My Mountain Co-op (MMC) is Canada's first non-profit community service ski co-op. It's a non-profit community service co-operative with the purpose of providing recreational opportunities via the Shames Mountain Ski area while striving to enhance the health and quality of life of the communities in the region.
Tonight we speak with Vanessa Hammond on the building of the Health Care Co-op sector and with Chris Nichols, Operations Coordinator and Co-Founder Woodshop Workers Co-op, on the health of the Worker Co-op sector in BC and beyond. Listen in!
What’s in store for co-ops in Canada for 2018? Find out with John Kay (BCCA and Realize Strategies), Thom Armstrong (CHFBC) and Ross Gentleman (CCEC and CuFutures.ca).
Our topic to day is Affordable Housing. Producer Kevin Olenick brings a discussion on Federal, Provincial and Local Housing Strategies with Jill Atkey, Managing Director of the BC Non Profit Housing Association. Later in the show we meet, Helen Colliander and Naia Lee; students leading the Marpole Students for Modular Housing project.
We hosted the entire class from BCIT’s post-secondary course Co-operatives and Community Development at Co-op Radio for a station orientation and a few for an interview.
The Ryde Community Co-operative in rural Ryde, Ontario - it's a beautiful region in the District of Muskoka, pastoral, rolling, dotted with farms, cottages and a history of people working together towards common goals.
One of the perennial challenges of the cooperative sector is youth engagement. How do you get young people interested in the cooperative movement because after all, it's the youth of today who will help carry the ball forward tomorrow. Last June we profiled the Youth Excellence Society or The YES and how it educates youth through year-round programming and an awesome summer camp!
Darcy Overland, research manager at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, discusses the results of a co-operative survey on the Top Co-op Issues. Then, we were joined by staff and young folk from The Youth Excellence Society or The YES, for a lively discussion of their leadership programs and summer camps on Lake Cowichan sponsored by credit unions across BC!
This evening we hosted a candidate panel on affordable housing. We were hoping for a lively and creative discussion. We were not disappointed.
In 1998, some folks in BC's social services sector sought a new way of doing things. So they formed a collective called The United Social Services Co-op. Now, with the name changed to Realize Strategies Coop a new team is collaborating with coops, non-profits and social enterprises to improve life in our communities.