We are Co-ops: How VHC is Supporting Community Health and Wellness at a Distance

Welcome to our newest series “We Are Co-ops” in which we profile our diverse membership and demonstrate the innovation that the flexible co-op model supports and enables! This week, our Co-op Champion Madelyn Read connected with Vanessa Hammond, the Board Chair of Victoria Health Cooperative (VHC) to understand how they’re maintaining health and wellness support … Continued

Credit Unions and COVID-19

As credit unions work tirelessly to respond to the needs of their communities and members, we are seeing many stepping in to provide financial relief programs and other solutions in response to the crisis. For example, Ladysmith & District Credit Union has immediately made available up to $1,000,000 in Emergency Relief Term Loans for existing … Continued

Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Launch!

Community Foundations of Canada, the Chantier de l’économie sociale, and their regional partners including the Vancouver Foundation have launched their Investment Readiness Programs (IRP). Applications will be accepted from Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM (EST) to Feb 10 2020 08:00 PM (EST).   IRP offers funding between $10,000 to $100,000 to support social purpose organizations, which includes co-ops, … Continued

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

| Business, Community |

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

seCatalyst Day of Learning

| Business |

April 23rd 2014Centre for Dialogue, Royal Roads University Are you new to social enterprise? Is there an opportunity you want to take advantage of? Do youoperate a social enterprise that could achieve greater levels of success? Are there improvements thatwould have big returns? Do you have a marketing, finance, or operational challenge that you need helpto overcome… … Continued

Nanaimo’s Carshare Co-op attracts donations

| Community |

Nanaimo: Nanaimo’s non-profit carshare co-operative is attracting increasing interest from others in the community. Nanaimo Nissan donated the labour and Nisson Canada the parts to rebuild the air conditioning on one of the co-op’s vehicles. Then the non-profit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island kicked off the fundraising for a high-quality hitch and bike rack for … Continued

CCCBE Speaker Series – Dr. Marvin Brown, February 27, 2014

| Community |

CCCBE Speaker Series  – Dr. Marvin Brown A Civic Economy that Provides for Everyone Thursday, February 27th, 4:00 to 5:00 pm David Strong Building, C013   As we consider how to design ways of providing for neighbours in our local communities and strangers in our global networks, we need to re-think the relationship between property ownership … Continued

Island Roots Market Co-op – Open House

| Community |

Tuesday January 21 4 to 8 pm Co-op Open House 625 Townsite.  If you are a local producer (farmer, other food producer or artisan) and want to sell product at this event please let Brian Fisher (email irco-op@shaw.ca) know your space and other requirements as he will be making those arrangements. There will be no “table” fee for … Continued

BC Food Systems Network Gathering

| Community |

The Gathering Committee of the BC Food Systems Network has started preparing for another Gathering. We are thrilled to announce that Diane Elliott-Buckley will be back this year as coordinator of the Gathering. Welcome back, Diane! Please make a note of the dates of the Gathering: July 5-7, 2013. The Gathering will happen at Camp … Continued