Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, in the United States, in some of the Caribbean islands and in Liberia. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. On Thanksgiving, Vernon hosted Everything Co-op’s first Open Mic, to give cooperatives and the public a chance to give Thanks for their Cooperative Blessings.Several listeners called in to talk about their appreciation as consumers of cooperative businesses. However, Vernon took the opportunity to actually give an overview of the seven guiding principles of cooperatives.
So, if you ever wanted to take a Co-op 101 course, then look no further. You only have to listen to this show. Vernon Oakes is President of Oakes Management Inc. As President, he has renovated and managed his own properties, and those owned by other entities since 1985. Mr. Oakes is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and serves on several boards to advance the interests of cooperatives. He formerly served as coordinator of the MBA program at Howard University, and is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community by providing quality housing for all populations. Vernon is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. Everything Co-ops staff wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season, and we Thank You for your support.