What does it mean to be a Member?
All members support to our mission, our values and the RCCQ approach. To become a member is to:
- Join a national movement and a family of collective kitchens
- Be represented through RCCQ’s advocacy for recognition and funding for collective kitchens and related issues
- Participate in events and public debates on causes supported by the RCCQ
- Be a stakeholder in the RCCQ and collaborate in its direction
- Contribute to the promotion of food autonomy and the recognition of a human right to food
- Have access to training, coaching, and support adapted to the needs of collective kitchens
- Participate in RCCQ activities
- Participate and vote (depending on membership type) in the Annual General Assembly (AGA)
- Have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors and its committees
- Represent the unifying values of the RCCQ across diverse activities
- Take action and make a difference by joining a variety of working groups and events
- Get access to documentation and information on the RCCQ and collective kitchens
- Benefit from visibility on RCCQ platforms
- Be reimbursed for certain participation costs
- Get support from the Board of Directors, the administrative team, and referrals as needed
- Receive our national publication, Croque-notes, as well as le Bloc-notes and our news feed
- Have access to promotional material
Benefits and responsibilities, by member type
|Access to documentation and information||X||X||X||X|
|Visibility on RCCQ platforms||X||X||X||X|
|Participate (speak) in the AGA||X||X||X||X|
|Participate and vote in the AGA||X||X|
|May occupy one of 9 seats on the Board of Directors||X||X||X|
|Be reimbursed for certain participation costs for the AGA||X|
|Access to training and coaching on demand||X||X||X|
|Access to promotional material||X||X||X||X|
|Pay the annual membership fee||X||X||X||X|
|Complete renewal forms and supply statistical data||X||X||X|
|Register and record all member groups||X|
|Supply a resolution signed by your Board of Directors when applying for membership||X|
|Ensure participants sign the “letter of commitment”||X|
|Provide other documents as needed||X||X||X|
Collective kitchen groups
A collective kitchen group includes at least three people who pool their time, money, and skills to prepare affordable, healthy, delicious food. They follow the four steps of planning, purchasing, cooking, and evaluation together, and bring the food home with them when it’s done.
A collective kitchen group must operate for at least four months before they can request membership with the RCCQ. They must also supply the RCCQ with a letter of engagement signed by their members.
Organization of collective kitchens
These are community groups (incorporated or not) with a primary focus on the creation, growth, and consolidation of collective kitchen groups. One organization will include multiple collective kitchen groups. To become an RCCQ member, the organization must supply a resolution signed by their Board of Directors.
Organization with collective kitchen component
These are community groups that dedicate some of their resources to supporting one or more collective kitchen groups. Although these organizations include collective kitchens in their mandate, they have a broader mission that also includes other activities. Examples might be volunteer centres, women’s centres, family centres, etc. As with organizations of collective kitchens, the organization must supply a resolution signed by their Board of Directors.
Any organization, business, or person who supports the mission, values, and goals of the RCCQ can join as an affiliate member. This membership type serves those who wish to join RCCQ without being part of a collective kitchen.
This member type is awarded to individuals or organizations who help the RCCQ through their work, donations, or expression of support for RCCQ’s goals. Honorary membership is a way for the Board of Directors to recognize their contributions.
Receipt of documents and Decision
Once all the requested documents are received, the membership request is transferred to the RCCQ Board of Directors for approval. The RCCQ will provide written confirmation to accepted members, along with a welcome package including:
- Member card
- Payment receipt
- RCCQ bylaws
- The Base d’unité politique (“Basis of political unity”) document
- The RCCQ’s most recent activity report, newsletter, and other relevant documents
- Posters and flyers, a sticker, bookmark, pin, and other RCCQ promotional material