This post was submitted by Mark Ventry, Co-operative Community
Manager, Ontario Co-operative Association. If you are interested in submitting a story for the "Ontario Outlook" column, please contact Heather Miller.
co-operative and credit union members across Canada will be taking part in
events on Thursday, January 12th to officially launch the United
Nations International Year of Co-operatives. The national launch will take place in Ottawa, while
13 regions across the country, including Guelph, Ontario, will be conducting
their own festivities on the same day.
The Ontario launch will take place in Guelph, where
event organizer, the Ontario Co-operative Association is located. Celebrations begin at 11:30 a.m. with a public
flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, including opening remarks from Guelph Mayor
Karen Farbridge, as well as from Guelph MPP Liz Sandals who will be bringing
greetings on behalf of the Premier. Planet Bean Coffee, owned by Sumac
Community Worker Co-op, will be serving up some hot beverages for attendees.
There will be a webcast from the nation’s
capital at 12:30 EST, which will include remarks by Kathy Bardswick, president
and CEO of The Co-operators, and Monique Leroux, President and CEO of
Desjardins and the Honourable Steven Blaney, federal Minister of Veterans
Affairs and the MP for Lévis-Bellechasse.
The webcast, which will also include the premiere of a
co-operative musical work by the Montreal group Samajam, will be available for
public viewing at http://s.coop/canada2012live.
Co-operatives and others are encouraged to gather in groups to watch the
For information contact:
Mark Ventry, Co-operative Community Manager
Ontario Co-operative Association
519-763-8271 x. 30