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Karen Bage

Karen Bage

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Position: Board Member

How long have you been a Co-op member?

I moved to the North Country in the summer of 1997 – my first winter was the ice storm of 1998! I’ve been a member of the co-op on and off (mostly on) since then.

What do I appreciate about the Co-op?

I like that the co-op is more than just a place to purchase healthful groceries – it feels like a sanctuary in this chaotic time. I really like being able to buy spices in any quantity as they’re much cheaper and fresher that way. I also appreciate the co-op gives local farmers and growers a retail outlet for their product. A number of years ago we had a few hens and my daughter was able to sell the eggs to the co-op. As a young person, she enjoyed getting a check in the mail, even if it was only for a few dollars.

Why have you chosen to run for a seat on the Board of Directors?

Years ago I had been asked to join the board but the time wasn’t right for me and I declined the offer. When my dad was alive, he and I repacked bulk seeds together. It was a sure sign spring was around the corner. At one time I served on the outreach committee and currently, I wash jars at home.

Recently, I was asked by a couple of current board members to join the board. After careful consideration and an insightful conversation with Lee, the new general manager, I decided it was time to volunteer as a board member.

I’m really hopeful to be able to help Lee realize his larger vision ideas for the co-op. Through my work as the Community Coordinator at the St. Lawrence Health Initiative and because of my personal interests, I serve on a number of county, municipal, faith- and community-based organization committees (too many to list here!). Though sometimes I feel like I have too many commitments, often the connections between them are revealed as issues are discussed. I like when that happens.

What interest, skill and talents will you bring to the Board of Director?

In terms of what I think I can bring to the board, I believe that I’m good at facilitating connections between people and available resources. I like taking a good idea and turning it into a successful on-the-ground project. Through my work, I’ve been able to accomplish many meaningful projects which help enhance the quality of our lives here in the North Country.

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