GUELPH, ON, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operators announced today that
Café Cambio Coopérative de Travail of Chicoutimi and Les Grands Rangs,
coopérative de solidarité des terroirs de Portneuf, based in
Ste-Catherine-De-La-Jacques-Cartier have each won $25,000 as the Quebec
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!"
Café Cambio Coopérative de Travail is a health food restaurant and
coffee house in downtown Chicoutimi that promotes organic fair trade
coffee and hosts cultural events. Its mission is to foster sustainable
development through the promotion and sale of fair trade items,
regional products and healthy, affordable meals. The co-op plans to use
its prize money to develop and implement a marketing plan for the café
and the promotion of fair trade, nutritious food, the local cultural
community and the co-operative business model.
Les Grands Rangs, coopérative de solidarité des terroirs de Portneuf is
a co-operative with 90 artisan-farmer members and 450 consumer members
in the area around Quebec City. It supports local producers and
artisans in the food and forestry sectors by working to ensure their
goods can be processed, acquire added value and benefit from a more
structured market. With its prize money, Les Grands Rangs plans to
create a local menu and grocery offering sourced 100 per cent from
within a 250 km radius, which is adapted to the local institutions and
retail markets in the area surrounding Quebec City.
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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