I am excited to be moving into Old Grace Housing Coop, since collectivism (and indeed socialism) is one of the two great traditions that I have inherited. 
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I was born in Germany, just a few years after the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust, and members of my family were persecuted both as Jews and as socialists. Political awareness and social engagement have shaped my life, yet in the past years dedication to Jewish learning and Jewish practice have stood at the center of my activities. 
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I teach Jewish and European history at the University of Manitoba, belong to an orthodox synagogue, and am an observant Jew. OGHC’s commitment to communitarianism, egalitarianism, social action, and ecological responsibility speaks to the overtly political dimension of who I am. 
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Thus, I am thrilled that living in OGHC promises to help me achieve a more fully developed balance between spiritual attunement and political responsiveness. 
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--Ben Baader Old Grace Housing Co-operative means a lot to me at this stage of my life. It has come into existence at just the right time. I’m excited to be able to spend more time doing the things that bring me joy, and less time on a house that is too big for me now. <br />
Building neighbourliness and friendship with people who share some common values, enjoying the great variety of folks around me, and passing the years with a balance of community and privacy feels like a perfect combination. <br />
As an active member and co-chair of the Membership Committee, it’s exciting to get to know my fellow members while helping build the co-op.--<br />
Shelly Blanco
Nearly 40 years ago, I was one of the founders of the Pinawa Cooperative Nursery School.  I valued the shared leadership and decision-making, and particularly the parent participation in the nursery school program. At this stage of my life, along with my husband Phil, our choice of Old Grace is intentional. Old Grace embodies many of the values we hold dear. We love that our new home is working toward LEED Gold certification. We look forward to living with people of different ages, cultures, abilities and family composition. We value the consensus model of decision-making and the ways in which the skills and gifts of members are given the opportunity to flourish. We know that the Board has worked hard to develop strong community relationships, as consultation with neighbourhood groups and development have moved forward hand-in-hand.  
 <br /> -- Barbara and Phil Barnett We are looking forward to living in a diverse, multigenerational village within the larger Wolseley community, one that encourages its members to share and have fun together. The values of a co-op dedicated to social justice and sustainable living make this possible.
<br /> -- Debby Lake and Carl von Baeyer 
<br /> (Photo of Debby and Carl singing with Winnipeg Early Music Society) I am excited to have the opportunity to live in the Old Grace Housing Coop with interesting and intelligent people who share my values.  My husband and I lived on that very street for 17 years. Living in the Coop will be like coming home! <br /> 
-- Emily Ternette One of us was born in the Old Grace Hospital, one of us worked there for several years, and we have lived within the sound of the Westminster Church Carillon for decades. The opportunity to take on a new adventure in our old neighbourhood and the chance to strengthen old friendships and make new ones has proven irresistible.<br /> -- Sandra Hardy and Doug Smith I keep taking strolls to explore my new neighborhood and love the diversity, warmth, and culture that I see in Wolseley. As a person living with a disability, Old Grace is a dream come true when it comes to accessibility and will provide me with more independence than I have ever had. I can't wait to become part of my new community and move into my "forever home!" <br />-- Libby Zdriluk We are at the stage of our life where we are ready to downsize but really wanted to stay in Wolseley. The Old Grace Housing Co-op is the perfect choice for us. Not only is it in our wonderful neighbourhood, but it will give us the opportunity to live in a community of people with varied interests but similar world views.  After raising four children in our large aging home in Wolseley for over 25 years, we are also really looking forward to our brand-new, low-maintenance home without worries about house repairs. 
<br /> -- Jean Tinling and Lynne Pinterics After falling in love with a character home at 1111 Wolseley, we lived in the neighbourhood for 27 years. We have deep roots in the community and our children Caelin, Andrew, and Daniel all attended Wolseley School. We are delighted to be part of the Old Grace Housing Co-operative, which is committed to creating a community of  affordable and multi-generational homes and shared values.
<br />-- Lynn and Gord Clark What is innovative about our co-op? A number of factors contributed to our decision to join Old Grace Housing Co-op. First, it is important to us to live in a neighbourhood like Wolseley where there is such a strong sense of community. It is appealing to know that the complex will have a rich mix of income brackets, ages, ethnicities, and cultures. And the ethos of collective stewardship is also important to us. In short, Old Grace will help us live the way we want to live: in the neighbourhood we love, with a more sustainable consumption of resources, in community with other people who share ownership and stewardship of the land. 
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-- Deb Patterson and Arne MacPherson After leaving her parental home at 25, my daughter Catherine has since lived for three decades in a house in Wolseley, the "Granola Belt" of Winnipeg - with non-disabled roommates and full-time assistance. After several years of searching for a larger intentional community for her I was thrilled when I heard about OGHC, being planned for the same area. I became a member on Cath's behalf and have been hugely impressed with the talent and hard work the Board members have put into making this co-op dream a reality. I believe that both Cath and her new neighbours will benefit greatly from her living in OGHC.
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Although I've lived elsewhere in Winnipeg since 1960 I've always been a Wolseleyite at heart. This, plus realizing it's time to downsize, has inspired me to join the co-op myself - with my dog Jack!
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--Nicola Schaefer We recently retired to the same street that we lived on 47 years ago - Lenore Street in Wolseley. We had been farming and raising four sons in western Manitoba. We developed a strong sense of community through our work: Hardo as an organic farmer and flax grower, and Judie a junior high school teacher involved in many community-based projects. We were drawn to Old Grace at first because of its location in Wolseley. But we quickly learned it was a good philosophical fit for us too. The members' concern for the environment, the fact that it will be home to a variety of age groups, and as a co-op, participation in decisions is encouraged.  A real community is being created here.
 <br /> -- Judie and Hardo Bewer I first experienced co-ops as a founding board member of a housing co-op in a small New Brunswick town. It was thrilling to see it come to life, but I had to move away so never lived in it. (On a recent visit, I saw that it was still going strong, 30 years later.) I learned more about the co-op movement while living in Nova Scotia – a hotbed of co-operatives! – and writing for the Atlantic Co-operator. <br /> I’m thrilled to be moving into the Old Grace.  With our kids now grown, my partner and I can downsize while staying in our beautiful neighbourhood. The low maintenance aspect is attractive, as is being part of a community that shares ideals about living sustainably and co-operatively. I also appreciate the fact that several units are wheelchair accessible, and four units will house refugee families, filling needs in both of these communities.
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--Alex Merrill Having lived only a few blocks from the site, since I moved back to Winnipeg in 2001, location is a key. I like both the look and the character of Wolseley. I already know several friends who are moving in and I have enjoyed meeting others who will be. This is comforting. The design commitment to common space will be a great asset in adjusting to much less living space than I am used to.  Finally, freeing up capital from owning property will make retirement possible sooner than I imagined. I was a founding board member of a housing co-op back in 1988 and had to move before we moved in. It feels like the Old Grace Housing Coop has waited for me.<br />--Glenn Morison. I came to understand the power of co-operation as a teen in the ‘60s in Saskatchewan. My friends farmed. No individual farmer could afford the equipment required to plant, nurture and harvest the crops. So they pooled their resources, bought what was needed, and went from farm to farm until the work was done. I happily worked with the men on the threshing crew, and, reluctantly with the women in the kitchen (my reward being the chance to drive the big truck across the fields to deliver an elaborate, hot lunch to the men).
 <br /> Old Grace Housing Co-operative will soon be my home. Each day I walk past to see the construction progress. To me, its evolution is symbolic of a collective vision that takes me back to those formative years. And as I did then, I feel privileged to be part of something so sustainable, so powerful, so co-operative.  
 <br /> -- Randa Stewart Co-op has been my life from inception, to now, and beyond.

From my farming boyhood years in Saskatchewan, where my smiling, hard-working parents were not only members, but sat on boards of direction for the local Co-op, Credit Union, Wheat Pool, and country Parish Church (while also keeping a caring eye out for neighbours who were in need or unwell), to now, the co-operative ethos greatly influenced my life as I studied and prepared myself for service to others.

Now, in Manitoba, I'm looking forward to moving into the Old Grace Housing Co-operative and gracefully aging while being actively involved in contributing toward an environmentally friendly, sustainable, caring, life-giving community (not to mention helping to design, raise funds, and build the place).

When people come together for a common good, real life happens.  Co-op on the prairies vastly and broadly shaped our approach to business and social well-being. 
Gerard Bzdel
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I am excited to be moving into Old Grace Housing Coop, since collectivism (and indeed socialism) is one of the two great traditions that I have inherited.
I was born in Germany, just a few years after the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust, and members of my family were persecuted both as Jews and as socialists. Political awareness and social engagement have shaped my life, yet in the past years dedication to Jewish learning and Jewish practice have stood at the center of my activities.
I teach Jewish and European history at the University of Manitoba, belong to an orthodox synagogue, and am an observant Jew. OGHC’s commitment to communitarianism, egalitarianism, social action, and ecological responsibility speaks to the overtly political dimension of who I am.
Thus, I am thrilled that living in OGHC promises to help me achieve a more fully developed balance between spiritual attunement and political responsiveness. 
--Ben Baader