Upper Columbia Co-operative Council

2012 Is Here!

Co-operators and Credit Union members from across the region gathered at Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, for the Canadian Launch of IYC2012, on Thursday, January 12.

While munching on a delightful breakfast provided by the Kootenay Country Store Co-op and The Kootenay Baker Cafe Co-op, participants discussed how we can build on the international excitement and initiatives of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to promote our local co-op and credit union sector.

Juice was gulped, addresses were exchanged, and laughs were shared as we all agreed to work together to recognise this special year.

The UCCC has formed an IYC2012 planning committee, whose work is currently focused on how best to encourage locals, especially young people , to tap in to all of the projects organised to honour this year. We want to help get the word out about how our co-ops and credit unions are THE answer. For more information, or to get involved, contact info@uccc.coop">info@uccc.coop" title="Send email">info@uccc.coop.

For an idea of the scope and importance of this once-in-a-lifetime declaration, visit www.2012.coop and www.canada2012.coop for details on events and initiatives happening around the world. For an exciting BC-based project, check out the Co-op Youth Story Project

Also, have a look at out www.stories.coop for daily features of co-ops around the globe--better yet, work with the UCCC to tell the story of your own co-op!

This acknowledgement by the international community confirms that co-operatives and credit unions drive the economy, respond to social change, are resilient to the global economic crisis and are thriving, successful businesses creating jobs in all sectors.

It's our time to shine! We look forward to making this year really count.

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