New website for co-operators in British Columbia!

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Hello Local Co-operators,

We’re happy to announce that the Upper Columbia Co-op Council
website is now up!

It’s at:

The site contains background information on the Council, its
history and current members; answers to some frequently asked questions;
membership information; meeting minutes and dates; press clippings; events
notices; and an expanding selection of resources for existing and emerging
co-ops. In the upcoming months, we will add a forum section, wherein members
can discuss issues and ideas surrounding their various enterprises; member
profiles; and a section for sharing local resources–policies, manuals,
planning documents, etc.

A big thanks to Robin Puga of Digiloom Design and the BC Co-operative
Association for helping to make this happen.

If your co-op or credit union is holding an event this summer/fall
that would be of interest to people working cooperatively, please let us know,
and we’ll post it. Also, we welcome input on the local co-op resources section,
which is still in development.

Please let us know what you think, and any suggestions you may
have for ways in which this new site can enhance our thriving regional co-op sector.

Also, mark your calendars for Co-op Week 2009, October 11-17. On a
national level, this year’s activities will provide an opportunity to reflect
on the advantages of co-operatives and credit unions in today’s uncertain – and
often challenging – economic environment. 
Locally, the UCCC is developing a Co-op Week Training Symposium, and
will work with local co-ops and credit unions to otherwise celebrate the week.
Details will follow as they develop.

Until then, I hope that you all have a lovely Summer,

Best regards,

Zoe Creighton

Coordinator, Upper Columbia Co-op Council