TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operators announced today that
Cedar Opportunities Cooperative of Nanaimo and Victory Gardens Co-op of
Vancouver have each won $25,000 as the Western Region winners of The
National Co-op Challenge.
The social media contest showcased 16 emerging co-operatives, with four
finalists selected in each of four regions across Canada. Each finalist
produced a short video about their co-op, how it benefits their
community and the projects that would be supported with the prize
money. The public was given the power to choose the winners in each
region by voting for their favourites either on Facebook or a contest
microsite, from September 18 to October 18.
"All of the contestants are small and emerging locally owned and
controlled co-operatives that respond to needs in their communities,"
said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "They
mirror the diversity of the co-op sector in Canada, showing that there
are values-based alternatives driven not by profit, but by a desire to
serve their members and promote a more fair, equitable and inclusive
society. Congratulations to all!"
Cedar Opportunities Cooperative was founded by a group of families in
the Nanaimo area who have adult children with developmental
disabilities. The co-operative and its COCO Café provide meaningful
employment and work experience for local teens and adults with
developmental disabilities. The prize money will be used to support the
expansion of the café, including the leasing of additional space, a
redesign, new equipment and a new website.
Victory Gardens Co-op a worker co-op consisting of urban farmers for
hire who transform residential and commercial spaces into urban gardens
in Vancouver. Through the development of infrastructure, education and
maintenance, Victory Gardens enables people to grow food in all types
of environments while limiting their environmental impact, supporting
the local economy and being part of the movement toward new sustainable
food systems. The funding will be used for an online educational video
series to help Canadians grow their own food.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $33 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers
in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens
in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada
by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
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