Romina Fiorella, President, Cooperativa de Trabajo Rosetta Stone Limitada

Founding members of the Cooperativa de Trabajo Rosetta Stone LimitadaThat was the first question, our door into the world of cooperatives.  That was how the journey of a group of seven professionals recently...

Susan Ritchie

Hornby Island is a community steeped in volunteer and co-operative traditions.  Members of the Island's community, from the 1800s to the present day, have known that co-operation is an important aspect of living in such a small, isolated community. This focus has led to the establishment of many co-operative ventures, including a credit union, a consumer co-operative store, community...

Klaus Fischer

During my presentation at the Meeting of Directors of the Credit Union Central of BC in Vancouver last November, I encouraged the audience to consider alliances as an alternative to mergers, in order to solve some of the economies-of-scale problems facing a typical credit union. What I did not say is how an alliance works. To help credit union members understand what such an alliance may look...

Delia Becker
Cheryl Lans

Until 1997, residents on an island near Vancouver Island grew shellfish for an industrial concern. When the company merged with another company and relocated, it hired non-islanders to raise its shellfish. This meant over 100 family incomes disappeared in an area with a total population of only 1000 people. Gone were...

Sol Kinnis

In January 2001, a small group of renters gave life to a new co-operative that addressed their need and desire for affordable, secure, healthy housing. Unable to access existing co-op housing and seeing little new development, the founding members of the Roofs and Roots Housing Co-operative wanted to create something different than the housing co-op models that existed. Through my research at...

Lloy Wylie

Date of Incorporation: October 19, 1951

Nicole Chaland

Date of Incorporation: July 17, 1945
Membership: approximately 700
Activities: Consumer-owned bookstore, focusing on progressive literature
Area Served: Lower Mainland, BC

British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies

Date of Incorporation:June 1998

Colleen Shepherd
Kristen Sinats

Date of Incorporation: 1975

Colleen Shepherd

Date of Incorporation: August 2000

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