Is Co-operative living for me? The answers below will help you know if Hazelburn Coop is the right fit for you.
About Co-operative Living
About Co-operative Living
Is Co-operative living for me?
Are you the type of person who likes to get involved and work with others to accomplish a shared goal? If so then you will find living in a co-operative community rewarding. The experience of co-operative living is enriched by everyone’s participation and commitment.
How many hours per month do I need to volunteer?
The amount of time per month you are asked to volunteer will depend on your committee as well as the time of year. For example, during the spring and summer months those who are part of the Garden Committee will spend more time outdoors working on the gardens. You can inquire with each committee to find out more about expectations around time committments.
Do we get to choose how we volunteer our hours?
Yes. We encourage our members to select a committee that they feel would be the right fit for them. Choose a committee that you feel passionate about and know that you will be able to contribute to with your expertise and skill set. Each committee consensually determines that committee’s schedule and amount of hours each volunteer will be required to give.
What committees are available to be a part of?
Here is our list of committees:
- Custodial Committee
- Garden Committee
- Membership Committee
- Office Help and Website Committee
- On Call Committee
- Property Management Committee
- Social Committee
- Sustainability Committee
Also, we elect a Board of Directors, CHF Delegate, and Ombudsperson/Privacy Officer.View Committee Descriptions
What are my other obligations are a Co-op Member?
Other obligations include:
- following the Hazelburn Co-ops rules and bylaws
- mandatory attendance at the General Meetings (usually 2x a year with the possibility of more)
- paying rent on time
- keeping your unit maintained
- reporting any deficiencies or needed repairs to the office by submitting work orders as they occur
Do you have a recycling program?
Yes. Hazelburn has a Sustainability Committee that informs Hazelburn members as to what is acceptable, as defined by the City of Toronto, in blue and green bins. Due to Hazelburn’s efforts to date, our waste collection charges from the City of Toronto are less than half – because more than half of our waste is recycled.
What else does Hazelburn do to be ‘green’?
Along with keeping members up-to-date on issues of recycling, the Sustainability Committee also holds 3R information sessions, schedules hazardous waste collection disposal days and brings to the attention of The Board and Membership all greening initiatives that could help Hazelburn reduce its carbon footprint to zero. And we are always looking for ways to do better!
Do you have laundry facilities?
Yes. Our laundry facilities operate on the card loading system. We have energy efficient front loading machines. Please note, we do not allow portable washers / dryers in our units.
Do you have an outdoor area?
Yes. We have an award winning rooftop area with flower gardens, picnic and BBQ areas. We also have an outdoor terrace adjacent to the Children’s Playroom.View images of our Rooftop Garden
What are the rules of the outdoor area?
The rules are:
- members are expected to clean up after themselves
- no parties on roof
- guests must be accompanied at all time
- smoking only in designated areas
- no glass on the roof
- use appropriate disposal areas for clean up (green waste, recycling, garbage)
- leave the area as it was prior to use
What other common areas do you have for members?
We also have the Stella Room (a workshop area), a recreation room with full kitchen facilities and an indoor children’s playroom.View images of our Facilities and Common Areas
How do you deal with disputes?
For matters of dispute, if you don’t feel comfortable confronting the individual(s) there is a complaint form you may fill out and/or you can approach the office and/or Ombudsperson.
Are your units set up for accessibility?
We have some units that have been modified for those who have disabilities but they are not fully accessible. Inquire to find out more.
Is there a parking facility?
We have secure underground parking with an area for bike parking. Metered street parking is available for guests.
What kind of security system to you have?
We have a fob system for entrance into the building and 24 hr video surveillance.
Has Hazelburn won any awards?
Yes. We have won many awards and continue to strive to win more as well as be a leader in co-operative housing.