Thursday, 15 September 2022 14:19

Celebrating our Peers

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Saskatchewan has been recognizing the outstanding achievements and contributions of co-operative individuals and organizations for more than 40 years.

To orientate myself with our province's Co-operative Merit Award program (and learn more about the Saskatchewan co-operative community), I recently watched the recipient videos from the last couple years. All I can say is WOW, the commitment and dedication of these individuals to their organization and the co-operative model is inspiring.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 17:04

Co-ops: More Than Just A Job

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On my return trip home from a family function in Yorkton this past weekend I stopped at the Wynyard Co-op Gas Bar to fill up. It was Sunday just before noon and the gas bar had a couple of cars being filled when I arrived. Here's why I was really impressed with my experience.

Friday, 15 July 2022 02:01

FINDING YOURSELF THROUGH SUMMER CAMP

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This month we launched the summer 2022 sessions of Camp Kindling and have already sent off two groups of campers -- some for their first experience ever. Watching the parents excitedly pull up to drop off their kids, many reminiscing of their own adventures at “Co-op Camp,” gave me a glimpse into the history and importance of Camp Kindling.

Most of the 80+ campers that headed out to Candle Lake did not know each other and many had not previously attended camp. For some this may be their first outdoor experience ever.

Some perspective for those who haven’t attended a summer camp in some time: This same experience could mirror a networking event in an industry you have just joined, a job fair you attend seeking your next career, or moving to a new city. 

Monday, 27 June 2022 19:36

CO-OPERATIVES ON A NATIONAL SCALE

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Hello readers, as many of you know I am Danika Dinko, the new Executive Director with the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.

As I begin this journey, I thought our blog would be a good way for our members, partners, and stakeholders to get to know me better.

The last couple months have been a whirlwind for me, accepting the position, relocating from Calgary, and getting settled in the beautiful city of Saskatoon. I am excited to explore the province of Saskatchewan and learn about all our members, their organizations and communities, and all the awesome initiatives they are supporting.

Sunday, 12 June 2022 16:14

Welcome Danika

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 Saskatchewan Co-operative Association welcomes Danika Dinko as our new Executive Director. She's ready to take SCA into its next chapter.

 Here are three things we discovered about our new ED during her first weeks at SCA:

  1. Danika grew up on a farm in Manitoba and started her career in agriculture.
  2. She was on a team that developed a youth day camp in Calgary focused on sustainable development goals.
  3. She’s a curler and looking to become part of the Saskatchewan curling scene

Learn more about Danika by reading the official announcement from SCA’s board of directors HERE.

Friday, 18 February 2022 23:21

Why Supporting Co-ops is Important!

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In the modern era, where people (especially in urban areas) have a choice of product/service providers, the rationale to be a member and keep an existing co-op going can sometimes be murky for members and potential members. Co-operatives need to be able to articulate why people should be a member of their co-op when they have a choice of businesses that can meet their needs.

This blog post will look at some of the reasons why members (and future members!) might choose to be part of a co-operative, some of the challenges that having competition creates for co-ops, and why it’s a great idea to be a member of and support a co-op, even if you can get your product/service elsewhere.

This may help you, dear co-operative-loving reader, to answer that question that sometimes comes up: “Why should I support a co-op, when Company X provides the same service/product – sometimes at a cheaper price?”

Monday, 10 January 2022 19:27

PROFILE: REDEFINING BANKING

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Innovation Credit Union’s purpose is to redefine banking by helping Canadians simplify their lives and reach their financial goals. Read on to learn how modern technology, commitment to community and even the United Nations have combined to modernize member benefits and the way that Innovation does business.

Co‑operative housing is a Canadian success story. For more than 50 years, housing co-ops have been providing Canadians with affordable community housing.

There are many similarities between non-profit housing and co-operative housing, but they’re definitely not the same thing. Non-profits can provide affordability, says Blair Hamilton, Manager for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada’s Prairie Region. A co-op provides residents with affordable housing plus ownership, plus opportunities for personal growth plus a voice in the operations.

Watching television in Regina in the early 1970s meant a choice of three channels, and the signal quality depended on how you oriented your antenna. The number of available channels more than tripled in 1978 when Regina Cablevision Co-operative began broadcasting. Regina Cablevision Co-operative became Access Communications Co-operative in 2000.

Read more about the history of the “little co-op that could” which has grown to become one of Saskatchewan’s largest telecommunications companies.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 22:02

7 Ways to Spot a Co-op Member

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*GUEST POST* by Heather Hale.

This past Monday evening I had the honour of hosting the Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards ceremony. These awards highlight the amazing contributions that people involved in co-operatives and credit unions make to our province. It was a delight to celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients in the company of friends and colleagues. It also gave me an opportunity to “talk co-ops” which has been sorely lacking in my world over the last while.

So, to wrap up Co-op Week, here is my top seven list of “ways to spot a co-op member.”

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