This Week's Guest:

Air Date: February 22, 2024
Cooperative Advocate, Cooperative Development, Worker Co-ops

Janet Bennett-Cox shares how the Art of Batik Making Impacts Lives Across Generations


In honor of the 2024 Black History Month theme of African Americans and the Arts, Vernon interviews Janet Bennett-Cox, Board member of Ebony Care Cooperative. Vernon and Janet discuss a program being sponsored by Ebony Care Cooperative, to bring elders and youth together to learn the art of Batik making, and how she feels this activity will impact lives of its participants.

Janet is a motivated, energetic ‘idea-preneur,’ who enjoys the successes of collaborative projects. She taught for 27 years in elementary education with the Toronto District School Board, and is committed to serving her community as needs and opportunities arise.

Janet was instrumental in the inaugural process of getting four Black, female owned and operated Worker Co-operatives, started under the umbrella of the Women’s Multi-Cultural Resource and Counselling Centre 1(WMRCC). She currently serves on the Board of Ebony Care Cooperative.

A green enthusiast, she helps in the management of their family business, LIQUID GREEN PRODUCTS INC., a manufacturing company which produces and markets a line of natural, eco-superior cleaning products and weekly co-hosts the LIQUID GREEN HEALTH SHOW with her partner. 

Our host, Vernon Oakes, is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. He is a Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and he’s served on several boards and committees to advance the interests of cooperatives. Recently, he served on the Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, established by Anita Bonds, At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Vernon is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community, by promoting the added value of the cooperative business model. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *