January 07, 2021
Guest Post written by Ravi Bhosale, Modo Board Director
After I immigrated to Canada from Mumbai, India, I joined Modo because it was an affordable, convenient way to get around in the city. It helped me start my new life here, as I am sure it has for many who have come before and after me. So when I saw the call for nominations in the Modo e-newsletter that invited members to play an active role at Modo as part of the Board, I wanted to give back and run for election.
My interest was further piqued after I met the Board at a meeting for prospective Directors. I saw that my experience as a newcomer to Canada, along with my professional background and skills, would be valued. I knew I could meaningfully contribute to how Modo delivers on its social purpose to be affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable. The first election in which I ran was a tough race, with many incumbents running. While I was not successful that time, I refused to give up and ran again in 2020 and was elected to the Board.
The first few months on the Board have left no doubt in my mind that I am in the right place. While diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) have been a core piece of Modo’s social purpose for many years, in 2020 the Board began working on taking our efforts to the next stage of our DE&I journey. This means working toward a membership base that is more representative of the people that live in the communities Modo serves, and ensuring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are at the Board table. It makes me proud to be part of this important work at the co-op, helping people like myself see themselves in Modo not only as a member, but also as a prospective Director.
As we head into the 2021 election for the Modo Board of Directors, I want to both share my story, as well as let members know how important diverse voices are when voting for your next Directors. Yes, we need a Board with the right skills and background to govern our co-op, but we also need a Board that contributes a broad range of perspectives, that represent the diverse communities we serve. I hope my journey shines a light on how you see yourself as a prospective Board Candidate, as well as what you look for in fellow members when you cast your vote.