2013 Board Members
Phyllis Swenson – President
My name is Phyllis Swenson. Mike Moser and I were alpacas breeders up on highway 9 at Aardwolf Alpacas. A few years ago, personal health challenges were answered by changing some of our eating habits. Our eyes were opened to the impact that our American lifestyle is having on the health of the nation. We wanted to learn more. About 4 months into our journey (December 2008), we found the Canon Co-op. This group of people seemed to be traveling down the same path of discovery as we were (although admittedly many are much further down the road) and we have found the information and friendships in the co-op to be invaluable. The mission of the co-op follows our personal life goals. We have participated in many opportunities to buy natural products in bulk and save money. In the past I have served on the board as Secretary and currently as President . The Co-op continues to be an organic group of people, continuously changing to meet the needs of it’s populous. We are proud to be connected to the group and plan to share knowledge and continue our involvement in any way we can be useful.
Cori Quevillon – Vice President
First I would like to thank you for considering me for the board. Currently we live in Penrose, on 5 acres with various farm animals ( Horses, Cows, Goats Sheep And Chickens). My hobbies including gardening, canning, horseback riding and shooting. Am driven constantly to learn new skills, last year going through the Colorado Master Gardener program, and with this year learning to be an NRA pistol safety instructor. But my favorite past time is finding ways to be more self sufficient. If it can be homemade, then it is a goal! I also Love to teach skills/classes that have been privileged to acquire over the years!
Donia Knapp – Treasurer
Hi! I’m Donia Knapp. I have been a Co-op member since its inception. I organized the initial meeting and have been on the Board & Treasurer since the first election in 2008. I am responsible for the emails you receive and play a part in maintaining the website and blog website. I have been active in the Farmers Market, greenhouse work, bulk ordering & buying, workshops & classes, tax preparation, advertising & promotion and maintaining the lending library. My original vision for the Co-op was to have a storefront Food Co-op and Community Garden. Hopefully someday we will grow into that, but for now I am very happy with the progress we’ve made in the education and awareness we bring to the community and all the new friends I’ve made since becoming involved. Donia is Treasurer.
Judy Van Acker – Secretary
Hello! I have been a co-op member since its inception. My involvement with the co-op spans from helping with the greenhouse, to working the Farmers Market booth, maintaining the co-op library, producing promotional materials, updating the web site, and organizing educational classes and demonstrations for members, as well as the public. The Canon City Food Co-op is an organization that inspires people to care about their food and their environment. It is also a place that nurtures friendship. I am committed to seeing this co-op grow and flourish, because I believe that when a group of like-minded compassionate people come together, there is really nothing we can’t accomplish. Come join us!
Helene Blake – Board Member
I have been a member of the co-op since August 2008 and I have been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2009. I helped in the start-up of the co-op greenhouse, worked at the co-op farmers’ market booths, made a presentation on the co-op at the John C. Fremont Library in Florence, participated in a local radio program about the co-op, and coordinated the agenda for meetings. I am currently working on filing for non-profit status for the co-op. The co-op represents values that I believe are important – supporting the local economy, encouraging sustainable agriculture and life styles, educating myself and helping to educate others on more ecologically sound and sustainable ways of farming and living. My husband and I garden at our home near Canon City and have implemented solar and wind electricity for our home energy needs. I want to continue to help this organization become a stronger voice and resource in our community.
Donna Young – Board Member
My name is Donna Young. I grew up in Canon City, went away for college and work, and returned to care for my aging parents. My husband and I inherited my parent’s house, and we now make Canon City our home. I am an avid advocate of healthy, local food and an active, involved lifestyle. My husband and I volunteer for several months each year on environmental projects. Most recently, we volunteered for the Grand Canyon Trust and worked for the summer on the 3 national forests in Southern Utah. We have volunteered all around the US for the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We have volunteered in China, Russia and, most recently, in Thailand.We have been members of the co-op for several years, and I am interested in joining the board. I think the co-op is just such a wonderful asset for Canon City. This group of people promoting locally grown, healthy food is fantastic – and so timely.
Abi Leisy – Board Member
Hi! My name is Abi and I have been a member of the co-op since 2011. Since my husband and I moved to Penrose in 2010, the majority of people we have met and formed relationships with have been through the co-op. I feel like the co-op is an excellent place to meet people who have interests similar to ours, as well as a place to learn from others. I am passionate about eating local and eating healthy, and I believe the only way to get real, good food, is to grow it yourself! I have a very strong interest in gardening and specifically Permaculture. I obtained my Colorado Gardener Certificate in 2012 and now use the things I learned from the course, combined with my growing knowledge of Permaculture in an attempt to work with nature to transform our land into what we dream of. The Canon Co-op encompasses all of Fremont County, and I think that having a face from Penrose on the Board could bring a fresh new perspective to the table.