In this Newsletter
~Co-op Week 2015 Planning: PLEASE JOIN US
~UCCC and the Kootenay Co-op`s Fall 2015 Community Donation Day
~Our Newest Member: the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers' Co-op
~UCCC & Kootenay Boundary Community Service Co-op on Vancouver Co-op Radio
Updates from our Members:
~Member calendar listings
~Nelson and District Credit Union News
~Kootenay Co-op AGM and Birthday Gala
~Kootenay Carshare News and Conference
~Kootenay Co-op Radio Birthday and AGM
~Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers' Co-op potluck and barndance
Oct 11-17: CO-OP WEEK 2015
Co-op Week 2015 is coming up fast and we want you and your co-op involved in planning this year's celebrations.
Please join Upper Columbia Co-op Council members & friends for coffee, tea and networking at Co-operation before Breakfast at the Kootenay Bakery Cafe (377 Baker St) in Nelson, on Tuesday, Sept 22nd 8am-9am.
Please RSVP if possible and be sure to bring your co-op week ideas!
UCCC COORDINATOR'S REPORT
Spring and summer were an exciting time for the Upper Columbia Co-op Council!
Our Annual General Meeting, held this year on May 25th at Community First Health Co-op in Nelson, is always a great way to connect in person with our members, and to learn of their successes and challenges of the past year – this year 13 of our 18 members were present, and confirmed the vibrancy and impact of co-ops and credit unions in this part of the province.
UCCC Annual General Meeting at the Community First Health Co-op, May 2015
We have been really happy to work closely with some of our newest members this spring, including business planning with Kootenay & Boundary Food Producers Co-op ( more on them under our newest member profile), and some organisational development explorations with West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op. As our membership grows, we look forward to convening conversations among our 5 agricultural co-op members, our retail members, and our credit union members. Members should be aware that we now offer a full set of co-op development services, from feasibility studies and strategic planning to meeting facilitation and project evaluation. Members get discounted rates, and a percentage of their fees go directly to the Council to improve services to our members.
Plans are afoot to engage audiences in both New Denver and Grand Forks with our Co-ops 101 sessions in the early fall, and we hope to connect again with our partners in the East Kootenay to continue public education about the benefits and mechanics of co-op enterprise in that part of our region.
The BC Co-op Association, in which all of our members also have membership, is buzzing with activity around their piloting Co-ops in Schools program, the recent success of their 3-day intensive Co-operate Now intensive co-op business education program, and welcoming 2 new staff members and 3 new Board members into the fold. More info at www.bcca.coop.
We update our website regularly, so please bookmark it to hear about job postings from our members, co-op week plans, member profiles, and exciting news from co-ops and credit unions around the world. You can also keep up with us on facebook or twitter.
UCCC TO BENEFIT FROM KOOTENAY CO-OP`S FALL COMMUNITY DONATION DAY, OCT 13TH
The Kootenay Co-op grocery store will donate 3% of their sales on Tuesday, Oct 13th to the Upper Columbia Co-op Council in support of a future co-op education event.
The Co-op`s Community Donation Days are a partnership between the Co-op and participating groups like the UCCC. Look for UCCC volunteers at the store on that day, raising community awareness about co-ops in the region.
If you love co-ops and you shop at the Kootenay Co-op, please consider timing your grocery shopping to coincide with that day.
And if you think your organization might like to partner with the Kootenay Co-op for a donation day, check out their Community Giving page to see if you'd be a good fit.
OUR NEWEST MEMBER: THE KOOTENAY & BOUNDARY FOOD PRODUCERS' CO-OP
We’d like to welcome and introduce our newest member, Kootenay & Boundary Food Producers’ Co-op. Freshly incorporated in April, 2015, the co-op’s members are farmers and secondary food processors working together with supporters to build a food secure future in our region. “By Farmers, For Farmers”, as their most recent newsletter says.
They have recently hired a coordinator, Susan Warren, who is working with 3 farmers in the Salmo/ Fruitvale/ Rossland area to pilot some delivery services beginning this month. If you are a farmer or food producer who would like to increase your yield, get in touch to find out the benefits of membership. Non-farmer supporters are also invited to contribute to the co-op’s development.
More information, volunteer opportunities, current and past newsletters and resources can be found on their website.
Mark your calendars for their October 17 Barn Dance Harvest Festival! (More information at this link.)
UCCC AND KBCSC ON VANCOUVER CO-OP RADIO
Robin Puga and Dale McGladdery co-host a weekly radio program called Each for All: The Co-operative Connection, on Vancouver Co-op Radio.
This summer, McGladdery visited the West Kootenay to find out more about our local co-ops and credit unions. His interview with Zoe Creighton of UCCC, and Prudence-Elise Breton of Kootenay Boundary Community Service Co-op was aired in Vancouver on May 26th, and is archived here .
You can find out more about Each for All at this link