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Join our team: Member Services Coordinator

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Peg City Car Co-op is looking for a Member Services Coordinator to join our team. Be part of a co-op that delivers an unparalleled level of member focus, where access to urban mobility, connection to people, and passion for innovation come first. Read on for details!

Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to provide a reliable, affordable, and inclusive carsharing program. We are Winnipeg’s first and only carsharing company operating nearly 90 vehicles in the central neighbourhoods. We are driven by our passion for creating more livable communities by reducing private car ownership.

Join a growing team and a local co-op that provides sustainable shared-mobility options for Winnipeggers!

We are hiring a Member Services Coordinator (Full Time/Permanent) to continue our legacy of quality member care. The position takes the lead in engaging with the community to ensure member satisfaction, retention, and growth. The role includes answering email and phone calls and assisting with evening and weekend on-call duties as well as administrative tasks and record keeping.

For the full job description and posting, click here.

Email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] and write Member Services Hire in the subject line. In your cover letter, please explain what you know about Peg City Car Co-op and carsharing, why you feel you would be an excellent fit with the organization, and how your experience aligns with the job requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. The deadline to apply is September 18, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

Thank you for your interest in Peg City Car Co-op!

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Annual General Meeting for Fiscal Year 2021

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Join us on Tuesday, May 31, 2022!

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Hello members and investors!

Peg City Car Co-op’s Annual General Meeting for the 2021 fiscal year is happening Tuesday, May 31, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We’ll be meeting in the Sound Bites Room at the Centennial Concert Hall at 555 Main Street, and there will be an online stream for members who are interested but unable to attend in person.

While all Peg City Car Co-op users are welcome to join, only shareholding members can vote or join the board.

The RSVP list is now closed, however, if you would like to attend the AGM, please email us at [email protected].

Note: Those who are attending in person will need to wear a mask and bring their proof of vaccination.

Agenda for the FY2021 Annual General Meeting

May 31, 2022 at 6:00pm

1. Welcome and Introductions (Kelsey, President)
2. Approval of Minutes from FY2020 AGM
3. Review and Approval of Agenda (Kelsey, President)
4. Managing Director Report (Philip, Managing Director)
5. Review and Approval of Financial Statements and Audit (Riel, Treasurer)
6. Appointment of Auditor (Riel, Treasurer)
7. Vote on special resolutions (Kelsey, President)
8. By-law amendments
9. 2022-23 Board Nominations, Open from the Floor (Kelsey, President)
10. Election of the 2021-22 Board of Directors (Kelsey, President)
11. Other Business
12. Adjournment

Documents and Information

Fiscal Year 2020 AGM Minutes

Fiscal Year 2021 AGM Agenda

Fiscal Year 2021 Audited Financial Statements

Fiscal Year 2021 Special Resolutions

Incumbent Board Members

Kelsey Evans

Kelsey Evans

Kelsey (she/her) currently serves as the Executive Director of Youth Employment Service Manitoba, supporting a diverse team of over 15 staff and practicum students working to provide free, inclusive employment services to young Manitobans. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Kelsey has 14 years of diversified non-profit social services and corporate management experience. She is a proud Winnipegger, enjoys biking around the city when the weather allows and lives in Wolseley with her partner and two pups. 

Kelsey has spent the last year as President of the Peg City Car Co-op Board of Directors and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to support the organization for another term.

Tamir Bourlas

Tamir Bourlas

Tamir Bourlas is a Financial Account Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union. He is passionate about community and cooperative values and helping people work towards financial empowerment. He’s served on the Peg City Car Coop board for four years. In his spare time, Tamir enjoys playing squash and going for bike rides.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker

Ian Walker has been a Peg City Car Co-op board member for the past 2 years. He is active with the Human Resources and Governance committees. Ian is an elementary school teacher with 17 years of experience working with children from ages 5 to 10. He currently teaches grade 3 at Hampstead Community School in Elmwood. In his spare time, he runs a bike hub out of his classroom, where he teaches kids and adults in the community how to fix their bikes.

Ian is passionate about creating an environment where people of all ages and abilities can actively commute safely and comfortably. He has volunteered with Bike Winnipeg for the past decade and is currently chair of Bike Winnipeg’s advocacy committee. Ian has worked with grassroots activists at Safe Speeds Winnipeg to encourage the city to adopt a default 30 km/h residential speed limit.

Ian has two sons, Max (7) and Owen (10). Ian and his family love camping and spending time with their friends at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Ian’s partner Sarah has been an incredible support throughout his time as an advocate for sustainable transportation. Ian, Sarah, and their boys walk, ride bikes, and use transit to get around Winnipeg. Ian and Sarah own an electric car that they share with two other families (both of whom are also Peg City members). Ian and Sarah are regular users of Peg City Car Co-op when their car will not meet their needs or need more than one car.

Mark Bauche

Mark Bauche

Mark gave up car ownership back in 2003 and was happy to see carsharing arrive in Winnipeg in 2011. He became a member of Peg City Car Co-op shortly after and has served on the board since 2018. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Mark moved to Winnipeg in 1999 to study Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba. Mark is a landscape architect at HTFC Planning & Design, where he works on projects across the prairie and boreal regions. 

Through his professional work, Mark strives to incorporate sustainable practices (like carsharing) into his projects and approaches design through a climate change adaptation lens. He is a proud cheerleader for Peg City, happily extolling the virtues of carsharing to those contemplating a move to a car-light lifestyle. In his second term on the Peg City Car Co-op Board of Directors, he has filled the role of Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee. Mark looks forward to continuing his work with Peg City Car Co-op in his third and final term with the board.

Non-Incumbent Nominated Board Members

Jim Hansford

Jim Hansford

Jim Hansford has lived in Manitoba for over fifty years both in Winnipeg and Brandon. Professionally he was an optician and later owned and operated a paint and wallpaper store. During this time he was active in many volunteer activities both as a board member and executive member.

Jim is a divorced father of three adult children and is semi-retired looking after his own and other people’s pets while they are away. He is currently living at Village Canadienne Co-op where he is actively participating in the co-op. This gives him an understanding of the separation of the duties and responsibilities between the board and management of a co-op.

Join the Peg City board!

Fill out our online application form by May 23, 2022, before the Call for Nominations ends!

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Peg City Fast Facts: Save more

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Learn how to save more when you carshare with Peg City Car Co-op.

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Owning vs carsharing

According to the Canadian Automobile Association’s Annual Driving Costs Report, the average cost of owning and operating a vehicle in Canada is $8,000 each year. To calculate the costs of owning your vehicle, use CAA’s driving cost calculator:

On average, our members spend about $1,200 a year on carsharing.

All usage rates cover gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. We worry about winter tires and inevitable repairs or replacements.

Walk. Bike. Bus.

The majority of Peg City members use carsharing in place of owning a car. Living a car-free lifestyle often means walking, biking, and busing to limit vehicle use and save money. 

As more people shift to active and alternate transportation methods, fewer cars are needed. This study found that carsharing can take 9 to 13 vehicles off the road for each carsharing vehicle in the fleet.

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Peg City Car Co-op Van with family

The right fit: memberships

We offer a variety of Membership options for individuals and businesses alike. Ensuring you have the right membership for your driving needs can make a big difference on your monthly invoice!

Pro tip: if you are a Member and you think you will make over 15 hrs in bookings throughout the month, you can save money by switching to Member+ to take advantage of our lowest hourly rates!

If you are a shareholding member, you can switch between the Member and Member Plus plans each month to ensure you are on the plan that fits your carsharing needs.

Member perks

Our co-op members can access perks like the ambassador program, our Shop Local driving credit stamp cards, roaming agreements, and other perks to save money! Check out our partners and perks

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Free overnight hours

Free overnight hours

Shareholding members have access to free overnight hours between midnight and 7 am! Night owls and early birds alike, rejoice!

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Peg City Fast Facts: Membership

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Read these five fast facts about the perks of becoming a shareholding member of Peg City Car Co-op!

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Pay a few ways

Becoming a member of the co-op means simplifying your lifestyle. Members can book cars whenever they need them and receive a single monthly invoice.

Our Member plans offer flexible payment options, including credit card, etransfer, electronic bill payment (if you are a credit union member) and cheque.

Switch between plans

When you purchase a member share, you can switch between Member and Member Plus plans any month you choose. Take advantage of the right rates for you.

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Add drivers

Each member can add up to four additional drivers to their account. This means you can share the driving with a spouse, partner, and even the kids (this little one’s got about 18 years to wait). Drivers do not need to live in the same residence to share an account.

Bookings for all drivers are added to a single monthly bill.

Have your say

Engage your democratic member rights! Your member shares entitle you to attend our Annual General Meeting to voice and vote for new board members or become one yourself!

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Friends talking near Peg City Car Co-op vehicle

Roam

Heading out of town but still hoping to carshare when you get there? Peg City Car Co-op has roaming agreements with carsharing companies like HOURCAR in Minneapolis and Communauto across Canada.

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Damage Awareness Month: Reporting

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This week we are tackling the importance of reporting damage. This topic is so critical to carsharing we made a snazzy comic for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy.

We are nearly wrapping up Damage Awareness Month here on our blog, and we’ve created a pair of comics to address a topic that is decidedly not so fun.

We hope that sharing helpful winter driving tips, laying out the different insurance options, and outlining how we track vehicle damage, members will feel informed and ready to help keep our entire fleet in the best shape possible. If a car gets bumped, scraped, dinged, or worse, we need to know about it. The sooner we are able to assess and repair damage, the sooner we can get that vehicle back on the road! We happily take on the hassle and cost of vehicle maintenance and repair so that those who choose to go car-free or car-lite don’t have to worry about it.

When damage goes unreported – and unclaimed – it means we have to pay out of pocket, and ultimately that means higher rates for our members. With help from our members, we can stay on top of repairs AND keep costs low for everyone.  So on that note here is a comic on Damage Reporting.

Enjoy!

Damage Reporting Comic
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Damage Awareness Month: Prevention

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For the month of October, we have been exploring the topic of damage. The next two posts feature a pair of comics that we hope will entertain and inform! First up: Damage Prevention.

Damage Prevention Comic

Carshare vehicles tend to take a bit more of a beating than your average car, truck, or van. This is because there are different people behind the wheel every day, sometimes every few hours, and they all have different driving habits. Some people are experts with parking in small spots, while others may have less experience driving large vehicles. We encourage defensive driving, staying alert and aware of all your surroundings, and always taking the weather and road conditions into account – this is hands down the best way to prevent damage from happening in the first place.

When damage occurs, minimizing the amount of time that a vehicle is taken out of service is always at the top of our minds, but preventing the damage from happening in the first place is something we can all have a hand in. Without further ado, here is comic number one … Damage Prevention.

Enjoy!

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Where to go: Grand Beach

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Since COVID 19 began, we have not been able to travel. However, now that restrictions have been lifted, we have decided to have our first camping experience in Manitoba!

– Submitted by Gennaro Costantino, Co-op Member

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Re:Member – Peg City works with developers!

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As a carsharing company, everyone knows us for, well, our carsharing service, but few people realize that we also work with the city’s planning department and developers to facilitate in-fill development! That’s right, your locally owned carsharing co-op is also helping to build a denser, more sustainable city!

Peg City’s Managing Director Philip Mikulec discusses how carsharing supports the development of in-fill housing in Winnipeg’s urban core!

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Where to go: The Honkey-Tonk Chalet

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Join members Colby and Mandalyn on an off-road adventure to the Honkey-Tonk Chalet and Stephenfield Provincial Park.

Despite having almost no social interactions within the last two months, my partner Mandalyn and I decided it was time to get away from it all and spend an impromptu long weekend-for-two at a friends cabin-in-the-woods.

Kinetic molecular theory

Kinetic molecular theory: letting off steam.

At the heart of this journey was a need for a natural space that offered minimal distraction and enhanced focus for personal projects. For Mandlyn, this involved studying for a chemistry course needed for their Midwifery program at the University of Manitoba. For me, the goal was to tinker with a new set of camera lenses and expand my photography and videography practice.

So we booked car 51, loaded up the dual bike racks, filled our cooler with fresh veggies from our Fireweed Food Co-op CSA and headed off to the Honkey-Tonk Chalet: an off-grid, 400 square foot a-frame cabin just outside of Roseisle, Manitoba. This cosy abode features no running water, no electricity, a humanure composting toilet and impeccable lighting.

Hyundai Kona

All Wheel Drive: Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is everything I want in an adventure car. The back seats fold down for transporting gear and coolers; pre-installed provincial park pass; dual bike racks on the roof for style points; bluetooth connection for broadway singalongs; two USB charging ports to minimize conflict; and last but not least: all wheel drive!

You see, the Honkey-Tonk Chalet is located off of a dirt road, through a farmers field, down a steep-muddy valley, along a meandering ATV trail, and rests upon stilts just above an old creek. Sure, we had to clear a couple of fallen poplars off the path from storms-gone-by, but once we popped into AWD the Kona tackled this treacherous terrain with the grace of a feral mongoose.

Honkey-Tonk Heaven

Honkey-Tonk Heaven

The Chalet is the perfect space to declutter the mind. There is no cell signal sending us constant reminders, no powered screens to keep us blue-lit until 1 am.

Forest-filtered sunlight fills the full-sized front windows during the day, while candlelight brightens up what’s left before bed. We spent the mornings chatting over fresh coffee while nibbling on fruit for breakfast. Each afternoon included photography, revising chemistry notes and the horrid skrelching of my amateur cornet skills.

Sure, there was also no flushing toilet, which for some may be a deal-breaker, but our sewer backed up two hours after we got home from this trip, so even the composting bucket-toilet felt like a luxury.

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Armed with a cast-iron pan, loads of snacks and a love of sandwiches, we nipped and nibbled our way through the weekend. We brought a big bag full of cherries, a loaf of crusty sourdough, some spicey sausages, a bit of bacon, and a bag of potatoes. We also brought milk: milk was a bad choice, but it was nice for the first day or so in our coffee.

It was nice to wake up with the sun and have the time to let your body call the shots:

“Coffee please, ooh and a slice of cucumber”, or “Are you thinking about a sandwich? Because I am.”

And when the heat of the day insisted, we made our daily trip to the beach.

Beach Day and Bike Trails

Beach Day and Bike Trails

In the heat of the afternoon, we would mosey on down to Stephenfield Provincial Park to soak up some rays. Just 15 minutes from the HTC, Stephenfield features a short stretch of beach, yurt rentals, camping, walking and a network of walking and bike trails. Aside from the Sunday, where entry into the park was free, the beach was largely unoccupied. We rolled up with picnic blankets and snacks galore, ready for a day of vigorous study.

In all honesty, we did more drying off in the sun than rigorous study, but that is to be expected given the gorgeous weather we had all weekend.

Bringing it all home

Bringing it all home

Wrapping things up, I’d like to break down why I enjoy using Peg City Car Co-op for trips like this.

First, I have no interest in paying for the full cost of owning a car. Specifically, I mean the cost of maintenance, insurance, cleaning, up-fitting, parking, financing, fueling etc., that would be necessary to access a vehicle of this calibre.

I live centrally and bike most places, so I only need this type of vehicle for 2-3 trips per year. The cost of our trip to the Honkey-Tonk Chalte, in total, was less than a single month of vehicle insurance. So given that Peg City also covers the cost of purchasing and installing bike racks, park passes, cleaning and fuel for the trip, I’m already saving hundreds of dollars.

Looking at the big picture, last year I spent about $1,750 on carsharing in total, as opposed to the $6,000-$9,000 that the average Canadian pays annually to own and operate a compact private automobile. That’s big money. That’s like three years of savings, and you have a down payment on a house, kind of money.

Carsharing with Peg City is a breeze. I can book the vehicle I need when I need it. All I have to do is make sure the car is clean and fueled up for the next person and drop it off back in its spot. Done.

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2021 Board Of Directors nominees

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The call has been answered: meet the 2021 nominees for our Board of Directors!

2021 B.O.D Nominees

Hello Members!

The board will be elected during Peg City Car Co-op’s 2020 Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Co-op members can attend the online meeting by registering here: online registration.

2021 B.O.D Nominee bios:

This year our board has two vacancies, and one incumbent Director seeking re-election.

Director seeking re-election:

Riel Moar

I joined the Peg City Car Co-op board in Spring 2019 and am currently the Treasurer. I am a CPA and have worked as an internal auditor at IG Wealth Management for the past 7 years. I originally joined the PCCC board because I connected with the organization’s purpose and felt I could contribute with my accounting experience. I have enjoyed learning more about the organization and industry and am excited to get the opportunity to continue in my current role.

Nominees seeking election: 

Natalie Copps

As a long time member of Peg City Car Co-op, and a big believer in carsharing I would love to become a part of the Board. I’m a soon to be lawyer, as of June, and would love to put my legal and organizational development skills to use for Peg City! As a Métis woman, I’d also love to bring that perspective to the Board and the work Peg City does in the community. I’d particularly be interested in serving on the governance committee.

I’m currently an articling student at TDS Law, and will officially become a lawyer on June 24th. Before articling, I clerked for Justice Dawson at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa. I have a law degree, a Masters in Conflict Studies and Comparative Politics and a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science and Art History. In my past life, I was also a political staffer for the former NDP government. Outside of work, I served on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Trout Music Festival for three years as Volunteer Director where I oversaw roughly 125 volunteers who made our festival run! RTMF is a working board so I was involved with a wide variety of organizational decisions. I was also involved in several student organizations while completing my law degree. I’ve also volunteered on a variety of political campaigns for every level of government.

When I’m not running myself ragged with work and volunteering, I love gardening, beadwork, bike riding, curling, reading, and being social (though the pandemic has put a big damper on that).

Elizabeth Kessler

I love Peg City and I have a passion for living a car-light lifestyle. I have experience with governance in a membership-based organization and I’ve been looking for more opportunities to be involved in the community. I know that the work of an organization’s board is integral to the functioning of an organization as a whole, and I think my organizational skills and experience in the nonprofit world would be an asset.

I’m a professional fundraiser with six years of experience. I currently work for a large nonprofit where I’m responsible for managing donor relationships and a implementing a multi-faceted fundraising strategy. Prior to getting into fundraising I worked as a community organizer and served on the board of a large student union in Ontario for two terms. I currently volunteer with Rainbow Harmony Project — Winnipeg’s LGBTQ community choir — and with a small community church where I’m a member. In the past I’ve also volunteered with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition and Climate Justice Ottawa.

I’m originally from Vancouver and settled in Winnipeg seven years ago after a brief stint in Ontario. I have a degree in political science, and my interests include canoeing, hiking, cycling, sewing, gardening and amateur music. I also have a passion for accessibility for people with learning disabilities and have conducted workshops on accessibility in community organizing. As a longtime public transit enthusiast, I got my driver’s license at the age of 27 after realizing it would be necessary if I wanted to go solo camping. My favourite car in the Peg City fleet is the green Kia Soul. I live in Osborne village with my partner, a small black cat, and seven bicycles.

Thanks for reading, see you at the AGM!

Only share-holding members are eligible to sit on the board.  Nominations have closed as of May 3, 2021.