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Call for Auction Items for CDF Silent Auction at 2017 National Conference for Canada’s Credit Unions

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) are delighted to host their annual silent auction at the 2017 Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) National conference in Halifax, May 7 - 10.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite co-ops, credit unions, and co-operators to donate unique and interesting items to our exclusive silent auction.  CDF recognizes all contributors, and we would love to showcase your support for co-operative development around the world.

Please contact Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fundraising Officer at gonzalo.rodriguez@coopscanada.coop or at 866.266.7677 ext. 229 to donate an item, or to obtain more information.

All auction proceeds support CDF.

Global Co-operator Award 2017 - Saskatchewan - Call for Nominations

Ottawa, April 6, 2017

Do you know a Global Co-operator? Nominations are now open for co-operators from the province of Saskatchewan for the 2017 Global
Co-operator Award
!

Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 1, 2017.

Background
The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and our partner, the Canadian Co-operative Association's (CCA) work is rooted in the values of co-operation and owes it success to the Canadians who live out these values by making international co-operative and credit union development a priority. Canadian co-operators across the country are committed to ending global poverty by channeling their knowledge, volunteer time, donations to and by fundraising for our projects around the world.

Objective
The Global Co-operator Award recognizes members of Canada's co-operative community who actively participate in and support CCA and international development work through volunteering, advocating and/or fundraising. This award is presented provincially, in conjunction with provincial award ceremonies.

Process
Nominations must be submitted by an individual or an organization and include a complete outline of the nominee's contributions.

Nominations will be accepted along-side the call for nominations for provincial awards. Sponsors can resubmit nominations in subsequent years if their nominees are not selected and meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: The sponsor(s) can be a co-operative organization or individual, and may be member of CCA or CDF's staff or board.

Criteria
In making its decision, the Awards Committee will consider the following criteria:

1. Participation: an individual who has actively participated in CDF and/or CCA's international development work through volunteering in Canada or internationally, fundraising, and/or advocacy activities.

2. Public Engagement: an individual who engages with their community, colleagues and/or peers and promotes involvement in and support of international co-operative development.

3. Co-operative Values: an individual who emulates the co-operative values and principles in their day-to-day lives.

Current CDF and CCA staff members, those currently serving on CCA /CDF Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the award.

Recognition

The Global Co-operator Award will be recognized at the 38th Annual Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Awards Program held October 16, 2017 at the Travelodge Hotel Regina. The Award recipient will also be recognized on CDF and CCA websites, publications, Facebook and Twitter. Recipient profiles will be featured on the "Get Involved" section of the CCA website and where possible the announcement will be circulated to the recipients' communities (both geographical and professional).

The recipient will also receive a certificate and a gift in recognition of their contribution.

Deadline for applications
To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and submit it, along with all requested information, by Monday, May 1, 2017 to: 

Global Co-operator Awards Selection Committee
c/o Laurie Tennian, Volunteer Manager
400-275 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2L6
Tel: (613) 238-6711 ext. 209
Fax: (613) 567-0658
E-mail:   laurie.tennian@coopscanada.coop
Website:  www.cdfcanada.coop   www.coopscanada.coop

Need for assistance grows in flood-affected Peru

OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 - Flooding in Peru continues to destroy homes, businesses, crops and infrastructure with intense rains expected to last into mid-to-late-April. CCA's partner in Peru, Norandino Co-operative, says that several of its cacao producer families and communities have seen homes destroyed, product washed away, limited mobility and increasingly limited/interruptions with water, electricity and internet. One of the major roads leading out of the city was blocked the other day with a river of water running through it. There have also been reports of an increase in mosquitos and mosquito born illnesses, including dengue.

"We have lost everything, but we have life and the strength to start over," says Norandino president Santiago Paz López. "We just need a helping hand to get our lives back."

CCA has recalled to Canada a long-term volunteer who was working on knowledge management, and has postponed a second volunteer mission to the region until the situation on the ground improves.

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is continuing its appeal to  generous supporters to assist members of Peru's co-operatives affected by intensive flooding and has to date received $ 2,772 from 22 donors.

"We are grateful for the generosity of those who have heard and responded to our urgent appeal for donations," says CDF executive Director Michael Casey. "Co-ops and their members will need this assistance to rebuild when the rains and floods subside. Please reach out to our fellow co-operators in Peru. No size of donation is too small for this appeal.

CCA project co-ordinator Sabino Guerrero says that apart from reconstruction of infrastructure (homes, co-ops, roads, etc.) and challenges with mobility, co-op members are predicting that there will be issues with mold for cacao which will result in loss of product and income for farmers.

"We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our partners," says Mr. Casey. "We will keep Canadian co-operators aware of conditions and the response as we go forward." 

Several regions of Peru continue to be in a state of emergency due to excessive rains caused by the El Niño COSTERO. The country has not seen rain like this since 1998, resulting in extreme flooding, the destruction of infrastructure, limited access to water (both potable and otherwise), death, injury, and the destruction of homes and crops.    

CDF has a long history of working in Peru. Since 2010, in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Foundation has worked with Norandino, a co-operative with members located in seven regions of northern Peru, including Piura. Norandino is a co-operative of small producers of panela, coffee and cacao who strive to decrease family poverty and improve community resiliency.

Many relief agencies are responding quickly to meet immediate needs for food, water and shelter. CDF is focusing on longer term recovery to enable co-operatives to rebuild damaged buildings and restore services to their members. CDF support will be important in restoring co-op businesses, crops and livelihoods.  We need your assistance today!

Donations can be made online,  by phone at 866.266.7677 ext. 605,  or by mail to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, 275 Bank Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2L6. Please indicate that your donation is designated for the PERU FLOOD RECONSTRUCTION.

CDF will continue to send out updates as information arrives from our partner and our plans to rebuild solidify.Thank you for taking the time to read this important message and for making a donation today.

Co-operatively yours,

David Dern
Manager, Fundraising
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF)
David.Dern@coopscanada.coop
(613) 238-6711 ext. 219

 

Co-operating for Peru

 

OTTAWA, March 23, 2017 - The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is appealing to our generous supporters to assist members of Peru's co-operatives affected by intensive flooding. As you may have seen and heard several regions of Peru are in a state of emergency due to excessive rains caused by the El Niño phenomena. The country has not seen rain like this since 1998, resulting in extreme flooding, the destruction of infrastructure, limited access to water (both potable and otherwise), death, injury, and the destruction of homes and crops. The rains are expected to continue until mid-late April.  

We have a long history of working in Peru. Since 2010, in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association, we have worked with Norandino, a co-operative with members located in seven regions of northern Peru, including Piura. Norandino is a co-operative of small producers of panela, coffee and cacao who strive to decrease family poverty and improve community resiliency.

We are pleased to say that all of our Peruvian colleagues are safe; however, many co-op members and residents in the communities they serve have been affected by the flooding. We have heard from Norandino that there have been increased cases of dengue and members have lost and damaged products due to flooding in the co-operatives. Homes have been destroyed and roads have been washed out. Most recently, one of the main roads leaving the city of Piura with access to several of Norandino's members now has a river crossing it, preventing passage.    

Many relief agencies are responding quickly to meet immediate needs for food, water and shelter. CDF is focusing on longer term recovery to enable co-operatives to rebuild damaged buildings and restore services to their members. CDF support will be important in restoring co-op businesses, crops and livelihoods.  We need your assistance today!

Donations can be made online, by phone at 866.266.7677 ext. 605, or by mail to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, 275 Bank Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2L6. Please indicate that your donation is designated for the PERU FLOOD RECONSTRUCTION.

CDF will continue to send out updates as information arrives from our partner and our plans to rebuild solidify.Thank you for taking the time to read this important message and for making a donation today.

Co-operatively yours,

David Dern
Manager, Fundraising
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF)

Global Co-operator Award 2017 - Alberta - Call for Nominations

Background
The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and our partner, the Canadian Co-operative Association’s (CCA) work is rooted in the values of co-operation and owes its success to the Canadians who live out these values by making international co-operative and credit union development a priority.  Canadians co-operators across the country are committed to ending global poverty by channeling their knowledge, volunteer time, and donations and fundraising for our projects around the world.

Objective
The Global Co-operator Award recognizes members of Canada’s co-operative community who actively participate in and support CCA and international development work through volunteering, advocating and/or fundraising.  This award is presented provincially, in conjunction with provincial award ceremonies.

Process
Nominations must be submitted by an individual or an organization and include a complete outline of the nominee’s contributions.

Nominations will be accepted along-side the call for nominations for provincial awards. Sponsors can resubmit nominations in subsequent years if their nominees are not selected and meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: The sponsor(s) can be a co-operative organization or individual, and may be a member of CCA or CDF’s staff or board.

Criteria
In making its decision, the Awards Committee will consider the following criteria:

1. Participation: an individual who has actively participated in CDF and/or CCA’s international development work through volunteering in Canada or internationally, fundraising, and/or advocacy activities.

2. Public Engagement: an individual who engages with their community, colleagues and/or peers and promotes involvement in and support of international co-operative development.

3. Co-operative Values: an individual who emulates the co-operative values and principles in their day-to-day lives.

Current CDF and CCA staff members, those currently serving on CCA /CDF Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the award.

Recognition
The Global Co-operator Award will be recognized at the Alberta Summit of Co-operative Leaders held May 2-3, 2017 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer South.  The Award recipient will also be recognized on CCA and CDF websites, publications, Facebook and Twitter. Recipient profiles will be featured on the “Get Involved” section of the CCA website and where possible the announcement will be circulated to the recipient's communities (both geographical and professional).

The recipient will also receive a certificate and a gift in recognition of their contribution.

Deadline for applications:
To sumbit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and submit it, along with all requested information, by Friday, March 31, 2017 to: 

Global Co-operator Award Selection Committee
c/o Laurie Tennian, Volunteer Manager
400-275 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 2L6
Tel: (613) 238-6711 ext. 209  Fax: (613) 567-0658
E-mail:  laurie.tennian@coopscanada.coop
Website:  www.cdfcanada.coop   www.coopscanada.coop

Contact information
For more details, please contact Laurie Tennian.



International Women’s Day 2017

On this International Women's Day 2017, we reflect on the role of co-ops in creating a more inclusive, gender equal, world.

#Coops4Women | #IWD2017 | #BeBoldForChange

Co-operatives are businesses that are owned and managed by their members. Together, co-ops provide a wide range of needed products and services at affordable prices. They create jobs, prosperity and opportunities in their communities.

Co-ops are people focused. People use their co-ops to grow, save and connect.

Co-ops are empowering, enabling environments that help build a global co-operative community.

Here's how co-operatives are creating inclusive spaces that work for women:

1. Having a co-op membership can give women the opportunity to earn an income. For some, this may be the first paying job they've ever had!

2. In many countries, farming or starting a business is seen as a "man's job". In a co-op, the work of women members as farmers and entrepreneurs is equally recognized and respected.

3. Women members have an equal say in how their co-op is run. Co-ops foster a space where women can become business leaders and innovators.

4. Many barriers can inhibit women from entering the workforce. As co-op members, women can access vital resources to their success including childcare, education, and financial products and services.

There is a lot to love about co-ops. They let people work together and share the benefits equally while building their savings, assets, and most importantly, a sustainable livelihood. Show your love for co-op principles by:

1. Volunteering for a local co-op

2. Donating to organizations that support co-op principles

3. Becoming a member of a local co-op

4. Speaking out so more people learn about the co-op advantage

We hope you'll join us this international women's day to make your world a better place.

CDF succeeds in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator, becomes recognized partner of GlobalGiving

Ottawa, February 3, 2017 - CDF announced today that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the Accelerator, CDF successfully raised over $8,000US from 62 unique individual donors to support their project, Women Empowering Women in Africa and Asia. Their success in realizing this amount and number of donations in such a short time, means that out of 300 charities invited into the Accelerator Program, CDF placed 13th.

"We're thrilled to have CDF as part of our community. CDF has met our rigorous vetting standards for trust and community support, and we're committed to providing tools, training, and support as they learn, grow and become more effective," said Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving. "GlobalGiving donors value the opportunity to support nonprofits like CDF, knowing that they'll get regular updates about how their donations are put to work."

"A life-changing training program for women in developing countries - the Women's Mentorship Program (WMP) - is a unique opportunity for women to learn management skills and financial best practice from other women managers, and expand their professional skill set in areas of employment normally dominated by men. The experience promotes gender equality. It transforms careers, credit unions and communities by teaching skills that enable women to be successful managers of co-op financial institutions.", said Vito Scuderi, Program Manager at CDF. "Visit our project, Women Empowering Women in Africa and Asia, to learn how even $10 can make a difference. We're $1,435 away from our overall goal of $10,000."

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