MONTREAL, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Regional Development Cooperative of
Montreal-Laval, the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité together with the Montreal Round Table on Cooperative Development have
presented today new initiatives in group entrepreneurship to an
audience filled with representatives from the City's various ethnic
groups and the cooperative sector.
The event, titled "Coop & cultural communities: a guide" first
introduced a trial project focussing on recently emigrated women. Named
"Shared Cooperative Enterprise ", this project enables women to build
their income in their own respective fields of practise, without
dispersing their energies on management and legal procedures as these
services are provided by the Regional Development Cooperative of
Montreal-Laval and its partners.
In addition, videos featuring two coops created by Latino and African
members were shown. The first coop, named the San Francisco de Asis
Cooperative, is a solidarity cooperative offering imported Latin
American products. The second, the African Women Farmers of Quebec, is
a work cooperative that successfully grows African produce here in
Laval. Both ventures are good examples serving to demonstrate that the
cooperative model is an eloquent social and economic development tool,
well adapted to the needs of ethnic communities and contributing
positively to integrate immigrants in the workplace.
"The Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval, which was
created 25 years ago by people involved in the Centre de gestion des coopératives of l'École des hautes études commerciales, has always been recognized as an incubator for the progress of the
cooperative movement" said CDR of Montreal-Laval president Mr. Claude
Demers. "At a time when Montreal's population includes more than a
third born from various cultural communities, we believe that we must
create new models to attract these communities that really represent
our City's future. Innovation is part of our coop's DNA and with these
programs geared towards cultural communities, we are entering a new era
in the cooperative movement in Quebec."
"The cooperative movement has good news today" declared Mrs. Hélène
Simard, president of the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité. "It has decided to offer new resources to Montrealers, especially
those composing Montreal's ethnic communities, so that the cooperative
movement can address their specific needs and thus grow more
constituents in the region."
The Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval, counting more
than 150 cooperatives and partners in the Montreal and Laval regions,
was established in 1986 with the intent of supporting the development
and the creation of cooperative endeavours on its territory as well as
promoting the spirit of the cooperative movement and intercooperation
between coops and partners. The CDR of Montreal-Laval has recently
partnered with eight national Federations of cooperatives, three large
mutual organizations and the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité in order to better serve Montreal's cultural communities via
cooperation and mutuality.
SOURCE Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval
For further information:
Coopérative de développement régional Montréal-Laval
Regional Development Cooperative of Montreal-Laval
Tel.: (514) 340-6056; (514) 448-7669