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Coast Capital Savings Credit Union steps up to “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation's Build a Better World Campaign has received a valued boost with Coast Capital Savings Credit Union’s commitment of $75,000 over the next three years.

For many years, Coast Capital Savings has taken a leadership role in community economic development, and has a specific focus on building a richer future for youth. Through this significant donation, Coast Capital Saving’s board and management are supporting  the efforts of disadvantaged and marginalized people, including young people who are working to improve their lives, and their communities through co-operatives and credit unions.

"Coast Capital Savings believes in being a responsible corporate citizen and works hard to support growth and investment in our Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island regions of BC," said Coast Capital Savings Credit Union’s Director of Community Leadership Wendy Lachance. "The International Year of Co-operatives seemed like a good time to expand that support, and the Build a Better World Campaign offered the perfect opportunity. We encourage other credit unions to make a significant commitment to this campaign."

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UFA Co-operative Limited hopes to inspire others to help “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) of Canada is thrilled to announce UFA Co-operative Limited’s commitment of $100,000 over the next four years to the Build a Better World Campaign.

 According to Jim Laverick, UFA’s Chairman, “This was an easy decision and we are excited to take our support for CDF to the next level, especially during the International Year of Co-operatives. With this donation, we hope to inspire others to follow suit in supporting the efforts of CDF and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) in alleviating poverty through co-operative development.” With a long-standing history of support for rural communities in Western Canada, UFA is extending its reach to help impoverished communities in developing countries.

The Build a Better World Campaign aims to raise $12 million in support of international co-operative development over the next four years. The campaign was inspired in part by the International Year of Co-operatives, and by the growing need for co-operatives to address poverty in the developing world. "We are delighted that UFA has chosen to be part of our campaign and supporting our efforts at such a significant level. On behalf of the people whose lives will be improved through this donation, we are very grateful,” said Julie Breuer, CDF's Director of Fundraising and Operations.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho 8 day climb!

Follow four career co-operators with more than 100 years of combined co-operative experience as they get ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro! The climb is scheduled for August 25 - September 2, 2012. Read more about their journey here.

Haircut helps CDF’s “Build a Better World” Campaign

Doug Wright's retirement gift to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) was his hair, and a very generous gift that proved to be. 

More than 200 people attending the CCA/CCCM gala banquet in Montreal contributed nearly $2,500 for the privilege of seeing Mr. Wright lose his flowing locks, but the action really heated up when the opportunity to do the cutting was auctioned off.

The auction ended when Mr. Wright's colleagues at The Co-operators, where Mr. Wright has worked for 32 years, and Michael Barrett of Gay Lea Foods, agreed to share the honours for $5,000 a piece. 

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Westoba Credit Union steps up to “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce that Westoba Credit Union of Southwestern Manitoba has made a 4 year pledge to the Build a Better World Campaign.

Westoba, a long-term supporter of CDF, has committed $40,000 to the campaign in addition to the proceeds from the annual golf tournament that it holds to raise money for CDF’s work. The tournament has raised more than $130,000 over the last ten years.

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NYLC commits to “Build a Better World”

Canada’s Young Credit Union professionals are offering Canadian credit union people an opportunity to look good and do good at the same time.

The National Young Leaders (NYLC) is a committee of Credit Union Central of Canada that exists to support young leaders in the credit union system. They are challenging credit union youth to raise $250,000 for the Co-operative Development Foundation’s Build a Better World Campaign and their first step toward that goal is the production and marketing of t-shirts that allow wearers to unequivocally declare their love of credit unions.

The “I <3 My CU” t-shirts are available for purchase now, including at a major launch taking place this week during the CCA’s annual meeting in Montreal. The attractive shirts are available in two colour schemes from size small to XXXL. The shirts are a bargain at $22 each, $10 of which goes directly to CDF to support efforts to reduce poverty around the world.

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Assiniboine Credit Union steps up to “Build a Better World”

The Co-operative Development Foundation's Build a Better World Campaign has gained an important foothold in Manitoba with Assiniboine Credit Union's commitment of $80,000 over the next four years.

For many years, Assiniboine has taken a leadership role in community economic development, supporting innovative work in the greater Winnipeg area. Through this significant donation, Assiniboine's board and management have made a clear statement that their concern for disadvantaged and marginalized people extends much farther, to people in Africa, Asia and the Americas who are working to improve their lives through co-operatives and credit unions.

"Through the Co-operative Development Foundation, we have been supporting the international development work of the Canadian Co-operative Association for many years," said Assiniboine's President and CEO, Al Morin. "The International Year of Co-operatives seemed like a good time to expand that support, and the Build a Better World Campaign offered the perfect opportunity. We hope we are just the first of many Manitoba Credit Unions to make a significant commitment to this campaign."

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CDF invites you to join us for our first “Build a Better World” Photo Exhibit in Ottawa

On May 31st, 2012, please join us at Your Credit Union in Ottawa to see firsthand how CCA and CDF are helping people work, own, save and build through co-operative development. Come browse our photo exhibit and learn more about CDF’s Build a Better World Campaign to commemorate the International Year of Co-operatives. 

Please RSVP to Julie Beckett at 613-238-6711 ext. 242 or at Julie.beckett@coopscanada.coop.

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