The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative was born from a dream of a few visitors to the Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee Washington. The organization's tagline, "Where Community Meets" captured the imagination of these folks and the conceptualization completed to date seeks to transport this vision to Kamloops.
Dieter Dudy, Rick Duggan and Gregg Lindros sat together on Dudy's porch sometime during the summer of 2017 lamenting the loss of a similar project due to lack of capital startup funds and wondered if another model would have better success. After some research, they determined a cooperative model may well be the solution and set out to work within this framework. As a director for a local credit union (a financial cooperative), the fourth member, Daphane Nelson, heard about the project and asked if there was any way to help. The four of them have been meeting regularly since February 2018 and were recently joined by a fifth, Sina Miotti.
As defined by the BC Cooperative Association, cooperatives take an ethical, sustainable approach to business by considering not only the economic impacts of their activities, but also their social/cultural and environmental impacts. This resonates with the group as the Kamloops Public Market Cooperative intends to be more than a marketplace for goods and services. The vision is to reinstall the confluence of the rivers as a community-gathering place for Kamloopsians while providing commerce activities to support local businesses.
The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative is in the process of incorporating as a community service cooperative which is similar to a non-profit society, except that membership in the cooperative pledges, per the 7 Cooperative Principles, that members benefit from ownership. Once incorporated, a planned cooperative membership drive in Fall 2018 will prove a good indication of public support for the project both philosophically and financially and the group will progress from there.
"From 4 to 40" summarizes our group's intent to grow and we are reaching out to the community for support and assistance. For more information on the project, or to find out how to get involved, a free blue-sky session will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 1pm to 3pm at the Noble Pig. If you are interested in attending, please register at https://kamloopspublicmarket.brownpapertickets.com/