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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Learn more about Danika by reading the official announcement from SCA’s board of directors HERE.
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?”
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.
*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.
Many co-operatives and credit unions have recognized the need to build stronger and more intentional relationships with Indigenous people. With the launch of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a day to commemorate the legacy of residential schools and provide an opportunity for people to learn more, I have written this blog post to provide some ideas for co-ops and credit unions looking to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation.
It can be a bit daunting to figure out what to do to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation. I’m here to help you get started! That said - I’m not Indigenous. So, one of my first recommendations is to get to know Indigenous people in your area and build relationships and partnerships with Indigenous organizations as you work on Truth and Reconciliation in your co-operative or credit union. Indigenous people should be at the heart of and actively involved in your organization’s Reconciliation journey, in partnership with everyone in your co-op.
My other main recommendation (and the focus of this blog post) is to invest some time into learning more about Truth and Reconciliation. This blog post provides a listing of courses, training, reports, videos, and resources for those interested in learning more about Truth and Reconciliation. Read on to check out the list!
Not sure if you heard, but there was this pandemic-thing happening and it kinda sucked. Saskatchewan’s Health Authority did not lift restrictions on summer camp activities until the middle of June. That meant that I didn't have time to prepare any of my normal sleepaway Co-op Camp plans. I had no location for SCYP, no staff, no food... I was pretty heartbroken.
Since the kids couldn’t come to me this year, I came up with the idea to take camp to the kids. Click on the "Read More" link below to see how it unfolded.
More than three years ago Affinity Credit Union officially launched the Restart Loan – a unique, made-in-Saskatchewan lending product that has both social and financial benefits.
Traditional payday loans often attract clientele with interest rates that appear affordable – for example 17% over a two-week period. When calculated on an annual basis, however, the interest rate can become a staggering 442%. The Restart Loan was designed to assist those who are struggling with unexpected expenses or emergencies and are vulnerable to getting trapped in the payday loan debt cycle.
Saskatchewan is home to more than 850 co-operatives and credit unions operating in 24 sectors of the economy. Here is the third spotlight on one of our province’s diverse, community-focused co-op businesses.
When COVID-19 struck, La Ronge Child Care Co-operative (LRCCC) swiftly moved into action. While schools and other services were shutting down in the early days of the pandemic, the co-operative remained open and prioritized its child care spaces for workers in healthcare, policing and other essential services so they could continue to do their jobs.
What are their plans to grow, and whittle down a waiting list almost six pages long? Read on...