The Cariboo Co-housing Group has been setting up an information table beside the Quesnel Art Gallery at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. The group is holding an information session about co-housing Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Quesnel Library. Facebook/Quesnel Cohousing photo

Quesnel Co-housing Group hosting information session Oct. 2

There are currently eight committed households, and the group is hoping for 15-20 homes on a site

The Cariboo Co-housing Group continues to meet to establish guidelines and ideas. We have scoped our potential sites, introduced people to the idea at the Farmer’s Market and sought societal status. Those may be large steps, but they are just a few of the many yet to come.

To make the vision clear, we explain: The main difference between co-housing and other strata complexes is the idea of community. A co-housing community is an intentional grouping where participants build the project from the ground up, taking everyone’s perspectives into account. We believe the result will be a community in the truer sense, with people living close by who care about each other and the community as a whole. Participants are willing to help and support each other to achieve a vibrant, active and socially connected way of life. Research concludes that these elements are keys to longevity and satisfaction.

The Smithers cohort began their pursuit of a co-housing complex several years ago. The Creekside Community purchased land in 2018 and will have eight duplex buildings arranged in an oblong, with streets and community gardens in the centre. They began construction in May, with the goal of completing the common house and first four homes by May 2020.

The Invermere Co-housing group is in the planning stage, as are we. They plan on a multi-generational mix and intend to be inclusive, sustainable and affordable. This group promotes the recreational opportunities that surround them.

That is a discussion point for us as well. The Cariboo offers much for those who wish to explore. Bring your kayak, bicycle, skis, snowshoes, motorcycle or pickle ball racket. Or join us at Live Arts presentations and concerts. Our group plans to stay active for as long as we are able.

We have a mailing list of 52, with eight committed households. Our goal is to have 15 to 20 houses on a site of three to five acres. Are you interested?

If you would like to know more, please note these days on your calendar:

• Oct. 2: Free introductory presentation at the Quesnel Library from 6-7:30 p.m.

• Nov. 9 and 10: Weekend seminar with guest facilitator Kitty Elton entitled “Is Co-housing For You?”. This seminar is valuable for anyone who may be interested. To help pay for Kitty’s travel and time, there will be a charge for this seminar.

To read more, check out the articles linked on the Quesnel Co-housing Facebook page. Or, to join the mailing list, please send a message to cariboocohousing@gmail.com.

— Submitted by Quesnel Co-housing Group

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