UCCC Summer 2015 Member Newsletter
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UCCC News:


~Co-op Week 2015 Planning: PLEASE JOIN US

~Coordinators' Report

~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!




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


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.


Zoë Creighton

Coordinator, UCCC





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.





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.)





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


Member News


~Fall Member Events at a Glance

~Nelson and District Credit Union News

~Kootenay Co-op AGM and Birthday Gala

~Kootenay Carshare News and Conference

~Kootenay Co-op Radio News

~Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers' Co-op potluck and barndance




Please note: If your co-op has news or events you’d like listed in the next (Winter) UCCC newsletter, please email Catherine by Nov 1st.

Fri Sept 18th to Sun Sept 20th:Federation of Canadian Carshares conference (more info below)

Tues, Sept 22nd: UCCC Co-operation before Breakfast Co-op Week Planning (all are welcome!)

Wed, Sept 23rd: Kootenay Co-op Gala 40th Anniversary Gala followed by AGM: (more info below)

Sat, Sept 26th: Kettle Valley Food Co-op: Harvest Festival (click link for more info)

Sun, Oct 11th to Sat, Oct 17th: Co-op Week!

Tues, Oct 13th: UCCC Community Donation Day at the Kootenay Co-op

Thurs, Oct 15th: Credit Union Day!

Sat, Oct 17th: Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers`Co-op: Potluck and Barndance (More info here)

Wed, Oct 28th: Kootenay Co-op Radio AGM, Membership Drive begins



At its 64th Annual General Meeting held in Nelson, BC on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) released positive financial results for 2014 and introduced elected and acclaimed directors, including long-standing East Shore area director John Edwards (board chair). Andy Chute, Nelson area director, was elected first vice-chair while director-at-large, Laureen Barker, was elected second vice-chair. Karina Farr (Rossland), was also elected to the board, and past director Regina Day was appointed to fill a vacancy.


On June 15th Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU), local senior’s organizations and the BC Council to Reduce Elder Abuse (CREA) are all recognized the United Nations international day, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), to acknowledge the world-wide effort to reduce elder abuse.  


Two NDCU employees were able to attend the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) 2015 world conference in Denver, Co. One of those attendees was NDCU`s CEO Doug Stoddart, who sits on the Board of Directors of WOCCU.


Plans are also in the works for October 15th, International Credit Union Day, which falls during Co-op Week. This year’s theme is, ``People Helping People``.


NDCU`s Community Investment Program committee is busy throughout the year supporting community events and organizations with financial support. With over $3 million invested back into our communities, since 2000, many of the events that are supported are during the summer months.


One event that NDCU gets plenty of enjoyment from supporting is the FREE tram-ride on Canada day at Lakeside Park (pictured here).






Exciting news!


The Kootenay Carshare Co-op will host delegates from Nanaimo to Newfoundland at the annual Federation of Canadian Carshares Cooperatives (FC3) Conference in Nelson, BC on the weekend of September 18th-20th, 2015.


On the agenda: discussions about how to branch out to smaller communities, emergency preparedness and best practices.  


The UCCC’s own Zoe Creighton will deliver the keynote address, and the FC3 will inaugurate the Mark Goldblatt Award in honor of their mentor from the Canadian Cooperative Council who passed away earlier this year.


FC3 is sponsored by Heffner Toyota, the RDCK, the Nelson and District Credit Union, Urban Systems, and the Revy Credit Union.


The Age Friendly Community Initiative (AFC), a project of Nelson CARES Society, has determined that there is no public access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle in the West Kootenay and they have partnered with Kootenay Carshare Cooperative and the Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society to explore adding a wheelchair accessible van to the Kootenay Carshare fleet. Next steps are fundraising, research, and procurement.



Kootenay Co-op Radio turns 15 this year, and they’ll be celebrating all year long, including a special celebration to coincide with Co-op Week. Check their website and facebook page for details as they become available, or tune in on the radio.


93.5fm Nelson and area

96.5fm Crawford Bay, East Shore and Kaslo

101.5fm South Slocan Valley and Castlegar

107.5fm New Denver and area


KCR's Fall Membership Drive kicks off with the station's Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, October 28th, and Kootenay Co-op Radio's Board of Directors would like to invite qualified candidates to put their names forward as candidates for election to the Board at this year's AGM. If you are a member, and would like to participate in KCR's governance team, please contact Catherine for details.


This year Kootenay Co-op Radio will be renovating the exterior of their building at 308a Hall St, which is the last remaining original building of the Historic Chinatown neighbourhood in Nelson. The building is currently under consideration by the Province of BC to receive Historic Places Recognition. Support (so far) for the renovation has come through the City of Nelson and Areas E and F via the Community Initiatives Program.

Proud KCR volunteers at the 2015 Pride Parade

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