PRESS RELEASE: BC Co-operative Association Appoints New Executive Director

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BC Co-operative Association appoints new executive director Vancity director of member and community insights seconded for one-year term   April 15, 2019, Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Co-operative Association (BCCA) is pleased to announce Andrea Harris as its new executive director. Harris is temporarily leaving her position with Vancity for a one-year secondment … Continued

Rudia Nam: Co-ops In Schools (CIS) Student Report

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Co-ops in Schools (CIS) is a province-wide initiative that the BCCA runs annually to increases youth awareness of the co-operative model and sector. This professional mentorship program provides students with the opportunity to learn from mentors who champion and work directly with the co-op model. It fosters the development of productive, ongoing relationships between youth and … Continued

Aanchal Singha: Co-ops In Schools (CIS) Student Report

| Education, Youth |

Co-ops in Schools (CIS) is a province-wide initiative that the BCCA runs annually to increases youth awareness of the co-operative model and sector. This professional mentorship program provides students with the opportunity to learn from mentors who champion and work directly with the co-op model. It fosters the development of productive, ongoing relationships between youth and … Continued

Krista Funes: Co-ops In Schools (CIS) Student Report

| Education, Youth |

Co-ops in Schools (CIS) is a province-wide initiative that the BCCA runs annually to increases youth awareness of the co-operative model and sector. This professional mentorship program provides students with the opportunity to learn from mentors who champion and work directly with the co-op model. It fosters the development of productive, ongoing relationships between youth and … Continued

Community Investment Co-ops: A Growing Co-operative Sector in BC

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  The demand and necessity to invest for impact, globally and locally, is on the rise. However, current investment options and regulations in BC & Canada significantly restrict Canadians from investing into local opportunities.  The result is that nearly all investment capital leaves local communities and is placed into far-off stock markets and corporations. This disconnects investors from … Continued

Join Us for Co-op Week Celebrations!

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We love co-op week, for obvious reasons – but also because it’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the diversity and potential of co-ops and credit unions across this province. There are plenty of events happening throughout the week that you can take part in to learn more about the sector (and have … Continued

Vancouver Island Co-op Crawl: Principle #2 in Action

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While in Victoria for this year’s AGM, the BCCA staff took the opportunity to visit several members and other co-ops on Vancouver Island. This included tours at Peninsula Co-op, Stocksy United, and Victoria Women in Need Community Co-operative (WIN). Co-ops have the ability to address social issues on a community level while providing better ways … Continued

Kootenay Carshare Launches Wheelchair Lift Van!

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We are excited to share the news that our member, Kootenay Carshare Cooperative, has launched its Wheelchair Lift Van as of July 1st! In addition, this wheelchair van is the first of its kind in a carshare co-op fleet. The new wheelchair van is part of the “Get a Lift” project that started back in … Continued

CIS Staff Change

| Education, Youth |

Dear Co-op members and colleagues, It is a time of change for our Co-ops in Schools (CIS) Program as we announce that CIS Director of Youth Programs, Tasha Nathanson, is moving on to a new work opportunity overseas. Tasha has put a remarkable amount of time and energy into making CIS the valuable and ambitious … Continued