issues, who will be making the decisions, which types of decision will be made, and on what time-line?