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FUSE Community

work hub

Located in the heart of Gibsons, BC on Canada's West Coast in the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation

FUSE work hub is a space for independent workers, creatives, and entrepreneurs living in, or visiting, the Sunshine Coast of BC. 

To stay up to date on upcoming events, workshops, and FUSE-related announcements, subscribe to our newsletter. 

 

Phone
(604) 970-9580

LOCATION
 #15 - 292 Gower Point Rd., Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0

HOURS
M-Thu 10am–3pm
Members and Drop-in 10 pack holders can access the space outside of these hours.

The space

 

FUSE is a modern co-working space with a West Coast feel. It's located on the second floor at 292 Gower Point Road in Lower Gibsons. The space features ocean and mountain views, and is steps away from coffee shops, restaurants, and the Gibsons Public Market. 

Amenities include:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Kitchen with an induction burner, toaster oven, and mini fridge
  • Conference room access
  • Semi-private phone booth 
  • Large front patio with an ocean view
  • Storage lockers
  • High quality printer and office equipment
  • Coffee and tea

We have a few different membership options: organizational; full-time (5 days/week); part-time (3 days/week); off-peak hours; and drop-in. Details on each membership level below. 

 
 
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Our story

Between January 2013 and January 2015, Deer Crossing The Art Farm founded and operated Fuse work hub out of the Community Futures office in Sechelt. During this time, FUSE-run programs helped launch 10 new or re-vamped social enterprises, while numerous FUSE workshops, open houses and gatherings attracted diverse groups of creative and social entrepreneurs from up and down the Sunshine Coast.

In January 2015, The Art Farm decided it was no longer practical for them to operate the FUSE pilot location in Sechelt. With continued demand for shared space in Sechelt, Community Futures stepped in to continue to offer space under the name Work Hub 2, while the broader FUSE initiative was briefly put on hold to allow for some re-thinking the initial vision.

After much brainstorming and collaborating with The Art Farm, in the spring of 2015, Mark and Sheila Cameron of Catch Our Drift Productions purchased commercial space in lower Gibsons. Together, they brought a new FUSE vision — and location — to life.

In fall 2016 as it was nearing full capacity, FUSE was hit with a flood, and was forced to close its doors. Around that same time, Jenn McRae relocated from Vancouver to the Coast. Being self-employed and coming out of a coworking community in Vancouver, she sought out FUSE. She and Mark connected in October and quickly struck up a friendship which included many long talks at the Black Bean about what a post-flood FUSE could be.

Six months into this visioning, Altaira Northe also relocated to Gibsons from Toronto. She too was looking for workspace. Fast forward to Summer 2017: Mark and Sheila, after deciding they were ready to focus on their professional writing careers and family, asked Jenn and Altaira to join them as partners in the FUSE re-launch. The long term plan will see Jenn and Altaira eventually purchase the business. In the meantime, Mark and Sheila remain on the team as owners and advisors.

 
 
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Jenn Mcrae - Managing Partner

Recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast, Jenn McRae is embarking on a new (ad)venture to (re)open FUSE, Gibson’s coworking space. She’s spent 10 years building a DIY social impact career, including tenures with RADIUS (founder of Fellowship program, Change Lab, Cascadia Train Tour), CityStudio, Ashoka and the Urban Worker Project. She has produced more than 50 original events and community engagement initiatives. The future of work and learning are her jam and the question, how can communities generate collective resilience and thriving local economies that produce well-being and economic security for all? is the one she relentlessly pursues answering through all of her projects.


Altaira Northe - managing Partner

 

Altaira Northe is a writer, facilitator, and ultramarathon runner. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and spent almost a decade working on healthcare research grants and communication projects for some of Canada’s top pediatric health institutions. More recently, she's taken on freelance writing and research work, balancing corporate and non-profit clients including Shopify, Freshbooks, The Next Big Thing Foundation, Sea Legacy, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada

For the past 2.5 years, Altaira was the host and organizer of CreativeMornings Toronto (CMTO), and she’ll be bringing CreativeMornings to the Sunshine Coast this fall, to showcase creativity here on the Coast, and to create a meeting place for people to connect with others about what a creative life on the Coast could look like. 

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Mark Cameron - owner

After selling the software company he had co-founded and managed for almost fifteen years, Mark left the tech sector in 2011 to explore other avenues of career and life. An avid writer, Mark self-published his first novel, Goodnight Sunshine, in 2015—just a few months after he and Sheila opened the FUSE Community Work Hub in Gibsons.

Currently, Mark is working on a second novel, 17 Weddings, to be released in the spring of 2018. He invests much of his time raising two homeschooled teenagers, while taking on a handful of book design and consultation projects for other self-published authors. Mark’s current passions include: songwriting, public speaking (as a member of the Coastmasters Toastmasters club), volunteering at Christenson Village, and taking part in the working board for the Coast Car Co-op.

Mark is a strong believer in grassroots action and organic growth. He has an unorthodox view of the entrepreneurial journey, which drives him to challenge the status quo and question traditional strategies. One of Mark’s favourite quotes (from the Dilbert comic strip) is: “If everyone is doing it, best practices is the same thing as mediocre.”


Sheila Cameron - owner

Sheila Cameron is a professional editor, writer, speaker and homeschool mum living in Gibsons, BC. She is a member of Editors Canada, Federation of BC Writers, and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and an active member of Toastmasters International. Sheila is passionate about raising our collective human consciousness through thoughtful sharing of stories and knowledge whether on the page or on the stage. Her first book, Shine Bright: Live A Supernova Life, was published in 2017.

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THOMAS James mcrae

Thomas loves the friendly atmosphere provided by a co-working environment. He recently moved to the Coast from Northern BC. He has Central Coast roots on his dads side, and Kootney roots on him mom's side. When not at Fuse, Thomas can be found on Whitaker beach, running free, and chomping crab shells with his mom. 

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Contact Us

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Our Office

#15 - 292 Gower Point Rd
Gibsons, BC

 

For all space inquiries, please email us at hello@fuseworkhub.com.
In your email, please include a description of your proposed event, as well as possible dates and times, and event size. 


Meeting Room Rental

Our meeting room comfortably seats six people around a small table.
Key amenities include whiteboard, projector, high speed wifi, coffee & tea, and access to bathroom and kitchenette.

The meeting room is available 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday. Additional evening and weekend bookings available by request. 

$15/hour for non-members, up to a daily maximum of $75 (up to 8 hours).
Discounted meeting room packages are available for frequent users and FUSE members.


Full Venue Rental

Our event space is 600 sq ft with room for up to 50 people. Our plant-filled space has a clean modern feel, and features large white walls, reclaimed wood long tables, and a panoramic view of Gibsons Marina -- with Keats and Bowen Island beyond -- from our large south-east facing windows or from our beautiful front deck.

This space is perfect for workshops, board meetings, or your next team planning session. It could also be used for art shows, book readings, or your next evening mixer. 

Key amenities include high speed wifi, a projector & screen, access to a kitchenette, access to a 6-person meeting room, a cozy lounge area at the front of the space, moveable long tables and chairs for multiple space configurations, bluetooth enabled speakers, and a printer

$45/hour for non-members, up to a daily maximum of $250 (up to 8 hours).
Additional fees and a one-time tutorial may be required, depending on the type of booking.
Discounted rates are available for FUSE members.

Our full event space is available evenings and weekends. Weekday bookings during our regular operating hours will be considered on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee.