2011 Board Elections Candidate Statement:
Cassie Plummer, PharmD MPH
For me, the community aspect of a food co-op is very important. I come from a small town where everyone knows each other. I am an active volunteer in the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA), an organization focused on playing the community-driven sport of ultimate frisbee. Food should be about community too. The need for good, healthy food is something we all have in common. It’s exciting to think about the diverse community of South Philadelphia coming together, sharing and learning from each other under this common need.
I value the equality and empowerment aspects provided by the co-op model. Two of the seven co-operative principles are “Voluntary and Open Membership” and “Democratic Member Control.” The Voluntary and Open Membership principle guides co-ops to be open to all persons without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. Democratic Member Control gives members control in setting policies and making decisions. In our current political climate, I feel these values are often not visible in our society at-large. Co-ops are an opportunity to practice these values at a grassroots level and to make a tangible difference in our own community.
I have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as a Masters of Public Health and currently work as a consumer medical writer. My academic and work experiences provide me with strong communication skills as well as knowledge about community building and program development. I’ve put these skills in action this past year helping to develop the South Philly Food Co-op by-laws, membership benefits, and fundraising opportunities for the co-op. In addition to my academic training and work experience, I think my involvement in other community organizations and my desire to empower and build community in South Philadelphia makes me a strong candidate for the South Philly Food Co-op Board of Directors.
The rest of the candidate statements are available here.