Patrice Lockert Anthony, left, with NFCA President Faye Mack. Photo courtesy of Neighboring Food Co-op Association

GreenStar’s Board of Directors (Council) President Patrice Lockert Anthony was recently honored by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association with their “Neighboring Co-operator” award, acknowledging her leadership and collaboration in helping our co-ops confront and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The “Neighboring Co-operator Award” acknowledges special contributions made to the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) and the advancement of our vision by a staff member, director, or member of an NFCA Member Co-op or partner organization. As part of the award, the NFCA makes a contribution to the Bowers fund in honor of the recipient and invites other co-ops, organizations and individuals to do so as well.

Recipients of the award, launched in 2015, have included Alex Gyori, former General Manager of Brattleboro Food Co-op (VT), Terry Appleby, General Manager of Co-op Food Stores / Hanover Consumer Co-operative Society (NH & VT), and Kay Litten, NFCA Board Member and longtime Board Member of Co-op Food Stores / Hanover Consumer Co-operative Society (NH & VT), and Roger Noonan, President of the New England Farmers Union.  At their 8th Annual Meeting in 2019, the NFCA honored Patrice Lockert Anthony (pictured at left with NFCA President Faye Mack) with the award, acknowledging her contribution to our vision for a more healthy, just, sustainable food system, and more diverse and inclusive co-operatives.

“The Beloved Community exists within a permanent state of justice, not ‘Just Us.’ For members of co-ops, acts of social justice are in our cooperative DNA,” said Lockert Anthony. “They are both why and how we exist. Beloved Community is a cooperative’s promise, and it doesn’t marginalize, diminish, or exclude. It rises and uplifts. NFCA is way ahead in doing this work. NFCA is the model for Beloved Community in the co-op industry.”

Individuals and organizations are invited to make a tax-deductible contribution in honor of Patrice to the Bowers Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation, which supports training and education for food co-op staff, managers, and board members.

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Congratulations, Patrice!