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6th June, 2018

Co-op worker Jeff Dargan

You could say Jeff Dargan  was ‘co-opted’ out of life in the fast lane to his role as a foot soldier of the revolution but he would be the first person to tell you that his story isn’t special. The quietly spoken ‘big store’ worker volunteered for 18 months before deciding a regular gig as a Co-op employee would suit his lifestyle much better than that of a corporate journeyman.

“My wife introduced me to the Co-op, as she shopped here, and told me about volunteering,” Jeff says. “I liked the energy of the store and appreciated the nurturing environment.”

Coming from a family-run small business background Jeff admits he’s always had an interest in small business and the community engagement that comes with it. And despite being an unknown quantity – “I wasn’t a friend of a friend of the Co-op when I started” – has found his place among his Katoomba comrades. “Working at the Co-op is refreshing because of the genuine human contact and relationships amongst staff and customers.”

Working for the benefit of the environment also played a part in Jeff’s career change choice. “I’ve always been aware of my impact on the environment, I surfed a lot growing up and do a lot of bushwalking now, the Co-op seemed a good fit for my wife and I.

“These days there’s a real shift to the left, people are becoming much more conscious as consumers which can only be a good thing.”

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If you’re interested in volunteering at the Co-op read more about it here.

 

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