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December 17, 2010


Mark your calendars for Friday, April 8th, 2011 as the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and CCEDNet will host a Regional Event at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon.

This one day event will feature a variety of workshops focusing on CED and co-operatives. Registration opens in the new year!

For more information please email the Regional Event Co-coordinator at carla.paul@sask.coop or call 244-3702.

April 6, 2009

Student Producer Co-ops Empowering Saskatoon Teens

Staff and students of Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon are developing two student producer co-operatives. The goals of this innovative project are to provide employment training, co-operative education, work experience and generate some revenue for students. SCA has been working with the educators and students to provide some initial co-operative training.

The two student co-ops are at different stages of development. SCA is working with both groups to define their needs and interests, roles and training needs.

Student and Kids Centre (SAKS) Bag Co-op, a co-op for female students and educators, is already producing and selling products. They are developing unique screen printing and stamping cloth bags and selling the finished products around Saskatoon. They have already had contracts to produce a number of bags for different local clients.

The second co-op, IJobs T-shirt Co-op, is not yet functioning, but is plannned to be up and running this spring. This student co-op plans to run a silk-screening business, based on selling uniquely designed silk-screened t-shirts. The student mothers from SAKS hope to participate and possibly be peer learning leaders in the IJob t-shirt phase.

On behalf of SCA, Karen Timoshuk developed and delivered a one-day training workshop for the Nutana educators that focused on understanding co-operative philosophy, defining their co-operatives' structure and purpose, and facilitating the initial planning and implementation. Timoshuk said, "I am so excited to be involved in such a great project! The commitment of the teachers and the innovation of the students are inspiring. What is really great about the co-operative model is that it is so adaptable to fill any need. These co-ops are all about empowering the students and showing them that they have or can develop the tools for success."

For more information or to purchase bags, contact Lise Kossick-Kouri or Kristine Divall at SAKS:
Phone: (306) 683-8379; Fax: (306) 657-3951;
E-mail: contactus@studentandkidscentre.com 

April 6, 2009

Congratulations to Affinity Credit Union - New On-Reserve Branch Branch

On February 4, 2009, Affinity Credit Union, the second largest credit union in Saskatchewan, opened a new 1,912 square foot full-service branch on Cowessess First Nation serving over 3,500 Band members.

The opening was attended by representatives from the Provincial Government, First Nations Leaders and Affinity Credit Union executives. It was followed by a cultural feast with members of the Cowessess Band and members of the community.

According to the credit union, this new branch opening represents a key investment in the area and is part of Affinity's strategic plan to provide access to financial services to First Nations people across the province through their First Nations District.

George Keter, Affinity's CEO, said: "The increasing importance of First Nations communities in the provincial economy, and the young and growing Aboriginal population, make it a priority for our credit union to connect growth meaningfully with First Nations.

"Our newest location allows us to better serve our members and demonstrates our commitment to meeting the financial needs of this thriving community."

"This is an exciting opportunity for our band members," said Chief Gordon Lerat, Cowessess First Nation. "Our partnership with Affinity Credit Union will encourage the involvement and advancement of First Nations people in creating a more prosperous future for ourselves and for Saskatchewan."
Affinity has a long history of service to the First Nations community and is one of the first credit unions to open an on-reserve full-service branch on a First Nations reserve. In addition to offering banking expertise, Affinity will take an active role in supporting Cowessess partnership initiatives, educational programs and community development.
Source: Affinity Credit Union website

April 2, 2009

New Books Celebrates 80 Years of Co-operative Youth Education 

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) and The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives are delighted with the recent publication of Co-operative Youth Education in Saskatchewan. This book captures the essence of the program and documents its history, development and achievements through archival research, personal interviews, and information gleaned from internal documents never before made public. Authors Chassidy Puchala and Breeann Heggie bring their own youthful enthusiasm to the telling of the story, adding new life and fresh insights to old documents.

A limited number of books are available for $20 plus GST and shipping. Please contact the SCA office to order. www.sask.coop

Commemorative 80th Anniversary license plates are also available for only $5 when ordering the book. 

February 23, 2009 

Conference: Supporting the Growth of Local Living Economies in Saskatchewan

March 24 to 25, 2009

In Saskatchewan, as in much of the world, economic viability is increasingly sensitive to issues such as rising energy and transportation costs, distribution systems and concerns about climate change. As well, consumers are becoming ever more health and environmentally-conscious.

This conference will help provincial stakeholders to position themselves well in an economy that is quickly migrating to one of health and environmental sustainability and more personalized services.

Guest speakers and special workshops will shine a light on ways for businesses and communities to build greater economic security within their bioregions by embracing change, working cooperatively, and utilizing business networks and clusters.

A dynamic, forward-thinking conference forSaskatchewan producers, processors, vendors, business developers, community leaders, educators, and anyone interested in leading the charge to a healthy economy based on dynamic new ideas and business structures.

For more information visit the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association online, or download the conference brochure here>>  

December 11, 2008

Local Car Share “One Step Closer”

Regina, Sask. – Nov. 25, 2008 Saskatchewan’s first car share co-operative will celebrate its incorporation by opening its doors to the public on Dec. 6th, 2008. The Regina Car Share Co-operative will host an information session at its new office at 2520-11th Ave from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to meet the co-op’s directors, have a coffee and learn about the group’s activities.

“With the opening of our office, we’re one step closer to providing a new transportation option for Reginans who want to save money and help the environment,” said Michael Bell, the group’s project coordinator.

Car sharing allows individuals or businesses convenient access to vehicles without privately owning them. Members reserve the car online, use it, and return it for other members to do the same. Cheaper than privately owning a car, members will save money, lower their carbon dioxide emissions and help to reduce the number of cars on the road. The group recently incorporated as a non-profit co-op and will begin operating vehicles in 2009.

A dance party will follow in the evening beginning at 8pm, DJed by local radio personalities Jeannie Straub and Beth Curry, hosts of CJTR’s Your Other Lover and Bed Head. Cash bar opens at 8pm; food will be provided free of charge.

For more information about Regina Car Share, contact Michael Bell, Project Coordinator, at 306.550.7223, or email info@reginacarshare.ca.

Regina Car Share is available to comment to media on issues relating to climate change and transportation. 

December 2, 2008

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association Offers Co-operative Education Courses

Who Should Attend?
Co-operative education and training workshops offered by Saskatchewan Co-operative Association are designed for all individuals, including those who are new to theco-operative sector seeking basic information and those who are elected leaders and officials of co-operatives seeking more advanced training.

What to Expect
From our workshops, participants gain a basic understanding of the principals and values of theco-operative model and develop skills for the successful management of co-operative enterprises. Our workshops are designed and facilitated by experienced co-operative resource specialists.

Quotes from Previous Participants:

The Contemporary Director
"I believe there are many ideas that I will be able to take back to my board. A very practical course."

Co-operatives: The Basics
"Group discussions were helpful as they made you think about how co-ops contribute to our day-today lives and how important they are - especially in small rural Saskatchewan."

Co-op Developer Training
"I have enhanced confidence that I can be of positive help in assisting people to form co-ops. All in all it was a truly excellent training session and I am most grateful for the opportunity to participate. I have no hesitation in recommending this workshop to others." 

Dates to be Announced

For more Information contact the Saskatchewan Co-operative

301 - 201 21st Street East
Saskatoon SK S7K 0B8
Phone: (306) 244-3702
Fax: (306) 244-2165
e-mail: sca@sask.coop
web site: www.sask.coop

Or download the brochure>>

October 14, 2008

Financing Social Enterprise

This is a two part research project led by Dr. Wanda Wuttunee of the University of Manitoba and administered by the Winnipeg Inner city Research Alliance (WIRA) as part of the Linking, Learning, Leveraging: Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies and Sustainable Communities (LLL) initiative which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Download the completed reports:

Part I  "A Scan of Financing Providers in the Manitoba,
Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario Region." looks at sources of finance for social enterprise.

Click here to download Part I>>

Part II "An Enterprise Perspective" focuses on financing from thesocial enterprise perspective, including a brief discussion offinancing strategies as they change throughout the life of theenterprise.

Click here to download Part II>>

July 14, 2008
KidsFirst Saskatoon
Community Development

Free Asset Workshops for your community!

Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message are fun ½ day long interactive workshops that teach people about Developmental Assets and inspire them to build assets with children in their community.

KidsFirst Saskatoon Community Developer, Sydney Bell is available to come to communities in the Saskatoon Health Region to offer these workshops free of charge.

What are Assets and why are they important?
Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets® are common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

For more information about Developmental Assets check out:

For more information Contact Sydney Bell: Sydney.Bell@saskatoonhealthregion.ca or 655-5383.

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