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We’re Hiring! Outreach & Administrative Coordinator

Outreach and Administrative Coordinator

Hours: 25 hours/week

Pay rate: $17/hour

About the Concordia Greenhouse

The Concordia Greenhouse is a collectively run, consensus-based, non-profit organization. It uses the Henry H. Hall Building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards community, education and sustainable horticulture. The Greenhouse is a year-round green space that hosts workshops, projects and events raising awareness around food issues and alternatives to mainstream consumerism.

We aspire to strengthen the urban agriculture movement at Concordia University and in Montreal by growing local produce using ecological practices, providing experiential learning opportunities through volunteering, internships and jobs, and networking with other like-minded individuals and organizations. The Concordia Greenhouse seeks to be a place of employment for highly self-motivated individuals passionate about urban agriculture and food security.

For full details, see job description linked below.

Outreach and Administrative Coordinator

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We re-open on Sept. 3rd! And the Fall 2019 Fee Levy opt-out period runs from Sept. 17th – Sept. 30th

The Concordia Greenhouse re-opens its doors this September 3rd, our atrium space and herbal tea kitchenette is accessible to students and the public from 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday during the academic year between September 3, 2019 – April 9, 2020.

The greenhouse will be hosting an opt-out period from Tuesday, September 17th to Monday, September 30th, along with other Fee Levy groups on campus.

To find out more why Fee Levy groups exist at Concordia, please visit: http://concordiacommunity.org/

How to opt-out: You can opt-out at the greenhouse during the week between 11am-5pm by appointment by contacting Andrea Reichert at concordiagreenhousefinances@gmail.com, or Paul Fournier at houseplants@concordiagreenhouse.com to make an appointment during the period of Sept. 17th-Sept. 30th inclusively. Please note, availabilities for appointments are limited, so email least 3 days in advance of your requested visit. If the appointment is a no-show by the person requesting the opt-out, another appointment will not be prioritized for that person. For the Concordia Greenhouse, the Undergraduate Fee Levy paid by undergraduate students is 0.24$/credit. You must bring your student ID card and student account record (you can show your up-to-date number of credits on your myconcordia.ca account via your laptop or mobile device; by using a computer on-site at the fee levy group; or, if you wish, by print out).

While all of the fee levy groups are working to ensure that students wishing to opt-out may do so, fee levy group staff and volunteers will not tolerate disrespectful treatment from students who are opting-out. This includes, but is not limited to, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist, or aggressive or inappropriate behaviour or comments and actions at any time, and they will be asked to leave the premises.

Members of the greenhouse hope that we can all collaborate together to make Concordia more accessible, and the greenhouse has been working to get its major renovations to make it a safe, functional and truly accessible space for years to come, and truly hopes that students, professors, staff and the public will support us in our efforts to become a more inclusive and accessible, research-focused and publicly-relevant space.

The Common OptOut Events (with many fee-levy groups present at once in one location) will be on Wednesday September 18th downtown on the SGW campus, and Thursday September 26th at Loyola campus. Further details on times and locations will be posted on the concordiacommunity.org website.

EPIC SEEDLING SALE THIS MAY LONG WEEKEND!

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(Pour le français, voir ci-dessous) See the May Seedling Sale event on Facebook!

🌿 The City Farm School students have been at it again! Starting from scratch they have been seeding, watering, growing and adoring more than 7000 baby seedlings getting them ready for you and your garden. And as usual, diversity is our strength! We are offering more than 70 different vegetable varieties, so don’t miss out on your chance to get some the city’s best loved, local, organic and affordable seedlings. 🌿

🌱 City Farm School Plant List – prices range from $2 – $5 🌱
Varieties of: eggplant, swiss chard, broccoli, ground cherries, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, onion, hot pepper, sweet pepper, tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, melons, pumpkin, winter squash, summer squash, AND for herbs and medicinals: basil, savory, parsely, sage, rosemary, calendula, St. John’s Wort, skullcap, agastache, motherwort, holy basil, ashwaganda (limited), and chia (limited).
DOWNLOAD THE CITY FARM SCHOOL SEEDLING LIST FOR 2019 HERE

🌱 Neumark Design – prices + plant list will be posted shortly! 🌱 Follow on Facebook!

2019 MAY SEEDLING SALE HOURS
Friday, May 17th: 11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, May 18th: 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, May 19th: 12:00-4:00pm

*It is CASH only for the seedlings sold by the greenhouse. Neumark Design has credit, debit and interac email transfer payment options available.

*Bring boxes, bags, a cart or a friend to help you carry your seedlings home.

*Please note we do not sell seedlings other than during our sale each May.

*Please note that there may be long lines as this event has become very popular!

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LOCATION: The Concordia Greenhouse is located on the 13th floor rooftop of the south-west corner of the Henry F. Hall building, located at 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. in downtown Montreal, Québec.

DIRECTIONS: To get there, on the first floor take the elevators located in the back right corner under the large stairwell to the 12th floor. Alternatively, you can take the escalators up to the 12th floor. From there, follow the signs for the Concordia Greenhouse in the hallway to stairwell #1285 and take two sets of stairs up to the 13th floor.

ACCESSIBILITY: We regret that the Concordia Greenhouse will not be wheelchair accessible during the May Seedling Sale due to limited space for navigation within the premises due to large crowds and obstructions in the hallway.
Washrooms are located on the 12th floor (look for signs). Individual use/gender-neutral washrooms for public access are located on the 1st floor (H-001.04).

TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The Concordia Greenhouse is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

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Voir notre événement pour notre vente épique de semis sur Facebook!

🌿 Les étudiants de City Farm School ont été à nouveau à l’œuvre! Depuis le début, ils ensemencent, arrosent, grandissent et adorent plus de 7 000 jeunes pousses et les préparent pour vous et votre jardin. Et comme d’habitude, la diversité est notre force ! Offrant plus de 70 variétés de légumes, alors, ne manquez pas votre chance de vous procurer les semis les plus appréciés, locaux, biologiques et abordables de la ville. 🌿

🌱 City Farm School Liste des plantes – des prix $2 – $5 🌱
Variétés de: aubergine, bette à carde, brocoli, cerises de terre, choux bruxelles, chou, chou-fleur, chou-rave, chou frisé/kale, oignon (limité), piment, poivrons, tomates, tomatillos, concombres, melons, citrouille, courge d’été, courge d’hiver.
Fleurs, fins herbes et plantes médicinales: basilic, sarriette, parsely, sauge (limité), romarin (limité), calendula, millepertuis, calotte, agastache (limité), motherwort, basilic sacré, ashwaganda (limité) et chia (limité).
TÉLÉCHARGEZ NOTRE LISTE DES VARIÉTÉS – CITY FARM SCHOOL 2019

🌱 Neumark Design – Liste des plantes sera bientôt disponible! 🌱 Suivez sur Facebook!

2019 HEURES DE VENTE
Vendredi 17 mai: 11h-19h
Samedi 18 mai: 12h-16h
Dimanche 19 mai: 12h-16h

*L’argent est accepté pour les plants vendus par la serre. Neumark Designz propose des options de carte de crédit, de carte de débit et de transfert d’argent par courrier électronique Interac.

*S’il vous plaît noter que nous ne vendons pas de plants autres que lors de notre vente chaque mai.

*Apportez des boîtes, des sacs, un chariot ou un ami pour vous aider à transporter vos semis chez vous!

*Veuillez noter qu’il peut y avoir de longues files d’attente car cet événement est devenu très populaire!

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SITUÉ: La serre Concordia est située sur le toit du 13e étage de l’angle sud-ouest de l’édifice Henry F. Hall, situé au 1455, boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, au centre-ville de Montréal, Québec.

DIRECTIONS: Pour y arriver, au premier étage, prenez les ascenseurs situés dans le coin arrière droit sous la grande cage d’escalier jusqu’au 12ème étage. Alternativement, vous pouvez prendre les escaliers mécaniques jusqu’au 12ème étage. De là, suivez les panneaux indiquant Concordia Greenhouse dans le couloir menant à la cage d’escalier n ° 1285, et empruntez deux escaliers jusqu’au 13e étage.

ACCESSIBILITÉ: Nous regrettons que la serre Concordia ne soit pas accessible en fauteuil roulant lors de la vente des semences de mai, en raison du manque d’espace pour la navigation dans les locaux en raison du grand nombre de personnes et des obstacles dans le couloir.
Les toilettes sont situées au 12ème étage (recherchez les signes). Les toilettes à usage individuel / sans distinction de sexe pour le public sont situées au 1er étage (H-001.04).

RECONNAISSANCE TERRITORIALE: La serre Concordia est située sur des terres autochtones non cédées. La nation Kanien’kehá: ka est reconnue comme la gardienne des terres et des eaux sur lesquelles nous nous réunissons aujourd’hui. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal est historiquement reconnue comme un lieu de rassemblement pour de nombreuses Premières nations. Aujourd’hui, il abrite une population diversifiée d’Autochtones et d’autres peuples. Nous respectons les liens continus avec le passé, le présent et l’avenir dans nos relations suivies avec les peuples autochtones et les autres peuples de la communauté Montréalaise.

 

Concordia Greenhouse Plant Sale Bonanza March 12th from 12-8pm!

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COME CHECK OUT OUR HOTTEST EVENT OF THE YEAR THAT YOU CANNOT MISS….
OUR EPIC PLANT SALE IS BACK AT THE GREENHOUSE!

We will be partnering with Neumark Design and HydroFlora Concordia to sell a variety of ecologically grown houseplants in our rooftop Greenhouse!

*IMPORTANT DETAILS*
1) WE ARE ACCEPTING CASH ONLY for the Greenhouse’s plants; However, Neumark Design and HydroFlora Concordia will be accepting Interac/Credit transactions.

2) BRING YOUR OWN PACKAGING to transport your plants!
It’s important in cold weather that plants are well protected from the cold so that they do not get frost damage. We recommend you bring both a BOX or tray to easily carry your plants and PLASTIC BAGS to wrap your plants with.

3) WAIT TIMES AND LINEUPS may be long, so try to come early. We have attempted to spread out traffic by offering longer hours than in the past. We suggest that you bring a snack and/or a book with you. At 12:00 pm we will open the doors, but the Greenhouse will be closed before and after the sale.

These are the rates being offered by each group during the sale:
The Concordia Greenhouse: $4 – $40
Neumark Design: $6 – $65
HydroFlora Concordia: $10 – $80

Plant lists and any other updates will also appear in the event description and discussion section of the Facebook event page!

The Concordia Greenhouse is located on the northwest corner of the 13th floor of the Henry F. Hall building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West. To get here, go to the 12th floor and follow the signs in the hallways to stairwell # 1285. For the Plant Sale event only, we regret that the Concordia Greenhouse will not be wheelchair accessible due to limited space to navigate within the premises. Normally, we invite those who require wheelechair access to please contact us in advance of your visit at info@concordiagreenhouse.com, as there is a mechanical elevator that goes to the 13th floor.

For Media inquiries, please contact Megan Mericle at: info@concordiagreenhouse.com

Concordia is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.
Concordia est situé dans le territoire traditionnel non cédé de Kanien’kehá:ka.

Fee Levy opt-out period: Jan. 22 – Feb. 1

The common winter opt-out period runs from Tuesday, Jan 22nd to Friday Feb 1st. During the period there will be tabling fairs where students will have the opportunity for students to opt-out of multiple groups in one place:

  • Downtown: Thursday January 24th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the  7th floor of the Hall building (1455 de Maisonneuve West)
  • Loyola campus: Thursday, January 31st from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Loyola Hive, SC-200 ***The greenhouse is confirming its participation in the Loyola fair shortly.

You can opt-out of the fee levy that you contribute to the greenhouse during our regular office hours Monday – Friday, between 11:00 am – 5:00 pm by appointment by emailing: info@concordiagreenhouse.com between Tuesday, January 22nd to Friday February 1st.

You must bring your student ID card and student account record (you can show your up-to-date number of credits on your myconcordia.ca account via your laptop or mobile device; by using a computer on-site at the greenhouse; or, if you wish, by print out).

While all of the fee levy groups are working to ensure that students wishing to opt-out may do so, fee levy group staff and volunteers will not tolerate disrespectful treatment from students who are opting out. This includes, but is not limited to, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist and aggressive comments and/or actions.

For more information on opting out, visit: http://concordiacommunity.org/

AGM today at 6pm! Free food + meet our Board candidates!

Meet our Board of Directors candidates today at our Annual General Meeting, and grab some free food and vote on key items from 6-8pm in our cozy and warm greenhouse space TODAY! Here are the candidates’ statements for the 2019 Board of Directors of the Concordia Greenhouse!

Diana Moallem: Currently I am an active member of the Board of Directors at Concordia Greenhouse and would like to present my interest in joining the Board for 2018-2019. I have a graduate degree in Agriculture Sciences and many years of experience in research, landscaping, logistics and trade. I also joined Concordia City Farm School programs and completed the Market Gardener and Medicinal Plant full apprenticeships where I developed more expertise and knowledge about organic agriculture practice in the local context.

Ethan Mermell:
In applying for the Board of Directors, I plan to further further my involvement with the Concordia Greenhouse’s mission for fostering community, through experiential learning opportunities. As a current Four Seasons Growing Intern, I have developed a connection to the Greenhouse and I believe my vision in regards to food systems, educational experience, and community building is very similar to that of the Concordia Greenhouse’s.
I am an exchange student here at Concordia from San Francisco State University where I major in Sustainability and Social Justice. With my degree, I intend to challenge unjust food systems and mainstream consumerism, with the eventual goal of getting involved in environmental policy. My coursework in Environmental Law, Urban Agriculture, Environmental Ethics, and Environmental Justice has acquainted me with the necessary aspects of maintaining an environmental-based nonprofit organization, in particular, I have learned about non-profit governance, non-hierarchical organizational structures and equitable internal policy-making.
I have prior experience working with nonprofit organizations, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, both organizations sharing a common mission of cultivating community through the bond between people and plants, with a focus on relevancy and accessibility to all communities. I worked as an environmental educator for both organizations, mainly teaching to alleviate the disconnection that exist between the purchase of food and the growing of food. I was involved in annual fundraising for both organizations, giving tours and assisting in gardening workshops, and staffed many community oriented events. I have knowledge of hiring processes from selecting high-school interns to work on the Botanical Gardens Children’s garden, and oversaw their work and provided feedback. Through The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, I attended multiple trainings on conflict resolution and working with people facing trauma. As well as trainings on creating accessible environmental spaces for marginalized folks, and fostering community through environmental prosperity. Thank you!

Stella Matoso: Hello my name is Stella and I am an undergraduate student at Concordia, Majoring in Urban Studies and Minoring in Sustainability. I am running to become a member of the Board of Directors because I’m interested in sustainable movements, food security, skill sharing, community organizing, and social justice movements. I am in the process of finishing up an internship at the greenhouse this fall which is what peaked my interest in running. I previously volunteered at CAGJ, a grassroots community-based organization in Seattle seeking to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies and practices. Through that experience I learned about food sovereignty and fundraising by helping request donations for their annual dinner auction, and attending meetings to discuss incentives and goals for CAGJ’s future. I also completed an
internship at a plant shop in Seattle, where I learned about general plant care and coordinated a marketing campaign to help them develop a solid business profile and reach new demographics. Working in several restaurants for over 4 years has also given me experience with interpersonal relations and conflict resolution skills. From these experiences I was inspired to work on farms for 6 months and volunteer for a non-profit organic gardening and urban ecology organization Tilth Seattle, which both solidified my interests in urban agriculture and community organizing. All in all, I believe this position would be an excellent opportunity for me to build onto my community organizing, fundraising, and finance skills, as well as help me get closer to my career plans!

Sarah Larmony: I want to become part of the greenhouse team to help guide the organization in its growth and to continue developing its commitment to allow learning opportunities about ways to build and maintain smarter and more sustainable food systems within urban settings. I want to apply my skills to spread awareness and aid the greenhouse initiative to help create a more ecologically-conscious and healthy world, and to build my skills to have meaningful opportunities once I finish my undergraduate degree here at Concordia.
Here is a list of my past experiences and skills acquired:
In Human Resources: 
HydroFlora Concordia: (visiting research project housed in the Concordia greenhouse) – I am familiar with group decision-making and the collective model, and have experience creating and maintaining governing policies, task accountability and responsibility.
Daycare for 3+ years and volunteered at an animal shelter for 4 years: In these capacities I helped with scheduling, managing volunteers and the public, and gained interpersonal skills and conflict-resolution skills.
Rotary International: understanding and familiarity with non-profit structure and governance, and experience representing the organization’s mandate, policies and code of conduct.
Robotics: experience in a competition helped to develop teamwork and time-management skills, leadership skills while working under pressure.
Community service: I have volunteer experience working with marginalized groups that span a large range of ages (children/youth-seniors), and in particular have experience working to aid food security and public health in more urbanized settings.
In Finance and Fundraising:
Girls Learn International: As Treasurer, I handled the budget, had financial responsibility, strategized practical financial goal-keeping for long and short-term campaigns, and I organized fundraising and advocacy events for social justice and food security issues.

Rayanne Papp Abbas:
My name is Rayanne. I’m currently completing a Four Seasons Growing internship at the Concordia Greenhouse. I am planning on attending the City Farm School next year to complete the Market Gardener Full Apprenticeship. I am particularly interested in food sovereignty and organic, local food production, and I think the Concordia Greenhouse is a great place to learn about both. As the greenhouse is becoming more and more popular among students, I think it’s important that we strive to get more people actively participating in its growth and development. The Greenhouse is more than a study area for students who gather there, and we can create more opportunities for students to learn through free hands-on workshops, guided tours, and student-led discussions.
I consider myself a valuable addition to the board of directors. I have great interpersonal skills, as well as a good sense of initiative. When I was a student at Vanier college, I founded a yoga club with the goal to offer free yoga classes to students on campus. The club was a success and gave many students the opportunity to benefit from the practice without worrying about cost. This experience has allowed me to develop strong communication skills, as well as build the confidence to work on new projects, knowing that I can bring them to reality.
I currently work at Coop la Maison Verte, a cooperative cafe and organic grocery store in NDG. I aspire to one day run my own cooperative farm or greenhouse and teach people about food solidarity, permaculture, and urban farming. I believe that becoming a member in the board of the directors will allow me to learn how to keep this type of establishment running successfully, and provide me with valuable experience that will serve me well in my future career.

Tess Fleet: My name is Tess and I am applying to be a part of the Concordia Greenhouse Board of Directors. If elected, this would be my second year with this team. I’ve spent the last year working with the board as a part of the Human Resources working group and while I’ve learnt so much, I aspire to keep growing in this field and helping out however I can. I’m very lucky for my prior experience with the board, as they have given me the chance to participate in trainings such as anti-oppression and non-violent communication. I’ve also gained some valuable experience working in a non-hierarchical, consensus-based environment. In addition to being familiar with the administrative functioning of the greenhouse I’m also extremely familiar with all of the educational programs offered by the greenhouse as I’ve completed multiple of their internship programs. I believe my knowledge of the greenhouse on paper and in practice would be a great advantage for someone working on the board.
Another reason to consider my candidacy would be my position as an undergraduate student at the University of Concordia. I am in my final year of study within the geography department and therefore have managed to cultivate a large network with students who have a particular interest in many of the projects conducted by and through the greenhouse! My area of study in specific is relevant to the skill-set that I bring. My focus is on environment and sustainability. As a result, I am very well versed in both ecological and cultural sustainability, pertaining to subjects such as food politics, as well as ecological agriculture and practices.
For these reasons I believe that I would be an ideal representative of the Concordia Greenhouse mandate and a useful asset to the Board of Directors. It would be an honor to be continue being a part of the team and I’m grateful for the opportunity!

Annual General Meeting on Nov. 27th!

All undergraduate students, greenhouse volunteers, interns, apprentices, staff and board members of the greenhouse are welcome to join us at our Annual General Assembly from 6-8pm on November 27th at the Concordia Greenhouse!

At this meeting, there will be presentations of:
-Financial statements for 2018, and the 2019 Budget
-Reports from collective members and visiting research projects
-*Elections for the Board of Directors (see below for info!)
-Vote on amendments to the Concordia Greenhouse Constitution – see the new draft of our Constitution to vote on here!

🌿There will also be free food and our organic teas available!🌿
We can provide access to those with reduced mobility if you contact us to make an appointment. Email info@concordiagreenhouse.com or call 514-848-2424 x. 5134.

*Interested in joining the Board of Directors for the Concordia Greenhouse and to help us reach our goals of disseminating knowledge about working sustainability and promoting urban agriculture and food security? We are looking for undergraduate students, interns, apprentices, volunteers, and community members affiliated with our organization that recognize our mandate and vision to run as candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors!

In particular, we encourage individuals with knowledge and experience in human resources, fundraising, non-profit governance and legalities, accounting or financial management, consensus decision-making processes, experience with hiring, evaluations or conflict resolution, grant-writing, anti-oppression, and knowledge of sustainable and social justice movements to apply. The Concordia Greenhouse recognizes and welcomes the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, women, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQIAA2S+, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working-class backgrounds to apply to our Board. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

Interested in applying? Send an email to info@concordiagreenhouse.com by 5:00 pm on Friday November 23rd with your completed application form and your 300-500-word (maximum) statement of intent.

*You can find applications and more information about joining the Board of Directors here: https://concordiagreenhouse.com/about/join-our-board-of-directors/

ABOUT THE CONCORDIA GREENHOUSE
The Concordia Greenhouse is an initiative that uses the Henry F. Hall building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards education, research and community-building. As an educational space, the greenhouse seeks to be an environment for workshops, projects and events that address urban sustainability and food security issues.
At the base of the project are principles of mutual respect, promoting equality among project members and the community at large through consensus-based decision making process and co-operative management structure. We aim to affirm and renew our leadership in sustainability and urban agriculture in what we do within the university and in our interactions with external communities.

We strive to promote sustainability within the Concordia-Montreal community by:
*Serving as a resource center and a demonstration site for urban agricultural techniques and food security initiatives;
*Acting as a springboard for innovative solutions and research in urban sustainability;
*Offering workshops on sustainable city living and year-round food production;
*Supporting a network of urban agricultural organizations throughout Montreal;
*Linking students to volunteer and job opportunities in the community;
*Providing a forum where socioeconomic, political and environmental issues relating to food, energy and water can be discussed.

OUR MISSION is to provide a year-round all organic green space that fosters community, provides experiential learning opportunities and grows healthy stuff!

OUR VISION is for locally-empowered sustainable urban gardens, at Concordia University and beyond.

We believe in…
-Ecological principles
-Experiential learning
-Community relationships
-Collective, non-hierarchical decision-making
-Non-profit organizations
-Food accessibility, security and quality
-Inclusive, safe spaces
-Accountability and transparency
-Evolving
-Celebration
-Job creation and opportunities
-Supporting marginalized communities