Co-op Week is a time to reflect on the contributions the co-operative sector has made to the lives of Canadians and celebrate the impact that co-operatives have in our communities.
Co-op Week activities are held all across the country. Saskatchewan co-ops and credit unions are strong supporters of Co-op Week and don't hesitate to show their co-op pride. We use the week to celebrate our unique business model, as well as the contributions of co-op members -- and to proudly promote ourselves.
Co-op Week has been proclaimed across Canada every October since 1982. International Credit Union Day has been celebrated worldwide on the third Thursday of October since 1948. Co-op Week dates each year are from the Sunday to the Saturday of the week in which International Credit Union Day falls. (ICU Day is always the third Thursday of October).
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CO-OP WEEK 2019: OCTOBER 13 - 19
SOME OF THE CO-OP WEEK 2019 EVENTS WE WERE INVOLVED IN
- Flag Raising Ceremony, Saskatchewan Legislature. October 15. Photos below
- Co-op Week Luncheon, Regina. October 15. Photos below
- Co-operative Merit Awards banquet and awards ceremony. October 15. Photos below
- Co-op Week event, Saskatoon, October 16. Photos below
- International Credit Union Day, October 17.
- A special 8 page Co-op Week feature in Planet S and Prairie Dog Magazines landed on newsstands October 10. View the inserts HERE.
- Co-op Week features and articles appeared in many Saskatchewan papers including the Regina Leader Post, Saskatoon Start Phoenix and the Weyburn Review.
Many Co-op Week events and activities are sponsored in part by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
The Flag-Raising Ceremony recognizes Co-operatives Week in Saskatchewan. This year the event featured the Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan. Minister Makowsky, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development, presented the province’s Declaration of Co-op Week to Jim Deane, SCA Board Chair at the Saskatchewan legislature.
The Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed October 13 – 19 as Co-operatives Week in Saskatchewan to recognize the outstanding contributions co-operatives make to our province’s economy and communities.
Read the proclamation HERE.
MLA Gene Makowsky;Jim Deane, SCA Board Chair; MLA Makowsky presents the Declaration of
Flag Pole Area, outside at the Legislative Building, Regina Co-op Week to Jim Deane, SCA Board Chair
MLA Laura Ross; Scott Banda, CEO, Federated Co-operatives
CO-OP WEEK LUNCHEON, REGINA
The annual Co-op Week luncheon in Regina was held October 15, 2019, at the Travelodge Hotel Regina.
The luncheon featured Aaron Tootoosis, Speakers’ Bureau member of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, who presented on Treaty Education and Reconciliation Awareness.
CO-OPERATIVE MERIT AWARDS CEREMONY
The Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards banquet and ceremony was held at the Travelodge Hotel Regina. The reception began at 5:30pm and the dinner and awards ceremony began at 6.30pm.
Recipients of the 40th Annual Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards are:
- Lifetime Co-operative Achievement Award - Morley Doerksen
- Co-operative Enterprise Award - Affinity Credit Union and Conexus Credit Union
- Co-operative Young Leader Award - Fran Moran
Presenting the awards were Jim Deane, Board Chair, SCA, and the Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Corrections and Policing and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation
Morley Doerksen, Jim Deane (SCA Chair), Minister Christine Tell Fran Moran, Jim Deane, Minister Tell
Joel Mowchenko, Conexus Credit Union, Jim Deane, Minister Tell Myrna Hewitt, Affinity Credit Union
Congrats to our 2019 SK #Coop Merit Award recipients: BACK: Scott Flavel, Chair, Affinity Credit Union; Mark Lane, CEO, Affinity Credit Union; Joel Mowchenko, Chair, Conexus Credit Union.
FRONT: Fran Moran; Jim Deane, Chair, SCA; Minister Christine Tell; Morley Doerksen.
Clck HERE to learn about our Co-operative Merit Award Recipients.
SASKATOON CO-OP WEEK EVENTS
The Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives celebrated its 35th anniversary on October 16th. Events - including a reception, panel discussion and keynote address, took place in the Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan. As part of its Co-op Week celebrations, the former Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, relaunched and rebranded itself.
Marc-André Pigeon, Director, Canadian Centre for Scottt Banda, CEO, Federated Co-operatives Limited,
the Study of Co-operatives talks about the need for co-op research
L-R: Marc-André Pigeon, Dionne Pohler, Brett Fairbairn Keynote speaker, Melissa Hoover, founding
and Murry Fulton discuss 'The Future of Co-operation Executive Director, Democracy at Work Institute,
in Co-op Federations' USA, on "The Future of Co-ops in North America"
Memorabilia on display during the Centre's reception To view the invitation, click on the image above
WHAT CAN YOUR CO-OP OR CREDIT UNION DO FOR CO-OP WEEK?
While we encourage co-operatives to sing their praises and contributions all year long, here are some of the things that YOUR co-operative can do during Co-op Week:
- Explain the various benefits of the co-operative business model for creating a sustainable economy in the province
- Celebrate the significant contributions of co-operatives in communities across Saskatchewan
- Promote the relevance of the co-operative model, its mission as a local and sustainable development tool, as well the values and principles that guide it. In other words, promote the Co-operative Identity – what makes us diverse and what unifies us
- Explore inter-co-operation through Principle Six: Co-operation among Co-operatives
- Develop a better understanding of the advantages of co-operation among the board, staff, members of the movement and the general public*
Please send information about your Co-op Week and Credit Union Day events to SCA so that we can help promote them. Tag @CoopNewsSK in your social media posts and use the hashtags #CoopWeek or #ICUDay and we will amplify your messages.
TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR CO-OP
Here are some tips to promote your co-op and the national co-operative sector during Co-op Week 2019 (AND ANYTIME DURING THE YEAR), courtesy of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.
- Add the visual to your email signature ahead of time and ask your employees and volunteers to do the same;
- Print the posters and make them visible to your customers, employees and volunteers;
- Use the #CoopWeek and #ICUDay hashtags;
- Share success stories about co-ops in your communities and the infographics on your social media feeds;
- Share the statistics of the study Economic Impact of the Co-operative Sector in Canada (the fact sheet and the infographic are easy to use highlights for your social media posts); https://canada.coop/en/resources/publications/release-study-economic-impact-co-operative-sector-canada
- Share the Canada co-op map; https://crm.canada.coop/en/map
- At the beginning of your Co-op Week activities, show the Solving Challenges Together video to participants and share it on your social media feeds; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7n0zuEkp0&t=54s
- Leverage Co-op Week materiel for your government relations activities during the federal election campaign.
Co-op Week is a great opportunity to promote the co-operative sector and tell Saskatchewan co-operative success stories. If you need some information or inspiration, download our information booklets or contact our office.
|Our co-operative information booklet, Saskatchewan Co-operatives: Supporting Economic Growth and Sustainability includes:
• general information about co-operatives
|SCA's Co-op Week Toolkit is your guide to creating a memorable, successful celebration. The toolkit includes information on what co-op week is, why it is celebrated, ideas for community involvement, building membership, educating youth, advertising your event and more.|
Co-op Week is a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The USA designates October as Co-op Month, while the International Co-operative Alliance and United Nations celebrate an International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July.
Co-op Day: The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Co-operatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year. Some of the day's goals are to increase awareness on cooperatives, as well as strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other supporting organizations including governments.
* Courtesy of the Ontario Co-operative Association