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Edition 1.3 August 2020


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Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing donates $500 to Sudbury Food Bank with help of  

Joanne, Jean and Monique of Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing, give donation of $500 to Dan Xilon, Sudbury Food Bank. 

Sudbury, August 11, 2020  On August 11, 2020, Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing donated $500 to Sudbury Food Bank. Sweetfern has several households that are forming an inclusive and sustainable cohousing community in Sudbury. The group’s vision is to build 15-24 fully equipped private homes combined with shared spaces. The donation to Sudbury Food Bank was raised through a recent online information workshop – “Cohousing 101” - organized by Cohousing Options Canada, a non-profit cohousing consultancy. Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing co-hosted the workshop along with cohousing groups in Hamilton and Toronto.  
A total of 120 people attended the free workshop which raised $1,500 in donations to support local food banks in the three communities. “The need for community has never been greater and we wanted to make a point that cohousing communities also care about the broader community around them”, says Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of Cohousing Options Canada. “Cohousing communities often have the power to transform entire neighbourhoods and make them a better, safer place”, adds Stevens.
“We have an amazing group of like-minded people, determined to build their dream of living in a fun and supportive multi-generational and inclusive community. If you share our dream, get in touch with us”, says Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing spokeswoman Monique Fuchs. 

How is Sweetfern organized?

      Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing operates using a governance system called Sociocracy. It is less hierarchical than many organizations while still using a clear structure for decision making. All Full Members are involved in decision making with different members being responsible for different concerns (or domains). Cate De Vreede, a founding member of Treehouse Cohousing in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, describes how members of this developing cohousing community are using sociocracy to design their physical and social cohousing community in this video.
    Sweetfern members are in the process of learning how to apply sociocracy to our governance. To learn more about Sociocracy go to:

Meet our members


     Je suis professeure à l’École de service social de l’Université Laurentienne, où j’ai aussi enseigné dans le programme de santé publique, après avoir été thérapeute pour enfants, chercheure autonome et consultante en immigration pendant de longues années, en pratique privée. J’ai une formation multidisciplinaire: psychologie, travail social, droits humains internationaux et des Autochtones, droit de la consommation, droit de l’Immigration, anthropologie, médecines alternatives et reiki.
      Très curieuse, j’ai étudié plusieurs langues et j’ai beaucoup voyagé. J’adore nager, faire de la plongée et nager avec les dauphins. L’art et la musique sont importants dans ma vie et, au cours des décennies, j’ai chanté dans plusieurs chorales. L’écologie et l’environnement sont ma priorité. Depuis plusieurs décennies j’ai été militante pour une plus grande justice sociale, la solidarité, ce que j’ai toujours appliqué dans la manière dont je travaille mais aussi dans mes engagements au niveau privé.


Join us to learn more at our monthly Coffee and Cohousing online Saturday, August 15, 10:30 a.m.

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