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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

Recycle your car and direct proceeds to CDF!

Did you know that you can make sure your car is recycled properly while helping to alleviate poverty by supporting the building and strengthening of financial and non-financial co-ops in Canada and around the world?

Canadians across the country can donate their vehicles to Car Heaven and specify the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) as the beneficiary of the vehicle’s value. In return, the donor receives a tax receipt from CDF.

Toxic fluids are taken out of the vehicle and disposed of responsibly, re-usable parts are removed, re-conditioned and re-sold, and what can’t be re-used is then scrapped for melting down. For more information and to donate your end-of-life ride to CDF,  click HERE to visit the Car Heaven website.


Join CDF’s Engagement Committee and build a global co-operative community!

If you’re a Canadian co-operator interested in alleviating poverty, then we’d love to hear from you!  CDF is now accepting expressions of interest to join its Engagement Committee.

This Committee (non-Board) is tasked with helping staff generate volunteer, financial and technical assistance resources through its current relationships and the cultivation of new relationships with the Canadian co-operative sector.

Click HERE for more information!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Canada’s Ambassador to Indonesia visits CDF funded aquaculture project

Ambassador MacArthur visiting a seaweed farm in Lamalaka Village

Canada's new Ambassador to Indonesia, Peter MacArthur, visited seaweed producers in Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi Province in late November. The Canadian Co-operative Association is collaborating with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and a local Indonesian organization, LP3M (Lembaga Pengkajian Pedesaan, Pantai dan Masyarakat), to strengthen the position of small aquaculture producers of seaweed, milkfish and shrimp in four regencies of South Sulawesi. The four-year, $2.7 million project is called INVEST Co-op Indonesia.

Small producers account for over 90% of the seaweed, milkfish and shrimp farmed along Indonesia's coastline. Many farmers in South Sulawesi are struggling to meet the demands and quality standards of a growing seaweed market owing to challenges accessing capital and quality production input, and low levels of financial literacy.  

Ambassador MacArthur met with men and women small producers who shared their experiences and hopes for economic success through their co-operatives. They explained there are many species of seaweed and described the washing, tidying and drying steps involved in post harvesting.

Ms. Syamsiah, a farmer from Bonto Lebang, says she hopes the project will build the capacity of seaweed farmers in her area to be more competitive. Mr. Hamzah, a young farmer from Lamalaka, says farmers need to improve the quality of the seed they use. "By having better quality, we can increase the price we are paid for our seaweed."

"Ambassador MacArthur's visit and attention to the project is most appreciated," says CCA Executive Director Michael Casey. "There are opportunities here to link small scaleproducers to domestic and international markets through co-operatives and other private sector suppliers and processors. We will work collaboratively with our partners and local researchers to develop quality seeds and introduce climate-smart farming methods that will improve the quality and quantity of their production. More importantly, we are helping farmers to sustain improved farming practices and add value to their crops through co-operative enterprises they own and manage themselves."

The Ambassador's visit coincided with a training event to explain the project to local farmers and leaders. He commented favourably on the equal participation of women and men at the training event. Before leaving, the Ambassador thanked producers and community leaders for sharing about seaweed production and the project, and wished his hosts every success.

INVEST Co-op Indonesia is part of a four-country program designed to improve the livelihoods of small producers by increasing their production, productivity and access to markets and financial services through integrated production, financing, and marketing co-operatives.  The INVEST Co-op Program will benefit an estimated 69,800 women and men directly, and 269,000 indirectly in Indonesia, Malawi, Mongolia and Peru. It is being implemented by the Canadian Co-operative Association and local co-operatives and stakeholders in each of the four countries and is made possible with funding from Global Affairs Canada and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF).

Women empowering women in Africa and Asia

Empower Women this Giving Tuesday!

“I am taking more initiative and bringing forward new ideas to make our community service grow.”
- Chisomo Chisale

Ottawa, November 28, 2016 - Tomorrow is giving Tuesday and the change to support emerging women credit union leaders in developing countries.

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Chisomo Chisale just had the experience of her life, flying halfway around the world this summer to learn from Canadian mentors how to tackle the challenges she faces as a woman leader in the world of financial co-operatives. Chisomo manages the Kawale Branch of Fincoop Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO) in Malawi. First time away from home. First flight to another country. First time meeting women managers from other nations. First walk in the Rocky Mountains. First time feeling this empowered!

She’s one of 217 women graduates of a unique leadership program that is tailor made for women managers of co-operative financial institutions in developing countries. Since 2002, the Women’s Mentorship Program has helped women in 19 countries discover new personal and professional confidence and career momentum through mentorship by Canadian women credit union leaders.

Chisomo’s mentors, Debbie Neddow and Gail Lekas at the Servus Credit Union branches in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, say the program changes lives. “Despite our differences, as women managers we speak the same language and share the same hopes,” says Debbie. “The benefits of mentoring definitely flow both ways.”

Since returning to Malawi, Chisomo has made changes that are bringing financial services to more people in need. Most importantly, Chisomo is mentoring and coaching others in her workplace, giving them the confidence she gained through her own mentorship. “I am taking more initiative and bringing forward new ideas to make our community service grow,” she says.

Now, it’s time to reach more women in Africa and Asia.

Let’s empower more women by offering mentorship opportunities in Canada and in their home countries. Starting this Giving Tuesday – November 29 – help us achieve our goal of raising $7,000 by making a donation to the CDF’s Global Giving campaign! We want to empower more women and extend the Women’s Mentorship Program into countries like Malawi, Ghana, Kenya and Mongolia, and bring this opportunity to more women managers of co-operative financial institutions around the world.

To donate and to follow our progress, please visit our Global Giving campaign page.

We sincerely thank you for your consideration and support!
The CDF & CCA Team

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