Brianne Jamerson

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
It is my "go to” for everything. I am interested in knowing more about the co-op from a different aspect, meeting new people and being involved with its education and growth in our community.

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
I have been an active member of Bloomingfoods, alongside my husband, for more than 10 years. Since moving closer to the 6th street location, I find myself stopping almost daily. I am a huge advocate for Bloomingfoods and love to share my experience with others since joining. I have attended Bloomingfoods events in the past and sincerely miss the $3 dinners  with friends.

What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
I currently manage the office at Bloomington Montessori School. It takes teamwork to make our administration and school thrive. have been able to grow my team building skills through experience, education and honest communication. I have also been a volunteer with many local animal shelters my whole adult life. The has allowed me to see that working together, anything is possible! Anyone who has worked with feral cat groups or rescued an animal understands that it takes teamwork and connection to get the job done!

Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
As mentioned in the previous question, I am currently the office manager at Bloomington Montessori School. This position has given me a lot of experience in connecting with local and small businesses. I also work on small fundraising projects with the school so I have developed strong relationships in the community and understand the importance of working together. I am a 2011 graduate from Institute for Integrative Nutrition and previously worked as a holistic health coach. Because of my love of cooking, nutritious food and people, I turned my knowledge from IIN into baking and selling organic vegan baked goods at my local Farmer’s market before moving to Bloomington. I was able to attend board meetings during that time and connect with local farmers. It was a wonderful experience. I took my passion for baking and cooking and won several local and national food contests. Working with my clients to teach them about finding healthy, organic and sustainable foods and making wholesome meals is one of my greatest accomplishments.

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
My values directly align with the co-op and that is exactly why have been a member for over a decade. I believe in ethical values and honesty. I do believe in voting with your dollar and I certainly support businesses that strive to keep their name honest and open but mostly understand the importance of caring for others. I also believe in education lasting a lifetime and teaching others valuable information that can benefit everyone. We can all work together to make our community better.

Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
I see BCS as an opportunity for the community to get to know each other through education and networking. BCS stands for so many ideals that I see in Bloomington that make it unique. BCS provides quality products, wonderful foods, educational events and bringing people together.

What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
I can see how there is a lot of competition, and has been for the last 5-7 years, with other markets in providing organic and local foods as well as sustainable and "clean” products. There is also a large market for subscription boxes so people can enjoy products delivered right to their door. Because this is a very unique time and there seems to be an awakening in what we are putting in our bodies and how the Earth is being affected, it is great to see other competitors being mindful of views that BCS also holds. This can be an opportunity to accept that we are all getting on the same page and brainstorm what can now make BCS stand out. It can really be an opportunity to show the community how supporting your local co-op makes a difference.

Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
I felt a strong desire to run for the board and although it may be a pipe dream, I decided to go for it. I have so many ideas  and hold a lot of excitement for connecting with people that have made my experience of Bloomingfoods so great. I can remember walking down to the 6th street Bloomingfoods in the winter almost 10 years ago when the B-line was first being paved. I could see the lights and holiday trees lined up outside against the building and thought of how blessed I was to be able to have such a comfortable and cozy place to visit everyday. I wanted others to have the same experience. I can still remember that heartwarming feeling. I am a wonderful listener and avid dreamer. I believe I have a lot to bring to           BCS.

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