Drumlin Co-operative is committed to creating
a supportive and stable community where families and people of mixed incomes
and skills can live co-operatively. The residents of Drumlin jointly
own and manage the Co-op. This provides considerable opportunity for personal
development and allows residents to work together to cut costs and control
their own housing charges over the long term.
The purpose of Co-operative housing is to establish
a community without a landlord or individuals; people from a mix of cultural
backgrounds and a variety of income levels collectively own and manage
the property within the Co-op. Co-operative living encourages democratic
member control based on the principles of honesty, openness, social responsibility
and integrity. Co-operatives facilitate community development and individual
growth potential using education and the practical experience opportunities
that are made available.
INTERNATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF CO-OPERATION
Open and Voluntary Membership -
Co-operatives are open without exception to anyone who needs their services
and freely accepts the obligations of membership.
Democratic Member Control -
Co-ops are controlled by their members, who together set policy, make decisions
and elect leaders who report to them. In primary co-ops each member has
Member Economic Participation - All members
contribute fairly to their co-ops, which they own in common. Co-ops pay
a limited return (if any) on money people have to invest to become members.
Surpluses are hold for the future and used to improve the co-op's services.
Autonomy and Independence - All agreements
co-ops sign with outside organizations or governments should leave the
members in control of the co-op.
Co-operative Education, Training and Information
- Co-ops offer training to their members, directors and staff. Co-ops tell
the public what they are and what they do.
Co-operation among Co-operatives - Co-ops
work together through local, national and international structures to serve
Concern for Community - Co-ops meet members'
needs in ways that build lasting communities inside and outside each co-op.