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Liberal Advocate for Co-ops gets to see co-ops shine in Rain City

(Part one of a four-part series featuring Mauril Belanger’s tour of co-ops in Vancouver)

Discussions of the east west disconnect often plagues political debates in Canada.

After BCCA’s recent visit with the MP for Ottawa-Vanier (also Liberal Advocate for Coops), Mauril Bélanger, he proved that as far as co-ops are concerned, that rhetoric can be put to rest.

Co-op Momentum Awards, MP Mauril Bélanger and wonderful memories

This year’s BCCA AGM brought together close to 40 delegates, bringing together over 60 attendees. For some it was good chance to catch-up with old friends. For other newer members, it was a great opportunity to network with others and hear about the great things ahead. Catherine McCreary, vice-chair of the BCCA board of directors, was very pleased with how the BCCA staff brought the event together and was impressed to see broad spectrum of co-ops represented. McCreary says, "It was great to see such a diverse group of co-operatives; old and new.

Mills Office Productivity: More than a member benefit

When Shift Cargo, a workers co-op from Vancouver, needed to get their business off the ground, they approached Mills Office Productivity for a partnership. 

In 2010, Shift and Mills joined forces to deliver outstanding products while exercising environmental leadership. Shift Delivery is a people-powered, zero emissions tricycle cargo fleet co-op that helps provide Mills office supplies around Downtown Vancouver. 

Bella Coola Consumer Co-op is 70 Years Young

It has been 70 years since the Bella Coola Consumer Co-op Association has taken root in the community and it certainly has seen a lot of changes through that time. In 1944, seven community leaders came together to start the Bella Coola Co-op. Today it boasts a membership of over 800 active members. That is about 90% of Bella Coola’s population!

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Bella Coola Co-op held a Member Appreciation Day that brought over 300 members and their families together to a BBQ and prize draw on Saturday, May 31st.

 

Humanomics: Credit Unions in Your Corner


Credit Unions have come together to initiate a movement that puts humans first. 

Humanomics is a partnership of multiple credit unions that, according to the campaign website, “is all about putting the human factor into economics.”  

Bruce Howell, President and CEO of Prospera Credit Union, one of the five partner credit unions launching this campaign, explains, “Humanomics emerged from a shared vision of improving lives in communities, the core purpose of what a credit union is all about – a mission about being in your corner.”

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